Gullible’s Travels: My Favorite Armchair Travel Blog

January 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm in Fashion & Beauty by @bethwestmark

Gullible’s Travels: Rambling and writing through life without an itinerary is my favorite armchair travel blog. Gullible is the pen name of Alaska writer Jeanne Follett. She is a 70-year-old, 5′ 2″ dynamo who wrote her first blog post at Gullible’s Travels on April 12, 2008. Gullible busts the cliché of the sedentary little old lady all to pieces.

Photo from Gullible’s Travels blog — Gullible about to begin her July, 2011 hiking adventure on Alaska’s Resurrection Trail

Here’s a partial list of Gullible’s travels from 2008 through 2011 (click on the highlighted links to take the trip along with her via word and photos):

Gullible has tantalized readers with hints that she may go on a trip this November to Antarctica to retrace Ernest Shackleton’s voyage in the Endurance to Antarctica. She calls Alfred Lansing’s book, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, one of the world’s great adventure tales. My copy arrived in the mail this week and I am looking forward to reading it and following along — from my armchair –as Gullible sets sail on yet another adventure.

Photo from Gullible’s Travels blog of Gullible and her buddy Pablo

Now, you might think that in-between all that travel, Gullible turns into a lady of leisure. Better toss out every single one of your pre-conceived notions of today’s 70-year-olds. Between her litter-picking volunteer obsession work, and chopping wood for the winter, she subs for the mail carrier sometimes (not as easy as it sounds on Alaska’s treacherous, albeit spectacular, roads), spends time as a house sitter for some friends at Halibut Cove, surely one of the most pristine and beautiful spots on earth, and generally chronicles life in Moose Pass, Alaska and its environs from the perspective of a person who has a fierce love and respect for the land, it’s creatures and the folks who live there.

Oh, and the idea that the “older generation” isn’t tech savvy? You can banish that out-dated chestnut, too. Gullible is an early adopter of technology. I know she has an iPad, a Kindle, a desktop, laptop, digital cameras and who knows what other high-tech gadgets. And, of course, she blogs.

Jeanne (aka Gullible) and I met in an online writing class in 2008. Gotta love serendipity.


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