Where to next?

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Does wintertime stir up your wanderlust?  This time of year, when the gray and gloom drive everyone inside and the holidays are settling into memory, I always start to feel an itch to go somewhere.  Anywhere but here, as they say.


For the first time in a long time we don’t have any weddings scheduled for this year and someone is nearly done with his graduate studies, so we are excited to be able to use our vacation time however we’d like.  Some of the travel ideas we are considering include:

  • One more California stay for graduation that will hopefully include another visit to a national park
  • A celebratory trip to London
  • A short visit to Massachusetts for a family celebration
  • A short visit to Texas to see a new baby
  • A getaway with friends somewhere on the East Coast, maybe Vermont
  • Summer fun with family in New Hampshire
  • A longer trip to Asia sometime in the fall.  Top contenders are Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan.
  • Spending a whole week in Texas for Christmas.  I haven’t been home for the holidays in years.  I am so excited about this one!

Even with all these adventures on the horizon, part of me wants to go somewhere right now.  Anywhere.  Our next scheduled trip is a short weekend visit to NYC in February and it can’t come soon enough.

Where are you going next?

A Winter’s Night

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Is there snow where you live?  Winter has been visiting every few days here, and I’m spending as much time as possible curled up under cozy blankets with warm drinks.  Last year’s long harsh winter was a struggle for me, and I felt so low during all those bitter, gray days.  This year I’ve been focusing hard to fill my spare time up with good books, quiet documentaries, exercise, lots of citrus (grapefruit makes me sublimely happy these days), and spending time with good friends.  Daydreaming about the desert hasn’t hurt either ;)

What have you been doing to stave off the winter blues?

No remedy for memory

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Joshua Tree, California.  October 2014.

Love be brave

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Joshua Tree, California; October 2014.

Cholla Cactus Gardens

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A visit to this garden of dangerous beauties was one of the highlights of our wanderings around Joshua Tree.  Cholla cactus has many names, from the misleading “Teddy Bear Cactus” to the far more apt “Jumping Cactus,” a nickname earned because, while its golden spines are pretty to look at, they are quick to attach themselves to anything that comes too close.  Awestruck and wary, we meandered up and down the twisting path of this cactus garden one afternoon, just as the light started to turn golden, turning the distant mountains a faint purple and make the Cholla glow.

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West with the night

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Joshua Tree, CA.  October 2014.

I’m not your tiny dancer

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29 Palms Inn. Joshua Tree, CA. October 2014.

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