The Magic of Mackinac Island

The Magic of Mackinac Island

After wandering the world for a year, I yearned for home. The one place that tugged on my heart strings most was Mackinac Island and I planned a trip there months before I returned to Michigan. I have never lived there and the only thing it houses are memories. This...
The Way Home through Alaska

The Way Home through Alaska

The small Alaskan town of Petersburg is a place where time is told by the tides. High and low will let you know when you can come and when to go. Water winds its way through the land from the narrow sloughs out to the sea where the latest catch is being brought home....
The Music of Mono Lake

The Music of Mono Lake

There is a place of salt and water, age and algae called Mono Lake in California. It’s a place of strange shapes formed from mixing calcium and carbonate. Over the years, towers formed called tufa. Tan spires of all shapes and sizes bloom under the water’s surface and...
Find Yourself in Yosemite

Find Yourself in Yosemite

I thought I didn’t have a favorite place on my trip. Well, not a clear winner as there have been many beautiful places I’ve visited that I call favorites. Sitting on a boulder on the edge of Glacier Point in Yosemite changed that. A girl I met here, Lauren, compared...
Time in the Desert

Time in the Desert

I recently spent a few days in Joshua Tree upon my return to the USA. Coming from Japan, it was surreal to be walking through the Mojave Desert. I was suddenly in the old west full of cacti and cowboys. The land is bright and the views vast. Shadows stretch long in...
Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida

Naples is a place my family and I have returned to many times over the years. It’s a great area for wandering on enchanted paths and beautiful boardwalks. It’s a place for lazy beach days and slow strolls through art galleries. In the daytime one can relax on a...