Tagged: North America

If You Could Go Anywhere…

“How did this even happen?” Martin asked me as we walked the city streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It had finally stopped raining. We’d been back in Minneapolis for a week, hibernating inside a friend’s...

Apple Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Swirl

During one of our afternoons in New York City, Martin and I visited the Morgan Library with my cousin and her 16-week-old daughter. On display was a new exhibit of Ernest Hemingway’s letters and...

Minnesota to Florida in 5 Days

I walked into the little round house on the tip of Pine Island Florida. The sight of it swept my breath away. All I could say was “Wow” as I roamed around seeing familiar...

Superior Hiking Trail: The Brutal Beauty

We had five extra days in Minnesota with no plans. After seeing familiar sites and familiar faces for the past 8 weeks, we decided to go someplace new – we decided to hike part...

Returning is Impossible

Minneapolis has been rainy, cold, and windy since we arrived a week ago. The weather has shrouded us in a depressing gloom that even chocolate zucchini cupcakes cannot shrug off. (So much zucchini!) I...

Budgeting for Long-Term Travel

Well, we have returned to Minnesota. I feel quite strange to be surrounded by so many familiar people and sites. We were traveling for 392 days. Essentially, we’re still traveling since we are staying...

Portland’s Rose Garden – Georgia O’Keeffe Style

After visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, I became inspired to create more intimate photographs through extreme close up shots. Coupled with my intense focus on everything subtle during the recent meditation course,...

Learning to Love Vipassana Meditation

The rules were strict. We turned in our car keys, our cell phones, and they locked the gate. The schedule was grueling with at least 10 hours of meditation every day starting at 4:30...

New Mexico Deserves More Time

New Mexico surprised me. Albuquerque especially. We rolled into town late at night and immediately found delicious local beer at Marble Brewery. I admit, we probably drank more coffee than needed thanks to the...