- The Thumbnail Traveler
- Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sorry for the delay. Got back from the trip around the country and the emotional toll of the last two years took, well, its toll. Exhaustion set in. Plus sadness with the news of a dear friend passing immediately after losing my father.
But, time marches on despite our best intentions.
This in mind I am posting a shot of the sunrise atop Mount Haleakala in Hawaii. It's one of the most spectacle moments of my life and worth revisiting. Plus it works well as a metaphor for restarting those things which really mean a lot to me. With every closing door one opens, or so they say.
I prefer the sentiment that with every sunset there is the promise of a sunrise.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Enough time off for lazing around after the marathon road trip. Time to get back to the daily posts.
Today's Friday, which means it's time for the Friday Martini!
The trip added several to the portfolio, but here's one of my favorite. From the Coppin's Restaurant at the Hotel Covington, across the river from Cincinnati.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The town of Maggie Valley in North Carolina is rife with "photo opps".
A small schoolhouse building set aside as an historic site. Just alongside the road, as if it's completely new and modern.
You can almost hear the bell toll announcing morning classes.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
You may, quite rightly, wonder where I've gone.
After the first leg of the trip we ran into bandwidth issues. Then *I* ran into bandwidth issues, metaphorically speaking. After eight hours of driving, constant Instagram and Twitter updates, plus just enjoying the trip, I ran out of energy and something had to give. So the nightly updates became...well, "infrequent".
I have hundreds of shots to review, and some notes to go over to remind me what we actually did, but we had a helluva (exhausting) time. There were many highlights - the Utah midlands; the Missouri lunch overlooking the Missouri River; the Gateway Arch; visiting with family in Annapolis, Asheville and Atlanta. (Do all members of my family live in places that start with A?)
New Orleans, as always, was wonderful. I really, really love that town. My last visit was six months after the devastation of Katrina, so it was a thrill to see the heart of the city back and beating strong.
And there were a couple of lowlights, not the least of which were the nonfunctioning elevators at Carlsbad Caverns. This prevented us from visiting the caverns themselves, a big disappointment.
The food, in most places, was fantastic. Coppins Restaurant at the Hotel Covington in Kentucky was a special surprise, as the our dinner at the Trinity Hotel in Carlsbad, New Mexico. There was a bowl of terrific seafood chowder at Flounder's Chowder in Pensacola. And, again, New Orleans was the highlight of our culinary adventures. Yes, there were martinis.
But more on all that once I've gotten my head back on straight and can stand to stay seated for more than a half hour at a time (sitting for eight hours a day is tiring, dammit!).
So here are some highlights to keep you entertained...
|The Naval Academy and Annapolis from across the Severn River|
|New Orleans' famed French Quarter|
|Coffee and bagels in Vail, Colorado|
|The spectacular central Utah vistas|
|Swamp airboat tour in the Louisiana bayous|
|The St Louis Gateway Arch|
|San Antonio's Riverwalk|
|A sign on the window in Waynesville, NC|
|The white sand beaches of Pensacola|
|Familiar drive to many: the desert to Las Vegas|
|Harpers Ferry, West Virginia|
|Lunchtime deck overlooking the Missouri River|
|Delicious food at the Hotel Covington|
|And drinks there, too!|