On the Road Again

In addition to being an introduction to the Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing challenge, this post is submitted in response to Lens Artist Challenge #140 “A Change of Scenery” hosted by guest host, Beth from Wandering Dawgs. “Beth suggests trying a different route on your walk, run, or bike ride of our local park. She also extends other opportunities for us, e.g. browsing our archives “to feature images from places we have visited in the past when you needed a change of scenery.”

Lisa Coleman invites us to share in the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge#41 Bird Reflections. Finally my photos also apply to Cee Neuner’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Birds of Any Kind.

This was one of my dad’s favorite songs. He sang it every time we got in the car to go on a vacation. Interestingly, it was Mom who really took us on the road. When she and Dad divorced, the three of us, Mom, Randy and I, packed our belongings into a 1967 VW Bug and got on the road again traveling from Indiana to Oregon in five bumpy cramped days.


Oregon

Randy and I loved our new adventurous life. He still lives in Portland, OR not far from where we first settled, and I still love to visit. In 2018 when I went up to see him, we decided to spend a few days out of the hot, dusty, smoky, Portland air and go to Newport, Oregon. We stayed in a great suite right on the bay. Every morning we looked out and saw this bird standing in the water.

Same place. From our room he looked real. What do you think?

 “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustav Flaubert

LOL! That’s a good excuse for travel, I’ll take it. I disagree that it makes you modest. So what if your tiny? Small and mighty, learned, more interesting, understanding, maybe.

To me, travel is a rare privilege in life. How many people are fortunate enough to have the time and money it takes to travel? I will never see every country in the world. Yet I am so blessed. I take the opportunities to travel as they come to me. Via these reflected birds, I’ll only tell you about a very few places I’ve gone.

Australia

Two blogging friends invited me to come to Australia. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. These elegant, photogenic birds swam in the creeks at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, AU. Their reflections told them what they needed to know, “I am so beautiful.”

By the way, I just read Lisbet Collaert’s book, Plunge. Fabulous book, stirring, heart rending, you must read it especially if you are thinking of sailing full time. You can read her promo on my blog here. She didn’t have a lot of money to travel, but made that her lifestyle choice. It’s always a costly choice even on a budget, but this next quote tells why travel is so important.


“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” –

Seneca

Central California Coast

Who doesn’t want a strong, vigorous mind? I do, I do!

I have been fortunate enough to change scenery both by traveling and by moving. When we lived in California, it was only a two hour drive to escape the summer heat or the winter valley fog. We enjoyed a change of scenery in San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach or Pismo on the Central Coast of California.

birds on a log
I wonder if they were placing bets. 🙂

One of my favorite things to take with me when I travel is a camera, and my phone has been a dearest travel companion. On this occasion in 2013, I isolated myself for two weeks for NaNoWriMo to write a book. Each day I walked to Avila Beach from our trailer. One day I caught this flock of birds sitting on the log with my phone.

My husband thought it was my best picture ever even though the quality was not great. I always looked expectantly at that log every time I crossed over the golf course bridge hoping to see them again, but I never did.

bird reflection
Dinner time Cannibal bird

This hungry bird awaited me at the beach.


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Prescott, Arizona

When Vince and I married in 1995, he mentioned in passing that he loved the high desert and wanted to live there. I had a great job teaching in Woodlake, CA, and was as uninterested in living in a desert as these birds are in moving to the Arctic Circle.

Twenty-five years later, after he mentioned it maybe 30,000 times, I agreed that the time was right. If we were ever going to move to the desert, we should get a move on. As soon as I said yes, Vince sprang into action, and within three months, we had exchanged our California Dreaming for a home in the mountain city of Prescott, AZ.

We enjoy hundreds of miles of trails and a change of scenery as often as we wish.


Now it’s your turn. Are you among the hundreds of thousands ready to get back on the road again? Pull out your camera. Write in your journal, write a post and link to this week’s #WQWWC (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge).

Or maybe you’d rather make it a photo challenge. That works for me. Maybe you don’t even want to write a post. That works, too.

Find a quote or respond to one of mine.

Where to find quotes

Quotes are great fun. You can see how I quadruple-dipped here with one post. Make your post count for the most visibility and have fun with it.

If you respond to this #WQWWC prompt – Travel, leave me a link in the comment section. I don’t always get pingbacks. I love it when you do that, too, but I have missed people and I hate to do that.

WQWWC Instructions
9 Ways to Respond to a Quote for Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge

You can copy, paste and edit this little logo in your own post and add my link each week to the url and have an automatic pingback. Or just add it if you think its a good logo. Canva is my graphic artistic consultant.

#WQWWC Logo
Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge Logo

Thanks again for stopping by my blog and playing with quotes.

