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WQW #7: Dream Travel Plans for 2022


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Featured Bloggers for WQW #6 Romance/Love

Your friendships mean so much. Thank you all for joining in.

I don’t usually post links after the deadline, but Suzanne from PICTURE RETIREMENT posted such an informative essay on socialization, that it is worth your effort to read it. If you haven’t checked out the other social posts they are all listed at the beginning of last week’s WQW. Many of you think that socializing is one of the most important aspects of blogging.

#WQW #7 – Topic: Where Do You Want to Travel?

Definition: Travel: go from one place to another, typically over a distance of some length.

Travel has been severely curtailed over the past two years. Maybe travel is nothing but a dream. Today let’s DREAM together. There have probably been some places you have seen on blogs, travel magazines, or heard your friend’s stories.

You’ve thought, “That sounds like fun. I’d really like to do some research there. I could get some gorgeous photos there. My parents used to live there before I was born. My ancestors are from there.”

At some level, you’ve mentally added those locales to your bucket list.

My Choices for Travel Dreams

On the way to Scottsdale, AZ

“Work, travel, save, repeat”


During my last few years of work, we lived this quote. We bought a timeshare and traveled to places of our dreams. When COVID hit, we gave that investment back to the company for an extra $1,000 and cut our losses to better prepare for retirement.

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

– Susan Heller

Right after COVID hit, Vince and I decided to move to his dream vacationland, the high desert. It’s been like a vacation since. We can go on short trips even though I struggled after my pickleball injury with DVT from September to now. I can sit for an hour or so with no problem. We go off to Sedona, Scottsdale, Wickenburg, or Williams., AZ. The choices have been endless, really.

For now, long travel is primarily in our dreams. Some dreams may be obtainable, though. Maybe you can tell which is which. As the curator of my life, I am going to have to prioritize which ones are doable and plan accordingly. In each of the locations, one of my goals would be to meet blogging friends I have made and take lots of photos.

Our first hike around Watson Lake

“Traveling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.”

-Ian Battuta

My List of Dream Vacations

  • Portland, OR – to meet up with local bloggers, my brother and some Kiwanis friends who moved there.
  • Italy – to see where Vince’s ancestors are from. I just love Italy
  • Alaska – My husband would love to go on a cruise.
  • Vegas to see a show, the Bellagio Garden Display and more of the countryside.
  • Toronto – to see all the gorgeous places I see in Natalie the Explorer’s and Mama Cormier’s pictures.
  • Buchart Gardens – because Vince has never been there and to me it’s one of the wonders of the world.
  • the Central California Coast and walk on the beach and visit the beautiful vineyards, spend time with friends
  • Scotland and Ireland to see the beautiful green countrysides.
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago with my friend Connie.
  • Home to Woodlake, CA to see my friends and dig in the Woodlake Rose and Botanical Gardens.
  • Hike with Johnbo and his wife, Lynn various places in AZ.

“Live your life by a compass not a clock.”

Steven Covey

Past Memorable Trip – Buildings in Chicago, IL

 “There seems to be a different Chicago around every street corner, behind every bar, and within every apartment, two-flat, cottage, or bungalow. City of immigrants or city of heartless plutocrats, say what you will, Chicago almost defies interpretation. In many ways, Chicago is like a snake that sheds its skin every thirty years or so and puts on a new coat to conform to a new reality.” 

—Dominic A. Pacyga, “Chicago: A Biography” (2009)

These buildings we saw on an architectural tour meet Cee’s CFFC topic: buildings. In 2013, my brother Randy and I, took an epic trip to visit our homeland, Indianapolis. We journeyed by train honoring his inner ear problem disallowing him from flying. It turned out to be a great opportunity. We stopped off in Chicago and spent a couple of days touring this beautiful city.

Some of these photos are also #SquareOdds. Odd being this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my brother. Odd also in that I never liked living in Indiana, and yet we had a fabulous time there and discovered lots of things about Indiana that I liked and could be proud of.

The oddest to me was the man with the scowl as we toured this architectural oasis. In his defense, he was probably looking into the sun with no sunglasses. But that’s a bit odd to think your eyes are invulnerable to cataracts at any age over 55. He looks a little bit like William Shatner.

High Chicago Windows

Windows reigned in Chicago, so I lucked out meeting Ludwig’s Monday Windows. Randy was such a trooper. First, he went on a boat. Fortunately, it went slowly and didn’t bother him. Then we went to Willis Tower. The last place I expected to find this guy who is deathly afraid of heights when he disappeared was on the ledge. LOL. It proves that you never really know the people you live with.

