Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Gallery, Musings, Travel | 38 comments

Just for fun, Eric and I have been looking at photos from our last year’s travels and playing, “What was your favorite (campground, hike, paddle, bird sighting, café, etc.…)?”

On these cold, long winter days, I look at photos of us kayaking the wild rivers in Florida, hiking through meadows of wildflowers in the North Cascades, and biking on Lopez Island. I once again delight in the fabulous multi-hued landscape of southern Utah and the flamboyant sunsets of the Gulf Coast. I peruse the remarkable array of birdlife that we’ve seen, from tiny colorful songbirds to boisterous nesting colonies of egrets and spoonbills. I remember the delicious crawfish we had in Cajun Country, and the excellent paella in Boise.

Reflecting back on yet another year of travels, I’m amazed at all that we’ve done—and I’m extraordinarily grateful that we set out on this journey three-and-a-half years ago.

I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit to moments when I wonder if we’ll really be able to get back out there (“there” meaning back on the road, embracing whatever adventure captures our interest). We’re told that this is a normal part of the healing process—it takes time to heal emotionally and spiritually from a radical life event, just as it takes time to heal physically.

All in all, we’re doing pretty darned well. Eric had his two-month follow-up appointment yesterday with the cardiologist, and he passed with flying colors. Another couple of months, and we should be back to our pre-falling-off-the-cliff definition of normal. Yay!!

As we reminisce over our photos and our adventures, I am reminded yet again of how important it is to follow the thread of our dreams, so that those dreams become reality, and then become wonderful memories. And I envision us back out there, doing what we love, and making more memories.

Our Current View: Ashland, Oregon

Technicolor Gulf Coast Sunset

In The Florida Piney Woods

Quirky Cedar Key Campsite

Low Tide In Cedar Key, Florida

Beautiful St. Augustine

Gorgeous Florida Springs

Green Heron

On The Trails In Florida

Ichetucknee River, North Central Florida

St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, Florida Panhandle

White Pelicans In Flight

French Quarter Festival, New Orleans

Exploring The Louisiana Swamps

Crawfish Feast In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Biking And Birding Dauphin Island, Alabama

