This, and the photos below, are in Jerusalem on our trip there in March. It was so incredibly good we're going back later this summer and working on an archaeological dig with UNC Charlotte with the same folks from the March trip.



















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A Whole Year

March 25, 2013

Tags: writing, retirement, Ashe County, snow, vacation, Alps, France, Switzerland, RailRiders, Wilderness Travel, Jerusalem

Last week I was going through the mail and just as I was about to toss the latest RailRiders catalogue into the recycle bag, look what jumped out at me. This (see right) is a picture of Henry and I on our epic adventure last March. We went snowshoeing in the Alps with Wilderness Travel. What a great trip it was.

It's frankly pretty hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since that trip. No wonder I'm itching to be planning something else. So itching that I think I've gotten myself in kind of a stale rut. Just one month after being in El Salvador with my fellow Habitat cult members (see my previous blog post on this subject), I'm already wishing on a Spring jaunt of some kind, a summer idyll, a Fall adventure.

Most of the major trip possibilities are dependent on Henry and his school adventures. If, for example, we go to Jerusalem on an archeological dig with UNC Charlotte at the end of June, we won't go on a Wilderness Travel hike in Europe. And, Fall looks like the University of Aberdeen for some concentrated study for Henry with our Professor friends there. Of course, I will tag along for a Scotland adventure. (more…)

Trip to the Alps - Extraordinary

March 24, 2012

Tags: Alps, France, Switzerland, mountains, Mont Blanc, Geneva, snowshoe

We have returned from our trip of a lifetime. To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary we booked a trip with Wilderness Travel for snowshoeing in the Alps. Friends who have been on trips with the company highly recommended them and we were ready to go for it.

Since early November, we worked on, working up to, this trip. Diets and keeping strict track of all food (myfitnesspal.com) kicked off our process. By two months out, we were doing daily workouts or hikes. I even wore my boots on the elliptical. It really paid off. We were in top shape and did very well physically - no injuries, little soreness, etc. By the end of the days, we were tired, but a good tired. (more…)

Breaking Out

April 13, 2010

Tags: fly, travel, get away, Italy, France, NZ, Switzerland, Wilderness Travel, hike

As you can see from the picture at right, lots of people are going places this morning via the skies over Ashe County, NC. Even Ginny the cat seems fascinated by the white streaks across the clear blue; she is ignoring the birds in my office window in favor of the moving lines. I have no idea what weather, wind, or air traffic control in Charlotte, or Roanoke, or wherever, is causing all of this activity.

But, I can tell you this: I want to be on one of these planes bad. (more…)