Travel Jottings

Celebrating the best bits and bobs to be found while exploring Europe and North America. Much is inspired by real outings, whether they were walking, cycling or photographic in nature, while virtual blundering in the name of planning them has turned up some gems too. Regardless of how they were found, I hope that they keep coming so I can continue to share new things with you here.

Making Collections in Advance of Making Decisions

Grizzly Bears

During 2018, 2019 and 2020, I spent a bit of time looking into possibilities for looking into North American excursions until they necessarily had to stop because of the pandemic. Having extra time during various lockdowns could have made for new articles but turning lengthy lists of links into something readable is not an easy task so that got stalled. In any case, there also were other activities that kept me away from doing such things.

Thus, what you find hear are directories of places to look for more information about various parts of North America. They feature various parts of North America that interest me. July 2019 saw me head to Vancouver in British Columbia so I already have set foot on Canadian soil. Nevertheless, its being the second largest country in world by landmass means that there is a lot me more to explore and its size means that the scope of such designs necessarily are limited anyway.

My only encounter with the U.S.A. was on a business trip more years ago than I care to admit. That saw me spend time around Pennsylvania and Delaware but those are not states that would attract me in the event of a possible return. The attractions of wilder scenery lure me further west so California, Oregon, Washington State, Montana and Wyoming have more appeal. That is not to say that America's eastern seaboard is off limits with Acadia National Park along with mountain areas in New York like the Catskills or the Adirondacks.

That things are forestalled at the time of writing does not mean that dreaming is halted. Other information gathering continues and a webinar brought Scottsdale on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona to my notice as a possibility for a mid-winter sunshine break. The websites of magazines like Backpacker and Explore receive continued visits because collecting ideas on an ongoing basis often ensures that their staying power endures. It is easier to remain patient when a mind is occupied.