Lovely Hooded Warbler

Nesting Egrets, High Island, Texas

Nesting Spoonbills, High Island, Texas

Bike Friendly Austin, Texas

Texas Hill Country Wildflowers

Mosaic VW On The Riverwalk, San Angelo, Texas

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

After A Long Day In The Caverns

Colorful Downtown Silver City, New Mexico

Gila Cliff Dwellings, Southern New Mexico

Lyman Lake State Park, East Central Arizona

Homolovi State Park, Northern Arizona

The Magnificent Petrified Forest

Wahweap RV Park, Lake Powell, Arizona

Hiking Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

The Toadstools, Grand Escalante Staircase NM, Utah

Lower Antelope Canyon, Northern Arizona

Paria Ghost Town, Southern Utah

Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Angel Lake, Eastern Nevada

Shoshone Falls, Southern Idaho

Biking In Boise, Idaho

Paella In Boise

Charming Downtown Joseph, Oregon

Riding The Rails In Joseph

Overlooking Hells Canyon, Eastern Oregon

Lake Diablo, North Cascades National Park

Hiking In The North Cascades

Pipestone Canyon, Northwestern Washington

Spencer Spit, Lopez Island, Washington

Biking On Lopez Island

Kayaking The Bays, Lopez Island

Sunset At Shark Reef, Lopez Island

Lavender Fields, San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island

Words To Live By

Our Current View: Ashland, Oregon
Technicolor Gulf Coast Sunset
In The Florida Piney Woods
Quirky Cedar Key Campsite
Low Tide In Cedar Key, Florida
Beautiful St. Augustine
Gorgeous Florida Springs
Green Heron
On The Trails In Florida
Ichetucknee River, North Central Florida
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, Florida Panhandle
White Pelicans In Flight
French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
Exploring The Louisiana Swamps
Crawfish Feast In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Biking And Birding Dauphin Island, Alabama
Lovely Hooded Warbler
Nesting Egrets, High Island, Texas
Nesting Spoonbills, High Island, Texas
Bike Friendly Austin, Texas
Texas Hill Country Wildflowers
Mosaic VW On The Riverwalk, San Angelo, Texas
Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas
After A Long Day In The Caverns
Colorful Downtown Silver City, New Mexico
Gila Cliff Dwellings, Southern New Mexico
Lyman Lake State Park, East Central Arizona
Homolovi State Park, Northern Arizona
The Magnificent Petrified Forest
Wahweap RV Park, Lake Powell, Arizona
Hiking Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah
The Toadstools, Grand Escalante Staircase NM, Utah
Lower Antelope Canyon, Northern Arizona
Paria Ghost Town, Southern Utah
Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah
Great Basin National Park, Nevada
Angel Lake, Eastern Nevada
Shoshone Falls, Southern Idaho
Biking In Boise, Idaho
Paella In Boise
Charming Downtown Joseph, Oregon
Riding The Rails In Joseph
Overlooking Hells Canyon, Eastern Oregon
Lake Diablo, North Cascades National Park
Hiking In The North Cascades
Pipestone Canyon, Northwestern Washington
Spencer Spit, Lopez Island, Washington
Biking On Lopez Island
Kayaking The Bays, Lopez Island
Sunset At Shark Reef, Lopez Island
Lavender Fields, San Juan Island, Washington
Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island
Words To Live By
Our Current View: Ashland, Oregon thumbnail
Technicolor Gulf Coast Sunset thumbnail
In The Florida Piney Woods thumbnail
Quirky Cedar Key Campsite thumbnail
Low Tide In Cedar Key, Florida thumbnail
Beautiful St. Augustine thumbnail
Gorgeous Florida Springs thumbnail
Green Heron thumbnail
On The Trails In Florida thumbnail
Ichetucknee River, North Central Florida thumbnail
St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, Florida Panhandle thumbnail
White Pelicans In Flight thumbnail
French Quarter Festival, New Orleans thumbnail
Exploring The Louisiana Swamps thumbnail
Crawfish Feast In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana thumbnail
Biking And Birding Dauphin Island, Alabama thumbnail
Lovely Hooded Warbler thumbnail
Nesting Egrets, High Island, Texas thumbnail
Nesting Spoonbills, High Island, Texas thumbnail
Bike Friendly Austin, Texas thumbnail
Texas Hill Country Wildflowers thumbnail
Mosaic VW On The Riverwalk, San Angelo, Texas thumbnail
Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas thumbnail
After A Long Day In The Caverns thumbnail
Colorful Downtown Silver City, New Mexico thumbnail
Gila Cliff Dwellings, Southern New Mexico thumbnail
Lyman Lake State Park, East Central Arizona thumbnail
Homolovi State Park, Northern Arizona thumbnail
The Magnificent Petrified Forest thumbnail
Wahweap RV Park, Lake Powell, Arizona thumbnail
Hiking Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah thumbnail
The Toadstools, Grand Escalante Staircase NM, Utah thumbnail
Lower Antelope Canyon, Northern Arizona thumbnail
Paria Ghost Town, Southern Utah thumbnail
Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah thumbnail
Great Basin National Park, Nevada thumbnail
Angel Lake, Eastern Nevada thumbnail
Shoshone Falls, Southern Idaho thumbnail
Biking In Boise, Idaho thumbnail
Paella In Boise thumbnail
Charming Downtown Joseph, Oregon thumbnail
Riding The Rails In Joseph thumbnail
Overlooking Hells Canyon, Eastern Oregon thumbnail
Lake Diablo, North Cascades National Park thumbnail
Hiking In The North Cascades thumbnail
Pipestone Canyon, Northwestern Washington thumbnail
Spencer Spit, Lopez Island, Washington thumbnail
Biking On Lopez Island thumbnail
Kayaking The Bays, Lopez Island thumbnail
Sunset At Shark Reef, Lopez Island thumbnail
Lavender Fields, San Juan Island, Washington thumbnail
Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island thumbnail
Words To Live By thumbnail