Tag Archive | travel

How To Have A Great Trip on Amtrak (Summary of Our Trip)

1. Live in a town large enough to have an Amtrak station with actual agents and the ability to ship luggage through to destination. 2. Live in a town small enough that the agent remembers you from four years earlier, the last time you took a long distance trip. This familiarity will get you full […]

Road Trip Snippets (A Year Late)

A year ago I was in the middle of my Earth Day book tour where I visited fifteen bookstores and two schools in the big state of Texas. Before that, my husband and I attended the wedding of our niece in Denver, Colorado. The whole trip lasted from April 9 to May 1 and took […]

Book Review of Ask Nana Jean About Making a Difference:Reflections on Life

The title says it all. This book is a book of reflections by Jean Moule, emerita faculty member at Oregon State University. It’s a wonderful book, not meant to be read all in one sitting, but rather in small bites when you want to treat yourself to something wonderful like a chocolate truffle or two. […]

Texas Tour Interview with S. Smith

Originally posted on Anakalian Whims:
1. You came to Texas for the first time for an Earth Day celebration book signing tour. Let’s recap, what stores and schools did you visit? Bookstores: Good Books in the Woods, Spring TX Half Price Books in Houston at these locations: Clear Lake Humble Montrose Half Price Books in…

Coffee and a Gift

We are finally here. I’m not sure of the date, but I know the book signing tour begins tomorrow. I’m pretty sure today is Tuesday. But you know how it is when you’re on the road. Just a series of rest stops and cheap motels. About that, Texas has some fine rest/safety stops. So we […]

Walking the Walk

A good friend of mine recently walked the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Walk in Spain. I enjoyed reading her account upon return, and with permission am posting it here. I particularly like the part about the yellow arrows. A preacher could make a good sermon out of that. All bolding is mine. Enjoy. Sorry it […]

Poetry Without Words

Today I wanted to do one final post related to the weekend at Drift Creek Camp. I found the creeping, clinging, crawling, hanging moss and lichen to be so awesome that I tried for quite some time to write a poem about it. But it never came out right. So here are some of the […]

Questions in the Car (or The Long Trip Home)

Are bricks more expensive than concrete? Why do people keep mules? Why are there so many buildings around here that are falling down? What if the jungle contains a virus that would kill the entire human race and we go down and log off the Amazon and release it? It would serve us right. You […]

Fellowship

“It seemed to them that they did little but eat and drink and rest, and walk among the trees; and it was enough.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring) I spent the weekend in an old-growth forest in mountains not far from the Pacific Ocean. It’s a place where the trees are tall and […]

Five Firsts

You’re never too old to do something for the first time.  Here are five things I’ve done for the first time this year: 1) Traveled to San Diego and back by car.  It gave me a new appreciation of California.   2). Petted a dolphin!  (They are so soft and squishy. :))     3) […]