September 19, 2009

Home Sweet Home

When I was a kid, travel wasn't in the family budget. A day at the Jersey shore was about as good as it got.

Now, as an adult, I really enjoy travelling. I feel fortunate to have done so much of it lately -- New Orleans, Los Angeles and now Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, etc.

Three planes took me to my friend, Maggie's house in Idaho. Here's Maggie . . .



And her dog, Izzy . . .


And the view from their deck . . .


We drove to Gold Creek, Montana to Camp Mak-a-Dream. Usually host to children and teens with cancer, Camp Mak-a-Dream hosts an ovarian cancer survivor's retreat. It was amazing.

We climbed a mountain . . .


And a rock wall . . .


And a million other fun things. We ate like royalty and had a blast in the town of Missoula. But mostly, mostly, we forged bonds of teal between each other.






It was hard to say so-long when the long weekend ended.



But Maggie and I and her daughter, Katie, piled into the car and drove to Yellowstone National Park.

We got up close and personal with elk . . .


And bison . . .


And pools of water that were so hot they boiled . . .




And of course, Old Faithful . . .



Had a blast driving through the Grand Tetons and in the town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming . . .




Then I had to say so-long to Maggie and her lovely family and get on those three planes and head back home to flat-as-a-flapjack Florida.

It's great to get away and experience interesting places and meet new people.

And it's great to be home, too.


5 comments:

Sharon said...

You are an awesome narrator and always so refreshingly appreciative of the good and most valuable things in life, Donna dear - like new friends, travels, and family:).

What are bonds of teal? Is that the color for ovarian cancer survivors? My favorite color... now for one more reason.

Love to you and your guys,
Sharon

Wild About Words said...

Love right back at you, Shar. Yes, teal is the color for ovarian cancer.

Anonymous said...

Hey Donna! Great pictures and great blog. I loved seeing you at camp. Don't wait so long before you come back. OK? love ya, Jane Wedemeyer

Jan said...

Hey Donna: Loved seeing you and loved "Wild About Words". It says a lot when you mentioned "bonds of teal" because it is so true with our sisters at camp that are struggling so hard.. Can't wait to get both of your books (this weekend I hope) because I have a 13 year old granddaughter who loves to read and they sound about right for her. I know why you were so happy to get home with that really cute "hubby" of yours waiting. You guys are in the most wonderful years of your life. Honks and Hugs, Jan Phillips, Idaho Camper

Wild About Words said...

Thanks, Jane! Great to see you, too!
And Jan, I know about your fabulous 13 year old granddaughter and your other wonderful grandchildren because I had the pleasure of spending time with your daughter, when she wasn't working her tail feathers off volunteering. What a loving family you have!