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May 2010

On The Road to a Virtual Voyage!

I figured a  “Throwback Thursday” would be a most appropriate time to wax nostalgic and invite you to join me on my next virtual vacation!  This weekend I will set off on a wondrous adventure “across the pond”  touring southern England!  As if that weren’t fabulous enough, I’m traveling with my daughter Sara, just the two of us, as her graduation gift before she heads off to college next month! 

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  During my 25+ years at ABC7, many of you have watched Sara grow up over the years - here’s the nostalgic part - and during that time she has become an incredible traveler! 








She took her first cruise before she was 2 - at 4, she was climbing pyramids in Mexico!

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At 6, Sara accompanied me and my Mom on a trip to Spain - 3 generations in our mother country! At 10, Sara was sightseeing through ancient Greece; at 12 she experienced the glaciers of Alaska!

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I took her to President Obama’s first inauguration - we explored the holy land together with members of our congregation.

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I chaperoned a high school choir trip to Ireland, and back in the states we took road trips to our national parks and the entire stretch of Rt. 66!  Sara’s 18th birthday with a destination party to the “Happiest Place on Earth!”

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I now invite you to join us on our next adventure, as I share our discoveries in London and many other historic places in the UK.  We arrive at Heathrow Airport Monday August 4th; posts on Facebook and Twitter soon to follow!  As this is an “interactive vacation,” feel free to make suggestions, ask questions or give advice - this is the first time in the UK for both of us!

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One more thing - a heartfelt thanks to my incredibly understanding husband for giving Sara and I this special bonding time while he stays at home.  Besides, someone has to watch the dogs, right?!


Bon Voyage!




On The Road to R & R!

I have always said one of the best things about my job is the fact that I am constantly learning new things, meeting new people and visiting new places. I am putting that to good use right now, by sharing one of those experiences with my Girl Scout Troop.

These 4 wonderful 8th graders sold enough cookies to pay for an end-of-year weekend trip.  Drawing from my travels through my One Tank Trip series, I suggested we go to Galena, Illinois - and here we are!  I wanted them to experience the history of Grant's home, the beautiful scenery of the rolling hills, the quaint Main Street stores and restaurants and the unique Galena Log Cabins - complete with Alpacas!  I wanted to see the wonder and enjoyment through their eyes.

Today we'll take a riverboat tour along the Mighty Mississippi.  We'll do some sight-seeing and tonight, some star-gazing.  Of course it wouldn't be a Girl Scout outing if we didn't build a camp fire and make s'mores!

What I've come to realize, is this trip is also giving ME a chance to breathe!  I've been so consumed by construction stories, special segments and the regular work/family juggling act, I'm lucky if I have a spare moment to take a relaxing walk with my dogs!  How did it get so crazy-busy?!

I know you can relate to this - we all have our own "deadlines" to make!  

I am relaxing on this brief getaway.  I'm up with the sun (which is sleeping in for me!) while everyone else still snoozes.  I enjoy this quiet time - birds chirping, coffee brewing, and a chance to share my thoughts.

Next week, I'll begin another special series, as well as keeping a close eye on the transportation beat.  

For now, I'm going to breathe deep and enjoy some R & R!