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Linda Ballou Freelance Writer

Top Senior Adventures Blog Linda's mission is to experience as many beautiful places on our planet as she can before they are no more. Travel tales relating her experiences while kayaking, horseback riding, sailing, birding and hiking about the globe have appeared in numerous national magazines. She had great fun collecting travel stories, and profiles of people she met in “naturally high places” for her book, Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales. Her latest book Lost Angel Unleashed is the third book in her Lost Angel Trilogy

Go to LostAngelAdventures.com for more adventures.

For more about Linda’s novels and media offerings go to. www.LindaBallouAuthor.com

Books Authored By Linda Ballou

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Lost Angel Travel Adventures in South America

From the Andes to Patagonia, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou" covers her 17-day sojourn into South America with Overseas Adventure Travel. You can rea…

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From the Andes to Patagonia, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou" covers her 17-day sojourn into South America with Overseas Adventure Travel. You can read her stories on her South American experiences on NABBW.org here: * Chile: https://tinyurl.com/5n8caxzj * Patagonia: https://tinyurl.com/33ffa7be When Linda visited Chile and Patagonia, conservation efforts spearheaded by Kristine Tompkins were underway. When her husband, Doug Tompkins, died in a kayaking accident in 2015, she picked up the pieces of their shared dream to purchase millions of acr…

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Linda Ballou – Adventures in Africa

From the Okavango Delta in Botswana to Zambia and Zimbabwe, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou" podcast highlights some of Linda's amazing adve…

From the Okavango De…

From the Okavango Delta in Botswana to Zambia and Zimbabwe, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou" podcast highlights some of Linda's amazing adventures in Southern Africa. You can read her story about the Botsawana elephants in Linda's book, "Lost Angel Unleashed," and about her safari adventures on NABBW.org here: https://nabbw.com/expert-columns/travel/botswana-highlights-on-the-ultimate-safari/ Follow Linda's adventures at https://lostangeladventures.com/ and learn more about her books at http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/ …

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Adventures in Africa

From the Okavango Delta in Botswana to Zambia and Zimbabwe, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou" podcast highlights some of Linda's amazing adventures in …

From the Okavango De…

From the Okavango Delta in Botswana to Zambia and Zimbabwe, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou" podcast highlights some of Linda's amazing adventures in Southern Africa. You can read her story about the Botsawana elephants in Linda's book, "Lost Angel Unleashed," and about her safari adventures on NABBW.org here: https://nabbw.com/expert-columns/travel/botswana-highlights-on-the-ultimate-safari/ Follow Linda's adventures at https://lostangeladventures.com/ and learn more about her books at http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/ Listen to Big Blen…

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Author Linda Ballou – Two Extraordinary Women in History

In celebration of Women's History Month, on this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda talks about two extraordinary women in history, Isabella…

In celebration of Wo…

In celebration of Women's History Month, on this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda talks about two extraordinary women in history, Isabella Bird and Queen Ka'ahumanu. ISABELLA BIRD: Linda's latest novel, "Embrace of the Wild," was inspired by the life of equestrian explorer and travel writer Isabella Lucy Bird. It shares the story of raw courage and fierce strength of a plucky English woman’s unflinching desire to be free. Listen to her Big Blend Radio interviews covering Isabella Bird: * Embrace of the Wild: https://nat…

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Two Extraordinary Women in History

In celebration of Women's History Month, on this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda talks about two extraordinary women in history, Isabella Bird and …

In celebration of Wo…

In celebration of Women's History Month, on this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda talks about two extraordinary women in history, Isabella Bird and Queen Ka'ahumanu. ISABELLA BIRD: Linda's latest novel, "Embrace of the Wild," was inspired by the life of equestrian explorer and travel writer Isabella Lucy Bird. It shares the story of raw courage and fierce strength of a plucky English woman’s unflinching desire to be free. Listen to her Big Blend Radio interviews covering Isabella Bird: * Embrace of the Wild: https://nationalparktraveling.c…

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Tasmania, The Devil Made Me Do It!

