Let the Adventure Begin!
Photo shown above:  Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia taken 1999

A Blog?  Now what exactly is this I am creating?  I have heard the term for years, especially when watching CNN on election night when they talk about "news from the blogosphere".  I consider myself fairly up on technology, however journaling to me has always been a private matter; until now.  What changed?  I guess I have in a way.  For the last few years, I have attempted to go along with the current trend they call "social networking".  After reading through pages of posts written by 'friends', many who I haven't seen in over 25 years, I began to ponder my reason for maintaining this particular venue of communication.  It has served me well in the past when I have been on the road while traveling, and for that I am grateful.  However, it has no continuity for me personally.  It no longer meets my needs, and I find that I am no longer a 'one size fits all' kind of person.

With that being said, I bid farewell to my profile from the past, and greet my Blog of the future.  Ironically, my vision for this Blog is to tell a story which retraces my steps of the past.  I entitled the Blog, "Transformations through Travel", intentionally.  I have devoted most of my life to exploring the world, its people, and the diversity of cultures we humans have created on this planet.  Never am I ceased to be amazed by some extraordinary act of kindness, generosity, or warm greeting even if there isn't a common language spoken.  The universal smile in most cases has worked wonders in bridging the gap where verbal communication has not been possible.

My desire is to share with you; my reader, my friends, my family, and perhaps in the end myself, as there is no guarantee any of you will be coming to visit this Blog, the journey I have taken through the myriad of trips from my past until present.  Much of what I will write will be from memory, some from journals.  I am doing this without an outline, no plan, or agenda.  I do have my photographs, nearly 2000 of them which will help guide my storytelling as they are logged chronologically.  I shall do my best to keep the Blog interesting, as well as amusing.  I too do not wish to put myself to sleep while writing.

I gave this Blog a big title, therefore I have a big task ahead of me.  Let the adventure begin!