My Reading List for This Week

A comment about reading. When you commit to submitting to a photo or writing challenge, it’s most rewarding if you meet the people in the community. Reading adds a lot of time to the process. I never thought I could read this many blogs in a month, much less a day. But I found that if I take the time to cut and paste the links into a document – even my blog, but I also use a Google Doc, I can read at least half of these in a day. I’ve never tried to read this many blogs in a day, so this is my challenge.

You are welcome to cut and paste my list into any document and see how well you can do with it. If you put this list of links in your next photo challenge for any of these wonderful bloggers, you give them some extra coverage too. So it’s win-win.

#WQWWC List


#LAPC List


Bird Weekly Challenge


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

have a great week!


86 responses to “#Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing/Photo Challenge #18: Travel”

  1. WQWWC # 55: Reflections/Memoirs – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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  2. lisaonthebeach Avatar

    I AM ready to travel! We have a road trip planned soon 😁
    In 2018 and 2019 (I think!) we did road trips up and down Highway 1. Down to San Francisco from Depoe Bay Oregon, then up to SF from San Diego. Two of my favorite trips, and the start of more road trips to come. Your photos took me back. I’m ready to hit to road again!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s so lovely. How is Hwy 1 doing, repair-wise?

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      1. lisaonthebeach Avatar

        Well, when we were there is was really good, we had no issues. We heard or read there was another wash out on a part of it. I hope someday we can go back again, it’s not real far away, It was so beautiful!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I agree, Lisa, I didn’t go up that way too often because we always stopped at the Central Coast. We were at Hearst Castle in December 2019, but that was as far north as we went on that trip. I used to go to yearly meetings in Asilomar when I worked for the county office of education. Lots of lovely places to visit along the California coast. Enjoy the beach for me. It’s a little far since we moved to Prescott, AZ.

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          1. lisaonthebeach Avatar

            We stopped at Hurst Castle too, it was amazing! Oh, it’s a ways for us too, we live in the southern AZ 😊

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            That is a long way! We live in Prescott! Next time you come up this way, let me know. 🙂

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          3. lisaonthebeach Avatar

            That would be cool, huh? I am actually meeting a blog friend on Saturday!!

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Very cool! Have fun.

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  3. […] is my entry for Marsha’s Wednesdays Writing/Photo Challenge #18.  I wrote in a previous blog about the strawberry farm outside Stellenbosch in South Africa. They […]

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  4. Becky B’s Squares: Bright Colors of Excalibur – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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  5. Quote – Travel – Week #18 – Our Eyes Open Avatar

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Lisa! 🙂

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  6. Becky B’s Bright Squares: Sparkly Shoes from Las Vegas – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yay, I’ll be right there! 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thanks 🤩

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  7. Traveling opens up your mind, if you allow it to – psychologistmimi Avatar

    […] one of the values I would immediately try to pass onto my child was the love and appreciation of travel. In psychology, we measure openness to new ideas. As a matter of fact it is one of the big five […]

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  8. Stupidity Hole Avatar

    Thank you for sharing a link to my blog.

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  9. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    Thank you for the mention Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome, Aletta. I went link-crazy! I’m glad you don’t mind! 🙂 It helps me to visit blogs of participating challenges. 🙂

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        You are welcome to link my posts, Marsha!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks Aletta. 🙂 I think it’s a win-win.

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  10. Jim Borden Avatar

    this post sure made me want to get back on the road again; glad you are enjoying life in the high desert. and thanks for sharing some great photos!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jim. What are some of the favorite places you’ve been?

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        everywhere we’ve been! Denver, Boulder, Hilton Head, Phoenix, Disneyworld, Savannah, Hawaii, Raleigh, Cleveland, Orlando, Key West….

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Wow, You need to post at least one in my challenge, Jim. You’ve been all over. Where have you been in HI?

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            We’ve been to Oahu and the Big Island. One of our sons lived there for several years, so we got to visit him!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            So awesome. We’ve been there, but our main go to place was Maui because of our timeshare.

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          3. Jim Borden Avatar

            nice place to have a timeshare!

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            It was. But timeshares being timeshares, we got out of it this year. 🙂

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          5. Jim Borden Avatar

            we got rid of our timeshare a few years ago. 🙂

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            Good move. I enjoyed it, but it was annoying to go to the updates. I’m a sucker for “saving money and protecting my assets.”

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          7. Jim Borden Avatar

            and the annual maintenance fees were quite annoying as well!

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            Exactly, and exorbitant. That’s why we got out even though we lost our initial down payment, which was so hard to do, but we’re free!

