We have begun our day with a sideways kiss ( you know bad breath and all ) and a hug.
Keep me outside in the world I love.
An opportunity to capture photos and enjoy the beauty of the ride
Balancing my loves of hiking, bicycling, and photography with sitting still to write
we all live upon a planet with a downward force of gravity
Surrounded by nature, emitting happiness and contentment.
Surrounded by nature, emitting happiness and contentment
Poetry is nature, infinite in age.
A sense of reverence is experienced as you pass the enormous Coast Redwood Trees
If you stop moving, you will die
Among the thousands of people hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019, there are also animals, and photographer, Andrew Burns. He is not hiking the trail,
We are sleeping inside a pup-tent for the very first time together.
Glacier National Park is a natural amusement park, with hiking, and backpacking trails providing a soul calming meditative experience costing less than the entrance to
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
Writing, reading, mountain biking, and fishing, be patient daddies got a new toy!
In the forest I close my eyes hearing insects buzzing and humming around me.
This past February I attended the Key West Photo Festival with other photographers from around the US who broaden my knowledge and inspired my soul
Do not feed the animals their diets do not include human tourist.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”
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,
Ok, ok, I know it has been quite a while since my last blog posting, and many have emailed me with concerns of “where the
One aspect I thought of was my self-diagnosis of having a hyperactive personality with a dose of attention deficit disorder. 🙂
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
Every day I’m honored to wake knowing I love you.
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
On many occasions, my family and friends have voiced their concerns about me backpacking or hiking into the forests and deserts. They fear for my
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
It was a day after the American Labor Day holiday and the unofficial end of summer. But more importantly for me, it is the demographic
Recently while I was touring and photographing the West Rim Drive of Crater Lake in Oregon, I met a New Zealander in his late twenties,
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,
I was taking a short day hike around the campground in Collier Memorial Park in Oregon when I met another camper/traveler and our conversation turned
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
I will never forget the sunny Monday morning inside the coffee shop, knowing you had seen me dozens if not hundreds of times reading the
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
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.
Usually, on the weekends mostly during the morning hours, a hiking trail fills with groups of people flaunting their newly purchased hiking and backpacking gear.
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
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
On a cold rainy spring day, I toured several critical locations in the city of Mongomery Alabama which is ground zero of the Civil
Our family, our children, forty years we made. The mind-numbing daily routine we made. Our separate sleeping bedrooms we agreed. Because of commitments, our love
The daily WordPress word prompt inspires thoughtful, creative writing ideas based on the WordPress user’s past experiences with the word which can hold various meanings and
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.
The weekly photo challenge asks the question where would you rather be. The following photos reveal where I would rather be as photography allows for
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
Casandra entered the room, and I could not make eye contact, She walks past my table, and I look down at my paper, I sensed
I can remember as far back as a kindergartener, hearing my mother, father, siblings, friends, and teachers, telling me, or writing in the margins of
As the days of March wind down and I continue editing, re-editing and repeating the process of my short stories. The recent cold weather in
During my lifetime of travel along the back roads, my reason to stop is best described as “distracted.” by what my eyes witness and I
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
Our parents, families, and friends say we are too young to know love. We both wish and desire a love we neither know of
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
I want to start the first day of March 2018 with a cheerful hello to all of the followers of this site. For the next
At the beach, or in the park, the morning blend of sites and sounds coupled with the warm sunrise temperatures to sooth the skin adds to the beauty
As a caterer with twenty-two years in the business, I love the quote “Eating is a necessity, cooking is an art.” I once prepared dinner
For over forty years I have traveled around the US for which my family and friends were astonished by the journey and marveled at the
Well, it has come around again the commercially celebrated Valentines Day of love. It is the erotic, exotic, enticing, inspirational day for the expression and
