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Author Archives: The Basque Traveler


The journey to find the right combination of romance, friendship and wicked chemistry continues…sigh! Since Part One was written in February of 2014, I have had a knee surgery, endured a cross-country trek and moved to Washington state from California.  I am not a fan of dating in Southern California and the majority of the … Continue reading »

Categories: Califonia, San Diego, Tacoma, Washington | Leave a comment

A Day in the Life Series…Meet Montse Martin-Gray: The Happy Traveler

Montse and I met in the early 1990′s at a Mom’s Club ‘mom’s night out” dinner.  As everyone present introduced themselves and shared a little bit about their lives, it was immediately clear that Montse had led a very different life than the rest.  I was instantly entralled with Montse, who sounds and often acts … Continue reading »

Categories: Califonia, Venezuela | Leave a comment

A Day In The Life Series…First story: Jackie Johnson, Mother Of Eight

My background in sales coupled with my travels and volunteering has offered me a fabulous opportunity to meet so many interesting people.  “A Day in the Life” series was birthed out of a need to do something productive with myself while recuperating from a knee surgery.  However, it is something I had been dreaming of … Continue reading »

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An Invitation To Travel With Me…

  Traveling for long periods of time requires courage, flexibility, patience, tenacity, humility, trust, diplomacy, confidence, imagination, creativity and last but certainly not least; a sense of humor. This is what allows you to keep your cool when the going gets tough like it can when out on the road.         Everyone … Continue reading »

Categories: Arizona, Califonia, Holland, San Diego | Tags: | 2 Comments

Haircuts On The Road…

One gentleman I dated said that I was the closest thing to an object in perpetual motion that he’d ever met!  If that is true then you can imagine how difficult it is to squeeze in time for a haircut.  I hate haircuts.  That is until I get them.  Like a child who hates baths, … Continue reading »

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It is still hard for me to fathom that the ramifications of my innocent tumble last September in Massachusetts continue to keep me down.  Nearly 6 months after my initial injury I was finally cleared in mid-March to have surgery in hopes of gaining full stability in my right knee.  If you aren’t up to … Continue reading »

Categories: Califonia, San Diego | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments

Bachelorette Meets The Travel Channel – Part 1

Being single again after more than twenty years has been an adventure all its own.  Truthfully, I wasn’t good at dating in my teens and twenties let alone two decades later.  Nonetheless here I am again left to figure out how to navigate dating in the twenty-first century.  To make matters more interesting, my newfound … Continue reading »

Categories: Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Washington | 2 Comments

The Brown Parka Story

Several years ago I had a job where I traveled throughout the week around the U.S.  I was given the location of my first assignment for the week over the weekend since I would leave on Sunday.  Unfortunately I wouldn’t learn of the second location until I was well into the trip thus making the … Continue reading »

Categories: Arizona, Phoenix | 2 Comments

At Home In The Pacific Northwest Countryside

I fall in love so easily and when I am in the Pacific Northwest, I fall in love daily.  It’s hard not to fall in love with the stunning landscapes especially in the countryside.  As for the rain?  It’s free water!  A Southern California native can really appreciate that.  The weather represents our lives; some … Continue reading »

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Hidden Gems in Hemet, California

Forty-something years of being a California native and I had yet to visit Hemet, California before this January. Embarassingly, I admit I thought that the Ramona Pageant took place in the city of Ramona, not Hemet.  Now after a day of taking in the various sights, I can say with enthusiasm that I plan to … Continue reading »

Categories: Califonia, Hemet | 2 Comments