We flew as far as Houston so far. We have a three-hour layover here. Yia Yia Mary's Pappas Greek Kitchen with a wonderful gluten-free salad. Hopefully, my stomach will settle down. It really wants me to run to Costa Rica instead of fly, or maybe fight my way there through the sky. Not sit calmly … Continue reading Preparing to go to Costa Rica
I've been here for two months enjoying the trails and my grandchildren Winter here is temperate and comfortable for a light jacket. Some trees have shed their leaves, but the marvelous live oaks hold on tight until spring. Their branches dance this way and that, reaching down and up. They maintain peaceful groves throughout the … Continue reading Leaving Austin TX
My first child was overdue, and a c-section. her conception was an act of joy, a miracle that combined two sets of genes in love. Once conceived she grew on her own. All I needed to do was eat. My first book a mixture of events written on many pages did not write itself, in … Continue reading Women’s Writing Retreat at The Clearing Am I Pregnant Again?
Harvesting and cooking with a Bunya nut.
Beacon Rock The greatest honor is for a friend to share their home with me. The greatest gift is when they share their favorite place. Today my dear friend took me on her favorite hike here near Portland Oregon. It is winter here raining and snowing at higher elevations. She said "You have to climb … Continue reading Friends at Beacon Rock
People asked me how could you be confined to a boat for 22 days. Don't you get stir crazy? Don’t you get bored? First of all I’ve never been actually bored sailing even in a 25 foot sailboat. It was a state of meditation, at one with the waves, the wind and the clouds. How … Continue reading Cruising Never Bored
After we left Bora, Bora, we sailed to Papeete a modern city with a port. We docked at the port for the day. We spent the morning walking around the city and took a tour called Snapshots of Tahiti in the afternoon. Again it was warm and humid. We were the only cruise ship in … Continue reading Papeete, French Polynesia
Bora Bora in French Polynesia I was very excited as we pulled into port after another four days at sea. We were going to be the only cruise ship docked there and we had to ride in a tender to get to shore. We assembled in the Queens room to get our … Continue reading Bora Bora
Historic postcard Cruisers being greeted in Honolulu in the early 20th century After four days at sea we arrived in Honolulu. It has changed yet remains the same since my mother came here on the Makura in 1923. One can compare her ship the Markura to the Cunard Queen Elizabeth: Due to the 1,000 … Continue reading First Stop Honolulu
I’d been sailing, for days at a time on the Great Lakes and in the Whitsunday Islands, the hard way. I’d never been part of a traveling city party. My brother said, “You will like cruising, it will be wonderful.” But I wasn’t sure, sitting around all day eating, socializing did not seem to be … Continue reading Cruising, Eating, Eating, Eating