Photo – Day 26 of #indie30

Prompt #26: PHOTO

Post a photo of your favorite place and tell us what you love about it.

I try to stay present and enjoy wherever it is I am.  So my favorite place is where I’m currently visiting! On the day this prompt was released, I was wandering around spectacular Boneyard Beach on Bulls Island, off the coast of Charleston, SC.

note: read all about The 30 Days of Indie Travel Project (#indie30) over at Boots-n-All.

Quote – Day 14 of #indie30

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. ~ Seneca

I’m participating in The 30 Days of Indie Travel Project over at Boots-n-All.

Prompt #14: QUOTE

 What’s your favorite quote about travel? Why does it stand out to you?

I love quotes about travel.  It’s the rare quote that doesn’t resonate. I know when it’s time to get out of town, when I’m craving some different stimulation. The words by Seneca at the top of this post are probably my favorite because they are simple and they are my truth.

Cloudrest, Yosemite NP

New perspective - top of Cloudrest, Yosemite NP

The clarity and zeal I feel from a change of scene – and the corresponding change in perspective – are qualities I’m not able to reproduce through any other method.  I guess that’s what makes travel so addictive for me – that shot of vitality I get from experiencing a new place.

I know when it’s time to get out of town for a while.  I start to feel antsy then cranky then tragically dissatisfied with wherever I am, no matter how awesome that place is. The feelings have little to do with wherever I am. They simply reflect my desire for an infusion of the new and unknown.

It doesn’t take a big trip to satisfy most urges.  A 2 hour road trip to visit a friend or a quick jaunt to the beach or camping for the weekend is usually enough to give me my fix.  Sometimes, a simple day trip can turn my whole mood right-side up.

How does travel make you feel?

♥ Audrey

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Celebrate – Day 7 of #indie30

Hi all! I meant to get in on The 30 Days of Indie Travel Project over at Boots-n-All a little earlier, but between moving this site to it’s new home here at and moving myself (literally) to Asheville, I’ve been slow to join the party.

Prompt #7: CELEBRATE

Joining in a local festival, holiday or special event is a great way to learn more about a local culture. Share the story of a celebration that meant something to you on your travels.

Well, I’m immediately going to stretch the interpretation because I’ve been so excited to share the video below.  In a recent post, Chris Guillebeau talks about why you shouldn’t save the good stuff for later.  What he says makes a lot of sense to me.  So in the spirit of putting it out there now (and imperfectly), here is my post on Celebration.  Enjoy!  (note: I’m having trouble embedding the video, so it will open in a new window.)

In early October, I spent a few days at the spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore (north of San Francisco).  One afternoon, I was driving around in the fog and rain, hoping for some way to redeem an otherwise crap day.  I stumbled upon a team from The Marine Mammal Center  who were about to return four seals to the sea and was invited to watch the release.

Watch the seal release, Point Reyes National Seashore

The seals had been in rehabilitation for many weeks and experiencing these beauties say ADIOS to captivity _completely_ made my day!  The second set released (the 2 in the video) were not a pair, yet they coupled up as they hit the sea.  The volunteers seemed to think they would stay together.  It was beyond cool.

While this wasn’t a formal celebration, it most certainly was a special event:  FREEDOM!  The seals’ body language screamed WOO-HOO PEOPLE ~ WE ARE FREE-FREE-FREE!!!  They celebrated all the way to the ocean.

Have you ever witnessed a spontaneous, joyful celebration while traveling?  How did you feel afterward?  Does the memory still bring a smile to your face?  I know this one will forever bring one to mine.

♥ Audrey