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda takes us to Tasmania where she spent a week exploring Cradle Mountain National Park, the Cataract Gorge in …

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On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda takes us to Tasmania where she spent a week exploring Cradle Mountain National Park, the Cataract Gorge in Launceston, and Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park on the sunny east coast. With 40 percent of the land in this island state preserved with 880 tracks lacing the national parks, Tasmania is one of the last hold outs for true conservation. The caring population of just over half a million are doing all they can to keep their home clean and green. Read Linda's story, "Tasmania: The Devil Mad…

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Do You Really Need Travel Insurance? Adventure Travel Writer Linda Ballou Shares Her Experiences And Advice &Raquo; Emergency Medical Service 2023 11 27 04 57 42 Utc 1024X683 1
Do You Really Need Travel Insurance? Adventure Travel Writer Linda Ballou Shares Her Experiences and Advice

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Writer Since Covid hit our shores, travel insurance has become more important than ever. While it is true flight delays have lessened, flights are still a h…

By Linda Ballou, NAB…

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Writer Since Covid hit our shores, travel insurance has become more important than ever. While it is true flight delays have lessened, flights are still a huge variable when you travel. Travel delays, as well as trip interruptions and cancellations, are not just frustrating and inevitable, they can be life altering. Which means that choosing to have travel insurance could not only protect your budget should you have to rebook at the last possible minute due to flight cancellations, but can also be lifesaving, should you have a health emergency outsi…

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Rafting in the Wake of Georgie White

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda takes us on a Colorado River rafting adventure in the Grand Canyon. "Rafting in the Wake of Georgie White -…

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On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda takes us on a Colorado River rafting adventure in the Grand Canyon. "Rafting in the Wake of Georgie White - Woman of the River" is a Solas Award story in her book, "Lost Angel Unleashed." WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/v6D6iPy0rJI Follow Linda's adventures at https://lostangeladventures.com/ and learn more about her books at http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/ Listen to Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures" Show every 3rd Wednesday at High Noon PST, here: https://shows.aca…

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Falling in the Footsteps of John Muir

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda reminisces about her adventurous horse-pack trip into the High Sierras, a story she shares in her travel me…

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On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda reminisces about her adventurous horse-pack trip into the High Sierras, a story she shares in her travel memoir "Lost Angel Walkabout." The experience was also part of the inspiration behind her award-winning novel, "The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon." WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/mpF7GEOnB7I Follow Linda's adventures at https://lostangeladventures.com/ and learn more about her books at http://www.lindaballouauthor.com/ Listen to Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures" …

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Linda Ballou Shares Her Best Tips For Enjoying A Successful Walking Holiday – And Why She Calls Them A “Boomer Balancing Act” &Raquo; Couple On Bench Linda Ballou 1
Linda Ballou Shares Her Best Tips for Enjoying a Successful Walking Holiday – And Why She Calls Them a “Boomer Balancing Act”

Mobility issues are a problem for many Boomers. I am no exception, so I have investigated ways of ensuring that I don’t take a fall that puts me out of commission.  If you, like me, find you need t…

Mobility issues are …

Mobility issues are a problem for many Boomers. I am no exception, so I have investigated ways of ensuring that I don’t take a fall that puts me out of commission.  If you, like me, find you need to be in nature and feel the cooling breeze caressing your skin while you walk, take heart. Don’t let a mobility issue stop you from doing what you need to feel happy and content.

