Basking in the beauty of my surroundings as a nomadic traveler
We have begun our day with a sideways kiss ( you know bad breath and all ) and a hug.
Mom, when did you actually know you were in love with dad?
A mature wisdom-filled twelve-year-old
Keep me outside in the world I love.
The perfect morning for me
Balancing my loves of hiking, bicycling, and photography with sitting still to write
The quiet wilderness serenity of nature’s beauty.
I no longer say aloud, be patient what’s the rush?
We are sleeping inside a pup-tent for the very first time together.
Serendipity is attached to my nomadic travels when I discover the incredible beauty of hundreds of bison, several dozen feral horses, along with hundreds of
As I mature, I’m discovering the wisdom to calm my anxious excitement to cherish every moment of my travels.
After the Continental Divide Trail Days in April, I set off for the City of Rocks Campground in New Mexico, which is by far one
Silver Cities Gough Park was ground zero for the 30-plus vendors who set up their displays
Writing, reading, mountain biking, and fishing, be patient daddies got a new toy!
Do not feed the animals their diets do not include human tourist.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”
Be aware of the panther crossing signs when driving in the Everglades giving these beautiful mammals a chance to live.
These birds are the official and original waste management facilitators of the Florida Everglades
Once you exit your vehicle, your first experience will be the sultry humidity and soon the mosquito.
Always beware, there will be alligators in those waters. 🙂
My attempted winter destination for 2019 was the Quartzsite Arizona in Western Arizona. It is also the winter destination for several thousand RV’ers, Van dwellers,
After driving through falling snow during the day, I figured a quick side trip to Tombstone Arizona would be great since I could not imagine
One aspect I thought of was my self-diagnosis of having a hyperactive personality with a dose of attention deficit disorder. 🙂
Before I created this blog post, I took time organizing my thoughts to shape the narrative for the photos I captured during the 2018 Key
It is always great meeting fellow travelers who seek nomadic adventures as we are a unique tribe of people whose experiences of the open road brings joys to our hearts.
I recommend you visit Key West during the Fantasy festival with a daily schedule of events, there is something for everyone.
It has been three months of writing, editing, re-writing, editing, and a repeat of all with an occasional blog post. I recently took time for
Doubt, courage, and confidence are a persistent emotional tug of war deep within you and between your ears.
These three words are the essential foundation for every human living on this planet. There are millions of different ways to achieve all three based
I recently viewed the movie trailer “Green Book” scheduled for November 21, 2018, release in the US, and it triggered my thoughts about my travels
Elegance is a word used to describe style and beauty. Outdoor photography captures natures ever-changing elegant views of a Florida sunset. This, landscape sunset cloud
On many occasions, my family and friends have voiced they’re concerned about me backpacking or hiking into the forests and deserts. They fear for
For the past several months, I have struggled with a writing routine as I traveled but, summer has eased into autumn, and I draw inspiration
Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I entered the local library for a book, and I saw the most incredibly beautiful king size quilt hanging on display
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The Pacific Crest Trail Celebrated 50 Years as A National Scenic Trail of 2,650 miles from the California Mexican border to the Washington State,
It has been a little over a month since I last posted a blog simply because I’m enjoying the time of my life fulfilling
There are many unique museums and places I want to visit, learn and further understand American history. Many tourists and travelers see and reveal in
During the last couple of years, I have traveled mostly in the western US and back home to my much beloved Florida beaches and the
My freedom is traveling nomadically, one destination to another, exploring, discovering and learning. (MJL) In April I attended the 2018 Continental Divide Trail Days
The town of Creighton New Hampshire was to celebrate the 1948 class reunion of the small towns only high school with 43 of the original 97
Today men all over America are celebrating Father’s Day spending time with their families, throwing a ball in the yard or enjoying a quiet day
A man and woman conceived a child. Some people debate when the circle of life begins, but for this poem, the ring of a lifetime
Again, as usual, I am seated watching the archaic traditions leaving no assumptions for what is to happen at this ceremony that has been held every
Many things in life are comfortable assumptions, like night or day, green light or red light, and a massive crater in the middle of a
I attended the 2018 Overland Expo West gathering that brought people together from around the world to Fort Tuthill County Fairgrounds in Flagstaff AZ. This
Everyone who visits Arizona always recommends the Grand Canyon and their next recommendation is usually the city of Sedona AZ to see the picturesque red
Oh yes, the Petrified Forest National Park has been on my must-visit list for years, and my recent scenic drive tour has only conjured up
We do not celebrate wisdom, because it comes with age. Many fear age while never gaining its wisdom. Youth spends money, wisdom would never consider.
There are many places in the world, but none compare to traveling to witness vistas, landscapes, and wildlife. My current place on this planet
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My travel aura was projecting as I sat reading about my next destination inside my vehicle at an eastbound I-10 rest-stop in East Texas. Actually,
I have witnessed unbelievable angry tantrums by toddlers, children, teenagers, and adults. But, during an incredibly beautiful wedding, I watched as a 5’4″, 180-pound, grey-haired
Ms, Charlotte Wetzler, was seated on the main stage, looking out upon well over 500-hundred guests who are her former students and the recipients of
With each swing of the mallet, I pound the spike deeper into the ground. Anger, jealousy, envy, and hate fuels my swings but, I cannot
Capturing sunrise photos while stopped at the “Sols Cliff scenic overlook with views of Bar Harbor Maine from inside Acadia National Park. The crisps winds
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April is National Poetry Month, and I’m creating inspired poetry daily to celebrate events online, at libraries, and communities everywhere. A mindset for poetry can be
From the time, I saw her from across the dance floor, I was tranced into seeing them closer. Standing in front of her, I
Attending a funeral, a retirement gathering, a college or high school graduation, of a family member or friend allows for personal self-reflection. Your thoughts peel away layers of
Since Feb I have enjoyed and settled into the Florida warmth, and because of cold temperatures, I used my backpacking pants’ less than a week.
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Every day since forever, I have seen you, and we are identical twins. I look into your eyes, and I see the mirror image of
See my elegance? My jet black hair was cooked and processed with waves galore, against platinum silver and neon green, circumferencing from temple to temple rising
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Suddenly there is no sound of the trail, but I feel and hear my heart pounding after my climb to summit the small peak of
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My plan for the day was to set up somewhere along the beach to write and read all day on a picnic bench under a
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When a child is born, they are an unwritten computer program learning from parents teachers and society.
M. J. Leake
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Photos of the impressive Buffalo Bill Dam.
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