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 mural 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 and Pavilion 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, and snacks for this all day celebration of travel!

Samantha Brown, host and owner of the new PBS series Places to Love, enthused about "never stop digging" as a traveler -- to engage with people and culture for authentic travel experiences that spark deeper connections with your destinations. Her series focuses on meeting locals and hearing their unique stories, which expressed what Samantha called a "sense of truth" about the places she visited.

Rudy Maxa, host of the travel show Rudy Maxa's World and co-host of the weekly radio show RM World Travel, talked about what he describes as America's "vacation deficit disorder". Rudy explained this 'condition' involves Americans' obsession with working too much rather than taking regular vacations that can relieve stress and inspire creativity. Also, he advocated for travelers to become "temporary outsiders" and to not be shy about talking with locals. 

Ralph Velasco, photographer and tour leader for his business Photo Enrichment Adventures, presented tips for travel photography. His suggestions included capturing an image that shows just one person as a focal point against a background/environment, or "the power of one", and also taking pictures with a theme or series in mind, such as multiple pictures of hands, door locks, or bicycles. Ralph's photography oriented tours for 2018 span Cuba, Spain, Morocco, Romania, India, Vietnam, and Mexico's Copper Country.

In between speaker presentations Amanda and 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 starting in May, specializes in tips/travel resources/inspiration for baby boomer travelers. She emphasizes to "Experience grand adventures beyond the guidebook".

The travel show was a perfect beginning to 2018 --
Watch for exciting news in the months ahead as the Pilgrim Pouch continues its adventures!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Autumn Color

The Pilgrim Pouch stands out among fall colors! The Pouch is perfect for an autumn walk through town or a hike in the woods to see the leaves.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Around San Diego

The Pilgrim Pouch visited the world renowned San Diego Zoo, which not only includes 3,500 rare and endangered species but also has a botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. The Pouch makes carrying essentials easy while strolling the 100 acres of this zoological and horticultural wonder.

In Balboa Park the Pouch sat by the wishing well. What did the Pouch wish for?

Spanish Village, an art studio complex in Balboa Park, showcases paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry from local artists. The Pouch felt right at home!

For a San Diego treat the Pilgrim Pouch ventured to Julian, a mountain town known for apple pie in the North County area. A favorite place to enjoy a slice is at the Julian Pie Company, which has served up delicious pies since 1986.

The Pouch visited The Santa Ysabel Art Gallery not far from Julian. The gallery, run by Annie Rowley, is a 'must stop' on the way up to the mountains. The current show, "Apron Forest" (notice the apron on the tree by the Pouch), runs from September through early October. It features work by artist Johanna Hansen ( plus guest artists (including Amanda).

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Big Island

Aloha! Over Labor Day weekend, the Pilgrim Pouch and Amanda attended a family wedding in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii, or "The Big Island". Reception festivities were held at the Mauna Kea resort where the Pouch watched the resident parrots greet guests.

Where's the Pilgrim Pouch? Hint: It's hanging on a tropical bush at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, whose entrance grounds include lava rock. The island of Hawaii has the only active volcano among the eight islands that comprise the state of Hawaii.

Surf's up! The Pilgrim Pouch was a perfect bag to carry travel essentials for colorful beach time fun. At Spencer Beach Park the Pouch rested on outrigger canoes, a Hawaiian tradition. 

Before returning to San Diego, the Pouch relaxed on lava and coral rocks by the water's edge.

The Pouch's wide adjustable strap fits comfortably across the shoulders 
and makes any island adventure comfortable.