Finger Lakes trip yields photos, memories and writing awards

Spring is in full, beautiful bloom in the Finger Lakes region of New York, site of this month’s meeting of the Midwest Travel Writers Association. In addition to lots of  photos, oodles of story ideas and great memories, I brought home three Mark Twain awards, including a first place, in MTWA’s annual travel writing  competition. … Continue Reading →

From floating high in a hot air balloon to renewing wedding vows deep in a cave, 2014 was a year of travel ups and downs

From floating in a hot-air balloon high above the cactus-spiked desert north of Phoenix, Arizona, to renewing our wedding vows 50 feet underground in Bridal Cave at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, my 2014 travel year had its ups and downs. Literally. But, thankfully, even the “down” was an up in a year of travel … Continue Reading →

Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this weekend

There’s nothing like going up against a wall — the Berlin Wall — to appreciate the freedom of movement we enjoy here in the U.S.A. Even though I was outside, in the open, looking at remnants of the Wall during my spring visit to Berlin, a feeling of claustrophobia washed over me. Strolling along the … Continue Reading →