28 posts

No passport stamp upon entry!?!

And I almost abandoned my trekking poles! All went smoothly when I deplaned in London Heathrow Airport. I followed the signs and arrows. I smiled for the camera when I presented my passport to a digital reader (passport control) and continued to baggage reclaim (via “nothing to declare” signs). I […]

Angels on the Camino

Have you ever wondered why complete strangers enter your life, bring a little brightness to you only to disappear as quickly? Do you believe in angels? When I say angels, I’m referring to givers of random acts of kindness. I have received such kindness, and then paid it forward by […]

A Day Trip to Denali National Park

Shall we go for a drive? It was a lovely Spring day in May when I drove south about 120 miles to visit Denali National Park. Because I was in no hurry to get there, I pulled over to read historical markers and take in the scenery. As a matter […]

My Aurora Borealis Experience

The Bucket List Do you have a bucket list? Is it written down somewhere with check marks aside the items you’ve accomplished? Well, my bucket list is a combination of jotted down notes and a mental list. Because I tend to change my mind,  so does my list. One of […]

Let’s Chat!

I have had friends tell me that they want to contact me while I am out and about. And I, too, want to chat with you. Please send any private messages to me via the comment box below. It will ask for you to provide your email address before the […]

My Next Adventure: The Ireland Way

I have been planning for this trip since the day I returned from the UK last fall. This time I am planning to walk the length of Ireland – 620+ miles – starting in the southwestern village of Castletownbere and finishing at the geological wonder in Northern Ireland – the […]

Skara Brae Orkney

Orkney Island Whirlwind Tour

  Farewell Shetland, Hello Orkney     How Far Ahead Do You Plan ? To keep my journey flexible, I don’t plan my next accommodation too far in advance. Sometimes I book 1 to 2 days ahead, however, this is high season so I decided to start checking 2 weeks in advance. […]

Papa Stour’s Organic Farm

WWOOF Before I started my travel adventures for this year I signed up with the U.K. chapter of an organization called WWOOF — Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. The opportunity available to me is to volunteer my time and skills at a host farm and they provide room and board. […]

Shetland: Ponies and Other Stuff

      This is is the fourth article of my series on touring Shetland. I have one more article about Shetland to follow.     Shetland Museum When I visit a new destination one of the things I like to do is visit the local history museum. These museums […]

Shetland: Ponies and a Hostel

        This is the third article of my series on touring Shetland. Islesburgh House Hostel is a Great Home Base for Day Tripping Shetland has a wonderful bus and ferry system with friendly drivers. The buses have routes that take you to many of the archeological and […]

Shetland: Ponies and Archaeology

  This is the first of a series of articles about my touring around Shetland.     First Stop: Tourist Information Before I succumbed to sleep too early in the day I decided to walk to the town center and check out the iCentre – the Visit Scotland tourist information […]

Credit Card Fraud? Not Always

So, life on the road in Scotland is not all rainbows and unicorns. I was staying at a hostel in Broadford on the Isle of Skye. With a poor internet connection provided by the hostel, I was trying to purchase a bus ticket online to Fort William for the next […]