Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Book is a Gift That Keeps on Giving

Wai-nani - A New Voice From Old Hawaii

Through Wai-nani’s eyes experience the Hawaiian society as it existed when Captain James Cook arrived at Kealakekua Bay in 1779, ride the billowing seas with Eku the wild dolphin she befriends, join her in a celebration of the people of old.

Available at all major online distribution sites, Kindle Reader and my wesbite, http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/

Signed copy with free shipping and gift wrap, if purchased on Linda’s site

Monday, November 29, 2010

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #5 - Santa Cruz Island

About an hour north of Los Angeles a spectacular day trip to the Island of Santa Cruz awaits you. Turn up at the Island Packer dock in Ventura Harbor about 9 AM with a lunch in your backpack and leave your worries behind. After an hour-long cruise across the channel, passengers are dropped off at Scorpion Anchorage and admonished to be back by 4 PM or plan on spending the night on the island. Some choose to do exactly that, but most fan out on separate day hikes.

Read more here at L.A.Outdoor Travel Examiner

I walk in beauty on the good red road
Linda Ballou

Purchase a copy of Lost Angel Walkabout: One Travelers Tales or Wai-nani from my website during December, 2010 and I will send you a signed gift-wrapped copy with free shipping.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving Thanks!

It is time to count our blessings and say thanks to those who have supported us. You know who you are and I want you to know how much I appreciate you. May you enjoy the bounty of the season! November is a special time to get outdoors in Southern California.

I will be hiking my turkey off with friends. If you are in L.A. don’t forget to look at my L.A. Outdoor Travel Examiner.com column for the Great Outdoor roadmaps I have provided for you to enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving!
I walk in beauty on the good red road.
Linda Ballou

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #4 - A Trail to Share

Trail mates come in all shapes, sizes, and attitudes. Get outside of your career coop and hike with someone that gives you fresh points of view. Learn while you burn unwanted calories on this easily accessed 2.5 mile loop.

The Sara Wan trailhead located on Pacific Coast Highway at the foot of Corral Canyon is one of the Santa Monica Conservancy’s newer acquisitions. The well-maintained path is wide enough for two and switches back and forth to heavenly vistas. Bear to the left on your way up canyon and enjoy the murmur of Corral Creek as you begin your hike. Fog chased by a cool breeze off the Pacific drifts through stands of eucalyptus, alder, . . . read more here

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lost Angel Walkabout – The Perfect Travel Companion Reviewed at One Writer’s Journey

“She embraces life and the adventures it holds. All this is evident in her writing and her presentation” says Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz of One Writer's Journey. She reviews Lost Angel Walkabout: One Traveler’s Tales at her blog

Lost Angel Review

I found Linda’s collection of thirty stories to be entertaining and informative. She has a knack for drawing the reader into her adventure, so I felt like I rode next to her as she attempted to jump her horse in Ireland and struggled with her up a mountainside in New Zealand. She has an affinity with nature and strives to leave no footprint as she travels. She doesn’t stay in five star hotels or fancy resorts. She sleeps in tents, bed and breakfasts, and small out of the way home situations. She enjoys the local food as well as the local scenery. She doesn’t shy away from trying to drive a car on the “wrong side of the street” or ride a horse into a snow storm. She embraces life and the adventures it holds. All this is evident in her writing and her presentation.

Read more at One Writer’s Journey

Buy the book directly from the author and receive a signed copy and free shipping. www.lindaballouauthor.com

Also, available at Amazon in both soft-cover and a Kindle Reader Edition.

Lost Angel Walkabout – author interviewed at One Writer’s Journey

Linda Ballou embraces life and the adventures it holds in her new book Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales. In this interview she explains why it was so important for her to take these journeys and why she wanted to get these reflections and impressions into the hearts and minds of readers. Read the interview here at One Writer’s Journey.

Order Lost Angel Walkabout: One Traveler’s Tales at http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/

and get a signed copy with free shipping.

It is also available at Amazon in both soft-cover and a Kindle Reader Edition.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #3 Reagan Ranch

Walks let my mind relax as my eyes widen and soften and take in a larger field. Smelling the gray clouds lying wet on the land like a cool blanket reminds me of my Alaskan home. Home no longer really, but images forever stained upon an impressionable mind. I walked then, as I do now, for hours feeling the cool air on my skin, blood fired, synapses snapping, bones strengthening, muscles lengthening. Blood flowing to cheeks cool to the touch with heart warm and mind pondering all that I come across.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Your Life is a Trip - Book Giveaway Nov 11 -21, 2010

We invite you to celebrate Your Life Is A Trip authors by helping us get the word out about our first FREE book giveaway. Post the contest on your facebook page, shout out on twitter, link, blink, email your friends and family... anything to help us introduce new readers to Your Life Is A Trip and showcase your fellow contributors' books.

From November 11-21, 2010, we'll be GIVING AWAY one of our author's books each day. All readers have to do to win is sign up to receive the FREE Your Life is a Trip newsletter, and you're automatically in the random drawing. If you're already a subscriber, great! You could be a winner.

The books are as diverse as our contributors, and they'll whisk you away to the jungle tribes of Papua New Guinea, buying art in a Mexican prison, a journey of self-discovery and into the world of a falconer. Pack the book for holiday travel, sneak a peek and then pass it on to someone you care about, enjoy it in front of a crackling fire or place it on your nightstand before you drift off into dreamtime. We support books, bibliophiles and our Your Life is a Trip authors.

And remember, you can purchase great reads by our members anytime in the TRIP SHOP.
Mark your calendars and join us for the trip...


November 11, 2010: Morning Light by Nancy King

November 12, 2010: Life Is A Trip: The transformative magic of travel by Judith Fein.

November 13, 2010: Digital Storytelling (Second Edition): A Creator’s Guide To Interactive Entertainment by Carolyn Handler Miller

November 14, 2010: Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler by Don Mankin and Shannon Stowell

November 15, 2010: Powerful Places Guidebooks by Elyn Aviva and Gary White.

November 16, 2010: The Mystery of Journeys Crowne: An Adventure Drawing Game by K. Michael Crawford.

November 17, 2010: Lost Angel Walkabout: One Traveler's Tales by Linda Ballou

November 18, 2010: Falconer on the Edge: A man, his birds, and the vanishing landscape of the American West by Rachel Dickinson

November 19, 2010: Tony Hillerman Landscapes: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn by Anne Hillerman and Don Strel.

November 20, 2010: Bruar's Rest by Jess Smith

November 21, 2010: Mr. Ding's Chickenfeet: On a Slow Boat from Shanghai to Texas by Gillian Kendall

Inspiring Your Travels and Your Life

Friday, November 5, 2010

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #2 –Hondo Canyon

I am the L.A. Outdoor Travel Examiner for Examiner.com

The articles in this column provide insider tips for great outdoor days in L.A., or adventures that are easily done in a day trip. They will begin with the suggested adventure details and end in sweat-band friendly eateries. You will learn historical tidbits about a given region to enhance your experience as well ss points of interest nearby a trail head that can round off and great outdoor day. I hope you will join me.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Big Fun on the Way

I have been chosen to be the Examiner for Los Angeles Outdoor Travel Column on Examiner.com

These articles will provide insider tips for great outdoor days in L.A.and surrounding areas. They will begin with hike details and end in a sweat-band friendly eatery. You will learn historical tidbits about a given region that will enhance your experience, as well as points of interest nearby the trail head that can round off and great outdoor day. I hope you will join me.

You can find me here at Examiner.