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Visiting the Doctor Who Shop Vicariously

My new friend, Janet of Janet’s Notebook’s, visited The Isle of Wight and the Doctor Who store there recently and sent me scrapbook virtual postcards of her trip. Please forgive the indulgence as I share them with you and preserve them here so I can look at them forever! As a major Doctor Who fan, […]

Flying, Driving, Walking: Changing Our Perspectives on Traveling

The Arctic Tern has been found to have the longest annual migration of any animals in the world, traveling 44,000 miles in ten months, the equivalent of three round trips to the moon from earth in its lifetime of about 30+ years. When I think about how much and how far we’ve traveled, the Tern […]

Snow on the Road

I love driving in the snow. Yeah, I know that most people freak out, but I’ve always been calm and cool when driving in winter conditions, even extreme. I know what I’m doing and I have total confidence in my abilities. What I don’t have confidence in are the other people. I was thrilled when […]

Fecking Travel Today

Bill Morton of Australia sent me this wonderful video link. Fascinating Aïda is a three-woman satirical cabaret act from the UK. This is video from their popular “Cheap Flights” song describing what you really get when you buy a cheap flight online. It so sums up my travel life in so many ways. With almost […]

Which RV to Choose for Travel and Life on the Road

I’m constantly asked which vehicle or trailer to choose when making a decision to take your camera and life on the road. My answer never varies. Here it is. There are a lot of articles out there with one view or the other on what type of recreational vehicle you should choose for travel. I’ve […]

The Story of the Magical Mystery Door

Originally published on Google+ Shashi Bellamkonda took this amazing photograph of my magical mystery door when he was visiting our home outside of Portland, Oregon. Here’s the story of the door. When I was a child, we’d make frequent trips over the Cascade Mountains to visit family in Eastern Washington. Just before Leavenworth was “The […]

Exploring Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia

Recently, Dave Moyer and I spent a week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, attending conferences and working long hours. On our way out of town, we took a few hours out to visit Granville Island, a favorite touristy hot spot in Vancouver I’ve enjoyed visiting since I was a child. Having been a couple decades […]

Ye Old Curiosity Shop in Seattle

Ye Old Curiosity Shop along the Seattle waterfront at Pier 54 has been a touch stone for me growing up. I visited often as a child and loved heading over there when I was working across the street from the Seattle Ferries. Returning to Seattle recently, I was delighted to return to a favorite landmark […]

The Troll Under the Aurora Bridge, Seattle

I lived for many years on the north point of the Aurora Bridge in downtown Seattle, Washington. In 1990, neighborhood arts programs brought a long time childhood bedtime story – or threat – to life under the bridge. Growing up as a native of Washington, specifically Seattle, parents threatened their children with punishment from the […]

Podcasting From the Road

My business partner, Dave Moyer of Bitwire Media, WordCast, and other ventures, and I spent several weeks on the road 24/7 traveling from Chicago to Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, then Vancouver, BC, and back to Seattle, then Portland. It was non-stop movement. He was worried when it came time to do the first podcast on […]

Brent and His Practice Guitar

My husband, Brent VanFossen, plays classical guitar as well as steel guitar, specifically fingerstyle. He’s been playing since he was a kid, rock and roll style, and learned how to do fingerstyle guitar while we were in Israel, then realized he needed to go back to the basics and started on classical guitar training. He’s […]

Journal: December 18, 1996 – Friday the 13th The Journey Begins

The following is a draft of chapter one of our book, Home is Where Lorelle Is about what started as a one year life on the road experience that turned into almost 16 years living on the road traveling across the planet. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — […]

How Travelers Waste Money on the Road

Fodors offers “8 Ways Travelers Waste Money on the Road”, which offers some good basic tips: Not reading the fine print on the credit card for foreign transaction fees. Avoiding hotel websites – online prices can be cheaper. Travel only during high seasons – off season can save you money. Renting cars – use your […]

Will the EU Ban Smoking?

According to the International News Tribune, the health chief of the EU recommends a smoking ban for the European Union countries. The European Union’s health chief urged all countries in the bloc Tuesday to prohibit smoking in public places, following bans in Ireland, Italy and Sweden. Banning smoking in places like bars, restaurants and the […]

UK Flights Hit With Another Tax Increase for Pollution

BBC News reports an air tax increase for all flights from the UK. Laws doubling the amount of passenger duty people pay when taking flights from the UK have come into force. The increase was announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown last December. He said airlines should pay more for damaging the environment. Hundreds of thousands […]