Biking, hiking, and Salsa dancing

A friend and I decided to take our e-bikes to the Little Miami bike trail on Wednesday. The weather was perfect! We rode 18 miles total. Our turnaround point was Loveland, Ohio where we celebrated his birthday. We each had … Continue reading

Hawk’s Nest Rail trail in Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia

On our final day of the road trip, we hiked almost 4 mi on the Hawk’s Nest rail trail. It was a lovely mostly flat trail alongside a creek that had lots of waterfalls. At the turnaround point there was … Continue reading

Grandview National Park, Babcock State Park, and New River Gorge National Park, West Virginia

On Wednesday we drove two and a half hours from Westfield, North Carolina to Grandview National Park in West Virginia. We hiked the 1 mi Castle Rock loop trail. The views were outstanding! Next, we made a stop at Babcock … Continue reading

Airbnb Experience: Sights, smells and tastes of Puebla on two wheels

Yesterday’s Airbnb experience: Sights, smells and tastes of Puebla on two wheels was okay. There were four other people on the tour, grandparents with a 12 and 9-year-old. The bicycles were a bit wobbly, with no gears, and initially there was a lot of time spent adjusting the seats for the children and also myself. My seat wasn’t able to be adjusted high enough. The two tour leaders were very accommodating and sweet. The pedal came off of one of the participant’s bicycle, photo below.

We made a number of food/drink stops. I wasn’t feeling well, Montezuma’s revenge, ugh, so I ate part of each meal. I forgot to take photos of the last two food stops, one of which was churros. I had them make it “to go” for me and had it for dinner.

A few of the sites we saw…

The walk back to my Airbnb, after the tour ended, was only 7 minutes. I took a 3 hour nap. I’m feeling about the same today, I have some Cipro at the Airbnb in Mexico City so I will take it when I get back today.

Museum Day at Bosque de Chapultepec

Bosque de Chapultepec is a 1700 acre park that contains nine museums, a castle, amusement parks, winding paths, commemorative sculptures, lakes and fountains. It’s considered the first and most important of Mexico City’s “lungs”, with trees that replenish oxygen to the Valley of Mexico.

The weather turned cooler and cloudy today so I thought it would be a great day to go to three of the museums in the park. I walked almost 2 miles to Museo de Arte Moderno. I really enjoyed exploring this museum.

Next I walked 5 minutes to the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo. Luckily it was free for seniors, since there wasn’t that much to see and it was just okay.

My sentiments about the museum… taken inside ūüôā

The Museo Nacional de Antropologia was another 5-minute walk. This place is amazing, it’s on par with the museums in Washington D.C. and it’s only $5.

After walking my legs off, I stopped at a restaurant for a late lunch/ early dinner. All together I walked over 7 mi. There’s still more for me to see at the Bosque de Chapultepec.

Solo trip to Mexico City for a month

I’ll be visiting this amazing place called Tolantongo

I’m sitting in the JFK airport waiting for my flight to Mexico City. My original flight was to connect in Dallas and I would have arrived at 4:00 p.m. to Mexico City but it was canceled right before leaving for the airport because of ice storms in Dallas. I booked this flight that has a 5-hour layover and arrives at 12:15 a.m. My Airbnb is located in one of the nicest areas of the city, Condesa.

I’ll have 27 days to explore the largest city in the western hemisphere. I prepared an itinerary with places I will visit, listed below.

Bosque de Chapultepec

Museo Soumaya…America’s Park…Polanco… Parque Lincoln

Basílica de Guadalupe

Parque de la Bombilla…Plaza del Carmen‚ĶCasa del Obispo Galeria de Arte Popular‚ĶParroquia San Jacinto‚ĶAtrio de la Parroquia San Jacinto‚ĶBazaar Saturday

Alameda Central Park…The House of Tiles‚ĶMirador Torre Latino…Museo de Arte…Palacio de Bellas Artes

Murales de la Secretaria de Educacion Publica…Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico…Zocalo

Parque Mexico…Plaza Luis Cabrera…Parque Espana

Fuente de Cibeles…Plaza Rio de Janeiro…Museum of the Object… Juarez neighborhood

I’m signed up to do a couple of Airbnb experiences: Waters of Tolantongo, and a 5-hour bike riding tour. There’s also a hiking experience and a canal boat experience that I most likely will purchase. I’m also hoping to spend a couple of nights in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allente.

I joined a couple of meetup.com groups, so I plan on meeting some locals. It should be an amazing trip!

Pure Michigan Road Trip and Sleeping Bear Dunes

The morning of August 31, 2022, I left home (Northern Kentucky) and drove 7 and 1/2 hours to an Airbnb in Traverse City. I had three days to explore Traverse City and the surrounding areas. I stayed with a couple who have a beautiful view of Michigan Lake from their deck. They were very helpful giving me tips to tweak my itinerary. One of my followers Phil (and I follow his beautiful blog https://philperkins.photography/ ) was very helpful with ideas of where to visit on my Michigan trip.

The following day I left early, drove to Suttons Bay, and took a few photos.

The weather was perfect.

Then I drove to Good Harbor Bay Beach.

My next stop was Glen Arbor, where I had breakfast before driving to Empire Bluff Trail.

