Suzanne's recent trip to Arkansas turned up these unusual "caravans" at an antique store called Dear Crossing Antiques and Collectibles in Arkansas.
This one looked like it was for hunters - it had camouflage curtains.
I guess this could be a little beach cabana. I can't imagine pulling it down the road though.
Lots of women love to travel but we don't always have someone with whom to travel or who can go when we want to or where. I (Wendy) have been curious about what's going on in travel before and since my stint as a travel agent.
Most women I know prefer not to travel alone for various reasons. It's often more fun when you have someone the share an experience with and it's easier when others can share the work of travelling, such as finding accommodations, dealing with schedules, and eating well. Many women also feel safer travelling with a fellow traveler or in group.
Enter...travel clubs for women. A few quick searches on the Internet have revealed that there is a lot out there for women who love to travel but don't want to go alone.
Ladies on the Go Travel Club is based in White Rock, B.C. Canada. They offer escorted group tours for women.
RVing Women is a network of women who travel with RVs around North America. They have chapters in different locations and lots of planned activities.
Sisters on the Fly claim "We have more fun than anyone". With over 6,000 members this membership-based community supports women in their journey to get up, get out and become more adventurous!
That's just a sampling of what's available to women travelers. So, get up and get out there.
With summer weather here, it's time to think about summer vacations. That got me thinking about vintage trailers. Suzanne and I have pulled together a collection of photos of fun re-done vintage trailers on our Pinterest board. Take a look at these cuties.
Poking around on the Internet this evening, I came across this funny movie clip. Perfect timing for a warm summer weekend.
If you’re looking for a writers' retreat to attend this summer in a beautiful, relaxing location, why not consider the Wildacres Writers Workshop and Retreat, nestled in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina?
I attended a week long workshop/retreat for children’s writers at Wildacres many years ago, and it was wonderful. Too bad they no longer offer this event for children’s writers every year as they once did. Sitting out on the terrace, enjoying the view from one of their comfy rocking chairs, was a writer’s dream. Best of all was the price. It was very reasonable - and still is!
Learn more about this scenic spot at www.wildacreswriters.com
Do you have a favorite writers’ retreat? Please let us know about it by leaving a comment here now.
A birthday is a good excuse for a little weekend getaway. I've decided to invite you along on mine (Wendy's) to the northwest corner of Washington state. After a couple of other stops—a little shopping, a big coffee—we arrived in La Conner in time for lunch. This is the main shopping street in this charming waterside town.
We had a delightful and yummy lunch at Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery. Then I wandered through the shops while my husband watched the skies for fighter planes jetting over from a nearby military base. I missed seeing those because I was busy seeing things like this:
Cute touches and creative ideas are everywhere. Who would have thought to use old spoons and tin cans like this? Clever, right?
One of the things I love best about La Conner is that it's right on an inlet from the ocean.
Sometimes the simplest things are so beautiful, like flowerpots hanging on a picket fence. Just look at those ranunculus!
Tides, gulls, boats...what's not to love?
Next stop, Oak Harbor where I discovered this gorgeous paper arts store called Collage.
They had the most imaginative displays for their wares.
It's hard not to want to buy one of everything...or two...or three. Yes, time to move on. But not before I show you these ribbons. Don't they just make you gasp?
After spending the night in Oak Harbor we headed down Whidbey Island (What? I didn't mention that we were on an island?) to the sweet little historic town of Coupeville.
The weather had turned cloudy and drizzly but it was still fun to poke around in the shops, like this one called Aqua. Isn't that the most perfect name for a shop that backs right on the water?
It's not often you get to see Helibores in bloom but our timing must have been perfect because they showed up in pots and flowerbeds all over the place. Just look at this delicate colour. It's like someone painted them with a watercolour wash.
(By the way, I'm Canadian and Suzanne is American so here we sometimes use different spellings. The more, the merrier, I think. Diversity makes life more interesting.)
More tempting shops. Of course, I had to go in and have a look.
One more view of Coupeville from the pier and then it's time to head home. I have a date with my husband and daughter to attend the symphony in the evening.
Even on a grey day, the view from the Deception Pass bridge is spectacular.
Where will we be off to next? You'll have to check in and see.
For my birthday gift this year, my sister treated me to a day at the opera. It began with a drive to Vancouver, which for us takes about an hour and a half. Weather: unusually warm and sunny. The leaves are not out on the trees yet but the blossoms are.
These two little guys waited patiently on the sidewalk while their significant human picked up a coffee.
Before the opera, which was a matinee, we went for brunch at the Homer St. Cafe and Bar.
My daughter joined us for a late brunch of mimosas and baked maple/chicken/bacon/poached egg followed by chocolate pudding and coffee.
Now they will let us in the door because we have the tickets. We picked them up at the box office. My sister had written the reference number on the corner of a page from a farm magazine. Not surprising from the owner of The Farm House Natural Cheeses.
The theatre was packed for Die Fledermaus, which is a comedy. The company adlibbed and even had some speaking parts.
Of course, no photos during the performance. All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off. I suspect this policy was conceived to prevent interruptions in the way of murdering the person whose phone starts to ring during the aria.
The entire cast after the performance. The sign above the stage reads: Go ahead. Take a picture. Share@vancouveropera #DieFledermaus. Consider it done. It was a fun performance with great Strauss music, beautiful costumes, and soaring voices.
We finished the day with a visit to my new favourite little squeeze, granddaughter Zoë—and her sweet parents, of course.
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