Why Start a Travel Blog?

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Friday, June 1, 2012

"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach us more than we can ever learn from books."
                                                        -John Lubbock

Why start a travel blog? Well, I began keeping a travel journal a few years ago and a blog seems to be a natural extension. My husband and I have been married 45 years and have only recently started to "move about the country" as one of the airlines advertises. Before we retired in 2005 and 2007, most of the trips we took were to visit family or an occasional week at a Florida beach or in the Great Smoky Mountains. (One of these days I'll have to tell you why the Smokies are so special!)  Before 2007 we had never traveled together north of the Mason-Dixon line and only once west of the Mississippi.
When we were teaching school, almost any travel plans had to be made during Christmas break or summer vacation. I dreamed of a fall vacation, especially somewhere we could see autumn colors. Alas! We have lived in Florida over 40 years and we don't get to experience that seasonal change here! So after I retired in '07 we signed up for our first Elderhostel, now known as Road Scholar, program. It was called The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, An Appalachian Adventure (program #1381EPR) and held in Hiawassee, GA, in October. The leaves were less than spectacular since Georgia had experienced very serious drought conditions that year. The area was still beautiful and we had a marvelous time---so much so that we have since attended or hosted 15 more Road Scholar programs in the U.S.!
I hope to relive each one in future posts by sharing with you. Please forgive me for not keeping to a chronological order---it seems easier, and I hope wiser, to start with the most recent trip and work backward, so next time look for highlights of The Heart of Yellowstone.
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