Within the imaginations of everyone who’s creative ideas and thoughts are inspired or influenced by anything seen on television, read in a book or magazine, can
When I began traveling in the late 80’s upon a 1987 Kawasaki touring motorcycle around the US, I never created or was bewildered with a
The twins and Johnathan are in the rear seat of the car with their father at the wheel, as they travel along their driveway from
At 4:45 pm, their father, Jefferson Wheeler, was a third-generation farmer, who stood six-foot, seven-inches tall, with muscular arms, and a matching barrel chest. He
It was 4:30 pm on a western Nebraska farm, in the summer of 1969 with the humid July winds blowing as usual while the Wheeler
I was scared almost out of my seat when Sister Abigale screamed at the top of her lungs forcing all of the fifth-grade students to
I was born and raised in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, and the first time I saw photos of a beach, I dreamed of
I am a part of what some people call the greatest generation. When I consider how my parents who lived with nothing close to the
Fortunately, during my lifetime I have recorded hundreds of hours of video with accompanied thousands of photos of my now adult children. My recorded library
Be candid with me, I can take it. Honesty is the best policy when the truth is the foundation for any relationship. However, many lies
As the college semester comes to an end, the mood of the students on the entire campus becomes stressfully solemn. Every nook and cranny is
The desert is a great place to experience the beauty of nature when the approaching rains transform the landscape scenery. A weather system pushed through
For twenty years’ or more, the theater’s dancers have taken a ten-minute break every hour during any rehearsal no matter how long they rehearsed. Three
My thoughts often drift to the Arizona desert horizon at sunrise during our two week Christmas break. My face brightens with a smile, and yet
When a child is born, they are an unwritten computer program learning from parents teachers and society.
M. J. Leake
Mel and Susan Hubbard a married couple were sitting on a park bench after walking three miles along the beach which they do every other
If you are lucky, your life will treat you to various forms and types of reservations. I have had room and dinner reservations and I
The first daily word prompt “conversation” is appropriate to begin 2018 since a blog post initiates a conversation between bloggers around the world. Four years
Finally, with the end of 2017, the entire world is looking forward to 2018 with incredible optimism. Many people around the world will begin new
My thirty plus years of travel destinations are filled with photos and encountering people who are the inspirations for some of my creative writings ideas.
Kevin and Katelynn Crawford age 38 and 39 are a couple with seven children. They have twin four year- olds, a 6, 8, 10,
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. Antonio Machado A wannabe traveler’s
I hiked a trail without a compass within the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument in the Robledo Mountains of Doña Ana County, New Mexico. The area
Fifteen years have passed since international Dodgeball star Lucas Leonard Lopez was seen on the court. However, his eldest son Lewis Leonard Lopez has followed
During anyone’s life, there are jolly times filled with degrees of ups and downs, covered with varnishing layers of love. A life is filled with
The word “age,” is a noun, defining the length of existence from the beginning to any given time of life. Existence is the sparkle of
The significance of procrastinating pressure to complete goals is sometimes a necessary emotion when you find snippets of excuses to forgo what should be done. With thirty
Three months ago Jill and I decided to take a break with a tropical island weekend getaway. On our last evening, I dressed adorned in
Hiking in the great northwest of the US brings you into contact with many types of people. My first encounter with mushroom hunters began with
During our annual concert, my high school’s jazz ensemble was playing before a packhouse of parents, students political dignitaries. We played several pieces that excited
The annual sweetheart’s dance has become a coveted gala event for the 190 residents at the “Living Years Village.” And again for the third year
I stood in the doorway of the kitchen watching my mother cooking and preparing the Thanksgiving dinner as I drooled with excitement wanting to sneak
There was a time in the 60’s, and 70’s when the mystery of keeping your home secure during the Halloween season was something you passed
I have never really liked Halloween since the horrible calamity of 1975, for which my father tells the story with the smiling gleefulness of a
The end of green summer leaves leads to the transformation to various bright colors. During an October hike with crisp, breezes blowing red, yellow, purple,
With their annual Halloween party two days away, Erica stood in the mirror admiring her Cleopatra costume. She adjusted the black wig with a gold
The identifying trademarks were visible when the border officer lifted the tarp to reveal the cylindrical barrel. This story began after my best friend Charles
My next door neighbors, Clifford and Joyce Ingram’s raised 6-children, who were born two and three years apart. When their eldest child Cynthia began playing
