Category Archives: travel

Teenagers take our beds!

O Biduedo to Sarria

The day started with confidence as we assured ourselves that we we will have no problem obtaining beds at the the Monastery of San Xulián de Samo, an active Benedictine monastery in Samos, Galicia, Spain. Upon striking up a conversation with a teenage pilgrim, we discover that the group of 100 or so teenagers passing by are taking ALL of the beds in Samos and more. Plan B is immediately put into action and we start hiking to Sarria. The plus side of Plan B is having son-in-law Tony join us in Sarria today rather than meeting up with him tomorrow.

“Life is 10% of what you experience and 90% of how you respond to it.”  Dorothy M. Neddermeyer 

2022 Camino Day 5: How Tough Can it Be? Up and over the mountain…

Fourth video in a series documenting our experiences hiking the Camino Frances in July 2022.

Day 5 Camino de Santiago

2022 Camino Day 3 & 4: Double the Prize.

2022 Camino Frances days 3 & 4

2022 Camino Frances Day 2: Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Second video in a series documenting our experiences hiking the Camino Frances in July 2022.

Day two we meet the friendliest Texan in El Acebo…

2022 Camino Frances Travel & Day One: Getting there is half the battle.

First video in a series documenting our experiences hiking the Camino Frances in July 2022.

Travels with Randy & Joyce: Travel days plus hiking day #1

Bird’s Eye View: Gary, South Dakota 150th

Passed my drone license test so here we go… DJI drone image featuring the Gary, South Dakota 150th Celebration Fire Fights.

Camino Finisterre: The End of the World

Here is the link to my YouTube playlist which consists of three videos culminating our Camino experience as we tackled the Camino Finisterre. Buen Camino!

This was my first experience editing with Final Cut Pro and I see many YouTube tutorials in my future. Experience with Imovie was helpful but I have a long ways to go to be considered proficient in Final Cut Pro. Audio voice-overs were recorded with a H1N1 recorder.

The tiny, lightweight DJI Pocket 2 is a great travel camera. I brought along the ND filters but didn’t use them as I stuck to auto settings since the lens wouldn’t go in the case when I shut the camera off with a filter on. The filters were also too fiddly when switching back and forth for quick shots and I was afraid of losing or damaging them. Oh well, another time.

Much to my dismay, the filters seem to have been lost in transit so I guess there won’t be another time. Oh, well… things happen.

Looking ahead … Rodeo Days.

Patiently waiting for summer as I edit on a cold, blustery day.

The Bird Lady of Lac qui Parle County, MN

Salt Lake is the only alkaline lake in the state of MN (1/3 as salty as sea water) and attracts a remarkable variety of birds. Located in Lac Qui Parle County, this 312 acre lake is known as one of the state’s top birding spots, supporting a large diversity of shorebirds and waterfowl.

It was through Mae Nisbit Peterson’s interest in birds that Salt Lake, was preserved as she brought this area to the attention of naturalists.

Click on the video link to take a virtual tour and learn about “The Bird Lady” of Lac qui Parle County, MN.

Video by Joyce Meyer. Research and narration by Rachel Croatt.

2020. It is what it is.

2020 life and travel plans may have changed, but that doesn’t mean life stops – it merely adjusts itself.

What a great opportunity to supervise the grandkids’ remote learning program:

Excitement filled the air as we stealth traveled to the mountains of Colorado. Cooler with food and wine-check, hand sanitizer-check, rubber gloves-check, multiple face masks-check, GoPro camera that I need to learn to use-check. A few days in Colorado provided wonderful adventures:

I had fun dressing up for Trunk & Treat in our local community. The kids seemed excited to catch candy from the chute and spooky music added to the fun!
Randy spent many hours working on converting this granary to a pottery studio.
Our pandemic chickens have added personality to the yard. (Along with a few other “treats.”

Another goal has been learning to use GoPro features like time-lapse:

…and time-warp. I am quite awkward in my attempts and have a lot to learn:

Here’s to looking back at 2020 knowing we played it as well as we could.

Game on 2021…