Will hike for Pinot Noir. Hiking the Ahr Valley in Germany, several years ago. Miles of trails, wine huts and festive villages.

Adventure and travel are in my soul. To me, adventures are new experiences for which your heart is open. It may be hiking a new trail, visiting an old friend, hosting an exchange student, connecting with family or traveling to a new destination. Adventures do not have to happen across the world (although those are sure fun!).

Adventures can happen in your own backyard. I often experiment with newfound flowers. This year, the dainty, gorgeous sunset-hued Geum caught my eye and is now in my garden bed.

Anytime I can clear my head, embrace whatever experience is in front of me and learn something new, I’m in.

Here, I’ll share some of my favorite adventures. For now, I’m too busy gardening!