I am a sixth generation Texan, named for a multi-great grandmother who arrived in Texas in 1836 weeks before the battle at the Alamo. I grew up in Mississippi and New Orleans, have lived in both Seattle and Manhattan, and finally moved back to Texas in 1990’s.
I have a darling teenage daughter who heads off to university in the fall of 2017. I have been divorced and am now widowed. Finally, I am a colon cancer survivor.
My career has been in higher education, where I worked for over twenty-five years in many capacities, including teaching courses in web-related topics and managing academic departments. I am now writing and traveling full time — what a wonderful thing!
This website will be a forum for many things. I want to talk about life, in all of its rich, wonderful and terrifying forms. I want to share my travels, my thoughts on life, and my experiences as a woman and a mom. I want to talk about the nature of reality and the meaning of life, and to celebrate being alive.
Let’s go! — Two of my favorite words.
I seek to strike a balance between frequent travel and luxury travel.
By mixing intermediate and luxury, I can go more often. Sometimes this means staying at a pensione or a bed and breakfast for a couple of nights and high-end hotels on other nights — all on one trip. It might mean finding an amazing apartment, taking cooking lessons, and then trying the recipes myself.
I love to travel — whether it’s with my daughter, my sister, or friends — or by myself. Solo travel is very freeing — and I always meet interesting people. So far my journeys have taken me to four continents and thirty-five countries.
Combining Luxury Travel and Less Expensive Travel
My approach the last year or so?
One year, a luxury trip to Italy, and then went camping and hiking in Big Bend National Park. Tall ship cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterrean, then road trips to New Orleans. All fabulous trips, but very different — and they struck a balance. That’s what it’s all about for me — maximum enjoyment for my travel dollars.
I like many kinds of travel: road trips, cruises, camping, and posh city stays focused on theater and fine food. You’ll find all of those things in my blog.
Travel in 2017
Man, it’s been a BUSY year!
I started with a pilgrimage to the New York Times Travel Show in January of 2017. I figured it was a good place to start as I looked at turning my blog into my full-time job. Next came a big road trip to New Mexico, focused on Santa Fe and Ghost Ranch.
Following that, I hopped a plane to St. Maarten to board Windstar’s Wind Surf, for a lovely trip through the British Virgin Islands.
In May, I attended my first TBEX conference in Huntsville, Alabama. TBEX is one of the largest networking and educational events for the travel blogging community — and this was a great experience! Then after my daughter graduated from high school, we headed to Disney World with good friends.
In June, my daughter Catherine and sister Carolyn joined me for a family safari in Zambia — in the Luangwa River valley with Robin Pope Safaris. What an amazing time! Absolute trip of a lifetime.
In August, I helped Catherine move into her dormitory in New York, then headed to Italy for a little time in my beloved Florence (read A Tale of Two Davids written for TravelWorld Magazine). October? A flight to Ireland to attend TBEX Europe in Killarney.
Last big trip of 2017 . . . a road trip along Florida’s Atlantic coast: St. Augustine, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami — culminating in a two week cruise (Key West, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia) on the Celebrity Reflection.
I’m, um . . . a little tired :-).
What’s next? A nap?!
Stay tuned — I’m planning 2018.
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* * * Most of the photography on the site is my own. I also use photographs from Pixabay, and I purchase stock photos from Alamy, iStock Photo and 123RF Stock Photo.