Mary Charlebois, is a freelance journalist/photographer. Her home base is Fort Bragg, California on the wild, remote, Mendocino Coast. Her writing and photography is published in print and web.
PUBLISHED 05/30/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge is mesmerizing. Appearing and disappearing at the whim of wind, tide, and fog, the bridge has a thousand faces. The art deco and gothic structure are one of the most recognized spans along Hwy 101.
But there’s more to the bridge than her changing looks. Under the arches and towers are spots to soak-up local marine wildlife, maritime history, marine science, go fishing, try crabbing, take a hike, hit the beach, or...
PUBLISHED 04/30/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
The road trip to Point Arena gradually re-sets your pace. You slow down, unplug and occupy nature. Each turn in the road opens to a sweeping Pacific vista. Cliffs hang high above the ocean. Powerful surf is carried by the wind. Wild, remote, and stunning, the call of Nature is loud here.
About 3-hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge ...
First Nature Treks and Tours
PUBLISHED 04/15/18 BY MEETING NEWS NORTHWEST
Spend a day outside. Enjoy nature and engage the senses. Take the team whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, fly fishing or kayaking. Hike to a waterfall. Ski, snowboard, or snowshoe. Try wine tasting or whale watching.
Meetings held outside have many positive effects. They can restart the creative juices. Fresh air and sunshine recharge our batteries and bring a sense of health and wellness. A change of scenery facilitates new ways of thinking. Engaging...
PUBLISHED 03/31/18 BY GoNOMAD
Ride or Walk, The Carry-On That Carries You
Modobag is a motorized suitcase you convert to a mini scooter. It uses a nano-safe battery, is carry-on friendly and packed with features. I gave Modobag a test drive at World’s Fair Nano in San Francisco...
It is low to the ground but easy to operate. It turns on a dime without tipping. There’s a modesty panel for those wearing skirts. Whizz through the airport on the bag at 5-MPH/8-KPH. Outside 8-MPH/12.8-KPH is possible on level surfaces. Fully cha...
PUBLISHED 04/01/18 BY MaryGo
121-days till take off. I can almost feel the pull of that enormous Air Bus as we climb out of San Francisco. Eleven hours later, I’ll be in London. Yahoo!
My itinerary is filling-up quickly.
The Shropshire Hills, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, will be my bivouac for a few days. The area is called unspoiled, unrushed and tranquil. Nationally designated...
PUBLISHED 03/07/18 BY MaryGo
I’ll spend Sunday at the Herefordshire County Fair. Attending an English fair will be the spot-on way to get to know this agricultural region.
One of my lodging stops is Castle House. I can’t wait to step inside the luxurious Regency villa...
PUBLISHED 03/28/18 BY FORT BRAGG-MENDOCINO COAST PACKET
For the 2nd year, April is Almost Fringe Festival month in Mendocino County. The month-long celebration features creative endeavors from classic to provocative. Fringe Fest celebrates our creativity, diversity, culture, and community...
PUBLISHED 03/26/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
Jacksonville Florida is a water town. At the intersection of St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, JAX is surrounded by water.
This buzzy city isn’t all Mother Nature, sun, and water. Downtown Jacksonville is the place to soak up culture. Art music, food, and nightlife in the heart of the city are thriving.
PUBLISHED BY TRAVEL-WISE 02/12/18
Small Things Can Make a Difference
You see the words everywhere these days: sustainable tourism. What does it mean? I believe sustainable tourism supports the environmental, cultural and economic elements of a destination and its citizens. Sustainable tourism enriches the lives of visitors who take only photos, while leaving behind footprints, and maybe a little money.
When I researched the term ‘sustainable tourism’, much of what I found was related to emerging tourist destinations. Air poll...
PUBLISHED 02/05/18 BY SHORT WEEKS-LONG WEEKENDS
The oldest city in the US, St Augustine is romantic, vibrant, captivating. It’s saturated with layers of history and culture. Old Town St Augustine has a European feel, with narrow, cobblestone streets, and shoulder-to-shoulder shops, eateries, and lodging. The beach is just over the causeway. St Augustine Florida is perfect for a no-drive getaway.
Great Escapes Radio Broadcast from 03/18/18
There’s more to writing than beautiful words and prose. Grammarly is an easy to use tool that will help accomplish a more polished query, story, blog, or post.
“I can give you ink, space for 300 words, a byline, and no money,” they told me.
“OK,” I murmured, certain the editor of my small-town, entertainment tabloid could hear the disbelief in my voice.
It was my first travel writing assignment.
Before this, two friends had suggested that I submit a story to Travel & Leisure. I was pretty sure I didn’t have the chops or the dues paid, and that the editor at T&L would probably just laugh at me. So, even though I wanted to try my hand at being a trave...