Journey with Kileen

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Meet the blogger

If you like reading my travel blog and are interested in reading romance books for boomers with a strong travelogue theme check out my website: You can preview the first couple of chapters of my books and order through my website or Amazon. For example, I’ve recently released: “Journey To The Tropics” exploring love the second time around – all set within lush environment of the Bahamas and the Yucatan Peninsula! Then there’s Journey On The Rails – where three couples take a journey of a lifetime as they explore the stunning vistas of the Western United States. Riding on the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, and Empire Builder, a wonderful cast of characters discover National Park, big cities, and the Pacific Ocean. Along the way then encounter joy, frustrations, struggles, death, and unexpected romance. These books (and more) are available on kindle or in book form. And, I’d love to hear from you:

Thoughts about being after 50

To me it is exciting to be 50+ and part of the Boomers. You can’t change aging but our age group has been changing the rules for life since the mid 60’s. People look younger and participate in exercising, including riding bikes, something our parents never considered. And, oh – the second romances! Grandma and grandpa no longer sit at home babysitting their grandchildren. They are out having fun and/or traveling. And working past 65 is something many consider now, even if it’s only volunteering. I am a tour guide and I like writing about traveling, romance and adventure because I see it every time I go out on tour. What a great time to be living and being 50+.

Rocky Mountain National Park

I have been doing tours in Colorado for years but for some reason have never been to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The park is only a 2-hour drive from Denver but it is to the north and we don’t usually go that direction.   However, we have recently changed one of our tours to include this park and I was really excited to get a chance to vis...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Lighthouses of North Carolina

I recently wrote an article on the Oregon Lighthouses so I thought I would do something on the Atlantic Ocean. The problem is you could write a book if you started talking about the East Coast lighthouses so I decided to concentrate on one important area in North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a lot to offer. It extends more than sev...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Oregon Coast’s Spectaclar Lighthouses!

Last summer I did a tour of the Pacific coast from California to Tillamook, Oregon.  We stopped at two lighthouses but if you are traveling by auto it would be fun to see all nine of the surviving lighthouse stations since they have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Seven of the lighthouses are available to visit during the su...Read More

Journey with Kileen to Mount St. Helens

While traveling the Pacific Coast last summer we went inland to Portland, Oregon and then up I-5 towards Seattle.  On our journey we stopped in the Mount St. Helens area. Mount St. Helens, 8364 feet high, is in the Cascade Mountain Range in southern Washington.  There are several volcanoes in this range with four alone in Washington State. Up by th...Read More

Journey with Kileen: West Virginia

With Fall just around the corner here is a great place to visit during that time of the year. I was once playing a trivia game and the question was, What state is called The Mountain State?  Naturally I started thinking Wyoming or Colorado, but I was wrong.  The correct answer which shocked me was¦West Virginia. The state is nestled in the Appalac...Read More

Journey with Kileen to the Canadian Rockies, Part 2

In Part 1 I talked about a recent tour to the province of Alberta in Canada with the highlight being the 103rd Calgary Stampede which takes place every year in July.  Dubbed “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” it is similar to our state fairs.  It also includes a world famous rodeo where the toughest Wild West cowboys and cowgirls show off their s...Read More

Journey With Kileen to The Canadian Rockies and Calgary Stampede, Part 1

Last summer I did a tour to the province of Alberta in Canada with the highlight being the 103rd Calgary Stampede which takes place every year in July. Dubbed “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” it is similar to our state fairs.  It also includes a world famous rodeo where the toughest Wild West cowboys and cowgirls show off their skills. We took ...Read More

Journey With Kileen to New Orleans – “The Big Easy”

With the new year, Lent will be coming and that means one thing in the South–Mardi Gras. And the biggest one happens in New Orleans. Recently my company developed a new tour that goes to New Orleans.  I have been to that city many times and it’s a fun place to visit, especially if you like to eat and drink.  You will find bowls filled to the rim wi...Read More

Journey with Kileen: Memphis! Love the Music, Love the Food!

When you think Memphis, hopefully you think music and food. Of course there is so much more but the city is world famous for Rock N’ Roll, Soul, and Blues music, as well as Barbeque, especially ribs. Memphis is one of the few cities in the US that even has awesome food at their airport! The city has a population of just under 655,000 making it the ...Read More

Journey with Kileen to Virginia Beach, Virginia

I recently did a “food tour” of Virginia Beach, Virginia. But before we arrived there we made a couple of other stops. If you visit you will find a lot of history in this area. We had so little time, we were not able to see much of the area historically. However, if you visit, plan to stop at the Jamestown Settlement and Williamsburg wh...Read More

Journey with Kileen on Amtrak

With summer upon us, many people are thinking creatively about their summer vacations.  Traveling by train can be a very fun experience if you have the proper expectations. Riding trains can be an awesome experience.  There is a definite romance with riding the rails. And, you encounter many train buffs along the way who have fascinating stories of...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest

Do you know the least visited National Park? While the Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited park in the US, Olympic National Park in Washington State is the least visited. If you are staying in Seattle there are two ways to get to the peninsula. You can drive south towards Olympia and take Highway 101 or you can take the ferry to Bainbr...Read More

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