Hello world! (Don’t worry, I’ll get more creative as we go.)

Athens plaza
This is a screen shot from a webcam, taken of the plaza in front of the original olympic stadium.

I suppose it is cheating to use the Word Press default title, but hey! It kinda works, right? I promise to get a little more creative as this thing kicks into gear, but for now that one will get me started.

Today I’m probably writing this to no one, which in a way is liberating, but eventually I hope to have a few followers. Beyond my mom and my daughters, that is. I’m a pretty quiet person if you ever meet me face to face. More interested in listening than talking it seems. But all that listening and observing has filled my head up over the years and this will be my place to let some of it escape. I wonder if any of it will make sense? I’ve journaled on and off over the years and now, instead of having notebooks scattered throughout different drawers and cabinets, I can have it all right here.

So I’ve done some traveling over the years. By some standards I’m sure it’s not much, and by other’s its a ton. I usually stay in VRBOs or AirBnBs. The process is really easy and you can get a pretty good idea of the accommodations just by looking at the photos online. You can also read the reviews to get a better understanding of the strengths and drawbacks of any particular location. Some of the places I’ve stayed have been over the top – like a five level, palapas-topped private home on the sea in Mexico. The whole thing was stone and open to the ocean, with only shutters to keep out mother nature. (I’m getting jazzed just thinking about it, but it is definitely a post in itself so I will save it for later.) And some of the places have just been the cheapest room I could find, like the time I took a last minute hiking trip to Devil’s Den in Arkansas. That one-bedroom home was tired and dated and a little drafty but the owner lived right next door and he was so proud of it. He came over to welcome us when he saw the car pull up late at night. Such a sweet old guy! And I think we paid about a fourth of the rate of a standard hotel. And I’ve also done a few walking trips. Have you ever heard of those? You basically see a region on foot with a small group and a guide. It’s the perfect way to get a feel for a place and you make some great friends doing it.

In a previous career I was a photographer, so there will be lots and lots of pictures. I used to carry around my great big digital slr and a variety of lenses but all that changed when I got my iPhone6. You don’t have the same variety of different lenses (think 150mm zoom or wide angle) but the sensor on that phone was really awesome and it is so much easier to capture a fleeting moment when all you have to do is reach in your pocket and push a couple buttons. Now I have the iPhone7 and that has a slight zoom lens (never do the digital zoom!) and an even better sensor for low light. Some people like it for the portrait mode, which does an artificial bokeh, or the HDR feature but I say leave those photos up to the people with the slrs and take incredible pictures without the fancy.

Ok, well that is enough for now. I hope you got an idea of what you can expect from this blog. And I hope you will come back for more. Please leave a comment if there is something you question or would like to know more about. I’m happy to share! Thanks for reading.