Mother’s Day Traditions

This year we decided to try something besides the normal Mother’s Day brunch. My Mom’s bestie, Gail, has a family home in Naples, Florida. Not one of those crazy McMansions but a wonderfully comfortable home base for relaxation and tons of beach time. The three of us were in need of some strict R&R. The timing was perfect! (more…)

I am Not Lost

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.”


The words written by J.R.R. Tolkien in Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring have been whittled down by many, particularly in the travel sphere, to simply “Not all those who wander are lost.” For simplicity, I personally have adopted the popular version which removes ‘those’ from the phrase. (more…)

Meli Goes to DC

By the time I was 3 months old, I already traveled through 4 States and our Nation’s Capitol! Mom and Dad wanted to go to DC to support their photographer friend from Hawaii, Bruce Omori of Extreme Exposure. He won a place in the Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition (if you’d like to learn more about the Exhibition, you can check out this link: Nature’s Best Photography). I traveled well, so they say. I couldn’t see anything except for the inside of the car so there wasn’t much to do but sleep. (more…)

Follow on Twitter!

I am tweeting each of our 50 States to see what they would suggest someone do if they only have 24 hours to spend in their wonderful State. Certainly a tall order to fill, but I anticipate and look forward to some interesting suggestions. Please follow along and participate. I’ll be using #50Sts to keep track so be sure to include that in your responses!

Just the Two of Us

It was our first vacation together. Just the two of us; Ed and I. The day after Thanksgiving in 2008, we hopped aboard a plane from Columbus, Ohio to Las Vegas, Nevada. I have to admit that I was a little nervous. Would I get on his nerves? Would he get on mine? The dynamic can so easily change when you’re traveling and have only each other, and the occasional interaction with complete strangers. (more…)