Monday, December 31, 2018

Be Free in Your Wildness

This year my writing brought me to the back country of  British Columbia-known at the Chilcotin Wilderness. The fact that the Tsylos Wilderness Lodge exists is testimony to the resilence and fortitude of the McLean family that have owned it for 61 years. This is a video of the top of the world ride a high point in my travel adventures.

 I needed to pull the plug on technology. To simple "be here now" for a while. To let my mind relax and my imagination to wander. Rocking along aboard my good buddy Apache for a week let me do exactly that. It was wonderful to tramp through untrameled wilderness with nary a sign of the human footprint.

 I decided to create a website spotlighting my travels and the books and travel articles. Please stop by There may be an adventure there that captures your fancy.

This is the Lost Angel reminding you to be Free in Your Wildness!

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Taking Life at a Gallop

Aloha, My Love to You: The Story of One Who Was Born in ParadiseAloha, My Love to You: The Story of One Who Was Born in Paradise by Tempski Armine Von
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the sequel to Ms. Von Tempskie’s memoir Born in Paradise. She was an adventurous young woman born on a ranch on the flank of Haleakala Crater in 1892. This book was published two years after her passing in 1943. Her vivid descriptions of the magical isle of Maui before it became over run with tourists made me want to go back to this blissful time. She turned her family home into a guest ranch for dudes and took them on rides in up country Maui. While carrying this load she managed to write five books; two memoirs and three novels in between hosting fascinating guests from around the globe like Jack London and his wife Charmian. What an enchanting and inspiring life she shares in this book that filled my heart with warm aloha and a strong desire to return to the Islands and breathe deeply of the flower scented air.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Be Free in Your Wildness

Wilderness, The Gateway To The Soul: Spiritual Enlightenment Through WildernessWilderness, The Gateway To The Soul: Spiritual Enlightenment Through Wilderness by Scott Stillman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Scott Stillman is preaching to the choir in my corner or the world. One of my stories set in Sedona is titled Not Enough Said for Solitude. I have been encouraging people to toss the clicker out the window and breathe deeply of our beautiful world for some time. However, it is refreshing to find this younger voice share the many ways that nature can be our salvation. I believe people are too concerned about being connected and are so harried keeping up of with technology they have lost touch with themselves. I am not able to carry a backpack into remote regions solo, but I do enjoy horseback, riding, river rafting and hiking in our countries varied, majestic landscapes. I thank Scott for taking me into places I can’t go alone and for allowing me to imagine the peace, silence and magic of these wild places. This is a wonderful book that will help you be free in your wildness.
Linda Ballou-Author of Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Warm Aloha for the Holidays

What better gift than a journey to ancient Hawai'i. If you purchase Wai-nani on my site I will provide gift wrapping and free shipping anywhere in the U.S., including Hawaii.

I will also include Wai-nani's Wayfinder, a map I created that takes you to sacred historical sites on the Big Island.  I visited almost all of them in my research for Wai-nani. Reading my book and having the map in hand will enhance any visit to the Islands.
Wai-nani's Wayfinder

Adventure-travel writer, Linda Ballou, has a host of travel articles on her site, along with information about her travel memoir, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales, her historical novel Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai’i and her latest action-adventure novel The Cowgirl Jumped over the Moon  

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Welcome to my You Tube Channel

Come and visit me at my Youtube channel.

** I have a host of videos on The Lost Angel Walkabout  playlist taking you on my favorite adventures.

** On Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawaii playlist I have answers to the most common questions I get about the ancient culture of Hawai'i

** On The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon playlist there is a trailer and clips from the audio book, and articles about my riding adventures in North America and more.

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