Saturday, August 23, 2014

Glacier and the Canadian Rockies

Hello there!

I haven't been here for awhile, but I've been traveling to cool places like Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. It's a gorgeous part of the world - come join me on my travels at ExplorationVacation!

Here's a taste of what you'll find:  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Magical Morocco

It's been a year, but I'm still working on Morocco posts. (There was that much to see and tell you about.)

While I work on that, you can join me on a virtual tour:

And, of course, hop on over to the Morocco pages at ExplorationVacation for more photos and stories!

Monday, October 14, 2013

What'cha doing here while I'm in Seattle?

I'll have new posts coming about fall in Seattle - including stories and images from Discovery Park, Fisherman's Terminal, and Fremont. . . but you'll need to visit the to check them out! 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I'm in Columbus

Hey there, head on over to the ExplorationVacation and see what I've been up to in Columbus, Ohio. 

This blog is not being updated. Please visit ExplorationVacation for more great photos.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Moving Day!

This blog is moving!

Please visit the travel gal's new home at

All new posts will be part of the Exploration Vacation - come on over and check it out.

Moving is a messy business, so, while all of the content of the thetravelgal is being migrated, it will be awhile before all of the links between the posts have been migrated. Until that happens, please hop back to Exploration Vacation when you unexpectedly find yourself back here again!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

End of Summer at Leech Lake in Minnesota

We have the good fortune of having generous friends with a place on Leech Lake near Walker, where we joined them for the long Labor Day weekend.

Leech Lake is a large, shallow lake, ideal for fishing and water sports. However, its distance from the Twin Cities metro area (about four hours) limits the number of people who vacation here. There is still undeveloped shoreline and, even on a holiday weekend, there are seldom more than a few boats visible at any given time. It is a lovely, relatively quiet retreat.

Our friend’s place is at Trapper’s Landing, a resort that also offers various ownership options. It has a good location on the south end of the lake, with a scenic island just offshore and a nice beach.  
The resort has a variety of combination lakehomes/condos with a welcoming “north woods” d├ęcor, big windows and decks with lake views, and fireplaces. They would be comfortable in any season and a fine place to spend a rainy day! 
As a full service resort, it has just about anything you could want: There are fire pits behind the homes for late-night campfires (please put out the fire before you go to bed); a full-service marina with plenty of space for your own boat, along with a pontoon, fishing boat, kayaks, canoes, and speed boats (with a driver for water skiing, if desired); a heated outdoor pool; a sauna; bicycles; a full bar (often with live music on weekends) and restaurant; ice houses (for fishing). Resort staff can also arrange fishing guides and other activities, including scenic flights over the lake. There are also plenty of hiking and bike trails in the area for those wishing to wander a little farther afield. 
 Of course, while there is no need to just sit and stare at the lake, that’s a reasonable activity too.

2013 Trip Journal
•    Leech Lake from Our Patio
•    From Trapper’s Landing to Whipholt Beach
•    On the Water
•    Hiking the North Country Trail
•    Sunset from Our Backyard

Photo Thursday: The Last Day of Summer

Up North at the Lake   

Photo Thursday: Hilltop Barn in North Dakota

My recent trip to North Dakota was a chance to see some great old barns in various stages of decay. Here's one of my favorites.  
This is my contribution to Travel Photo Thursday at Nancie's Budget Traveler's Sandbox. Head on over and see what she's posted this week and then follow the links to images from around the world.