I’m Marie Goff – travel blogger photographer writer speaker
I began a new chapter in my life after retiring from a long career in the military. I became Marie Goff -travel blogger. Now I’m on the go with a passion for travel, meeting new people, and seeing new sights. 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, travelers, and speakers is crucial. Even museum curators, librarians, and other knowledge professionals become lifelong mentors. 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 Sony a7III 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 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 writers, photographers, and speakers to share their own stories.
I’m blessed to travel, see the world, and share experiences. I hope they inspire your next journey!
Thanks for joining me at Travel Notes and Storytelling!
Marie Gofftravel blogger photographer writer speaker
Eddie and I scheduled island tours as soon as we arrived in Hawaii. We would have booked some of them before we came, in hindsight. To get around the islands, we used every conceivable conveyance.
Bus, van, boat, helicopter, and trolley tour guides and drivers are incredibly informative and offer unique ways to experience Hawaii.
Hawaiian guides are incredible storytellers! Even taxi and uber drivers provide information about the history, culture, and things to do. We had more confidence and knowledge when traveling alone because of the informative and often endearing conversations with locals.
Jack London (1876 - 1916), author of Call of the Wild, could write as many as 1000 words a day of printable material. It seems impossible! How do you read books, write stories, take and edit photos while traveling, and still enjoy the adventure?
Stories of Hawaii by Jack London, edited by Grove A. Day and Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, are excellent reading materials for a stay in Hawaii.
The Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society “promotes and protects the critically endangered Marsh Tacky horse in the context of its historical roots on Daufuskie Island.”
Eddie and I met with Erica Veit, whose passion for this mission led to the Marsh Tacky Society’s creation. She is its founder and Director. Although temporarily closed for renovations, she talked with Eddie and me and allowed me to get photos as she fed and groomed the horses.
Spanish explorers introduced the small horses (13-15 hands and 700-900 lbs) to the sea islands in the 1500s. Many of the horses roamed feral except those domesticated by Native Americans. Later the Marsh Tacky assisted people in many ways such as Gullah families for transport and work in the fields. They also provided transportation for Frances Marion (The Swampfox) and Patriots during the American Revolution.
These are two South Carolina organizations that want to save the Marsh Tacky from extinction.
Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society
Carolina Marsh Tacky Association
Touring by golf cart, we met Linda, Angela, Mary, and Barbara, also touring. They were great travel companions, adding context and enjoyment to the visit. Barbara was an interpreter in the medical field for the Gullah people, and provided examples of their beautiful language.
We stayed in the 1926 Gullah Cottage where I reread The Water is Wide, by Pat Conroy and visited the Mary Fields School where he taught, now Daufuskie Blues, providing indigo dyed textiles.
Daufuskie Island’s history and beauty is worthy of more visits and a larger story.