Road tripping along California's Eastern Sierra and a few tips to help you plan your own road trip

Road tripping along California's Eastern Sierra and a few tips to help you plan your own road trip

Road trips are a blast! From the planning stage to the last bend in the road, you will be continually inspired by all of the spontaneity and discovery that naturally happens when you travel by auto.

You are on the move discovering new places. Your curiosity is peaked. You feel really, really good.

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Explore a park this SPRING

Explore a park this SPRING

I just got back from a few days in the Columbia Gorge, one of the most lush natural areas in the Pacific Northwest.

I returned home believing that exploring a park or some other natural area might be the next best thing you can do for yourself this spring. Here is a bit of description about our recent excursion to the Columbia Gorge. 

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Next City walk with Nature Me - October 31

WALK THIS WAY. Seattle's Beautiful Washington Park Arboretum Come walk with us! We are leading free, fun and interesting urban nature walks around the greater Seattle area. See details below for our upcoming October 31 walk. Description: This gorgeous walk starts and ends at the south end of Washington Park Arboretum near the Japanese gardens. (Check our option below about the Japanese garden add-on.) The arboretum is a 230-acre outdoor gallery of sorts. The north end of the park spills into Lake Washington with Marsh and Foster Islands making up that part of the park habitat. From there, it stretches south through a beautiful land of plant collections.
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20 inspirational writing tips for your travel journal

20 inspirational writing tips for your travel journal

"Women have always yearned for faraway places. It was no accident that a woman financed the first package tour of the New World, and you can bet Isabella would have taken the trip herself, only Ferdinand wouldn't let her go." -Roslyn Friedman, 1924, American Writer.

Today, we no longer yearn for those faraway places, we just get up and go. And like Isabella, according to travel expert Marybeth Bond of the Gutsy Traveler, women are still "fueling an explosive growth in the travel industry." We make 80 percent of the travel decisions, regardless of who we are travelling with, and spend billions of dollars on travel each year.

So since we are powerful women travelers spending all that money, we absolutely want to get the most out of our travels. Photographs aside, keeping a travel journal is one of the best ways to do this. 

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What do owls, skinny legs, and thrift-store flannels have in common?

What do owls, skinny legs, and thrift-store flannels have in common?
I'm perched on a rock in a canyon just above Page Springs campground and am barely breathing. A few feet away is a Western Screech Owl sleeping in a Juniper tree. We've been looking for awhile to find him. Two times yesterday and then again this morning. He is almost half-way up the tree--next to the trunk--probably about ten feet up.
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Something's in the air and it ain't love, but it's almost as good

The falling water was mesmerizing. Never-ending as it tumbled down the basalt rocks to a pool that was a couple of hundred feet below. Thunderous, gushing water. Its powerful splashes sending waves of swirling water and mist everywhere, covering the rocks, stone path, ferns, moss and my face. I took a deep breath.
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