On April 1, 2020, I boarded a plane heading to the UK for a month.
“Are you mad? There is a global pandemic going on!”
No worries! It is perfectly safe to travel … inside a Fake Journal.
Blogger and artist Roz Stendahl invented the idea of a “Fake Journal” several years ago, and although I liked the idea, I never participated until this year because I was always ‘too busy.’ This year, I got the bright idea that I could not only pretend I was someone else in my Fake Journal, I could indulge in a bit of time travel as well, get the heck out of the current pandemic and return to my beloved Britain — all for the price of a cheap sketchbook and a little self-discipline.
As those of you who follow my blog know, I first visited England in 2012 by enrolling in a wonderful educational program with Road Scholar. I was so pleased by my first experience that I have been back again on three more Road Scholar learning adventures in 2014, 2016 and 2018. In January 2020, I toyed with the idea of going again, despite being unsure of my physical and financial abilities. While I was wavering, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and took the question right out of my hands … or did it?
I decided to create a Fake Journal based on a Road Scholar program “Celtic Wales: Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire,” a trip I have considered for a few years. I then decided to “take the trip” two years from now, in 2022, assuming by then we will, hopefully, be living in a far safer world. It was such fun writing those initial journal entries, packing my bags, feeling full of anticipation and eagerness as I wrote and drew and painted.
I began a series of blog posts on April 10, 2020, which, over three weeks, will take you along on my journey, as I spend 11 days with my new Road Scholar friends. You can follow my adventures in Wales on my blog, Aloft With Inspiration.
No need to start on April first, you can start today! If you would like a framework to hang your adventure on, I highly recommend going to the Road Scholar website and following my lead.
For you Anglophiles, here are the four trips I have taken. I would repeat any one of them in a heartbeat.
Maybe you are more interested in high adventure, programs that require great agility and stamina. No worries, you can do that as well. All you need is the desire, a great imagination, a sketchbook journal and the ability to ‘stay on the bus’ until you get where you want to go.
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About the AuthorBobbie Herron | Road Scholar Class of ‘12 Bobbie is a watercolorist, sketchbook artist and writer and a fourth-generation journal-keeper from Concord, New Hampshire. She is the creator of the website Aloft With Inspiration, “where love of words and watercolors soar together.”
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