Wanderlust Through Books

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Wanderlust. I love to travel although I do not get to do it as much as I’d like, due to life obligations, money and time:( So, I travel through the books I read.

This week I’ve traveled all the way back to 17th Century Japan with Laura Joh Rowland’s novel, The Perfumed Sleeve.

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From Publishers Weekly

In Rowland’s ninth absorbing historical set in 17th-century Japan (after 2003’s The Dragon King’s Palace), Sano Ichiro, the shogun’s special criminal investigator, must once again navigate treacherous political waters to solve a puzzling murder. Sano finds himself retained by a corpse when the valet of one of the country’s leading figures, councilman Makino Narisada, delivers a posthumous request from his master. Narisada asks Sano to examine the circumstances of his own death. At first it seems that the elderly official succumbed to natural causes, but several clues point to foul play. While the initial suspects from the victim’s household all appear to be harboring guilty knowledge, the detective’s task is rapidly complicated when the two leading political rivals battling to succeed the shogun accuse each other of the murder and pressure Sano to slant his pursuit accordingly. The shadow of events from The Dragon King’s Palace hangs heavily over the two main supporting characters, Sano’s wife and his chief assistant, driving them to take perilous risks; nonetheless, this is an accessible entry point to the series for newcomers. Deftly combining a classic whodunit with vivid period detail, Rowland raises the stakes for her next book with an unexpected twist at the end that promises to present her dogged but fallible hero with even more difficulties in the future.
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I really enjoy this mystery series and it helps feed my wanderlust.
Do you like to travel through books?

Photo Challenge: Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Dense. The word dense makes me think of the woods I love to camp and hike in.

hike in the woods

Cooper’s Rock State Park, WV

boulders

Dense boulders in the Allegheny National Forest, NY

waterfall

A dense waterfall at Letchworth State Park, NY

Past photo challenges:

Scenes From Atop

Anticipation

Let’s Hear It For Tiny!

 

Photo Challenge: Solitude

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is all about solitude, enjoying time alone. I not only enjoy my times of solitude, I need solitude to stay sane. To me, everyday life responsibilities are like riding a roller coaster and sometimes you just want a break from it all and get off to recharge your batteries. My times of solitude let me do just that.

boulders

I love being in the woods, the more remote the better. It’s like you’ve stepped into a different world. Time slows, you breath deeper and you treasure every minute.

camper

We love to go camping at the state parks. They tend to be more wooded, with more spacious sites than the private campgrounds. Some of our best camping trips were when the park was less crowded. You could pretend all the woods belonged to you and civilization was miles away.

Any other camping-lovers out there? Campers are some of the nicest people we’ve ever met.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge involves what we see as graceful. To me, one of the most graceful forms is water. Water that laps at the shore from lakes and oceans. Water that trips over the stones in a creek bed. Water that flows over cliffs as a waterfall.

creek

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

My sons climbing up under the falls at Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Letchworth State Park, NY

Letchworth State Park, NY

Lake Erie, PA

Lake Erie, PA

Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls, NY

There is so much in nature that is graceful. Be sure to take time to enjoy it.

Photo Challenge: How Do You Relax?

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is about relaxing. Everyone has to find their own way to relax from the stress of everyday life. Below are a few of the ways I relax 🙂

  • I love to go hiking through the woods and climb on rocks. Fresh air, sunshine, nature…what’s not to like.

woods and rocks

 

  • I took lessons from our Aggie Girl, who was an expert on relaxation. (She has recently passed away)  cat on bookshelf

 

  • I enjoy doing yoga to stretch my body and quiet my mind. I even had a yoga buddy.  cat on yoga mat

 

  • Reading relaxes me. I like to escape into the story.  reading on the beach

What are some of your ways to relax?

Why I Like Standing On The Edge

Here is another fun, weekly photo challenge from Daily Post. This week it’s all about the edge!

Here are some dizzying photos from our trip to Niagara Falls, New York. Looking over the edge 🙂

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Looking over the edge, I get that thrill of excitement and fear mixed. It’s almost hypnotizing in its fascination to imagine the force and power of that water rushing over the edge and dropping thousands of feet. What a beautiful display of the beauty and power of nature!

If you have never seen Niagara Falls, whether from the US side or Canada’s side, you are missing a spectacular place. I recommend it to anyone.

To see more photos of our trip and the things to do at Niagara Falls, read my post: Getting Wet At Niagara Falls