Enlightening moments in time brings life into focus. (M. J. Leake) After thirty-nine years of marriage, three adult children, one hysterectomy, and a husband I
Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively? I use words creatively in sentences,
The above words are used to describe acts done by a person that if given a moment of thought many people would not perform for
What would your daily life be without risk? Most people try to avoid risk and some at all cost while many people take a calculated
Loyalty is determined and measured by who you interact with over time. Loyalty and friendships are determined by time. Loyalty can be a long-term commitment
Life is like ascending a mountain one foot after another to accomplish what is desired. Standing atop of an accomplishment is a personal goal and time
Succumbing to life’s temptations keeps you from being your best. Succumbing to the bitterness of life closes your mind to reconciliation. Succumbing to the
A 5-year-old girl in a playground stops to look at the flight of a butterfly. She runs around mimicking its movements to understand the butterfly’s
The fraud you do. The fraud to deceive. The fraud to trick and cheat. The fraud for your personal gain. The fraud committed in darkness
Mistakes are a part of life because life comes with morals but not application instructions. Mistakes of the heart usually provide a second chance. Mistakes
The elastic balloons cover the grounds as far as the eye can see. Ground crews hold lines as the balloons are inflated reaching heights towering
Hiking a forest or desert trails with only the sounds of your footsteps crunching the ground quiets your soul to experience a believable sense of
For baby boomers, it is believed that upon a certain age exciting, interesting outdoor and athletics activities are limited, curtailed, or not done based on
The term “laser focused” is associated with academics and athletics. To reach this level of concentration takes months, years and decades of mental and physical
What would our planet look like if the extinct land animals were to return? Would we make room for them to live in the wild?
Hiking the trails within the National Parks, National Forest, and National Conservation Areas can produce a feeling of irrelevancy for whatever is going on in
Mighty is the sound of instruments to create the music of our desires from within our soul. Without the sound of instruments to create
Social media produces journalling crumbs of our past. Crumbs for those you chose to see the highs and lows of your life. Wisdom can be
I was traveling south along Nevada route 95 when I wandered into Las Vegas to visit family and to check out Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.
As a child growing up, I always had Labrador Retrievers as pets, and one of my chores was picking up after the dog. When I
I learned very early in my childhood before I started school that acting bad or being bad brought about a spanking or a scolding at
The peculiarities of life and death manifest itself before, during, and after stressful painfilled tragic events. Personal reflections and contemplation about life, its meaning, and
The word “Overcome” is over used, because everyone’s daily life is filled with moments, hours, days, months, and years of challenges. Without challenges, life will
As a traveler, I have encountered many others who’s mentality like mine is filled with the anticipated experiences of the journey and destination. The journey
My travel mission was set to photograph the Bonneville Salt Flats with a refuel top off in the town called West Wendover, NV en-route to Reno
The word educate is applied to every travel destination I encounter. There is something to learn no matter how many times I have visited any
My last posting “Enamored with nature,” apparently was my 1000th blog post on WordPress. 🙂 My priceless blog life began 2013 when I signed up
After viewing and capturing photos of the natural beauty in Yellowstone National Park, I found the Flagg Ranch Campgrounds located along the John D Rockafeller
Children who become teenagers and eventually adults are a wonderment of untold measurement. (M.J.Leake) As the days, months, years, and decades pass, with mothers day, fathers
I love history and consider myself an amateur historian of American History, so when I entered the Cody Wy visitors center to see what
Some retirees try to recall memories and thoughts of their adolescent and childhood years. If they are able, they spend the second chapter of their
A retiree who accepts their status will become a happier person going forward into the second chapter of their lives. While many retirees remain in
Depending on where you live planning a trip from your home to travel across town can easily be accomplished depending on where you live.
The carousel of life cycles through many stages hopefully surrounded by family, friends, culture, and an environment shaping your life forever. Along the way you develop
Our eldest son Geoferry organized and paid for a private dining room in the exclusive up scale restaurant “Alain Ducasse,” inside the Dorchester hotel
Six months ago, I was with twenty-one of my family members to watch my youngest great-granddaughter tandem parachute from a plane 12000 feet above the
There was a united symbolism as the band members walked from both sides of the stage to their seats for their premiere spring symphonic performance.