Favorite Photos ~ Orcas Island, San Juans, Washington

As I was not able to visit one of my favorite places, Orcas Island, this year, thought I’d post some favorite photos from my past journeys.

Your vacation starts when you board the ferry in Anacortes and immediately you are on island time. The views from the ferry are spectacular, as is driving about Orcas Island. Eastsound is a beautiful town to explore with good restaurants, a neat bookstore, local shops beckoning you to browse and a labyrinth to walk. It is magical anytime of the year and I am eagerly looking forward to visiting next year.

Check out the following site to virtually explore events on Orcas in October:

https://www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

I feel we are all islands – in a common sea ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Your life is an island separated from all other islands and continents. Regardless of how many boats you send to other shores or how many ships arrive upon your shores, you yourself are an island separated by its own pains, secluded in its happiness ~ Khalil Gibran

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep  ~ William James

Quotes ~ Journeys ~ Photos

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us ~ Marcel Proust

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome ~ Arthur Ashe

The only journey is the one within ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey ~ Clint Eastwood

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages ~ James Madison

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon his quest for the source of his being ~ Dag Hammarskjold

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

Cat Quotes ~ Jameson ~ A Beautiful Cat Who Loves to Nap and Relax

If cats could talk, they wouldn’t ~Nan Porter

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats. ~Albert Schweitzer

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. ~Joseph Wood Krutch

The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. ~Doug Larson

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience. ~Pam Brown

Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives. ~Stephen Baker

Quotes ~ About Trees ~ Photos

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky ~ Kahlil Gibran

Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish ~ Munia Khan

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world ~ John Muir

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year ~ Chad Sugg

Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness ~ Herman Hesse

To really feel a forest canopy one must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination ~ Joan Maloof

Trees are as close to immortality as the rest of us ever come ~ Karen Joy Fowler

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike ~ Paulo Coelho

Armchair Traveler ~ Ancient Greece

As an armchair traveler, your only limit is your imagination. You can explore not only contemporary, world-wide destinations, but also different times. Be a time-traveler and let’s journey to Ancient Greece.

You can start your adventure viewing some of the many fascinating videos on YouTube. Search “Ancient Greece” or narrow it down to Delphi or the Acropolis. You may find some so intriguing that you will subscribe. And don’t forget to check out the Ancient Greek language videos on YouTube.

A favorite book when I want to renew my acquaintance with Ancient Greece, plus gaze at modern day photos, is “The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece” (General Editor: Carlos Gomez). There is a wealth of information that will keep the reader enthralled for many hours. There are photos below to give you an idea of its contents.

Your journeys exploring the ancient world may well lead you to explore and perhaps plan a journey to present day Greece and its islands.

As an aside, my first journey to Europe was to Greece (primarily Athens, Corinth and Delphi) and Rome. This trip with a friend has very special memories, including a terrific dinner in Athens with a spectacular view of the Acropolis and being at Delphi and feeling the presence of the Gods. It is a mystical place, well worth a visit – even if for now, it is only via YouTube or books.

And of course, while you are exploring Ancient Greece online and with reading material, take time to discover Greek food (Moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, as a start), crisp Greek wine, its incredible history, the origins of western philosophy … you get the idea! Immerse yourself in your armchair traveler country of a different era … explore the possibilities.

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things ~ Henry Miller

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man ~ Heraclitus

 True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us ~ Socrates

 Know thyself ~ (inscribed at Temple of Apollo at Delphi over 2,000 years ago)

Quotes ~ By the 4 US Presidents Sculptured on Mt Rushmore ~ Photos

Last year, I traveled to awe inspiring Mt Rushmore in South Dakota,  which is a fabulous area to visit (including the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and the SD Air and Space Museum). This year, the Independence Day fireworks celebration should be spectacular.

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far.

George Washington: Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience ~ Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected ~ Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty ~ Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.

Thomas Jefferson: Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you ~ Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom ~ The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do ~ On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Theodore Roosevelt: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are ~ Believe you can and you’re halfway there ~ People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care ~ Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.

Abraham Lincoln: I will prepare and some day my chance will come ~ And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years ~ Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing ~ You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

 

 

From May 2019:

Road Trip: Western Washington to Mt Rushmore ….. Mt Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota

 

 

Quotes ~ Flowers ~ Photos

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? ~ Khalil Gibran

The earth laughs in flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead ~  Oscar Wilde

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable ~ Joseph Addison

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky ~ Audrey Hepburn

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers ~ Claude Monet

I hate flowers – I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Quotes ~ Gardens ~ Photos

Flowers are happy things~ P. G. Wodehouse

I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess~ Walt Disney

Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts~  Sigmund Freud

Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path~ Jean Anouilh

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!~ Sitting Bull

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them~ A. A. Milne

 And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair ~Khalil Gibran

Quotes ~ France ~ Photos

We’ll always have Paris ~ Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity. ~ Josephine Baker

America is my country and Paris is my hometown. ~ Gertrude Stein

Everything ends this way in France ~ everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs ~ everything is a pretext for a good dinner. ~ French playwright Jean Anouilh

France has the only two things towards which we drift as we grow older – intelligence and manners. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast ~ Ernest Hemingway

Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise ~ Jules Renard

A walk in Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life ~ Thomas Jefferson

Paris is always a good idea. ~ Audrey Hepburn