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          9. Jim Borden Avatar

            we got a few vacations out of ours, but who knows if it was a good investment or not…

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          10. Marsha Avatar

            We had lots of vacations, and it was not! LOL

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          11. Jim Borden Avatar

            probably not for us either )

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  12. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    OMG, Marsha. Answering a challenge and issuing a challenge in the same post while saluting past challengers. Wow. I love travel, but haven’t been to the places you highlighted. Thanks for the journey. Meanwhile, here’s my contribution – a beach walk about Travel. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/47-travel/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Frank. It means a lot that you join in! 🙂

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  13. anne leueen Avatar

    Travel with birds! Lovely photos.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Anne! 🙂

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  14. lily Avatar

    Lovely bird reflection photos 🙂 thank you for the mention as well 🌼

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome, Lily. I enjoyed all your posts as well. 🙂

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  15. minametry84 Avatar

    Attractive pictures and blog. I am inviting you to have a look on my last two blogs

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I will do that in the morning, Mina. 🙂

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  16. bloggingwithjrp Avatar

    So do you think those birds sitting on a log with your phone were placing bets with your phone? Ha, ha, ha, ha. Gotcha….

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I don’t remember what I thought now. Vince probably said something and I wrote it as a comment probably 7 years ago.

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  17. restlessjo Avatar

    Do you think the high desert is a keeper, or is it too early to tell? I’m sure that Vince is a keeper and the 2 probably go hand in hand. 🙂 🙂 Happy Easter, Marsha, and happy trails!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m loving it, Jo, but it is too soon to tell. Vince may get antsy, but I think it will take a few years. I think if his son decides to retire here, It’s definitely a keeper. It was a tremendous amount of work to sell everything and move two households here. We have his sister with us, so we have two condos here. None of us are anxious to do it again for a while!!! Thanks for asking, Jo. You are so sweet. Have a happy Easter yourself. See you on the trail. Speaking of which, did you hear that Sue Vincent passed on March 29th?

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        No, I didn’t know, Marsha. There was a post from Stuart this morning which seemed ambivalent. He’s been wonderful, hasn’t he? I suppose it’s better now than having her linger but she truly was amazing. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          She was amazing. I only got to know her recently, and can see why she was so well loved.

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  18. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    I enjoyed your bird pictures, Marsha. You are certainly keeping yourself very busy with blogs.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I am, but I’m not trying to write books. I haven’t mastered the art of doing both like you do so well, Robbie. I think I like the immediate feedback too much. 🙂

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  19. Wandering Dawgs Avatar

    Thanks for this wonderful post and for taking part in the change of scenery challenge.i enjoyed your bird reflection photos. Your Mark Twain quote is one of my favorites.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Beth. You have been such a fabulous guest host this week. It has been enormously busy for you, I know because I’m still trying to visit everyone, and you are quick with the visits and a wonderful comment as well. Thanks for doing such a great job.

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      1. Wandering Dawgs Avatar

        Marsha, you are welcome. It was my pleasure!

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  20. Cee Neuner Avatar

    What great inspiration you are to us.
    I hope your enjoy my interpretation.
    https://ceenphotography.com/2021/03/31/wednesdays-writing-photo-challenge-18-travel/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Cee. You inspire me, too. I feel I am growing because of our friendship.

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        Me too!! 😀 😀

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Lots of hugs. Have a wonderful weekend and happy Easter. 🙂

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  21. Wednesdays Writing/Photo Challenge #18: Travel – Cee's Photo Challenges Avatar

    […] is my entry for Marsha’s Wednesdays Writing/Photo Challenge #18. I’ve not done a Pick Me Up for quite awhile and I thought Marsha’s challenge was a […]

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  22. Natalie Avatar

    A nice collection of bird photos and fun travel memories! Thank you for the mention Marsha. I got your message with the questions. I’ll review them and read your previous interviews. I’ll get back to you.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Natalie. You can pick and choose. I may ask some follow-up questions after I’ve read through your responses to make the narrative read smoothly.

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  23. Cathy Avatar

    Beautiful memories from your travels 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, I had fun sifting through photos, Cathy. I know we are all anxious to get back to traveling. Like the Lens Artist challenge, we all need a change of scenery even if it’s just looking through our pictures of great trips. 🙂

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      1. Cathy Avatar

        Absolutely

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  24. V.J. Knutson Avatar

    Apart from Australia, we’ve had the privilege of visiting the other spots. Amazing!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      V.J. I know you’ve done a lot of traveling too. We live in an amazing world. 🙂

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  25. Amy Avatar

    Thank you, Marsha! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome, Amy. Your photos are always a delight. But these were especially dreamy. 🙂

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  26. kirstin troyer Avatar

    Hi Marsha….I loved your post. The oregon coast is stunning and I’m thankful we live so close and visit it often. I’ve always loved that song too.

    I decided to join in to #WQWWC. Here’s my link:bhttps://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2021/03/wqwwc-march-31st-theme-trave.html

    I don’t have wordpress so haven’t figured out the pingback but I did link to your blog in the post.

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  27. Sadje Avatar

    Thanks for the mention Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You made my week. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Thanks my friend

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Hugs and happy Easter, Sadje. 🙂

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Thanks.

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          2. Sadje Avatar

            A happy Easter to you too

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          3. Marsha Avatar

            Thank you, Sadje. 🙂

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          4. Sadje Avatar

            You’re welcome 😉

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