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published in Beauty, Dogs, Dreams/Goals, Freedom, Inspiration, Nature, Photos, Travel by Maryanne | March 21, 2018 | 12 Comments

Grand Canyon, Zion & Bryce…Oh My!

 

The surreal scenic drive through Zion National Park, Utah

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”

– Anon

Howdy!

Hope you’ve had a grand week…ours has been WILD! This particular leg of the Great Bohemian Gazelle Writing Road Trip has been heavy on the road travel and light on the writing – but boy, am I ever getting productive in one-hour chunks of time.

Mother Nature has stolen the show yet again this past week…the scenery has been stunning.

After leaving Sedona, we headed to the Grand Canyon:

 

 

Then we drove north towards Zion National Park, passing Vermillion Cliffs on the way:

Zion National Park was absolutely incredible…rather surreal at times:

And the drive itself was a hoot! Here is one of the tunnels:

After Zion, we had some time so we took someone’s suggestion to visit the Old Pariah town site, just east of Kanab, Utah. This turned out to be a bit of an adventurous drive on an isolated, muddy road so after one too many slippy-slides, I turned the old CRV around and headed back from whence we came. But not before getting this great shot:

And, of course, a fun selfie with Sadie:

Then we continued north to Bryce Canyon and oh my good golly, what a magical place! Here are a few pics:

After Bryce, we had quite the hoof north to Salt Lake City and then west towards Reno, Nevada…more photos to come in next week’s blog.

We are now settled into a cozy ski cabin in Lake Tahoe and are staying put for a whole four days. I am writing to my heart’s content and getting caught up on some other work, while Sadie recuperates.

Sadie wearing protective glasses as she receives laser therapy treatment

Unfortunately, my furry friend had an elbow injury – not on the slopes, as you might surmise from the sunglasses…rather, just getting out of the car and stepping into too deep of a snow drift, I suspect 🙁

But I am pleased to report that she is already doing a bit better.

Take care, thanks for reading and have an excellent week!

P.S. I love this Emerson quote (and would probably benefit from adhering to it a bit better):

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are just joining us on our Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure & would like to do a little catch-up reading 🙂 here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

Sedona Unplugged

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

published in Dogs, Dreams/Goals, Inspiration, Travel by Maryanne | March 7, 2018 | No Comment

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

 

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”

– Frank Herbert

Ola! 

The Bohemian Writer Road Trip Continues…

After leaving Oceanside, Sadie and I headed a little further south down the California coast and spent 5 nights at a cute cottage VRBO in the super-relaxed surfing community of Ocean Beach in San Diego. Loved it!

I am writing to deadline at the moment, so I worked most of the time but the walks around my neighbourhood and on the beach were lovely. The area had a really laid-back vibe…California to the core.

The pier at Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Now, truth be told, this is Sadie sulking because she was banned from the dog beach for a few days (by me). She totally overdid it the first day at not one but two dog beaches and absolutely refused to leave the second beach. Her Retriever-brain got stuck in “must-chase-everyone-else’s-ball” mode. The next day she could scarcely walk, so was put on bed-rest, which didn’t go over well. But on a happier note, I love the new pink blanket Heather and Ella brought all the way from Canada for my birthday present!

Sadie did bounce back after a few days and we were able to return to the dog beach. We worked out a much better system of retrieving HER ball without overdoing it, including swimming more and running less.

Here are a few more photos from Ocean Beach:

 

 

After bidding adieu to the ocean, we headed inland towards Yuma, Arizona. Just west of Yuma are the massive Imperial Sand Dunes. This is a neat shot of the dunes at the end of a road:

The Return of the Jedi movie was filmed at the Imperial Dunes…sand as far as the eye can see:

That’s it for now…we hit the road for Sedona today 🙂

Take care and have an wonderful week!

“The road to success is always under construction.”

– Unknown

If you are just joining us on our Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure & would like to do a little catch-up reading 🙂 here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

 

 

published in Beauty, Dogs, Gardening, Home, Inspiration by Maryanne | August 2, 2017 | No Comment

Gratuitious Sex Garden Scenes

 

Shade garden in back yard

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”

– May Sarton

Hah…couldn’t resist having some fun with the title of this blog! A little gardening humour to get your attention 🙂

I am in Los Angeles this week, so for today’s blog I thought I’d share a few photos from my garden in Sidney by the Sea.

Enjoy!

My patio flowers

 

Crazy daisies!

 

Grapevine – Part 1

 

Grapevine – Part 2!

 

Sadie after she bit the heads off the marigolds 🙁

 

Pretty little garden at the front of the house

 

 

Beautiful begonias!

 

Happy Hydrangea…

 

 

Giant Sadie in front in front of the gnome home & hobbit hole 🙂

Do you have a garden? If so, I’d love to see some pics of yours!

“Gardens are a form of autobiography.”

– Sydney Eddison

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.