Lake of the Clouds AMC Hut, near the summit of Mt.
12 Apostles, Victoria, AU - Such a beautiful stretch of the Australian coastline. It truly took my breath away, but it was just a taste of all the wonderful coastal vistas Australia had to offer.
I'd always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon and finally got the chance to do it in Phoenix, AZ with my BFF. It's hot up in the balloon, even though it was cold that morning, but it's also a great big blast.
Jervis Beach, NSW, Australia - Supposedly the white sand in the world— They sent it to Waikiki when that beach eroded, so you know it's premium stuff. You can't see them in the photo, but dolphins were paddling around no so far off shore. And, almost no one else for miles around but me and my best friend, who joined me on this leg of my 6-month journey through the Pacific Rim.
I'm that hip on the Hamptons, but this is East Hampton Point, a lovely restaurant on this secluded marina, tucked away from the fashionable crowds in town. In 2010 my family celebrated my parent's 50th (yes, that's 5-0) anniversary. We watched the sun set from our table as we waited for our entrees to arrive. Spending a week in a house together as grown-ups with my brothers and their significant others—not that much fun for me. Dinner here—lovely. http://www.easthamptonpoint.com/
Also a view from my room in Positano, Italy. We ate fresh figs plucked from the trees every morning—that's my definition of heaven right there.
This is the view from my room in Positano, Italy. Booked a cooking vacation with mom, then got laid-off a few month's later in '08, but we still went and had a great time. The weather was perfect in early October, the classes were fun and delicious, and the package included trips to Pompeii, Capri and nearby towns. Since it was off-season, we were basically the only folks signed up and no crazy crowds everywhere. If you're interested, check out: http://cooking-vacations.com/
Chiemsee Lake, Bavaria—just one of the many places that took me by surprise my second time in Germany.
I rode under Paris when I studied in London in 1985, but I only had a day and knew it wouldn't be enough to savor all the city had to offer. It took me until 2007 to finally make it back and above ground, but ohlala the city of light captured my heart and five days flew by too quickly.
Me in a chopper after rafting down the Colorado River through the western part of the Grand Canyon. I'd never been in a helicopter before, and I was sooo psyched; my companion not so much. We'd had a fantastic view of the canyon and the river on a great one-day whitewater rafting trip with Hualapai River Runners, and now we were getting to see both from a completely opposite vantage point. http://www.grandcanyonwest.com/rafting.php
The first time I went to the Grand Canyon I was 13; I had never seen any place like it. In 2008, I returned, having traveled by then all over the world, I realized there is no place like this anywhere else on earth. Every moment of this sunset was unique and spectacular and spoke to the poet in me, though I was shivering in my shorts, just as I did when I was a girl of 13, with no concept of all the other wonders that were just waiting for me to discover them out in the big wide world.