• Destinations

    Cajun country & crawfish

    After a quick stop in Tallahassee for my 2nd COVID vaccination, I made my way across the panhandle to south Louisiana. My daughter, Jessie, has lived in this region for 11 years and fosters my appreciation for the history of both the Cajun and Creole cultures found here. It is also crawfish season, and I can eat these little mud bugs several times a week – which I did during my week here 😌 Jessie also patiently helped me find some sites that I had on my little list of things to do. I use the Roadside America app to find the more obscure places/things to see on my road…

  • Destinations

    Serendipity and Sugarcreek

    The timing of my visit to Sugarcreek, Ohio was purely based on desperation. Several months ago, some issues began with my travel buddy, Ameli@, that required a two thousand mile roundtrip up to her birthplace NüCamp RV in Sugarcreek, Ohio. While not in my initial plan since I will be here again in June, it turned out to be a magical visit. Despite driving through the freak snow storm to get here, I felt my blood pressure lower as I got closer to this charming village. I love it here. The landscape, the hills, my friends both Amish and “English” all provide me with a wonderful sense of belonging. But…

  • Destinations,  Solo Travel

    Part 1: Solo road trip in a camper van -North Coast 500!

    INVERNESS TO THURSO Let me preface this post by saying that all of Scotland is observing strict social distancing rule which include face masks & 2 meter distancing. So everything I’ve visited, has that in place. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿  After exploring Culloden Battlefield, I’m ready to begin my North Coast 500 road trip – 516 mile route that hugs the northernmost coast of Scotland. You can do the route clockwise or anti clockwise- I chose the latter and set aside enough time to take my time along the route and chase any shiny object that caught my eye. Here’s the route I took for the first half. I have circled my overnight stops…

  • Destinations

    Culloden Battlefield: Sad & Serene

    I ended up spending 3 nights at Culloden Moor Camping & Caravan Park & would definitely recommend it for the park itself and its location. There may have been some places to eat that had begun to open after the COVID shutdown, but I did all my cooking in camp. The camper came with 2 butane stoves just like the one I have back in the States. This recipe of Jamie Oliver’s is one of my “go to” camp meals. I used chicken thighs and paired with noodles with peanut sauce. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/sticky-kickin-wings-5a4dfeaad736332bda563bf3 For day one of my road trip, I got up early and drove 2 miles up the road…

  • Destinations

    4,000 year old standing stones and burial cairns!

    This is my third visit to the Scottish Highlands, but in my past visits I never had as much time as I wanted to explore properly. The first part of my time here will be traveling the North Coast 500 – the 516 mile route that begins and ends in Inverness. Before I head off, I wanted to get the camper organized and explore the area around Inverness. I am camped at Culloden Moor Camping and Caravan Park situated, as the name suggests, on Culloden Moor. Just minutes up the road are the Clava Cairns. A cairn is man-made and comes from the Scottish Gaelic càrn. It means a stack…