The Turtle Takes Off on August 6th, 2011

The Turtle, my 1981 Toyota Sunrader Mini Motorhome, will be taking me on an almost 8,000 mile journey to Glacier National Park and beyond. Wish us luck and tailwinds!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Okefenokee Boating Party



This $15.00 I won't forget. The best spent plans oft go astray, but today I floated by the land of the trembling earth, swirled up some marbled memories, dipped my heart in the romance of the Seminole, listened to stories of stills that could be floated into the next county when the law came, feasted my alert eyes on alligators and turtles out to warm themselves, snapped photos of tick seed sunflowers with a springtime attitude, flew with the white cranes alighting in cypress moss.
Yes, a jolly group as ho ho as Santa. It all blended together in perfect three part harmony. Stories, the swamp, the tourists. Getting away from it all into the wilderness. That was my New Year's Celebration. Happy Turtleing to all and to all a good 2014!

Turtle's Seranade (Ode to Pogo)



Swamp lullaby, sung in a sort of spooky setting... low down and high as moss...swinging in the moonlight...sets me down south where I belong...

Okefenokee Bliss




One fifteen dollar boat ride and a walk on the swampy side and I find I am not the only creature that enjoys the Great Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge. So comforting to know turtles and alligators are protected and basking in the late December sun on their own preserve. There they can perhaps persevere. The Turtle takes lessons from them.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Basking and Reflecting Times Two





Goose Island Campground near La Crosse, Wisconsin lends itself to basking and reflecting. I did a lot of that here because the Mississippi backwaters made me. It held me with all the wildlife two times over.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A-Sailing We Will Go



From Big Sable Lighthouse in Ludington, Michigan, to Point Beach Lighthouse on the other side of Lake Michigan(near Manitowoc, Wisconsin) and me in between feeling very fortunate. To get both photos, I had to hike a lot over sand dunes and wooded areas, and take a
  ferry crossing with The Turtle underneath holding her breath.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Over the Hill to Martha's Home We Go






There is something magical about being at Martha Fricke's home near Charlevoix, Michigan. I had more than a room with a view. I had a room with great hospitality by Martha. The fairytale flavor left a good taste in my heart. Thank you, Martha!

A Bear Goes over the Dunes






Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Lake Michigan... surprising what you find when the bear goes over the mountain or dune. What does he see...here you have it! It took some trudging to get these as well as some flying skills.