More from: Travel

2016 in places

an actual travel post on what used to be a travel blog? A Festivus miracle. I began 2016 in Florida, for Billy Joel in Fort Lauderdale and will return to Florida late on New Years’ Day 2017. I was also there once in between to finally visit the Space Coast and the wonderful and historic […]


Gettysburg: a July journey to 1863

If you go to Gettysburg and take the time, maybe take a tour, maybe just drive around, read some of the monuments, read some of the plaques, you will come away changed. ~ Jeff Shaara I’m so irritated – I know I wrote up the previous trip to Gettysburg and I can see the category, […]


my inner Japan, 2016

You can take the girl out of Japan, but you can’t take the Japan out of the girl. Specifically, the love of cherry blossoms ingrained in me in April 2002 in Himeji and then again during April 2006 in Hiroshima. This El Nino’ed winter meant an early and short peak for this year’s blossoms. I […]


Southwest Day 2: Cortez to Taos

Ahh mountain air. Crisp, cool and slightly damp mountain air. Such a nice change from Swamp York City. My hotel in Cortez was only minutes from Mesa Verde so after a nice breakfast (Holiday Inn cinnamon rolls for the win!) I was on my way. To be honest, I’m glad I didn’t know what the […]


Exploring the South West: Day 1

1,297 photos, keeping 1,142 and 2.4GB of photos. Oh visiting a beautiful place.  This trip came about partially on a whim, partially driven by books.  There was a Jet Blue fare sale and an expiring flight credit, but there was also Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series which put Mesa Verde on my radar.  As I […]


50 before 50

Have I seriously never posted about the 50 before 50 aka visit all fifty states before I turn 50 challenge? Maybe because as of last year, I didn’t think it was going to happen: But 2015 has been very good for my progress: With this past week’s trip to New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado (amazing! […]


Review: Life on Foot by Nate Damm

It’s been a while since I read a walking book. I’m going to take a gander that the Saunter inspired it.   I can safely say that the walk Nate Damm covered in his Life On Foot: A Walk Across America book is one I’ll never undertake. But I loved reading every word of it. […]


Fire Inside: Oklahoma City

I’m reading The Fire Inside by Steve Delsohn after reading about it in an AskMe that was recently linked in Meta Talk.  I have no interest in becoming a firefighter, but it got me thinking. I knew it was somewhat dated as it didn’t cover 9/11, but it was only when I went to add […]


2014 revisits 2004

while looking for something else on my ancient LiveJournal, I found this “travel itinerary” from August 18, 2004. Nearly ten years on, time to revisit it. Walk El Camino de Santiago in Spain. Still on the list, although I’m not as passionate about doing it as I once was. It’s now more of a curiosity […]


99 places to go

well at least that’s the challenge I saw upon reading Daniel Smith’s 100 Places You Will Never Visit, one of the titles I’ve finished in a recent reading marathon that is bringing my 2014 total toward respectability. I’ve been to one, and if I can get there on a whim (albeit with a tour group), […]


Review: Where God Was Born

“In the Middle East, what you believe can still get you killed” After the post that was supposed to be about the book turned into an analysis of reading habits, it’s time to think about this book. As I mentioned, I read it on the iPad, so it wasn’t physically highlighted or dog eared, but […]


14.8 miles through DC

More photos here Back. Had an absolutely AMAZING time. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. Of course the map ended up wildly ambitious, which we expected. It still served as a good set of choices for things to do. Especially if you’re a history nut like I am. Part travel guide, part blog… We arrived […]


Memories: Travel and Otherwise

in which we briefly return to this blog’s origins as a travel blog inspired by Yom HaShoah I reread some of the posts from my Holocaust summer that included Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Terezin, among others. I learned so much that summer, but I was also saturated. After doing Poland, I couldn’t do the Berlin memorial. […]