Trip photos that mean something to me

This will not be your usual travelogue.  You know how you sit down after a trip and prepare to tell a story.  You say:  we went here, here and here.  We did this, this and that.  We traveled up and down and all around and here is a chronological listing and educational expression of our adventures.

No, I am not inspired to do that today.  Most of you know that my daughter and I traveled to the Pacific Northwest recently.  I flew to her home in Portland, Oregon, before we girls traveled to Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia and San Juan Island, Washington.

Today I want to randomly show you photos from the trip that mean something to me–and tell you why.


This first photo shows a cascade of yellow flowers above the Salish Sea on San Juan Island.  I loved the yellow-orange blessings of them above the baby blue sea.

Driftwood beach

If you turned and looked in the other direction you would see a beach covered with driftwood.  I felt deeply connected to the whole Universe while walking along this shore.  My eyes teared up more than once, this heart throbbed, the world felt whole and true and beautiful.  The next day we saw foxes playing in the wild above the beach, and perhaps my daughter felt a little of the same.

Beach rocks

Freshly wave-washed beach stones shimmer in sunlight.  Treasures abounded.  I brought home a small special piece of driftwood and a green rock.  The green rock nestles in a hole in the driftwood, reminding me that there are times and places where the beauty of life can surround the world’s sorrows and leave your heart soft and open.

Friday Harbor

I like this picture of the ferry coming into Friday Harbor on the island.  We approached on this very same ferry a couple of days before.  Calm waters in a marina.  Fluffy white clouds.  The faint smell of fish.


The water looks so very blue in this photo.  The schooner looks so very white.  I like the way it looks like it’s sailing out of the picture, right at the top.


This Buddha-fellow sat on the hearth at our Airbnb in Vancouver. Carina, the owner, taught yoga.  One cupboard overflowed with dozens of teas.  A bookshelf swept toward the ceiling filled with yoga and spiritual books.  A stairway led to the rooftop where a visitor might sip tea or wine overlooking the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, the weather proved too cool to linger there.


Kiah took this picture of Vancouver from the vantage of Stanley Park.  I. Totally. Love. It.

Lily pond

While Kiah snapped the Vancouver photo, I admired this lily pond.  She admired the same lily pond later.


Pardon me for the interjection of these photos.  You’re right, they’re a bit blurry, but they make me happy.  I was scrolling through Facebook the first morning in Portland.  Kiah’s little cat, Neemah (or Nims) saw me watching the video of the little ballerinas and jumped up to watch.  Her paw shot out onto the iPad as she tried to touch the ballerinas.  Suddenly she was scrolling through Facebook.  Too funny!


Totem poles on Stanley Island.  I just like them.


The above photo is a flotation tank.  While in Vancouver, Kiah and I decided to experience a sensory deprivation tank.  She’s floated before, but I’ve only heard about it.  The tank (like a large bathtub) fills with salt water.  Music and soft flashing lights surround as you pull the lid down over you.  Slowly the tank darkens.  You float.  You lose sense of time and body.  Pure consciousness reveals itself.  Or, as my daughter says, you relax


She went elsewhere as I visited the Museum of Vancouver.  The museum featured several galleries detailing the history of the city.  One of them contained exhibits from the 60’s and 70’s.  I stood before this photo of hippies in Vancouver for a long time, imagining the flower children.  The original hippies existed a few years before my time, but some of my older friends would have fit in with this group.


We also experienced a bit of serendipity!  When we drove into Vancouver, many signs heralded a neighborhood called “Yaletown”.  Yale, Michigan, as some of you know, is my hometown.  I had heard from Mom that family friends were visiting Vancouver at the same time.  I casually appealed to the Universe, “If you could arrange us running into them, that would be appreciated.”  Then the entire wish was forgotten.

The next day Kiah and I entered a toy store on Granville Island.  A young woman approached.  “Are you Kathy Sheldon?” she asked.  My mouth dropped.  “Yes…”

Turns out she was Elizabeth, the daughter of our friends Jim and Mary Vinckier!  She grew up in the house across the street from our house…in the house where my brother now lives.  She led us to her parents and we enjoyed an impromptu reunion.  What a delight!


And, finally, a selfie of the girls on the ferry, happy to be together, happy to be sharing this vacation.

Thanks for joining us!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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44 Responses to Trip photos that mean something to me

  1. Stacy says:

    That looks like a wonderful mother-daughter trip! As you know, I am not much into photography, but I do love it when they evoke something in someone, and when that someone shares! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Stacy, it felt so freeing to write a travelogue from the perspective of the heart. Thank you for enjoying and stopping by to say hi!

  2. wsquared says:

    Beautiful photos, and beautiful post. Thank you. 🙂

  3. A perfect travelogue, led by heart!

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, it was really fun. Wondering if you’ve done something similar before. 🙂

      • If I have, Kathy, I don’t remember it. I have always tried, though, to see travel through a three-dimensional lens. My girls and I used to make “pocket journals” to take on trips. They were envelopes bound together into a book for writing about adventures and encounters, with pockets for artifacts found along the way.

  4. Carol says:

    Beautifully done! The photos that speak to us, that evoke emotion, are the ones that really matter. There is something special about the mother/daughter relationship, I think, that really illuminates the opportunities to share adventures together.

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, for some reason it never occurred–before yesterday–that you could share a travelogue like this. Posting the more traditional way felt like it would just be boring. This way I was zinged! (Aren’t we lucky to have good mother/daughter relationships?)

