Done for the day: Portland Pier, Portland, Maine

Travel theme: Calm at Portland Pier

  Even the seagulls may have been surprised at the sunset calm on the waters.  Portland Pier buzzes with activity during the day, but when rays lengthen and urban waterside buildings glow with late-day light, a sense of calm falls over everyone. Even boats stand ready  —  and calm — while diners at J’s Oyster […]

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Travel theme: Stepping it up in Varenna, Italy

This week’s Travel Theme: Steps from Ailsa who writes the blog Where’s My Backback? reminded us of the many steps we took in Varenna, Italy.  Walking there can be a challenge, if all you’re accustomed to is your fitness routine on even pavement in your neighborhood.  Walks in Varenna are definitely a step up, but when you’re […]

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Travel theme: Big Orange Sugar

When this week’s travel theme from Ailsa’s blog Where’s My Backpack? appeared in my mailbox, I immediately thought of a fundraiser for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library called The Great Cake Bake, celebrating books and the host of the event: the University of Tennessee.  With that in mind, I searched my photo bank, and here are three […]

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Travel theme: Flowers in the Rain

We didn’t have to travel far to accept the challenge posed on Ailsa’s blog, Where’s My Backpack.  In fact, it was a treat to combine our usual morning walk with this week’s rain theme and a reason to stop and look closely at flowers along the way.     From Southern magnolias in all their splendor . . […]

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Travel theme: Turquoise in South Carolina

We were traveling on the coast of South Carolina when Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack posted her travel theme for the week:  Turquoise.  Beach towns are filled with this cheery color, so finding photo-worthy shots posed no problem. At Harbor Town in Hilton Head’s Sea Pines Plantation stands this bust of Charles E. Fraser who […]

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Travel theme: Dark

Sometimes — well, a lot of times — we don’t have a particular place to see.  Sometimes we just roam, looking for adventures and interesting photo ops to present themselves.  And that’s how it was after dinner one evening in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  We decided to walk back to our hotel in the […]

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Travel theme: Hills

After returning from a week exploring Utah’s national parks (Now, that’s a glorious experience!), we saw that Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack had selected the theme of Hills for this week’s Travel theme.  Although we’re working on a series of blogs highlighting the mountains, hills, and valleys of those wondrous parks, we’re sharing four “hilly” photos that […]

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Travel theme: Dried — Pueblo of Acoma

Pueblo of Acoma is a mesa community that may have been inhabitated even before the time of Christ. It’s a place where adobe homes are inhabited by strong people, who have managed to live without running water or electricity even during modern times. The word acoma, you come to find out, means “a place always prepared.” Most dwellings at Acoma began […]

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Travel theme: History

A sign posted on the Friends of the Knox County Library site on Twitter (@FriendsKCPL) got me thinking about Ailsa’s theme this week on her blog Where’s My Backpack — Travel theme: History. Because we travel randomly at times, we stumble onto some of the most interesting sites just by accident. And so it was […]

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