Over the years as I’ve done this blog, I’ve shared photos from my numerous trips. I even shared photos from places that I didn’t get to go because of Covid. Last year we had to cancel trips to Italy and South Africa. I am blessed to have gone to all fifty of the states in the United States. I have also visited thirty-nine foreign countries. We visited numerous countries while on a cruise, but my husband has acted as tour guide by making detailed plans about places we have visited when not doing a cruise. He has done an excellent job of booking places to stay and finding out about must-not-miss places to see. The best thing about being your own tour guide is being able to change plans when they don’t turn out to be what you expected. If you are with a tour group and you find out the place you are going isn’t what you thought, you’re stuck.
We have taken a lot of cruises and discovered that booking your own private tour is better than going with the ship’s tours. When we visited Turkey on a cruise, we hired private guides that cost us less than one of us would have had to pay for a ship’s tour. It was just us and the guide, and the guides had an itinerary, but if we didn’t want to do something on their itinerary, they were very willing to change it. Below you will see a photo I took at the ruins of Ephesus.
My husband has also planned a lot of trips here in the United States. We recently did a trip to Colorado, where we planned to visit several national parks. Since I have visited all fifty states, I am now trying to visit as many national parks as I can. In fact several years ago, my older daughter bought me this passport book to collect stamps from the parks I visit.
For this trip to Colorado, my husband decided not to plan completely in advance because of wild fires there. We wanted to have a flexible itinerary in case we encountered smoky areas we might want to avoid, since we planned to do a lot of hiking. He only made lodging reservations a day or so in advance except the first couple of days.
Here we are on our inaugural day of the trip at the Four Corners Monument. This is where the states of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico meet. We visited Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sands National Park, as well as Hovenweep National Monument. We also had planned to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but we were unable to go because of a road closure. We were glad we had decided to make our plans flexible. We had to do some backtracking because of the road closure.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip.
Ancient ruins at Mesa Verde
Hike near Silverton, Colorado
Great Sands National Park
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, a photo and a video
I kind of write my books like this trip. I have an idea of where I’m going in the story, but that is subject to change at any minute. The book I’m currently working on has my characters traveling throughout the United States as they give away dogs for a contest. You all helped me with my “Twelve Dogs of Christmas” song for this book. My characters take a few detours on their way to find love.
I’m planning a December release for this book, but that is also subject to change.
How do you like to travel? Well planned or whatever happens?
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