Wendy M. Scott

A Renaissance Soul blogging on reading, writing, travel, and enjoying life.

Do you have the “right stuff”?

I just started reading Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars today and came across this passage*: Here’s the other thing that’s changed since the heyday of space exploration. Crews aboard [space craft] are two to three times the size of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo crews, and the mission spans weeks or months, not days. This makes the Mercury-era “right stuff” the wrong stuff. Astronauts have to be people that play well […]

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Amazing Haleakalā, Maui

Trying to capture the beautiful shades of red.

I just now realized that I left this post as a draft from my trip in December 2014 and never published it, so under the “better late than never” heading, here it is. :) One of the most spectacular things we saw on Maui was Haleakalā. Originally, we had toyed with the idea of getting up at 2am to make the drive up the mountain so that we could see […]

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Taming the Ever-Growing To-Be-Read Pile


It’s time to do some spring cleaning around here, and by that I mean that it’s time to whittle down my stack of books that are waiting to be read. I guess I’m pretty bad about downloading books to my Kindle or picking up handfuls of used books and then eschewing them in favor of a book recommended by a friend, a shiny new title that I come across in […]

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Finally, an Easier Way to Find a Book to Take on Your Next Trip!

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I’m getting ready for another trip and as usual, I’m on the hunt for a few good books (preferably novels) set in my destination location. This time, I’m heading to New Orleans and while searching for good stories set in the Big Easy, I came across a link to Trip Fiction and I was all “Where have you been all my life??”. So, because sharing things is nice, I’m sharing […]

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Making Memories at Disney: Then and Now

Cinderella's Castle

OK, I admit it. When my husband first suggested that we buy our family annual passes to Disney for Christmas, the first thing I said was something like, “Are you crazy?” I mean, I don’t know if you’ve checked the prices for Disney tickets lately but they are quite a hefty investment. So much so that a day at the park isn’t really affordable for the average family of four, […]

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Scenic Spots in Kauai


On our way back from horseback riding, we decided to stop off at a scenic lookout, and it sure lived up to its name. The next day, after we finished our snorkeling trip and got off the boat, we decided to trek to the top of the island and stopped off at a couple of other spots. The first spot, Waimea Canyon, was nice and sunny and offered up a […]

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Snorkeling off the Coast of Kauai

Automatticians on a boat

For our last full day in Kauai, we scheduled a snorkeling trip that was supposed to take us to the Nā Pali coast. The ocean had a different plan, however, and we ended up going the other way around the island due to high surf and rough seas. No matter—the weather was perfect, the views were spectacular, and the water was still cold. :) Our ship was a nicely outfitted catamaran, the […]

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Hawaii on Horseback


As I mentioned in my previous post, my last two days on Kauai were spent doing purely social activities. Since our group was so large, on our first “fun” day, we split up into smaller groups with different folks choosing different outings. I opted for horseback riding, one of my favorite things to do that I don’t get a chance to do very often. One of the funniest moments from […]

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Aloha, Hawaii!

Hawaiian rainbow

One of the (many) perks of my job is the opportunity to travel to some pretty amazing places. When our December meetup destination was announced, I was excited for two reasons: We were going to Hawaii (yay!!) My husband and I honeymooned there and have wanted to go back ever since. Since we are nearing our 20th anniversary, we decided that this was just about perfect timing for a second […]

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