High Tea at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel near the Bow River

Having High Tea at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel while there as a solo traveler in the fall was a highlight of my trip. If you want to be pampered while enjoying a beautiful view, I recommend making a reservation for Afternoon Tea.     A fun part is when the waitress or waitor arrives […]

5 Things to Do at Lake Louise, Canada

View looking towards the glacier, Lake Louise

In late September I visited Lake Louise as a solo traveler, a beautiful glacier-fed lake in Banff National Park, Canada. Here are a few of the many things you can do while there: 1. Take a canoe ride. 2. Stroll around the lake. 3. Stay at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. 4. Go for a hike to […]

Banff Upper Hot Springs, Alberta, Canada


One of the best reasons to visit Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is to soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. The view from the hot springs pool in magnificent. As usual I traveled solo on my late September visit, and ended up going to the hot springs twice during my stay. These natural […]

Fun at a local park: Buffalo Park, Flagstaff, Arizona

Fence at entrance to Buffalo Park

A nice local park in Flagstaff, Arizona is Buffalo Park. It’s mostly flat for an easy stroll since it’s on the top of McMillen Mesa, 215 acres with stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks, Mount Elden, and the Dry Lake Hills. It’s a dog-walker’s paradise The wide, well-kept urban-trail loops through the park for 2.0 miles […]

Review: The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum

The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum

When I decided to finally get serious about photography, I searched for books to help me on my journey. The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression by Bruce Barnbaum is one of the best. Though offered as an ebook I have the 2010 updated, revised paperback edition to tab important pages, mark it up, and use it […]

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lake Moraine, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

If you find yourself in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, you must visit Moraine Lake whether traveling with others or you’re a solo traveler. Though fairly small, it’s magnificent. If you’re into photography you’ll be in heaven, no matter the weather. Even if you’re not, it’s a great place to see an amazing view. The iconic photo […]

Banff Gondola, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

View from the observation deck

One of the highlights of my trip to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada in late September included a ride on the Banff Gondola. It takes you to the top of Sulphur Mountain in an eight minute enclosed ride for a view of six mountain ranges in the Canadian Rockies. When you reach the summit at […]

21 Famous Self-Published Books

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. originally self-published

Now that self publishing ebooks is available and easy, it’s an exciting time for authors. We can self publish and promote our work online via social media marketing – no more middle men. The self-published stigma is almost gone, with many readers only caring about finding good books and good authors – not whether they […]

11 Inspiring Creativity Quotes

Pablo Picasso on Creativity

Do you sometimes need a boost to keep pursuing your creative dreams, whatever they may be? Sometimes I’ll read a quote that inspires me to keep learning, practicing, and striving towards my creative goals. Here’s 11 Quotes that inspire me – hope they do the same for you. 1. 2. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative  […]

Palatki Native American Cliff Dwelling Ruins, Sedona, Arizona

Palatki Native American cliff dwelling ruins, Sedona, AZ

The Palatki Native American cliff dwelling ruins in Sedona, Arizona are a must-see, whether you’re a solo traveler or in a group. Designated a World Heritage Site, this is one of the places the Southern Sinaugua people – sometimes referred to as the Western Anasazi people – lived between 500 AD and 1425. A pre-Columbian people […]