Category: Travel Writing

  • A Hankering for Pancakes

    A Hankering for Pancakes

    It’s Throwback Thursday, so I am going to share this little travel narrative I wrote in October 2005 after a day trip to the quaint village of Thorn in The Netherlands. And by pancakes, I mean pannenkoek — a Dutch pancake that is about the size of a dinner plate and just a bit thicker […]

  • Blast from the past: Ancient Aachen

    Blast from the past: Ancient Aachen

    I’m looking through some of my old travel writing — stuff I wrote when I was living in Germany. I’m sharing this article about Aachen, a place I visited frequently. This was a commissioned piece, though it was never published. Long story. I must confess that I just did some copyediting on this. I wrote […]

  • The land of chocolate, cheese, horses, and buggies

    The land of chocolate, cheese, horses, and buggies

    To celebrate the end of my master’s program and my mom’s birthday (November 11), Mom and I went to Amish Country last Sunday and stayed through Wednesday morning.

  • A woman in the great outdoors, part 3

    A woman in the great outdoors, part 3

    Please read parts 1 and 2 before reading this. Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventure, Day 3 I tried, unsuccessfully, to sleep in on Sunday morning. Breakfast was at 8. I made some coffee in my room to tide me over (powdered creamer, though, ugh) and grabbed my lens ball out of my camera bag to get […]

  • A woman in the great outdoors, part 2

    A woman in the great outdoors, part 2

    If you haven’t read part 1, click here. Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventure, Day 2 I am up on Saturday morning before dawn, as I am most mornings. Breakfast isn’t until 7:00, so I wander around the lodge grounds, hoping to catch the sunrise. From the terrace behind the lodge, I can see the harvest moon […]

  • A woman in the great outdoors, part 1

    A woman in the great outdoors, part 1

    Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventure, Day 1 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a weekend program every year called Ohio Women’s Outdoor Adventure (OWOA). Women from all walks of life spend the weekend at a state park lodge learning outdoor skills. Activities include fishing, boating, shooting, archery, Dutch oven cooking, orienteering, geocaching … the list […]

  • Island Weekend

    Island Weekend

    We just got back from a long weekend in Put-in-Bay. It was my husband’s first time visiting Lake Erie, and he loved it. I haven’t been to Put-in-Bay in more than 20 years, so it was nice to go back. We decided to take the Casita and camp at South Bass Island State Park. In […]

  • Tomatoes, Cheese, and Memories

    It’s finally tomato season. This year, I’m growing a variety called Cherokee Purple, which become a deep rose color when ripe. They are glorious. Juicy and delicious. (They have also been resistant to pests and rot, unlike the Better Boys I grew for the past two summers.) I’m eating a lot of tomato and cheese […]

  • My First Summer as a Grown-up

      Twenty years ago at this time, I was in England, studying abroad for the summer in Bath. It was my first time outside the U.S. My flight from Columbus to St. Louis (and then to London) was the first time in my life I’d even flown on a plane. (TWA, and that airline hasn’t […]

  • Meet The Eggscape Pod!

    We picked it up Monday morning in Texas and spent three days/two nights driving it back to Ohio. The first night was at Sunrise RV Park in Texarkana, Arkansas. It’s next to  a truck stop and literally right off the freeway, so it’s a great place to spend a night. We had full hook-up and […]