Friday, February 24, 2012

Welcome back!  Since my last post, I published a book through about a six-week cross-country trip my husband, Fred, and I took.  We rented a car and drove from San Diego, CA to Springfield, VT and back seeing all the sights this beautiful country has to offer, and a few we didn't plan on.  I've titled the book, Bumps Along the Way.  When you go over a bump, you go up and then down; just like our trip that had its highs and lows.  The highs were certainly this country's natural treasures--like Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Lincoln Memorial.  The lows were one ratty motel, Arlington Cemetery being closed because it was July Fourth, Fred nearly going into diabetic shock, and me going to E.R. in South Dakota and Amarillo, TX for an attack of diverticulitis. 

During our six weeks and nearly ten thousand miles on the road, we picked up a few travel pointers that I'll be sharing with you over the weeks.  For now I will tell you that, if possible, don't be too locked into a schedule.  Often the best times come from spur-of-the-moment stops at unplanned places.  One of ours that comes to mind was in Iowa when we saw a sign for the site where Field of Dreams was filmed.  That was an unexpected pleasure. 

The purpose of our trip was to go to my 50th class reunion at Springfield (VT) High School.  I grew up in Vermont and wrote a book about growing up in the '40s entitled, If You Don't Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut, published by Diversion Press.  Go to  The title comes from a trick my older sister played on me one day--she ended up laughing and I ended up spitting a worm out of my mouth. 

We're getting ready for a trip to Las Vegas next week to see our daughter and son-in-law, then a stroll down through Arizona.  I'll let you know how it turns out.