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Back in the flatland of Delaware: Lessons learned

November 2, 2017

November 2 – For two retired women, visiting five National Parks (plus Monument Valley) in 10 days was probably a bit ambitious. Now that the trip is over, we have some insights: Our favorite parks were Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches – close but roughly in that order. A revised itinerary would probably omit Canyonlands and Capitol Reef and spend more time exploring the other three. We did…

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Journey into silence

June 17, 2017

Silence is beckoning me now more than ever: the opportunity to be totally unplugged, without even a book other than the Bible and my journal. Several years’ worth of waxy yellow buildup are obscuring my true self. The last retreat I took was in 2012, with the Benedictine brothers in Weston, Vermont. It was not a silent retreat. This will be my fifth silent retreat. Except for meeting…

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A digital but devoted Lent

February 28, 2017

I need Lent more than ever this year. My spiritual goal is to immerse myself into it with practices that clear my head, stanch the flow of negativity, and lead me to be more mindful and prepared  to listen for the still, small voice of God. For one, I have resurrected this blog to chronicle the struggles of a 21st Century pilgrim navigating all the social media and…

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Off the bus reflections

June 9, 2016

Salt Lake City – June 9, 2016 Our  journey ended in Salt Lake City’s Temple Square with a Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsal, including a full orchestra. When in town, they rehearse on Thursdays. It was a thrilling experience that punctuated how varied this bus tour was – even though one of our group expressed a desire for more “show tunes.” We left Jackson at 8 a.m. and wound…

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Floating through Paradise

June 8, 2016

Jackson, Wyoming – June 8, 2016 Then there were the Grand Tetons. Floating down the Snake River, which was still turbid and swollen with snow melt, we called out jokingly about “rapids” ahead. It was calm enough to eat our lunches on board. I don’t think we even got wet, and I regretted leaving my Nikon on the bus. The young, jagged peaks of the Grand Tetons were…

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Yellowstone – a world apart

June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016 – Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park  Who would think four days (so far) on a bus would be so exhausting? Here we are in Yellowstone National Park, it is 8:49 p.m. and still light outside, and we really just want to go to bed. The last two days have been spent touring Yellowstone. We entered dramatically through Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance and…

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A view from the top of that hill

June 5, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Billings, Montana Probably no other scene of American history is more embedded in my psyche than Custer’s Last Stand. It’s a mythic story that has intrigued me since I read a children’s biography of George Armstrong Custer – no doubt a sanitized version of his life and what actually happened on June 25, 1876. Over the decades, my knowledge of the Battle of…

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The girls on the bus

June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3 – Rapid City, South Dakota One of the reasons we decided to launch this blog was to chronicle our “adventures” in the year that I turn 60 and Sue turns 70. We are now at the beginning of one of those adventures, having made it to Rapid City, South Dakota, for our first ever bus tour. It is a Caravan Tours expedition to Mount Rushmore,…

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Airbnb Uber Alles – Adventures in Charlotte

May 13, 2016

Standing on a street corner in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward at 5:15 a.m., a Jeep Cherokee comes rolling by slowly. I had just deposited an empty wine bottle in a recycling container, so I figured I was the one who seemed suspicious. The driver rolls down his window and asks, “Are you Lindsay?” He showed me his smart phone with Lindsay’s name and picture on it. That’s when I…