Photo courtesy of David Perea-Kihien

This photo of Ubud Temple in Bali, taken by my friend, David Perea-Kihien, makes me long for faraway places.

Summer travel plans? Roads are synonymous with adventure and it’s kind of magical to know that you can start out at your own front door and end up anywhere.

“It’s a dangerous
business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step
into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing
where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very
path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take
you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?” —
Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien.

By Annette Marie Hyder

I wore moonlight the night I danced with an idol
and the jungle’s perfume filled the air.
The next morning the only thing that gave us away
were the flowers I left in his hair.