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Random encounter with #gratitude

I had a random encounter with gratitude today. Maui dawned cool, foggy and rainy, unusual for our island, known for depthless skies and broad vistas. Something about the weather made me sleepy and sad, filled with nostalgia for when my kids were younger and I was a hands-on mom, even those hectic years when I… Read more »

Skin offerings to the sun god: adventures with skin cancer

Skin offerings to the sun god, as I call my adventures with skin cancer, began early  for me. I was born in the sixties (before the invention of sunscreen) I grew up in Hawaii, and I had red hair—the “trifecta of doom,” as the first of my many dermatologists called it. I remember Mom, tanned and… Read more »

Olympic National Park, Day 27-28 #MikeandTobyTravels

We headed for Olympic National Park and cut our time short on Lopez Island for two reasons: 1) to distract me from getting too sad over saying goodbye to the kids, who needed to return to their lives in California as of Sunday afternoon, and 2) to get more time to see the Olympic National… Read more »

On getting lost. #MikeandTobyTravels

Getting lost isn’t fun, but the thing about adventure is that you can’t just have the pleasant parts. Adventure, by definition, involves risk. Sometimes that risk starts out as innocent fun, and then devolves into something much less pleasant. But let me get to that by first telling the good parts. We’ve had an incredible… Read more »

Lopez Island in the San Juans #MikeandTobyTravels

We blew out of the Days Inn in Ellensburg, Washington, with its inedible breakfast (nothing but carbs and a few sad, bruised apples clearly a week past their expiration date) and got on the road for Anacortes. We were somewhere in the middle of Washington, and though the mighty Columbia river appeared and disappeared alongside… Read more »