What I’ve Been Up To

It’s been two years since I’ve posted to this blog.  It’s been a weird couple of years.  Between Covid-19 and a serious knee injury, 2020 wasn’t a great travel year.  After my knee healed up, I took a few trips to Michigan, which is within easy driving distance.  I had a lot more optimism for things getting back to normal in 2021, but the first half of the year saw more of the same — a few trips to Michigan to photograph lighthouses.  I took some wonderful photos, but I just didn’t have the inspiration to share them here.

By last summer, I was vaccinated and things were starting to open up. In the last year, I’ve been to Maine three times, as well as three trips to Europe — Portugal, Italy, and France.  Maine was a real eye opener — a state I had never visited, but that checked many boxes for me.  The trip first Maine trip invigorated my photography, and life felt nearly normal.

I also enjoyed my time in Portugal, visiting both Lisbon and Porto.  It was a little hard negotiating all the minutiae of testing requirements and rules for the trip.  I had connections in Spain and the UK, so I needed to be aware of the rules there, too.

I traveled to Italy over spring break, visiting the Amalfi coast for the second time.  I’ve recently returned from ten days in France, spent between Paris and a driving trip through Brittany.  I knocked off a major item from my bucket list, spending two days at Mont Saint-Michel and photographing it during sunrise, sunset, and a moonset.

Conspicuously absent from that list is Mexico, a country I’ve visited forty times since 2008.  I do plan to return some day, but my eyes have been opened to some other destinations, and perhaps I was spending a little too much time there going over the same ground.

I’ve thought a lot about what the future of this blog might be.  When I started, it was more about sharing my travel experiences and details on what I did.  My travel interests have shifted, and I find myself very interested in sharing photography, and less so in sharing things like bus schedules.  My plan is to continue featuring photography, but hopefully telling a bit of a story with the photo as well.  I’ve also collected a lot of pottery, textile art, and other interesting objects during my travels.  I may share some of that from time to time as well.  Suffice it to say, new content is coming — hopefully regularly!  As always, thanks for reading!

5 comments on “What I’ve Been Up To”

  1. Lorena Lane says:

    Looking forward to your blog posts!

  2. Phil says:

    Thanks for sharing. I like how you intend to move forward. Will anxiously await your next share. Stay safe and enjoy.

  3. Pavla says:

    Welcome back!
    Something to think about – Mexico is not IT? I have been so focused on it and maybe I should expand my horizons too.

    1. Peter says:

      There’s something to be said for familiarity, and going to Mexico was really easy. I could just buy a ticket and go. Didn’t really have to do much in the way of research of planning, because I mostly knew everything I needed to about getting around. I could take a long weekend and it was no problem. Plus the flights are relatively short for me, and not terribly expensive. But I may have been a bit too laser focused on that, and seeing some new things has changed my perspective a bit. Where else would you like to go other than Mexico?

  4. Martin says:

    Glad to hear you are back on the road! I have profited immensely from your posts on Mexico, including the bus schedules, which have inspired a number of my own trips to south of the US border. But of course, there is much more to explore all over the globe. That said, I do see some common themes in your pictures from the Amalfi coast and Mexico. Whatever your future plans will be, I look forward to learning more about them.
    Thanks in advance!

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