I’m Marie Goff – explorer writer photographer speaker
I began a new chapter after retiring from a long career in the military. With a passion for travel, I’m on the go, meeting new people, seeing new sights and sharing stories on my travel blog. I jumped wholeheartedly into these endeavors, completely immersed myself in them. It’s the only way to do it! Learning these new skills is overwhelming and its a lifelong endeavor. My passion for travel and the people I meet on the journey keep me going.
The enthusiasm of mentors and supporters keep me planning and packing. These include other writers, photographers, bloggers, explorers, and speakers. There’s even support from museum curators, librarians, and other knowledge professionals. Travel guides and companions are a must; without them, I could not get to some of the places I go.
I’m especially grateful for the talented people at T2H Advertising, Kristin, Jeff, and Katie. I couldn’t share my travels without them. They welcome my ideas and share their own in a warm and professional environment.
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 interpreting the world.
My stories highlight beautiful landscapes; the cultural richness of people; and rare encounters with wildlife. And the stories are always backed up 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. In addition, he researches new equipment and proofreads my stories.
Critical thinking, desire for learning, and adapting to change are the most important take-a-ways from my early college years. I attended Lander University, a small liberal arts college in Greenwood, S.C. I got my first taste of travel abroad there too. A small group of us students traveled to Dijon, France for summer courses at the university there. Along the way, we visited England, Germany, and Switzerland. That trip fueled my passion for travel!
All of the information on this site is my own, except where I highlight guest explorers, writers and photographers. These are like-minded people spinning intriguing tales of their own.
I’m blessed to travel, see amazing places, and share the 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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