  5. JoAnn Mleko says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos and I loved the narrative that accompanied them. You and Kiah were blessed with time for some wonderful adventures. What memories for both of you!

    • Kathy says:

      JoAnn, thank you so very much for taking the time to say so. You are really such a generous person! We were blessed with wonderful adventures and will always remember our time in the Pacific Northwest.

  6. John Kuttenberg says:

    What a wonderful vacation and even more, precious time with Kiah.

    • Kathy says:

      John, thanks for your comment. It was a great vacation! And time with Kiah was lovely. We hardly ever get to spend such a long stretch together. It was great bonding time.

  7. dawnkinster says:

    Beautiful trip. Time with an adult daughter is so precious. My favorite photo is the white white schooner.

    • Kathy says:

      For some reason I laughed at you saying the white white schooner. The little Sony Cybershot doesn’t do half bad, does she? I would have liked to take the big camera, but simply didn’t have room. Thank you so much!

  8. Barb Brock says:

    I love this journey of your trip with your daughter. The pictures you have shared are beautiful. But what truly moves me most this evening is the green stone in the driftwood..I so needed that analogy.

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, how very poignant. That green stone in the driftwood is the one precious souvenir sitting here at home. It speaks to me in ways I don’t yet understand. I am glad it spoke to you as well…

  9. A good photo is one which brings a reaction from pleasure to sorrow to a memory. You have covered all three in this wonderful post. I, also, will be visiting the Northwest this summer and returning to a place which holds great meaning to me. Your photos and words are a nice primer to that trip.

  10. timalanmi says:

    What great pictures you have posted here .. enjoyed them very much .. on my bucket list to get out to this part of a country .. Thanks for sharing

  11. Lori says:

    Your eye for the camera is much like mine. Love how Vancouver looks like it’s floating in the clouds. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kathy says:

      Have been kinda enjoying taking pictures again after–mostly–taking a couple years off. I love that Vancouver pic, too. Kiah did a nice job capturing the city and clouds and sea.

  12. What a fantastic vacation. You two obviously loved being together. The beauty of everything surrounding you just helped with the glow of mother-daughter fun. The photos are fabulous, Kathy. Thanks for bringing me along. The top picture of the orange poppies is so similar to my “heart” land – the SF bay area.

    • Kathy says:

      Pam, if the SF Bay area looks like that–I would be in love with it, too. Actually did visit San Francisco twice. Once involved visiting a friend whose parents house was downtown. We took off the next day headed north on the I5. So never got to really enjoy the city. The other trip involved an overnight in the airport on the way back from Hawaii. Odd how you can say you’ve been to a town twice and really haven’t explored it. By the way, been thinking of you, and hope you are recovering. xoxoxoxo

      • The beauty of the SF Bay (to me) is in Marin County, north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our view was full of poppies, the Bay, and Mt. Tamalpais. And a little north of that, lots of cows and wine country. 🙂 Thanks for the healing thoughts – will be a several-month head heal, I’m afraid. xoxox

  13. Robin says:

    I need a Love button for this post because, well, I love it. It’s wonderful. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Awww, Robin, you are a sweetheart! That makes my heart swell, too. (interject one heart emoji here because I don’t know how to do that on this laptop)

  14. Kim Scheible says:

    Kathy, love reading your blog. I don’t see Emily in the picture with you and the Vinckiers’ but I do see Elizabeth! Great photos! Great stories! Kim (Morgan) Scheible

    • Kathy says:

      Oh my gosh, Kim, you’re right! It was Elizabeth. And I called her Emily in Vancouver and she corrected me. I will immediately make that correction in the blog–thanks for the heads up! P.S. I am utterly thrilled to see you here tonight!

  15. bryanmcniel says:

    The photos of the driftwood and the pebbles were great. Thanks for sharing. I hope to go there someday myself.

    • Kathy says:

      It’s always so interesting to read what photos resonated with what people. I am always amazed that one picture will connect with one person–and not at all with the next. Thanks for your comment!

  16. sherrysescape says:

    The peace and joy flows out all over this blog. Thanks!

    • Kathy says:

      Sherry, thank you. It was a pleasure to write this blog–it just flowed out. Nice seeing you last night & re-sharing “our” story. 🙂

  17. What a wonderful vacation for you and Kiah! I’ve never seen a beach with that much driftwood before ~ beautiful picture. I can see why you felt deeply connected to the whole Universe while walking along it. Love the schooner sailing out of the sea of very blue waves, too.

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, thank you. We did have a great time–although I’ve hardly talked with her in the two weeks since. That beach did have some kind of magic going on. I look at the pictures and think, “Now what exactly propelled such feeling?” But something did.

  18. The picture at the beach with driftwood is so amazing and such a vacation is always memorable.🖤
    Always loved your blog posts.
    Keep up the good work.❤️

  19. Reggie says:

    Hello there, Kathy and Kiah! How wonderful to see your beautiful daughter again, Kathy! And I love your set of images from your holiday, and how you explained why you chose them. You have a magical way of writing…

    • Kathy says:

      Reggie, I always smile when I remember about you getting together with Kiah in NYC. That was such a lovely meeting. Even though we haven’t met yet–we almost have, through that encounter. Thanks for reading and enjoying. It’s been lovely to see you here!

  20. I Wilkerson says:

    I always felt a bit sad to have just missed the hippie era. What a lovely trip with your daughter!

    • Kathy says:

      Inger, it would have been so interesting to be part of the hippie era. Glad you feel so, too. I always think that I would have been too scared to buck the status quo at that age. But who knows?

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