Traveling to the Sunshine State

I have had the good fortune to spend the week in Florida, the Sunshine state, and finding a brief respite from the rainy, cloudy days in the Pacific NorthWET, as I call it. Here’s the view from the hotel in Lake Wales, a lovely small town in rural citrus and cattle country.

The early morning fog:

Gorgeous sunsets after 80-degree days (I have to remind myself it’s November!)

My husband and I were at the World Speed Shooting competition, the Steel Challenge, and this is part of the range, where we were set up to sell match shirts and hats. (I even sold some books!)

And you never know around these parts:

All in all, a great trip and loved the sunshine! Oh yes, and I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time ever. Not bad!

Published in: on November 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm  Comments (5)  
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Traveling With the Penske Pair

This journey started in LA six days ago, where we rented a 16-foot Penske truck to move 2 tons of equipment for the Steel Challenge match to its new home in Frostproof, FL. I actually haven’t had to drive very much, mostly through the low-traffic areas of west Texas.

The first thing I was privileged to do in LA was a live radio interview hosted by Bobbi Jean Bell (OutWest western boutique and cultural center) and Julie Pomilia (granddaughter of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers), along with western author Margaret Brownley. What a fun hour it was on “Around the Barn,” on Santa Clarita’s Home Town Station KHTS with music and chatting with these three women. Bobbi Jean and her husband, Jim, also host concerts at their wonderful store with western musicians such as Juni Fisher, Joni Harms, and Belinda Gail.

Afterwards, I scooted down the freeway to the Autry Museum, where I met with my Women Writing the West LA friends: Pam Tartaglio, Penny Sidoli, Mara Purl, Anne Schroeder, Harriet Rochlin, Kay Rol, and Liz Simmons. Bobbi Jean and her friend, western singer Gency Brown joined us, we visited over lunch and then viewed the fabulous western art exhibit. What a privilege to belong to such a wonderful, supportive group! I had a blast in LA!

From LA, the “Penske Pair” headed to Phoenix, AZ, where we visited with my niece and grandniece, whom we hadn’t seen in more than a year. The next leg of the trip found us driving through wind and dust through Tucson and into New Mexico, where we landed in Las Cruces.

Stay tuned to more adventures with the “Penske Pair.”

Published in: on March 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm  Comments (4)  
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