“Make anything an adventure”—I chose that tagline that because I take delight in small things. And, quite frankly, I will never get enough adventure, no matter how long I live or how many places I visit.
At the moment my husband and I are renting in Boulder while we replenish the savings spent on travel in the fall of 2012 and the summer and fall of 2011. Those travels were meant to be continuous, but my diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer in late 2011 forced us to settle down for the first eight months of 2012. Cancer was something I never saw coming. Me, who overspent on organic food and scrubbed with natural cleaning products and avoided chemicals in general, get cancer? But it happened anyway.
This intruder into our lives put a damper on our travels to 12 U.S. cities in 1 year. In spring 2011 we downsized, sold most of what we owned (including our house), and packed our red Prius for the road. We made it to Missoula, Seattle, Portland, and Arcata before the diagnosis.
Beth at Home and Abroad has changed its colors, chameleon-like, over the years. I established this website in August 2008 with coverage of the Democratic National Convention, under the title “Living the Mile-High Life.” (I still remember the chain-link wire cage set up to keep demonstrators about two blocks away from the delegates. It horrified me.)
Until March 2010, I wrote reviews of Denver attractions every week and posted photographs of Denver. Then I decided to zoom out, to cover places and events outside Denver from the perspective of a middle-aged copyeditor-turned-adventuress. That way, I could write about my vacations, my trips back to Kansas City, and anywhere else I went. So far, I’ve been outside the United States once since then, when we took Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver. But I’ve got the south of France, the Pyrenees, India, and Afghanistan in my sights.
I also posted a “MonHaibun” almost every week through August 2009. I think it’s a great form in which to record travel adventures. You describe a place in prose, and then you incorporate 1 or more haiku into it.
A Sampling of My Posts
Get Him to the Greek Fries (in Missoula)
Hard to Port (about surgery)
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