I’m Marie Goff – explorer writer photographer speaker
I began a new chapter in my life after retiring from a long career in the military. Now I’m on the go with a passion for travel, meeting new people, seeing new sights, and sharing stories. I jumped wholeheartedly into it. It’s the only way to do it! Learning new skills is a lifelong endeavor, and sometimes it’s overwhelming. My passion for it keeps me going!
The support of my friends and family keeps me going too. The help of other writers, photographers, bloggers, explorers, and speakers is crucial. Even museum curators, librarians, and other knowledge professionals. Travel guides and companions are a must. Without them, I could not even get to some of the places!
I’m incredibly grateful for the talented people at T2H Advertising, Kristin, Jeff, and Katie. They welcome my ideas and share their own in a warm and professional environment. I couldn’t do it without them!
Once I started writing, photography followed. I bought a camera and started learning the ins and outs. Read about my first photography trip and the equipment I rented in Learning Photography with the Professionals – Expedition to Jordan.
Writing and photography inspire new and exciting ways of seeing the world.
My stories highlight beautiful landscapes, cultural richness, and rare encounters with wildlife. All of it, with awe-inspiring images.
Part of the magic of the journey comes from the people you travel with and the people you meet along the way.
My husband Eddie is my best travel companion! He does research and planning for road trips and lots of driving. He also researches new equipment and proofreads my stories.
Critical thinking, desire for learning, and adapting to change are the most vital takeaways from my liberal arts college days. I attended college at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. It was there where I got my first taste of travel abroad too. With a small group of students and a history professor, I traveled to Dijon, France, for summer courses. Along the way, we visited England, Germany, and Switzerland. The trip fueled my passion for travel!
All of the information on this site is my own, except where I highlight others. Sometimes, I invite guest explorers, writers, and photographers to share their own stories. These are like-minded people spinning intriguing tales of their own.
I’m blessed to travel, see unique places, and share experiences. I hope they inspire your next journey!
Thanks for joining me at Travel Notes and Storytelling!
See breathtaking scenes at every turn across southern Utah. The mighty five: Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Arches are some of the most beautiful parks in the world! And there's even more beauty spread across Utah.
Thankfully public laws protect these remarkable historic trails, wild and scenic rivers; parks and monuments; and conservation and wilderness areas. The latest include Utahraptor State Park, named for the state's dinosaur. This and Lost Creek State Park will soon become the 45th and 46th state parks in Utah. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans almost one million acres and includes five biological life zones. In 2021, it became the first national monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management. In 2016, Public Law designated over one million acres at Bears Ears National Monument. Then, in 2017, another look cut the size by 85 percent. Native people know the area for its important historic and cultural resources. They fought hard to preserve the original tract. Perhaps soon, yet another review will result in restoration of its original size.
Eddie and I found out why this amazing southern Utah road trip is the best! In eight days, we saw parts of the mighty five, Dead Horse Point State Park and the astonishingly beautiful scenery along the way. Our stops included everything from the iconic, crowded places such as Delicate Arch to vast wilderness areas in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We felt our aloneness as we drove through parts of the Grand Staircase at sundown. After dark, the wilderness felt even larger and we felt even smaller. Had the universe swallowed us? Would we make it out?
This southern Utah road trip is exceptional and worthwhile even during the peak season. Read my latest story to find out why!
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