The trail is two miles round-trip and there’s a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

My next stop was Mission Point Lighthouse.

On the way back to my lodging I stopped at Mari Vineyards for a glass of wine. There are lots of wineries to choose from. I drove a little over three hours total. There wasn’t much traffic and the scenery was beautiful.

I was surprised by how pretty Michigan is and how Caribbean blue the water is.

Charlie Bear

The day after Christmas, I had my second newborn photo shoot.  The parents and Grandmother were so pleased with the outcome, they literally cried happy tears!  Little Charlie Bear is soooo cute!

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Cincinnati Urban Adventures

I wanted to share with all of you the start-up of my new business Cincinnati Urban Adventures, in partnership with Intrepid Travel and Urban Adventures.¬† I’ll be leading tours of Cincinnati that I’ve developed and will eventually hire Tour Guides to help out when the business starts to boom!¬† I believe if you are passionate about something, continue learning, and take steps towards turning those passions into a way of making money, you’re certain to be successful.

I will continue with my photography business Sherry Lachelle Photography and working as a Freelance Photographer for Cincinnati Refined, along with taking people on trips around the world through my website, Travel Spirit Meetup.¬† In fact, I just planned a trip to Portugal and Southern Spain for the end of February.¬† I’ve been to Lisbon, Portugal and to Spain, but am looking forward to exploring Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, Spain.

I’ve been working long hours between all of my endeavors, but it doesn’t feel like work, most of the time, because I love it!

Follow my new business on Instagram and Facebook.  You can also follow my Sherry Lachelle Photography on Facebook.

Wish me luck!

Home Organization – Before and After

Home organization can be a time-consuming and tedious job, especially if you’re organizing someone else’s things.¬† For the past 1 1/2 years, I’ve been helping an elderly man sort through his mass of accumulated paperwork that he’s held on to for up to 25 years, along with other household items.¬† Together, we created a filing system that works for him.¬† He has an extensive library of books, but was willing to donate and sell six boxes of them.¬† I usually work once a week, occasionally twice, with a few long breaks in between.¬† Sometimes, he would schedule me to come back 10 days later, but then we played catch up with his mail.¬† Only two months into the project, I was escorting travelers from my Travel Spirit Meetup through Europe for a month.¬†¬† He had been the caregiver for his 90-year-old wife, who had Alzheimer’s, and she passed away only a couple of weeks after I returned from Europe.¬† A few weeks after the funeral, I took him out to see a movie, “The Giver”, knowing he would appreciate an outing.¬† Although he missed her, he was also relieved from the physical and mental burden her illness had placed upon him.¬† With no children of their own and his niece, nephews, and other family living out-of-town, I’m sure he was lonely at times.¬† We went through her things about five months after she passed and took them to the Goodwill.

In the beginning of the process, he was quite hesitant to throw away paperwork, thinking he might need it again.¬† Through the years, he had kept detailed records of expenses and income with Quicken, but didn’t have an external hard drive, so that was his Christmas present from me.¬† My father, who passed away in 2006, was a hoarder (just like the show), so I’ve had some experience with this syndrome.

There were mornings I’d arrive and he’d still be in his pajamas, hearing aids in the bathroom.¬† I pride myself with being efficient, but I had to learn to slow down and be patient.¬† I usually had an agenda upon arrival and would tell him what I thought we should do that day.¬† Sometimes he would agree and other days, even with me saying “pretty please”, he refused, wanting to work on something else.

Each day, I would arrive with a salad to share with him.¬† Along with lettuce, they typically had cucumber, celery, red bell pepper, Kalamata olives, mushrooms, and red onion.¬† Occasionally, I’d put some Feta cheese and pine nuts in, along with my homemade Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette.¬† He’d offer me one of his cookies or chocolate for dessert.

I’m sure that growing up during the depression shaped the way he looked at things, causing him to be very thrifty and frugal.¬† Expiration dates on food don’t matter to him.¬† If something was broken, perhaps he could find a way to fix it, rather than just throw it out.¬† As the months went by, I noticed he became much better at throwing paperwork away and making decisions, rather than putting it off.

I’ve made him laugh a few times.¬† On one occasion, I was helping him set up a Craigslist account online to give away some old Hitchcock chairs that he’d been paying $50.00 a month to store, and he was looking through the drop down for what year he was born in, and I said, “are you sure that year is even listed?”.¬† One morning when I arrived, he announced he realized he had a problem with putting things back where they belong.¬† I said, “and you just realized this?”

The retirement center he lives in is absolutely gorgeous!¬† There’s a swimming pool, exercise room, beautiful dining room, sun room, library, chapel, gift shop, gardens, weekly housekeeping, and countless activities…crafts, parties, movies, game nights, yoga, Tai Chi, day outings for shopping, plays, and the symphony.¬† He’s an accomplished pianist and loves going to the symphony.¬† We’re in the process of downsizing his things to move from a two bedroom to a one bedroom.

I feel fortunate to have had this experience.¬† I’m somewhat of a minimalist and can’t live with a lot of stuff around me, so it feels good to help someone else shed some of their weight.¬† Here are the “before” and “after” photos of his office and living room…

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and after… Continue reading