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Where I find my inspiration
Along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route of northern Spain

I like to write on a variety of topics, so my inspiration comes from many places, people, and things. My favorite writing retreat, however, is the trail. In recent times, I've spent 2-3 months of each year hiking and backpacking in the U.S., South America, and Europe. It's tough to keep up a journal when you are hiking 12-15 miles per day for weeks on end, but recording my experiences and insights while on the trail makes the effort worthwhile -- to me at least.

Even though my journal entries are usually written at the end of the day when I am short of time and energy, these notes keep my adventures and challenges fresh in my mind. When I return home, I use my notes as the core of my material and "round them out" by researching the history, culture and so forth of the places I have recently traveled. 

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As interesting as it may seem, I find the main source of my inspiration as to places where I like to write is hotel lobbies. I find that while they are the height of public, you can blend in with a laptop and get lost in the background noise. It is also a great place to take a break from time to time to people watch. Never know when you will get a bit of inspiration.
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That makes sense, for you

Writing in a hotel lobby makes a lot of sense for some people, but it wouldn't work for me. First of all, I wouldn't do well with the distractions and activity level. Secondly, I do most of my journaling while backpacking and I have little access to computers and definitely do not want to carry a laptop. 

"Different strokes for different folks!"

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I admire and envy you!  I

I admire and envy you!  I would like to be hiking long distances through interesting parts of the world, as you do. At this very moment I'm on a 2-week vacation on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and I keep telling myself to hike that tantalizing 5 mile stretch along the curved beach...and so far I have been too lazy, or it's the wrong time of day...ah excuses.

Bravo, Susan!