Monday, May 6, 2019

A Big Sky Day

In early May the Pilgrim Pouch flew to Montana for a family wedding. At an airport cafe the Pouch pondered big plans for the future while waiting for its flight.  

The Pilgrim Pouch looked over a big map of Montana at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center where the reception took place. 

After an exciting day the Pouch rested by the lobby's big stone fireplace.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Happy Holidays

The Pilgrim Pouch is the perfect accessory for festive December events.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Harvest Time

The Pilgrim Pouch roasted vegetables to celebrate the fall harvest -- what will it be cooking up in the months ahead? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Windy City

July fun included a visit to Chicago. The Pilgrim Pouch was perfect for carrying sightseeing essentials while exploring this exciting city.

A water taxi ride offered a breezy view of architecture along the Chicago River.

At the Art Institute the Pouch looks out to the museum's modern addition.

A favorite painting was Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.

The Pouch posed by a cityscape mosaic at one of Chicago's train stations.

In Millennium Park the Pouch checks out the Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by architect Frank Gehry in his signature style. Free evening concerts are given during the summer.

The Pouch had a great view of the orchestra & stage that was lit in purples.

Lemon custard pie at Hoosier Mama diner in Evanston tasted delicious!

Views of Lake Michigan were at the Waterfront Cafe in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.

Friday, July 20, 2018

MI Fun

In July the Pilgrim Pouch spent time in southwestern Michigan along Lake Michigan. At the Silver Beach Center in the town of St. Joseph, the Pouch watched the Carousel spin by. This ride has provided entertainment to locals & tourists since 2010 & replicates Silver Beach's original carousel from a hundred years ago.

The Pouch looks up to the Dale Chihuly glass sculpture inside the entryway of St. Joseph's Krasl Art Center. The center's mission is to "Inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts".

After a morning "cup of Joe" the Pouch relaxed on the Adirondack chairs out front of Biggby Coffee.

The St. Joseph North Pier is a picturesque background as the Pouch leans on beach grass at Silver Beach. 

The Pouch rests on a branch at Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer to observe a rain storm pass over Lake Michigan.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring Stroll

Spring is here and perfect for an April walk! The Pilgrim Pouch strolled around Balboa Park and stopped by the San Diego Botanical Building, which houses ferns, tropical plants, and orchids. The orange, yellow, and burgundy Cymbidium Orchards were the Pouch's favorite blooms.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Travel Inspiration

It's the New Year and time for the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show! The Pilgrim Pouch and Amanda attended this annual event that offers travel information and inspiration. Show speakers included Samantha Brown, Rudy Maxa, and Ralph Velasco. The Pouch was the perfect lightweight bag to carry a notebook, brochures, cell phone, & snacks for this all day event.

Samantha Brown, host and owner of the new PBS series Places to Love, talked about "never stop digging" as a traveler -- to engage with people and culture for authentic travel experiences. Her series focuses on meeting locals and hearing their unique stories.

Rudy Maxa, host of the travel show Rudy Maxa's World talked about what he describes as America's "vacation deficit disorder", or an obsession with working too much rather than taking regular vacations. He emphasized that travel can relieve stress and inspire creativity. 

Photographer Ralph Velasco, owner & tour leader for Photo Enrichment Adventures, presented tips for travel photography. His suggestions included using "the power of one", or capturing an image that shows just one person as a focal point against a background. Ralph's photography tours for 2018 span across the globe. 

In between speaker presentations Amanda & the Pouch hung out at the booth for the Tourist Office of Spain and reminisced about Camino journeys. After the show they joined travel blogger Janet Hanpeter (Planet Janet Travels) for Spanish tapas at nearby Cafe Sevilla. Janet, who will be walking her second Camino in May, specializes in tips and resources for baby boomer travelers. She encourages to "Experience grand adventures beyond the guidebook".  

The travel show was a perfect beginning to 2018 as the Pilgrim Pouch continues its adventures!