At the helm

At the helm

Hi, I'm Linda. Thanks for coming aboard.

I am a Hoosier, born and bred . Twenty-five years ago we left our rural Indiana home and moved to the Sonora Desert of Arizona. With Bob, my husband of forty years, we raised three children who have now increased the fold with their addition of three grandchildren.

The purpose of this website is many fold. It began as a way to introduce my novel, Dance of the Hummingbirds. It quickly morphed into a place to share other writing - essays and poetry, articles about general archaeology, archaelogy of the Southwest, and Viking lore. And now there will be an addition of a travelogue of our journey around The Great Loop.

The Great Loop

The Great Loop

My husband and will soon begin a year-long adventure aboard our 34' Catalina, the sailing vessel Desert Rain. Rain is paradise to two desert dwellers, hence the name. Upon catching the whiffs of an early monsoon rain granddaughter, Kylie, once remarked , "Ninna, I hope heaven smells like this."

While I will continue with poetry, short stories, and a sequel to my novel, our  Sailing Around will chronicle our voyage on The Great Loop. The waterways we follow will begin in the Chesapeake Bay, continue north to the Erie Canal and west through the Great Lakes exiting by way of Chicago on to the great rivers which will carry us south to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, Alabama.  From Mobile, we will sail the Gulf Coast, cross Florida on Lake Okeechobee and finish the final leg north along the Intracoastal Waterway. The end will join the beginning in Chesapeake Bay.

I invite you to journey with us as we explore the waterways of our great nation.