At this point in my evolution, I want to hike, birdwatch, stargaze, sleep in my own bed, eat my own food, and drink my own wine. That's not too much to ask is it?
|Land Between the Lakes, KY - en route to Minot, ND|
Sharon and I lost touch when my dad retired from the Air Force in 1969. But we found each other online in 2001 (32 years later!) and met up in Minot to spend 3 days touring our old neighborhood on base. We had a blast! And laughed just as much as ever - maybe more than in 2nd grade. Only this time, instead of milk, she made beer come outta my nose!
Just a few weeks after our trip was over, 9/11 happened. I'm so grateful we were able to revisit the base when we did. We wouldn't have gotten another chance to do so for years to come, as it turned out.
|Desoto State Park, AL - Mother's Day 2002|
Same tent as in the previous photo. I still have that 8x8 Coleman - a great little shelter. You can see John peeking out from behind it. I wonder what he was cooking?
|Lakepoint State Park, AL - Summer 2002|
This was a trip we took with my brother-in-law Vic and niece Lily. The boys slept in the tent. See Sparkle and Ellie in the middle looking for truffles. They've been gone for 4 years now. We sure miss 'em!
|Leaaving for Lake Martin, AL - date unknown. Judging by the foilage, I'd say it was Fall.|
|Winter camping en la casita - Cheaha State Park|
|That's me after scarfing down a breakfast of pancakes and bacon. Pure happiness!|
(Sorry about the picture quality. All of these were taken before I joined the digital revolution).
|In 2003, it was back to the solo car-and-hotel mode of travel. Hotels have their advantages, but lugging one's stuff from car to room (and back again) is not one of them.|
The above photo was taken at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Outer Banks, NC. I was there in December which explains the winter coat. And the fact that I was the only guest in the entire hotel!
Then I worked 3 travel nurse jobs over a 3-year period that took me from CA (2004), CO (2005) and New York City (2006). A great way to travel and really get to know a place. In 2007, I took the faculty job and then became a student myself in 2009. Thus my traveling days came to a sudden painful grinding halt.
I need to fix that!