Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Travels that Inspire by Merrillee Whren

My husband and I have taken a couple of trips recently. In April, we went to the practice round of the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. We went to the practice round because you can take photos, which you can't do during the tournament itself. The golf course is beautiful. Here are a couple of photos that I took.




At the beginning of May, we journeyed back to Ohio, where we visited friends, before attending the Kentucky Derby. As we drove up the road to our friends' house, I was thrilled to see that their dogwoods were in bloom. Here are a couple of picture I took during our visit.




The first photo symbolizes a decision. Which fork will I take? The second photo symbolizes a journey into the unknown. What lies ahead?

After we visited our friends we spent the day before the Kentucky Derby exploring Cincinnati, the city where we met and got married. We did a number of things that we never did while we lived there. We walked along the river front on the banks of the Ohio River. The river walk wasn't there when we lived there before so we had an excuse for not having done that.


We also visited a cemetery. When my husband said the number three thing on the list of tourist attractions in Cincinnati is a cemetery, I had to laugh, but after our visit I understood why it is number three on the list. Here are just a couple of photos I took in Spring Grove Cemetery.




Whenever I take a trip, I always wonder how I can work that into a book. What kind of story do you think I could write that would incorporate these places?

I will give away the first two books in my Village of Hope series to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw the winner on May 18, 2016.


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29 comments:

Mary Alford said...

Wow, Merrillee, the pictures are beautiful. It's always good to go back to places you've visited or lived before. And I love the symbolism.

Christine Johnson said...

Gorgeous photos, Merrillee. Thank you for sharing!

Beth F. said...

I don't travel much, but I love the pictures you shared with us in this post! Beautiful!

Melissa Henderson said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. I could imagine a story about someone finding information about their ancestry and of course, a love story would happen. :-)

Keli Gwyn said...

What beautiful places to visit. Since I write historicals, I gravitate to historical markers when I'm in a new place. Never know when one will spark a story idea.

Ann Ellison said...

Enjoyed your post and the beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Robin Bunting said...

Gorgeous pictures. A time travel story to visit with some of those who lie here. Ah, the stories from long ago. Thank you for sharing about your trip. loved it!!

Merrillee said...

Thanks, Mary. It is fun to return to a place you've lived before and see the changes and visit favorite places. We ended our day at an Italian restaurant that we ate at a couple of different times. The place has been there under the same family ownership for over 100 years. We were surprised to see it still open.

Merrillee said...

Thanks, Christine.

Merrillee said...

Beth, thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

Merrillee said...

Melissa, thanks for stopping by the blog. Yes, finding one's ancestors is a definite possibility with that cemetery.

Merrillee said...

Keli, I love historical markers, too, even though I don't write historical novels.

Merrillee said...

Thanks, Ann. Glad you stopped by.

Merrillee said...

Robin, that is an interesting idea about time travel. There were some really huge monuments in the cemetery. I wish I could have shared all the photos I took.

Emma said...

the pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Have a wonderful week.

jaxlass said...

Your photos are stunning. I love your remark about the two forks being a symbol for a decision - my instant reaction was to quote Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" which begins "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." My only visit to Cincinnati was a day trip that included a stop of Krohn Conservatory and a brief visit to a nearby park.

Merging the various images into a story...I can see some possibilities. Your heroine meeting two very different men and having to make a decision between them (the split fork). Perhaps she is a professional golfer or at least a woman who enjoys playing the game. Maybe she is a widower and is still having a hard time with her grief (another possibility for the fork. Is she ready to move ahead with a new romance and life or is she still tied to the past and making frequent visits to the cemetary. Or it is possible that either her deceased husband or new love interest is a golfer? I think you could easily incorporate ideas from these photos into a great story!

Joan Arning said...

The bridge is beautiful! I like cemeteries so a walk in that cemetery would be a romantic adventure! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Merrillee said...

Emma, thanks for visiting the blog.

Merrillee said...

Jaxlass, you have come up with some great ideas.

Merrillee said...

Joan, while we were visiting there were a good number of people who were taking their morning walk in the cemetery. There are over 50 miles of roads in the 800 acres in the cemetery.

Jen Craig said...

Love the pictures. My hubby and I have always wanted to visit Augusta National. I think that you could easily write a story about a photojournalist who realizes that life on the road all of the time is starting to get old and is looking for the perfect place to settle down.

Jackie Smith said...

Merrillee, this is about 58 miles from me! I have not lived here very long though. I am always amazed at the excitement of this; many fly into our local airport and stay in this area rather than closer to Augusta. Some rent out their homes to those attending the Masters.
Big event!

scaro said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures. It was great to be
able to visit places through the eyes of someone else.
carol Smith
penelope223@yahoo.com

Merrillee said...

Jen, it is a beautiful place to visit even if you aren't a golfer. Good story idea.

Merrillee said...

Jackie, we stayed in Statesboro because the hotels were ridiculously expensive in Augusta.

Merrillee said...

Carol, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

Pamela Tracy said...

I love cemeteries. Merrillee, you need to visit the one in Congress.

Merrillee said...

Beth F., you are the winner of my 2 books. Please contact me through my website www.merrilleewhren.com

Beth F. said...

Thank you so much Merrillee! I really appreciate it!