New Zealand Coast: Simpsons Beach

Simpsons Beach

On the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand, is a beach town called Whitianga in the Mercury Bay. It’s a sweet place, though heavy with tourists in the summertime. Luckily for me, and now for you, I know of another beach right up the road that’s perfect for … Continue reading

Not Your Momma’s Travel App…

Field Trip

…though your mom will enjoy it, too, particularly because this specific app lets you know when you’re near a site that was made famous by a woman in history. For instance, from where I’m writing, when I click into the app, I find three historic sites within .8 miles (attributed to Arcadia Publishing, which has … Continue reading

Alaska: The Last Frontier

A waterfall in Girdwood, Alaska.

Alaska State Nickname: The Last Frontier State Motto: “North to the Future” Origin of the Name Alaska: The word Alaska is from the Aleut Indian word “alaxsxaq” or “agunalaksh,” meaning “the mainland” or “shore”. As you might have guessed, I’ve recently returned from my first trip to The Last Frontier. My best friend, Shane, moved … Continue reading

Squam Lake, New Hampshire – May 2010

Squam Lake, New Hampshire - May 2010

I attended a three-day writer’s retreat at the end of May 2010. Friends of friends have a property with two cabins, a dock, kayaks, and several large porches with comfy chairs, all of which we took advantage of in-between writing sessions.