My husband Gary & I have written and photographed our travels for magazines and in four travel guidebooks for Falcon Press Publishing. We’ve been happy travelers as well as the unhappy version. We’ve been traveling for more than thirty years. Planes, trains, automobiles, buses, cruise ships, and pickup campers have carried us on journeys to half of the fifty states and sixteen foreign countries. We’ve traveled for business; we’ve traveled for pleasure. We’ve traveled with a baby, a teenager, and with Grandma.

 

But it is through our experiences during sixteen years of owning a lakeside resort that we have truly come to know the travelers’ soul. We’ve been a part of family reunions, funerals, and weddings. We’ve hosted one night stands and fiftieth wedding anniversaries. We’ve been cursed at, laughed at, and physically threatened. We’ve been written about kindly and not so kindly. We’ve made life-long friends and thousands of casual acquaintances. We’ve had incidents involving sheriffs, firefighters, and brain surgeons. We could write quite a comedy about all of the things we have seen and experienced at our little resort.

Maybe someday we’ll write a movie script, but the posts here have one purpose: to bring happiness and hope to the travel weary and the travel leery. We want literally, to move you.

Traveling is life at its most exhilarating. It IS life.

We sincerely hope that on these pages you find something to laugh about, something that reminds you of why you love to travel, and at least one “ah-ha” moment that moves you to action. So read on, then start planning your next trip. Here’s hoping it’s a happy one.

Pasta Recipe: Easy Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon

Pasta Recipe: Easy Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon

I LOVE PASTA After visiting Italy for the second time, I felt a strong need to share my love some of my favorite Italian pasta dishes with friends—especially carbonara. The only problem is that making carbonara can get tricky. But you know me—I can find a...

Milan: The Duomo and the Galleria in Photos

Milan: The Duomo and the Galleria in Photos

The city center in Milan is a photographer's dream. The architecture unfolds detail by detail, changing subtly with every hour of changing daylight. The image above is titled "Galleria Nights." This is a post for The Weekly Postcard Blog Link-up. Find...

21 Ways Luxury Cruises are so Un-cruisey

21 Ways Luxury Cruises are so Un-cruisey

Luxury Cruises Go Beyond the Cruise Norm No tipping. On luxury cruises, tips are usually either included in the cruise fare (without any break down) or are added to your bill automatically. This is a trend across all levels of cruising but has been...

#TravelTruth: Scuba Diving Bonaire on the Cheap

#TravelTruth: Scuba Diving Bonaire on the Cheap

If you scuba dive you have no doubt heard of Bonaire. You've probably dreamed of Bonaire. The island in the deep Southern Caribbean, neighbor to Aruba and Curacao, is ringed by one of the most protected reef systems in the world. The reefs have been...

Gear Up! For Snorkeling

Gear Up! For Snorkeling

Note: This post contains affiliate links. Specifically, the photos and some text may link to products on Amazon.com. Read our policy here. Fins for Snorkeling There are two basic types of fins available, open-heel and full-foot. If you dive and snorkel or are serious...

Catch Up on Our Travel Pulse Stories

Catch Up on Our Travel Pulse Stories

Stories on Travel Pulse These are often the first stories we write when we return home, mainly because Travel Pulse excites us. We hope it does the same for you. Our spring travels took us back to Bonaire to see the new Marriott Courtyard, which we adored. We also...

Shore Diving on Bonaire

Shore Diving on Bonaire

Is shore diving right for you? Self-guided shore diving adds a whole new dimension to your diving repertoire. It's inexpensive and leisurely. You start and finish on your own schedule, seeing what you want to see, not what a dive guide wants to show you. If that...