Tuesday, January 31, 2012


We've all said it "Someday I'll_______" Just fill in the blank. But there is no someday, there is only this day, this moment, right now.
Yesterday is gone beyond our reach to change it; through regret or anger or desire. Tomorrow is not a promise but a chance to do better, do more, do over. Today is really all that we have, the here, the now.

Make yourself a promise, next time you hear yourself say someday ask yourself what stops someday from being this day?
We will do the things that we make a priority. If you want to travel make it a priority. It doesn't have to be a life changing or once in a lifetime trip. Maybe a road trip to a neighboring state, maybe a stay in a hotel in your city to see the sites like a tourist . Maybe it will be a once in a lifetime trip, whatever that means to you. Whatever kind of journey you want to take make it a priority this year.

Just get out there. Go and see what the world has to offer you. Shake up the status quo. Not all of our travels will be enlightening or even fun. Some of it will challenge us and make us wonder why we bothered. But it will always be an adventure, a departure from the day to day. There's something to be said for that and I for one embrace it.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Travels 2011

I had a great time traveling this past year. Travel almost always makes me happy and this last year definitely brought some unexpected treats. Dollywood for one. I had no idea what to really expect there and was pleasantly surprised by our visit. Second was the unexpected collection of Mold-A-Rama machines at the Knoxville Zoo. I added a bunch more MAR's to my collection. Yep, I have an actual MAR collection. It all started with a submarine from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and it sort of snowballed from there.

Below is my travel round-up for last year and some ideas for 2012.

Places we visited in 2011:

San Antonio, TX
Key West, FL
Providence, RI
Knoxville, TN
Pigeon Forge, TN (Dollywood!)
Savannah and Tybee Island GA
Hilton Head Island, SC
Elbert County, GA (Georgia Guidestones)

Some of those places will be repeated this year and there will be new places added. Of all of the places we visited last year I really enjoyed Savannah. What a charming city. And the beach at nearby Tybee Island was fun. I'll definitely be back for a return trip to the Savannah area.

Likely on the list for 2012 is Puerto Rico. I love Old San Juan. I could happily live at the Hotel El Convento. It's a fabulous boutique hotel in the middle of all that makes Old San Juan so special.

 I'll also be heading back to the quirky, fun, good time that makes Key West my favorite place ever. I need to get my fix of rum runners, conch fritters and Baby's coffee. Not to mention polydactyl cats and rooster alarm clocks. I love that place.

One final note...now that I have access to another computer I can add pictures to my posts this year. I really appreciate them in other blogs I read and I'm looking forward to putting some here.

Happy travels for 2012!