Just go!

Posts have been few and far between for a number of different reasons, but quietly in the background, a trip to Paris has been planned! It’s getting very close to lift off, and I hope to have many pictures to share in the weeks to come.

somewhere over Minnesota, March 2016

Everyone I’ve talked to about Paris seems to have a strong opinion. It’s beautiful! The food was amazing! Wine is cheap! Paris in the Spring! You’ll love it! People are rude! Dog poop is everywhere! I would never go back!  I’ve tried to take those opinions with a grain of salt because travel is very personal, What one person thinks is an amazing destination, is on another person’s “I would never go there!” list.  (Jamaica is on that list for me.) My only travel advice is if you want to go somewhere, just go!

I thought it would be fun to pick just one photo from each of the last few trips to capture what I liked the most about each one.

Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton Alberta, Summer 2017 (one of the best places to watch a sunset!)

 

Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay, March 2017

 

Island Lake Lodge, August 2016 for a classic Canadian wilderness scene.

Prince Albert National Park, June 2016 (another classic Canadian wilderness scene)

New Orleans, March 2016. This was a hard one because I pretty much love everything about New Orleans. But one of my favourite things was walking along Royal Street at night in the French Quarter to take pictures of the window displays. This was in the window of the Red Truck Gallery.

Jasper National Park, July 2015. I love talking animal pictures.

Watching surfers, Maui, March 2105

This is not far from home at all…near Regina, summer 2015

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, June 2014

…and still one of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken…Great Bear Rainforest, June 2013

All of these pictures make me realize I’m very lucky to be able to travel and to see and experience many different places.

counting down the days…

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

Less than two weeks until the next trip!  🙂

the beach

Let’s go to the beach and stick our toes in the sparkling sand and watch the setting sun and the heaving and sighing of the waves and the golden ribbon on the water that disappears into the horizon…

Kaanapali Beach Sunset Waves 2

Kaanapali Beach, March 2015, one of my favourite pics this year (and one of my happy places!!)

Kaanapali Beach Reminiscing

I’ve collected quotes for as long as I can remember, and this is one of my favourites.  (I came across it again the other day and thought I’d share it with some of my favourite pictures from Kaanapali Beach in March – watching the sunset every night was my favourite part of the trip).

“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”

Kaanapali Beach Sunset 2 March 2015
Kaanapali Beach march 2015
Kaanapali Beach sunset March 2015

Surfing Goat Dairy

I like goats. I like goat cheese.  There’s a dairy farm on Maui called Surfing Goat Dairy that makes goat cheese and offers tours of their farm where you can feed the goats – how could we not visit it?  The GPS had other thoughts (you would think it would be impossible to get lost on Maui, but it is), but our slight detour had us arrive at Surfing Goat just as a tour was about to start.

The tour guide told us a lot of information about goats and breeding and goat cheese, but between feeding the goats and taking pictures, I don’t really remember any interesting tidbits to pass on, however, the goat cheeses we sampled at the end of the tour were delicious!

But I do have pics to share…

Surfing Goat 1

Surfing Goat 4 Surfing Goat 3 Surfing Goat 2How to be a good studSurfing Goat 5 Surfing Goat 8 Surfing Goat 7 Surfing Goat

 

wine in the rain

A little drizzle is no problem when this is the view while enjoying a glass of wine on vacation…

wine glass in the rain

The wine is a California Pinot Noir, Meiomi 2012, recommended by the bartender at the Castaway Cafe, the restaurant at Maui Kaanapali Villas. It’s not a fancy place, but the food is very good. Much better than meal we had at one of the restaurants at the fancy Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort next door. Let’s just say, it sure seemed like the fish in the fish and chips I ordered were straight from a box of frozen fish and chips, which is fine, if I’m at home and want to have fish and chips from a box (I had that for lunch the other day, in fact), but I’m not sure how you mess up fish in a place like Maui!  Anyway, if you’re visiting Maui and you want nice food in a low-key, relaxed setting Castaway Cafe is a great place to consider (they have a really nice wine list, too).

Haleakala mystery

Does anyone know what this is? I haven’t been able to figure it out.  I didn’t want to touch it so I don’t know if it was growing there (there were no other plants growing nearby) or more likely the wind blew it there. Whatever the case, I’m always attracted to colour so I was intrigued enough to walk off the path and check it out.

Haleakala colour