Windmills, waders and wild roosters

A boat/bike cruise is a perfect way to explore the charming towns as well as the serene farmlands and woodlands of the Netherlands. A week aboard the boat provided us with well-marked bike routes, interesting harbor visits and some delicious cuisine to savor along the way. Cruising through the lush countryside and through charming villages …

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DIKES AND BIKES – Wandering the Netherlands

The barge glides steadily through the gentle waters of the Ijssel River whose banks are lined with river rock and sandy beaches normally submerged under the water. This year has been particularly dry in the Netherlands with rainfall at record lows, and the river level sits three meters below normal. But today, the sky is …

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Altitude High

Traveling to far away places and writing about them can be exhilarating.  But so can wandering to places near your own backyard.  It really makes you appreciate what you have...especially when its' very existence is threatened.     Colorado Wildfire Update:  Spring Creek Fire has grown to over 100,000 acres Third largest fire in Colorado …

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Mamma Mia On Crete

(*Update:  Book release date April 30, 2019) Writing a book is like birthing a baby.   Except the labor has been over two years long.  There were moments I literally screamed, "I CAN'T DO THIS!" but it was there inside me demanding to be born.  And I knew that the labor would produce a happy ending.  …

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Savoring Mexico City

Our first travel adventure of 2018 started out as a seed of an idea to accompany my nephew and his wife on a easy(?) trekking holiday in Patagonia.  After reconsidering the amount of time and hassle to get there for only a week’s time, we looked into Nicaragua or perhaps Costa Rica.  Same problem.  We …

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Wander, Linger Savor Christmas

I’ll come right out and say it…this is the hardest time of year to write a blog post about slowing down. I’ve already failed miserably at not “shoulding” on myself. I should send out Christmas cards. I should bake all those cookies. I should have my shopping done. I should have the tree decorated by …

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Savor Autumn

I walked into our local Home Depot yesterday and was immediately accosted by a forest of pre-lit Christmas trees and animated Santa figures.  For a fleeting moment I panicked thinking , "Wow!  I haven't finished (or even started ) my Christmas shopping."  I felt strangely off balance, like I'd been whisked ahead into December.  For …

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Three things I love about Crete

Gazing out of the clouded airplane window, I absentmindedly take note of the expansive blue beneath me, We are flying over the Mediterranean Sea in route to the island of Crete. A German voice over the intercom jolts me out of my daydreaming and soon the english translation follows. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are beginning …

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Hidden Heidelberg

On every leg of our journey, God gave us protection, provision and especially people who made our journey memorable. The German people work hard and play harder. If there is a way to make a game of it all, they will figure it out - strict rules included, of course. They can be stoic and …

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Biking through Wine Country

The Freiburg/Marbach area of Germany is famous for its wines made from Riesling (white), Topplinger (red) and Lemberger (rose) grapes. The hills in this region are covered with terraced vineyards between small towns nestled at the water’s edge of the Neckar. One of our favorite stops was at Besigheim. It oozes charms of the old …

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