Zip, Zam, Zowie!

I am afraid of heights. Not paranoid, just fearful. Over the years I’ve been on top of 20 foot ladders, cliffs and other scary places and done OK. I’ve even parasailed. Then again, I’ve gotten the yips just standing on the edge of a diving board or looking down a stairwell. Then Ben said “let’s … More Zip, Zam, Zowie!

On day two of our West Virginia trip we woke to sparkling blue skies. The campground is right on the river in the midst of mountains. I made coffee and we walked dogs. I had just settled down to read the paper when Ben stalked out of the back with a grim look on his … More

Little Dude

Along with our Red Dog we travel with my little Jack Russell Terrier (JRT). I adopted him in 2008 from a friend who had found him roaming the streets. They took him in and named him “Sweet Pea.”  They learned fairly quickly that they were not equipped for such a busy little dog. They searched for his … More Little Dude


When we planned our trip, Ben told me that we absolutely had to ride the narrow gauge rail from Durango to Silverton. I’m not totally clueless, I know that narrow gauge rail refers to a train but all my historic train rides in Ohio had been on single track laid on mostly flat ground. The … More Durango


When I’m working on a story, at some point I turn to Ben and say “want to hear what I wrote?” This usually happens while we are on the road or just before bedtime. It helps me to read aloud, as I catch errors and notice parts that need to be reworked. He is a better editor than … More Connections

Passing Markers

I’ve always been interested in graveyards. I love funeral art and reading the epitaphs that are found in older cemeteries. I never really cared for more modern cemeteries; they seem to have more rules than a condo association when it comes to what is and is not allowed. In my opinion, the worst are the … More Passing Markers