The Countdown Has Begun!

It’s hard to believe my next big adventure is only about a week away!  I have been dreaming of this beautiful Spring trip for months.  I’ll be visiting 10 European countries in just two & a half weeks.  I’ve been excitedly researching every location on the itinerary.  Sunning on Italian beaches & hiking through the Alps are just a couple of the places my mind has been wandering.  However, the more I check the weather forecast, the more I am awakened to the fact that most of the trip may be colder than this Florida weather I’m used to.  My time in the Alps may end up looking more like something out of my winter wonderland series than a traditional Spring scene.  Instead of being disappointed that the trip may not meet my initial expectations, I am excited to see what adventure comes out of the unexpected.

Montana Winter Wonderland Giant Springs

Afternoon Stroll

The sun is shining and the Spring Breakers are beginning to retreat.  Soon the changing of the guard will be finished and the Spring Breakers will be replaced by families building sand castles and friends baking to that perfect golden brown.  I’m looking forward to many walks along the beach before it gets too hot.

heron beach sunset

Back to Europe

I didn’t make it out of town this weekend, but I did start some serious planning on my next big trip.  The details are still fluid, but the plan is to go back to Europe in May.  As of now we are planning to go to Germany, maybe Paris, Switzerland, Austria, & on a Mediterranean cruise.  The itinerary is always subject to change, but I do know Germany and Italy will definitely be on this trip.

This will be my third time to Germany.  Every trip is a little different, but my favorite place hasn’t changed.  I love the little town Cochem along the Mosel River.  It’s simple, authentic, and has one of my favorite castles.

As you come over the hill and drop into the village, the first thing you notice is the castle floating above the town.

Cochem Castle GermanyWe drove down into the heart of the village and found a place to park along the river.  After leisurely making our way through the meandering streets, stopping in several of the shops, we started our climb up the hill to the castle.

Cochem Castle on Mosel River, Germany

The trek up the hill did not go unrewarded.  We had a wonderful tour and the views were breathtaking.  I kept seeing this same sculpture throughout the castle and finally had to ask what it was.  In all my sophistication, I thought it looked like Kermit the Frog, but knew that couldn’t be the case.  It turns out it was just a short knight in full armor.

Mosel River, Cochem Germany

On another trip I enjoyed the river cruise.  It runs several times a day and gives you a different perspective of the area.Mosel River, Cochem GermanyI’m not sure if I will make it to Cochem on this trip, but it will always be one of my favorite German towns.

Beach Day!

How perfect!  Yesterday morning I posted about wanting to go to the beach before all the spring breakers arrived, and by early afternoon I was hanging out at Panama City Beach, FL with a friend.  When we got there, the … Continue reading

Spring Break Is Almost Here!

With all this crazy weather we’ve been having it’s hard to believe that spring break is just weeks away!  I love the cool weather, but am finally ready for those perfect spring days full of life.  I’m not normally a beach person, but I think I need to make a trip before all the spring breakers arrive.  I took this photo a couple of years ago near Panama City Beach.  Every time I go I always ask myself why I don’t go more often.  So, what are your plans for spring break?

Panama City Beach Sunset

Sneak Peek at Florida Caverns Park

I love those days where I can set out with no agenda.  I took a quick trip to Alabama last weekend and on the way home I noticed a sign for Florida Caverns State Park.  I quickly got in the … Continue reading

Magic of Winter

We finally made it down to the Roe River.  The way the steam was coming off the water and the light was shining through was nothing short of magical!  It looked as if it must be a passageway to a secret wonderful world!

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Check out the other posts in my Winter Wonderland series!

Winter Wonderland

Come experience a Montana winter through my eyes!  Over the next few days I will be sharing a series of photos I took on my recent trip to Montana.  While I’ve never been a huge fan of cold weather, I’ve always found winter so magical.  A fresh blanket of snow can cover something ugly and dormant, and turn it into something crisp and pure and shimmery.  Anything seems possible!

Enjoying A Winter Wonderland

Enjoying A Winter Wonderland

Montana Dreaming

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So it’s been about a week and a half since I’ve returned from Montana and I just can’t get it out of my mind. Before I even left I was already planning my next trip. There’s just something so special and freeing about a place so wild an untouched. Every time I go I feel like a captive animal returned to the wild. The longer I’m there the more the social pressures and expectations just melt away and what is left is who I really am. It’s a place that forces you to see the nonsense in your life for what it is and to focus on what is truly important. No matter where I live, Montana will always be home for me. One of my new goals in life is to have a small rustic cabin outside of Glacier Park where I can just get away and enjoy God’s creation. I’m sure I will add things to the list more quickly than I will accomplish them, but I have started a Montana wish list. They are in no particular order.

Own a Cabin Near Glacier Park
Visit Family Homestead Again
Horseback Riding in Glacier
Helicopter Ride Over Glacier
Rock Climbing
Spend Night in a Teepee
Yellowstone in a Snow Coach Again
Try Snow Shoeing
Hike to Granell Glacier
Hike To Iceberg Lake
Hike Ptarmigan Trail
Stay at a Glacier Chalet
Stay in a Lodge at Glacier
Pan for Sapphires Again
Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
Charlie Russell Chew-Choo Dinner Train
North Pole Adventure on the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo
Visit Montana Grizzly Encounter
Sleigh Ride
Zip Line