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The Journey – that’s what it’s all about

After two months of travelling on this cross-country trek, I finally have come up with the name of the blog as we near the end of our journey. According to one of my very favourite websites – Dicitonary.com – the word vagabond means: 1. wandering from place to place...

The Journey – Days 41-45

Lovin’ the easy life in The Big Easy What can one say that hasn’t been said a thousand times about one of the liveliest cities in America? A few observations though: Bourbon Street earns this city an alternate and less flattering moniker – The Big Sleazy. Since I...

The Journey – Days 32 to 41

Texas . . . it turns out . . .  is a big state! I know everyone says it but when you drive it from border to border (and around parts of it) over a period of days, this old truism is confirmed. From the New Mexico/Texas border through the West Texas desert area to...

The Journey – days 26-31

Of friends, frights and floods. Having lived in Texas for five years and having visited many times since, I thought I ‘knew’ Texas a bit but our drive through the west part of the state proved surprising. Mountains, rocks and sand – we’ve seen a lot of all three...

The Journey – Days 19-26

After driving through the desert and mountains for several days now, I think I’ve settled on ‘The Long and Winding Road’ as the blog title. Hairpin turns, switchbacks and steep descents countered by long stretches of a lonely, almost deserted highway make me think...

The Journey – Days 13-18

Five days in paradise – is how I would describe our time in Palm Springs, California. A few years ago, Ralph discovered his love of midcentury modern architecture. It took me a little bit longer to ‘get it’ but I too am now a MCM fan. Its simple beauty of clean lines,...

The Journey – Days 10-12

Breathtaking vistas interrupted by moments of utter frustration – that’s my description of driving through Colorado, Utah and Arizona to reach the Grand Canyon. Each bend in the road revealed a new view of the harshest landscape we’ve ever seen. Rugged beauty doesn’t...

The Journey – Days 8 & 9

“Just like something out of a movie,” is what we kept saying as we drove through Colorado National Monument. Visiting my brother, Lee and his family (wife Teresa and daughters Kathryn and Emma) in Grand Junction, Colorado, they generously shared the beauty of the...

The Journey – Day 8

John Denver was right – Colorado is a Rocky Mountain High! Stunned, amazed, thrilled, awed, tongue-tied – words inadequate to describing our reaction to driving through the Rocky Mountains on the way to Grand Junction. We admit to saying ‘Oh wow’ more than a few...

The Journey – Days 6 & 7

Denver does it right. What a beautiful city – from the view of the distant mountains to the Victorian architecture of the Capitol Hill area to blooming lilacs – a real treat for the senses. Still searching for a blog name and Up in Smoke, suggested by my...