What I Like About Travel

One of the things I enjoy most about travel is the chance to experience a brand new view during very normal moments. I’m sure most of us have been disappointed by a sub-par hotel room with an uninspiring view of the parking lot but I don’t take pictures of those mistakes… I do however take pictures of wide open skies and landscapes in new-to-me colors.

One mile from my home, in any direction, the view is pretty much guaranteed to be dominated by trees.   As my ideas for this post started to come together I stepped outside to take a few photos trying to find the sky through the trees.

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees and the shade they offer but every once in a while I really want to see an open horizon.

John, Ryan and I spent last week away from  home for a long awaited family vacation. Thursday’s forecast was for a very hot day but we woke up early and drove to my Aunt’s house in hopes of a short hike before the heat sent everyone indoors. Our reward was finding ourselves surrounded by new terrain and uninterrupted views of bright blue sky.

Open sky is something I always look for when travelling, what is on your list?

To see more great travel stories and methods take a look at the Daily Prompt: Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

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Wordless Wednesday: 6-5-13

Weekly Travel Theme: Benches

Alisa’s weekly travel theme is all about benches and the unique stories each location has to share. I knew immediately which bench I wanted to show you but had to wait a day to make the trip to Bellingham, WA to capture the image. The weather switched between snow and rain (in April!) but there was a break in the clouds and I quickly snapped these photos.

Dirty Dan Harris

Dirty Dan Harris 2

This bench is outside of one of my favorite book stores, Village Books in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, WA.  Dirty Dan Harris led a colorful, adventure filled life as a whaler, Indian trader, smuggler, fighter in the Yakima Indian War, packer on the Caribou Trail, and then hotel owner and founder of the town of Fairhaven.  For more information please read this fun post about his life and history.

If you would like to participate in this Where’s my Backpack travel theme please follow Alisa’s directions below:

Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Benches

Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too

Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday

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Travel Theme: Smoke and Mirrors

Today Alisa has selected Smoke and Mirrors as her fun weekly travel theme challenge.  I had no idea that March 29th was Smoke and Mirrors day but what a great way to showcase some spooky photos that wouldn’t have a home in a more traditional post.

Some of you may remember this photo of my son and his cousin from the Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss.  The cousins were together again this year for Halloween and my sister snapped this picture with her phone. No one noticed Ryan’s head was missing…

Halloween cousins

I took this picture during a beautiful evening in New York City last December.  It was a clear, cold night and I even though I was walking with a group of co-workers on our way to dinner I couldn’t resist stopping for a few pictures.

The Chrysler Building

If you would like to follow Alisa’s adventures and participate in these fun Travel Challenges please follow her directions below:

Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Smoke and Mirrors

Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too

Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday

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