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Friday, August 13, 2010

Vacation and a Conference

The thermometer sets at 104 this hot, August afternoon, but cool thoughts fill my mind.

With my long summer mostly behind me (except for the fact that since my radiation treatment I still can't taste anything), I'm planning fun time. The mountains of Colorado have been calling my name. With family and life-long friends to add to the allure, we're planning to head west next week.

Mark, my son, had a meeting at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs this week. Just knowing he was there, and hearing about his adventures raised my "Colorado homesickness" to an almost unbearable level. The only cure is to spend some leisurely time soaking up the mountain air, blue skies and incredible views. We always visit our old haunts - our homes, the church where we were married, Colorado College, the Garden of the Gods, etc.

As we talk about our trip to Colorado, we're also making plans and reservations for the September AGLOW (Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers) conference in Ashland, WI.

Middle Island Lighthouse
I've never seen Lake Superior. If this conference and the amenities measure up to last year's in Michigan, it will be an awesome adventure. Memories of lighthouses, the beauty of the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, shipwrecks, islands, Traverse City, cherries, wineries, an elk preserve and catching my first salmon dance through my mind with the slightest encouragement. Michigan is a beautiful state.

Capt. Mike
The lighthouse photo is the Middle Island lighthouse in Lake Huron. Captain Mike took us to the island. He and our guide, Ron, gave us the history and a tour of the island and fed us lunch before we returned to shore.

Back to Wisconsin, I hear that the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior will enthrall me and once visited, forever call my name. I can't wait!

That's both the beauty and the curse of traveling. Once you've fallen in love with a new destination, you can't wait to return. So we head to Colorado this month. Next month we'll visit Wisconsin to see outdoor writer friends I met last year and to create new memories. A full schedule of activities is planned with plenty of opportunities for story ideas. It promises to be a great week.

We are going to get back to Michigan, but that's another story.

Did I tell you I'm shopping for a new camera lens? Wow, I've missed my photo jaunts this summer! I'm ready.


  1. Hi Pat, its hot and muggy here too, (Manistee, MI) but not as hot as there. Glad to hear you'll be traveling up to Wisc. for AGLOW, we are looking forward to it too. It will be great to see you and Everett again. Take care between now and then and have safe and wondferful time in Colorado.

    Shirley and Bob

  2. I finally made the decision to attend AGLOW after your article on the Apostle Islands in the last Horizons. You made me realize I can't miss an opportunity like that.

    Looking forward to seeing you and Shirley.