Travel is my passion—a way to become a better person and discover the world and all it may offer.
I am the oldest girl in a family of 12 children, and I needed to wander if I hoped to escape my siblings and parents. Early photos document me in the backyard wearing nothing but a diaper (if that) and gazing longingly at neighbors' hedges, roses, and woods - no doubt wondering what was beyond.
My father often asked me when I was going to remain in one place so he could write my address and phone number in his address book in ink rather than in pencil.
I love discovering obscure, exotic, foreign, far-flung places that capture and challenge all my senses. There must be interesting people, fascinating photography, mouth-watering local food and drink, and constant, engaging activity.
I want to learn, laugh, cry, and appreciate the generosity of those who have little or nothing.
Pack Your Bags is volume one and the first edition of what I hope will be my new series, A Nomadic Soul.
It encompasses 47 years of traveling to 41 countries on six continents. Blog links are available beginning in Egypt (2009) - allowing all readers to view every photo taken during each subsequent trip in the book.
The Coronavirus ground international travel to a halt, but I hope to begin work on volume two in 2022 and 2023, with trips to Jordan and Israel, Rwanda, Antarctica, an Arctic Expedition of Untamed Norway and Svalbard, and Scotland.
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