Other Challenges that Inspired WQW #7

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  1. I don’t usually join in WQW – so little time, so many challenges, and I’m more a photographer than writer! But with a theme like this, how could I not?!

    I loved seeing your list of travel dreams. Alaska is on my list too and Chicago is a hoped-for plan for 2023, to meet up with Virtual Tourist friends there (another trip delayed from 2020).

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  2. I loved your photos and quotes Marsha. I’d love to visit your area sometime and hope you do get up to Portland! I would also love to visit Alaska and buchart gardens as well. A few of the quotes you shared I almost shared as well. I love seeing other peoples adventures.I know some people get envious and have the “must be nice” snarky mentality, but I personally live vicariously through other peoples adventures. I love it.

    Here’s my link for the week:

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    • I was super shocked to find him there. I’d been zoning out taking as many pictures as I could. Walking all the way around the building looking out every window. When I came to the photographer’s window, was I ever shocked.

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  3. you are so lucky that you have a travel buddy Marsha… other half thinks a holiday is a trek in the wilderness climbing as many peaks as he can….on his own! I instead want to visit all of Europe and Japan but Canada has always been at the top of my list for a long time. btw ~ I thought that WAS William Shatner!! had to do a double take 😀

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    • Who knows maybe it was and he was irked that I took his picture and didn’t ask. LOL Now you’ve got me thinking! My travel buddy doesn’t really love traveling. He goes along with me sometimes to make me happy. I am lucky to have a lot of girlfriends, and I also had a chance to travel all over the country when I was working as a history consultant. It was a marvelous job. No peaks to climb, but I did go to the top of the arch in St. Louis. That was a kick!

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  4. I love everything about this. The destinations are well thought out and with both you and Vince in mind. The quote about travel turning you into a storyteller was my favorite. It is so true. As for Camino de Santiago…one of the most moving experiences I had in Europe was watching people on this route. In many of the cities they are on their knees in prayer, crawling because of the holy ground. Spirituality is hight here and I admire your silliness to do it. I have another friend who wants to do it upon retirement .

    Hello to John too. If you guys ever take a hike…let us know. We/I am going to invite myself. In fact, you kind of read my mind. It would be fun to gather some AZ bloggers for a lunch or event. Right now the Valley would be great, in another few weeks, your stomping grounds are the place to go. Dale is retiring for the second time in about a month, so we WILL be out and about. This weekend at Parker. Have you been to Oatmen? Put THAT on your list! Love ya! Donna

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  5. You’ve got some great destinations on your wish list. I agree with you. Buchart Gardens are simply stunning. We went at the start of summer and I would love to go again in a different season. You would love Toronto. It’s a lovely city and even better if you have a blogging friend or two to visit with.

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    • I would love that! What a place to take pictures. I’ve been there several times, and it took my breath away, but I don’t think I have any pictures of it!!!!! It would be so much fun to meet you. I’m definitely hoping to get to Portland in August or September to meet up with several bloggers. It’s a bit of a stretch to get to Vancouver from there. My first husband and I did it all the time, but his family lived in Seattle and we lived in Portland, so it wasn’t quite the stretch as it is now.


    • Thanks, Cee! I was in awe the whole time I was there. I wished we had more time to spend there. I’m just so glad I found all my photos even if some of them are corrupted.

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  6. Great post, Marsha. Thank you so much for the mention. I love the bucket list, very well thought out. Although it’s wonderful that you are enjoying where you are living and travelling locally. I’ll get my post online soon. KL ❤

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  7. Once again, your post inspires me to not only seek out new places to go but also to add a component to this weekend’s Sunday Stills post (travel with pets). Some of your dream destinations are mine as well–Scotland-Ireland, Germany, Italy, etc, and many local places, even back to California to see the kids and friends! Great shots of your places and inspiring quotes, too!

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  8. Marsha, I’m happy you have Toronto on your list of Dream vacations. If you do come and our schedules work out, bring comfortable footwear to walk with me 🙂 Now I’m hopping over to Mama Cormier’s blog. Thanks for letting me know she’s also in Toronto. See you at PPAC on Friday!

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  9. Thanks for the mention Marsha. If you do come to Toronto you have a place to stay. Kevin and I are hoping to go to France in April. Our daughter-in-law is doing a residency there for two weeks.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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