Friday, December 17, 2010

Heartfelt Review of Lost Angel Walkabout from Defending the Pen

It is a very nice holiday gift to think my work helped someone through a very rough patch. Yolanda from Defending the Pen has posted a very nice review of Lost Angel Walkabout. Here’s a snippet of it;

Recent poor health had me looking for an escape. When I picked up Linda Ballou’s book LOST ANGEL WALKABOUT, I found my salvation. Linda combines her most favorite things to create a book of adventures like nothing I have ever read. She blends her love of travel, and writing, and in several stories her love of horses, and with unsurpassed skill she takes the reader with her to places like Raven’s River, Alaska, to windswept Donegal Bay, Ireland, to Waipio Valley in Hawaii, and North Island, New Zealand to name just a few. Linda not only takes you on a journey to exciting places and distant lands she shares herself along the way. Her stories are personal, enlightening, and captivating. . .

Read more at Defending the Pen

Friday, December 10, 2010

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #7 – Sunset Sampler

Temescal Gateway Park tucked in a canyon off of Sunset Canyon in Pacific Palisades is a gem that can be enjoyed year round. An “Alice in Wonderland” tree-tunnel beckons the hiker to enter the well-worn trail that meanders beside a creek. While the rest of the trails are dust-laden and dry in summer this footpath remains a soothing oasis. A marine breeze wafts up the canyon, refreshing the hiker.
When you reach a seasonal waterfall, the trail makes a steep ascent to the ridge line. The good news is that the bun-burning portion of this track is in the shade.

Read more at Examiner

I walk in beauty on the good red road
Linda Ballou

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review of Lost Angel Walkabout at Rolf Pott’s Vagabonding

I am absolutely over the top with what Rolf Pott’s review had to say about Lost Angel Walkabout.

Rolf is one of the finest young travel writers of our time. I especially enjoyed Marco Polo’s, “Didn’t Go There” which displays good writing and tells readers what goes into creating a professional piece.

This review makes me feel very proud and happy that I carried through with the effort to share my reflections with readers.

Read the review her at Vagablogging;


I walk in beauty on the good red road.

Linda Ballou

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Great Outdoor Day in L.A. #6 – Point Dume Bluff Trail

Hike up the well-traveled path that sashays though a meadow spiked with lupine and California poppies in the spring. In February you will walk through mounds of brilliant yellow coreopsis, a shaggy form of rare daisy endemic to the region. Once aloft, enjoy majestic views of Windward Beach. If it looks familiar it is because it was used as the backdrop for the Bay Watch series and countless commercials.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jack London and Me

I didn't realize it when I was growing up in gold country, but I was walking in the footsteps of America's best-loved adventure writer. That's me standing in front of Jack London's Wolf House. Over the years our paths have crossed many times. I feel a special connection to a man I never met, but whose actions and deeds inspire me still.
Read the full story at YourLife is a Trip by clicking on the link.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Twelve Days Before Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me a copy
of Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii.

On the second day of Christmas
My true love sent to me two copies of
Lost Angel Walkabout: One Traveler’s Tales,
And one copy of Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii.

As a thank you, any book ordered from
the website comes Gift-wrapped with
free shipping.