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9 August 2003

I don't often do the "Friday Five," but this one is definitely up my alley -- especially right now!

1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?

flyingpig.JPG (24423 bytes)Where's the last place I traveled is easy--to Los Angeles last weekend. But where I traveled last outside of the state...hmmm... Ahh! I know. It was Houston in April. Great trip. I flew in on Friday and had a day and a half to spend with my good friend Lynn, whom I hadn't seen in a couple of years. Lynn is the original Martha Stewart and she's turned this little shack that she and her husband rented a few years back into a magical showplace. I love looking at the little whimsical touches that she adds to bring even more charm to the place.

When I left Lynn's, I went to the other side of Houston to meet some internet friends at Michelle's house. Another lovely gathering, putting faces to names. A lot of laughs, a lot of bonding. A great time.

2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?

Oh, can anything top Bodie? Bodie is a ghost town in Nevada, but not one of those ghost towns that has been restored and turned into a Disneyland. I haven't been there in about 30 years, but when we were there, it was a large town with buildings in various stages of disrepair. It was everything a ghost town should be...and you could feel the ghosts of the former inhabitants with you.

BODIESM.jpg (75704 bytes)There were dark skies when we entered the town, and they kept getting darker and darker. Suddenly the storm began. I don't remember the rain, particularly, but I sure do remember the lightning. It was much too close for comfort. It was especially too close for comfort when a bolt hit the ground about 5 feet from where I was standing.

We were a group of 12, adults and children, and we knew we needed to find shelter FAST. The only building nearby was an outhouse--a 2-holer--and we all crammed into the outhouse until the lightning subsided. Of course one of the idiots in the group had to stand outside amid the lightning bolts to take photos.

But I didn't get hit, fortunately.

3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?

So many little time (and money). I'd say that my first choice would be Australia, but see question #5. So, if not Australia, I'd be torn between taking a photo safari to Africa and a cruise up the inland passage to Alaska. I have always wanted to do both and I'd be happy with either...but if money and time are no object, maybe I'll just do them both.

4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?

Each has its merits. If you're traveling thousands of miles, plane is the way to go...I'm the queen of instant gratification and while plane travel isn't exactly "instant," it gets you there faster than any other mode of transportation. I hate how cramped planes have become, but I put up with the inconvenience of security checks and loss of leg room in exchange for speed.

I've taken the train a couple of times and it's a fun way to travel, though the last time I took a train was before they banned smoking in the observation car and it was so unpleasantly filled with smoke that I could hardly breathe and I didn't enjoy that much, but it was a leisurely way to see the scenery and get a lot of reading done.

I also enjoy traveling by car, especially with interesting stops to make along the way (great for photographs!) I've made some wonderful car trips (and some awful car trips!) There are all sorts of variables.

So, bottom line is I couldn't choose just one preference for travel. It depends on the destination, the weather, the company, and the time available to get there! (But no matter how you travel, a book and a camera make it a lot more enjoyable!)

5. What's the next place on your list to visit?

Yeah--like I have to tell anybody who has been reading this journal for more than a week the aswer to that question! AUSTRALIA. In 33 days. I'm leaving all the plans for itinerary to Peggy, so I don't have any sort of idea of what we're doing when, but I will be gone six weeks.

This is a good time to mention that I will continue to update this journal while I'm away, but sporadically, since I won't always have an internet connection. There will be a new look to the journal and since I don't know how often I'll be able to upload an entry, the best way to be sure to know when there is a new entry is to join the notify list.

I am also going to shut down my regular e-mail account for the time while I'm gone. I will be picking up email on a special account I've set up on yahoo, but don't expect to be doing a lot of e-mailing while I'm away either. (You can always leave a message in the guestbook.)

Oh yeah--and when I have a computer available to upload a journal entry, I'll also be posting photos to fotolog, so to get the full experience, check both the journal and the fotolog as well.

33 days. That's almost time to start packing!


I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.

~ Mark Twain

Today's Photo

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I met this woman in Sonora earlier this year.   Very nice, very funny woman.  It was a shock to receive the news that she died in her sleep last night.
My condolences to her friends and family.

For more photos, please visit My Fotolog and My FoodLog

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