Sometimes more than the food in a restaurant, I’ll recall later the interesting mix of modern and old, the trompe l’oeule, the creation of elegance done with nothing more than well-placed chandeliers and linens. So, when I snagged a spot on an excursion to a new Oregon invitation-only vineyard, Native […]
Several years ago I read an article – or two, or three – that told me I should combat stress by envisioning a place of my own, a safe space, one that I could enter whenever I desired. Some described it as an escape pod; some as simply a room […]
Apparently, unbenownst to me but clearly “benownst” to most of Washington State’s residents, Long Beach Peninsula is a summertime mecca. Which means that in the winter it is blissfully uncrowded. Empty save for the local residents, the oysters, the clams and crabs. Deliciously empty. During the holiday break, we found ourselves […]
Why is it so hard to ask to share a plate in a restaurant? Last weekend, at a small breakfast, lunch and barista spot in Newport, Oregon, I needed to ask just that question. “Can we share a plate?” Sitting there with my friend, neither of us big eaters but […]
Travel writing is for reading and dreaming and tapping into another’s insights. I’ve been doing just that lately with a few stories from A Woman’s Path: Women’s Best Spiritual Travel Writing (published by Travelers’ Tales). With writers like Annie Lamott, Maya Angelou and Natalie Goldberg, it’s a book that you know is […]
As I walk, I’m aware that I share the wilderness path with many others. Still, at times I think, or maybe in truth I imagine, that I am walking and forging my own path, finding my own way through the trees; at other times, I know for sure I am simply following where others have led.