100, 11, 10, 01

#1: A curve-billed thrasher chirps in a yucca as the sun sets over Oliver Lee State Park in New Mexico.

The title of this post is written in a series of ones and zeros, which I believe is appropriate for a digital form of communication. LOL. For those of us who don’t speak digital, the “100” identifies this as the 100th post to this blog! WOW, Betty & I had no idea that we could, or would, do this! The “11” reflects that we have now been blogging (or whatever this is called…) for the past 11 months. The “10” represents the top 10 pictures taken with my new Nikon digital camera on our overlandish odyssey; and the “01” is my personal favourite post to date.

#2: The moon rises through the clouds over Shelburne, Nova Scotia on our first night at The Islands Provincial Park.

The history and intent for this blog are reflected in the March 28/18 post: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, so I won’t repeat all that now.  It has turned out to be a fun form of communication – from the perspective of the writer. Since we didn’t set it up as an interactive medium, we don’t really know how, or even if, it is received – with the exception of a few brief notes of appreciation from family and friends.  Maybe it’s possible to track the number of visits to our site (I think those who blog for a living do that.) but we have no idea whether we have an audience of one or one hundred. (That’s 01 or 100 in digital code. LOL)

#3: I think it’s hard to take a bad picture of the Grand Canyon. The sun glistens off the many layers of rock in the foreground.

Betty & I are regularly meeting locals and fellow travellers on our adventures. Depending on how those interactions go, we sometimes pass on a “business card” printed at Staples, showing our web site, along with our e-mail addresses. Maybe they get tossed. Maybe they get filed. Maybe they get forgotten. Or maybe some folks vicariously follow along on our journey.  Whatever – as mentioned, from a writer’s perspective, this has turned out to be an easy and fun exercise, so I guess we may continue as long as our odyssey progresses – God willing & the creek don’t rise, as they say!

#4: We passed this old abandoned fishing boat along Marine Drive in Nova Scotia. The colouring made it look more like a painting, rather than a photograph.

From the literally thousands of pictures taken so far (I’m glad they are digital and didn’t need to be mailed in for processing, like back in the day. We would have been long broke before our trip was over, if we had to pay for that! LOL), I thought we could somewhat arbitrarily choose a top ten for this post. I say this tentatively as I have not yet taken any photography classes, and

#5: I love the way the sun adds an appropriate halo around Betty’s head in this unusual adobe structure at our campsite south of Sante Fe, New Mexico. (She’s an angel, of course!)

there are still lots of buttons on my Nikon that I have never used, and don’t know what they’re for. The pictures simply appeal to us on a visceral level, evoking special memories from our journey to date.

In all cases, the pictures are chosen for their artistic content (however amateurish it might be), rather than as an accurate representation of a geographic location. Maybe not surprisingly, sunsets were captured in many of the pictures making the shortlist, and we were tempted to just make it the top 10 sunsets of our trip. LOL.

#6: Fog shrouds the base of these towers near the beach on South Padre Island, Texas.

Because the task of reducing down to only 10 was almost impossible, we include at the end of this post about 22 honourable mentions, hoping that doesn’t cause your data to go over limit. LOL.

#7: An awfully big (LOL) cactus stands guard beside our motorhome near Tucson, Arizona.

Finally, the one favourite post:  As suggested, writing this has been a fairly effortless free flow of fluffy thoughts, just as they float through and out of my furry brain. My earliest posts reflect the angst of selling our home and getting rid of our possessions. Maybe it was the therapeutic writing process that got me going, and led us to this 100th post.  In any event, decluttering involved disposing of items that had remained in our home following the passing of our parents.

#8: A happy Charlie says “I have the stick!” at Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay, Ontario.

One of the items that could neither be passed on to our kids and grandkids, nor donated to charity, was a stack of my father’s handkerchiefs.  The Dec. 7/17 post: “A Hankering For Hankies?” is a very short reflection on my dear dad. It only tangentially refers to our imminent travels, but for me still rates as number 1 in this little digital memory box.

#9: Almost every night provided a magnificent sunset over the mountains at Quartzsite, Arizona.

Best wishes to any and all who read all the ones and zeros that form these simple words, and see these pictures that don’t do justice to the magnificence of the lands we are seeing, and the wonderful people – both new and renewed acquaintances, Betty & I are meeting on the road.


#10: Silver car, white sand, blue sky at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

Honourable mentions:

As the sun sets over the Bay of Fundy – the end of another great day in Nova Scotia!
A  colourful Sante Fe, New Mexico storefront.
The Painted Desert, near Flagstaff, Arizona
A peaceful Boondockers site in Wallace, Nova Scotia
Another great sunset at Cabot Beach Provincial Park on beautiful PEI.
And another spectacular Quartzsite, Arizona sunset
Perce Rock from a distance, as we travel back to our campsite at Camping Prevel.
A double rainbow appears over our campsite in Quartzsite, Arizona
No two great sunsets are alike at Quartzsite, so it’s hard to choose the best…
A picturesque road through Ile d’Orleans, near Quebec City.
Either the roads are built close to the homes, or the homes are built close to the roads. In any event, there are lots of cyclists to add to the tight quarters on the roads near Quebec City, as seen through the windshield of our motorhome.
Weeds grow through the pavement at the side door of this once-beautiful Saint John, New Brunswick church. This almost made it into our top 10.
We love this pic of Peter & Janet on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. It captures a special moment.
The boardwalk leading to the beach at our campground on South Padre Island has been immortalized in this wine label. LOL
A beautiful flower grows above this yucca near Port Isabel, Texas
The dramatic Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Cactus stand against the sky at sunset near Tucson, Arizona.
The sun casts shadows across the rows of grapes at a winery near Quebec City.
This pic, taken through the window of a covered bridge in New Brunswick, hasn’t been posted before. I didn’t realize, until I was about to crop it, that Olivia had left a message for me on the right side pole. LOL
Another sunset over our motorhome at our campsite on Gaspesie, Quebec.
The mighty fine Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Finally, the end of our post from Prince Edward Island. LOL

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