I think all those who know me, know that I share a deep connection to my dad and his love for the sea. It has always been the place where I can talk with him, find strength and courage and perhaps find out a little bit more about me. With the pulse of the waves running through my veins, I am able to cleanse my soul, face my insecurities and find the inspiration to listen to my heart, follow my dreams and journey on. ~ Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, Maine.
Home with so many wonderful memories and images reflecting the coast of Maine. One destination I had in mind on my journey was to experience the small fishing villages hidden among the many coves along the atlantic.
For Mainers, lobster communites are a way of life. Seeing the preparation for the upcoming season was quite evident with stacks of lobster traps, ropes and buoys everywhere,, I was certainly eager to learn more of their livelyhood as I drove the winding roads thr...ough these peninsulas
I stopped and talked with Daniel a local who shared many fun facts, but a couple really stood out. He described this industry as "the wild west on water". Theft is very prevelant with people poaching fisherman's pots (traps). "We all carry guns and will use them without hesitation!" Another was that trappers are not allowed to lift any pots from the water from 4pm on Saturdays to 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday mornings. This law is in effect from June to September. Daniel's take on this w...
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T. S. Eliott
The town of Manteo on Roanoke Island is rich in history. The Elizabeth II is an exact replica of the ship used by Sir Walter Raleigh to bring the first settlers to Roanoke. Manteo is also know as "The Lost Colony" as the settlers disappeared when they waited 3 years for sup
Psalms Chapter 121, Verse 1 ~ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
The Fred Symmes Chapel sits high on the edge of the mountain outside Cleveland, SC. Driving 5 hours through the night, then winding up a narrow mountain road having little idea what waited for us at the top. I walked in to this outdoor house of worship and my breathe was literally taken away. I remember saying out loud, "Holy, Lord Jesus, this is beautiful". Truly one of the most beautiful places I have seen.
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” ~ John Barrymore.
After visiting the enchanted Magnolia Plantation the fall of 2014, I knew I wanted to see these beautiful gardens in full bloom. Unfortinately a couple of days before our visit, mother nature decided to throw a curve ball, laying down a killing two day freeze. It was ceratinly disappointing to see the azeleas limp and hanging on the bushes. Once I overcame the disheartenment, I realized that the dying blooms actually added to the charm of this almost two century year old plantation.
Soul cleansing, soul inspiring ~ The north shore of Minnesota seems to have that effect on me and I spent the last 2 days doing just that, cleansing my soul and finding a spark of inspiration that seemed to be missing lately. With temps below zero the shore is even better for the soul.
I was up at 4 am on Saturday and drove from Minneapolis to the border of Canada. stopping to capture the beauty along the way. With the likes of Steely Dan, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Jackson... Browne and many more of the best singer-song writers from the 70's to keep me company, I found myself completely lost in the journey and that my friends is a wonderful feeling!
I stayed last night at the Hungry Hippie Hostel and was greeted by amazing hosts, made new friends and with no cell services, I was more relaxed and slept better than I have in weeks.
This morning, with the temperature at -14 degrees, I headed to the shore and was awestruck with what waited for me as the new day started to peek over the horizo...
Sometimes you need to reconnect with your soul. When life seems a bit overwheliming, you feel the need to escape a bit, find a place where things will just be a little easier.
My exact thought process when I booked a short trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. What I found was. life isn't always going to be easy, you have to work though the challenges to find the real reward. Finding this w...aterfall...proof. I was exhausted, but decided to hike the "moderate" climb through the Eagle Creek Canyon. For me, this was anything but moderate. 25 lbs of gear, obviously out of shape from winter and did I mention exhausted? I took off on the "short" 2 mile hike...straight up 500 feet, on a 3 foot wide, rocky path carved into the wall canyon. There are places the path was so narrow, there are cable lines built into the walls for stabilty.
Wanting to turnback several times, I kept pushing myself though this amazing rainforestt with views that were beyond spectacular to the summit and this b...