NORTHERN LIGHTS LODGE-RETREAT, Northport, WA

Reconnect with the Wonders of Nature By Liz Manduca An Adventure Begins I flew from Portland, Maine to Seattle, Washington. Views from a plane are dramatically different in the winter. Rivers are stuffed with snow. Mountains resemble prehistoric creatures that could come alive to shake snow and clinging clouds off their long scaly backs. Like a child’s drawing, ski trails wriggle down mountainsides. Black and white are the only hues visible. A short hop from Seattle to Spokane, WA brought […] Read more »

VILA HERACLEA, Hvar, Croatia, EU

The Alluring Island of Hvar by Elizabeth Manduca  My flight left Munich and flew over the colorful patchwork quilt-like German farmlands. The terrain ended abruptly at the foothills of the powerful Alps. Jagged peaks broke through mounds of snow while billowy clouds perched on top. Bright green hamlets nestled in each valley. The mountains eventually gave way to the Adriatic Sea as we landed in Split, Croatia. I took the Jadrolinija ferry that runs daily to the islands off the coast of Croatia. […] Read more »

THE DUFF CHALET–Lake Tahoe, CA

Expectations, Pleasures and Gratitude By Elizabeth Manduca . Chasing the Sun, Coast to Coast I’m always amazed that I can fly from the east to the west coast of the United States in a matter of hours. I tend to reserve the window seat and hope for good weather. That way I can see the earth’s terrain including the rocky coast of Maine, massive buildings in densely populated cities, multi-colored crop circles of the flatlands, and the intimidating sharp, peaked mountains before landing in […] Read more »