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.