When I was five years old…my parents took a road trip with their best friends…without me or my older twin sisters. Now…it really was a treat for the three of us too…because our beloved aunt and uncle stayed with us. This meant our days were filled with made from scratch brownies and stove top popped popcorn and nights combing our aunt’s waist length hair as we all prepared for bed. At least those were the few things I remember while my parents were away. Their road trip began in my home state of Virginia…across the USA to California and back…for a total of thirty days…which by the way included my birthday. (My mom said she cried a lot being away from us, ha!) I was so intrigued when my parents returned…hearing their stories and looking at their photographs.
A few weeks ago when I was on the farm to spend time with my mom and sister…I pulled out the scrapbook that she made of the trip. As you can see…she took detailed notes!
- The bear in Yosemite National Park?…even to this day my mom talks about feeding the bear apples and grapes (rule breaker!) as it followed their car through the park. Can you believe the entrance fee was $3.00 compared to $30.00 today?
- The LA Farmer’s Market…apples and tomatoes were 25 cents a pound…
- The entrance fees to Disneyland…25 cents to park and 17 dollars for four of them…boy times have changed…
- There was a visit to Muir Woods and the copper mines of Utah…complete with leaves and pieces of copper in the scrap book…oh…and the Golden Gate Bridge…which by the way totally fascinated me at five years old. But, I couldn’t understand at the time why it was called golden when it looked orange to me…
When I look back on that now…it had to be the early stages of my wanderlust. Interesting just a few years after my parents road trip, I went with my grandmother to New York and then at fifteen, I spent a month in Mexico with my Spanish class…but that’s a story for another time.
So fast forward since that month in Mexico…there’s been a lot of travel…and here I am now heading to Cambodia. A couple of years ago, I fell in love with this country…the people…the buddhism influence…what they had been through with the Khmer Rouge. To make a long story short…it was the “day in the life” visit in Siem Reap that really nailed it. I knew then in my heart this was an organization I wanted to support and return to. So here we are…two years later heading out…to see firsthand the results of our support for a home rebuild in a local village as well as supporting the Giant Puppet Project where we have sponsored a puppet. Of course I’ll share more about these programs, as well as others, either during the visit or when I get back.
So that was wanderlust and now the stories part of the posting. I’ve wanted to work on a book for myself for the longest time…a book showcasing my family and travel treasures accumulated over the years. Knowing that I have a ton of treasures – what I’m calling storied objects – I’m turning a bedroom in my Arizona home into a studio. So along the way I’ll share the progress of the re-do, a little more as to why this project is so important to me, as well as some sampling of my still life photography of my treasures. Right now I’m starting with a freshly painted white room…in a total state of chaos! Ha! But I must admit…it will be fun to come back to this photo in a few months and see the progress.
And speaking of photography and art…
One more thing! I have followed Kat Sloma of Kat Eye Studio for a couple of years now…and she recently published a book – Art with an iPhone and it’s excellent! I just finished the initial review and just can’t say enough about what a great resource and guide to creating with an iPhone or iPad. She was kind enough to send me an extra copy to give away…so if you are interested…leave a comment…and I’ll draw a name and mail it out when I get back! I’m taking this book with me to Cambodia, so I’ll share more on that too in the future.
Chat soon! xo, gg
Open your eyes, your heart, yourself – to the moments that resonate.
Many times they are the ones that shape you and carry you on to where you are meant to be.
(unknown…or at least I couldn’t find the author)