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Linda Ballou Shares Her Best Tips for Enjoying a Successful Walking Holiday – And Why She Calls Them a “Boomer Balancing Act”

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Mobility issues are a problem for many Boomers. I am no exception, so I have investigated ways of ensuring that I don’t take a fall that puts me…

By Linda Ballou, NAB…

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Mobility issues are a problem for many Boomers. I am no exception, so I have investigated ways of ensuring that I don’t take a fall that puts me out of commission.  If you, like me, find you need to be in nature and feel the cooling breeze caressing your skin while you walk, take heart. Don’t let a mobility issue stop you from doing what you need to feel happy and content. I had to acknowledge that I can’t do what I used to do in the same way. I would like to share some of the things that will help you keep Moving, and in shape for a…

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Meeting Suzanne ”Bobo” Bollins of Notorious Taylor Camp in Kauai

On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda talks about the time when she met and interviewed Suzanne “Bobo” Bollins who lived at notorious Taylor …

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On this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou," Linda talks about the time when she met and interviewed Suzanne “Bobo” Bollins who lived at notorious Taylor Camp (1969-1977) in Kauai , where young people fleeing the Vietnam War and materialism of the mainland were living out the ultimate hippie fantasies, seemed a good prospect. It was said that Bobo swam the tumultuous waters of the Napali Coast wearing only a belt with a pouch containing food for when she reached the shore. You can watch a documentary about Taylor Camp here: https://youtu.be/fyQQWzx…

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The Life and Legacy of Isabella Bird

Welcome to the first installment of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou." This episode focuses on historic and noteworthy equestrian explorer and travel writer Isabella L…

Welcome to the first…

Welcome to the first installment of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou." This episode focuses on historic and noteworthy equestrian explorer and travel writer Isabella Lucy Bird. Linda's historical fiction novel, "Embrace of the Wild" shares the story of raw courage and fierce strength of this plucky English woman’s un-flinching desire to be free. Hear about Isabella and how Linda set out to trace Isabella’s hoof prints through the Front Range where she rode 800-miles solo though the high country in the winter of 1873. Learn more here: http://www.lindaballou…

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The Life and Legacy of Isabella Bird – Equestrian Explorer and Travel Writer

Welcome to the first installment of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou." This episode focuses on historic and noteworthy equestrian explorer and travel writer …

Welcome to the first…

Welcome to the first installment of Big Blend Radio's "Lost Angel Travel Adventures with Linda Ballou." This episode focuses on historic and noteworthy equestrian explorer and travel writer Isabella Lucy Bird. @LindaBallou's historical fiction novel, "Embrace of the Wild" shares the story of raw courage and fierce strength of this plucky English woman’s un-flinching desire to be free. Hear about Isabella and how Linda set out to trace Isabella’s hoof prints through the Front Range where she rode 800-miles solo though the high country in the winter of 1873. Learn more …

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Travel Writer Linda Ballou Explores Kauai in Hawai’i

From hiking the infamous Kalalau Trail that overlooks the Napali Coast Wilderness to touring Lydgate Chocolate Farm, this episode of Big Blend Radio features travel writer Linda Ballou who talks about…

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From hiking the infamous Kalalau Trail that overlooks the Napali Coast Wilderness to touring Lydgate Chocolate Farm, this episode of Big Blend Radio features travel writer Linda Ballou who talks about her recent adventures in Kauai. Lush with foliage, resplendent with waterfalls, and isolated by tumultuous surf, Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. You can read Linda's article about what she experienced in Kauai, here: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/kauai-an-island-apart/ You can also see her list of safe swimming beaches in Kauai, here: https://nationalparktraveling…

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Exploring the Island of Kauai in Hawai’i

From hiking the infamous Kalalau Trail that overlooks the Napali Coast Wilderness to touring Lydgate Chocolate Farm, this episode of Big Blend Radio features travel writer Linda Ballou who talks about…

From hiking the infa…

From hiking the infamous Kalalau Trail that overlooks the Napali Coast Wilderness to touring Lydgate Chocolate Farm, this episode of Big Blend Radio features travel writer Linda Ballou who talks about her recent adventures in Kauai. Lush with foliage, resplendent with waterfalls, and isolated by tumultuous surf, Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/rmbSLeSAPEM You can read Linda's article about what she experienced in Kauai, here: https://nationalparktraveling.com/listing/kauai-an-island-apart/ You can also see her list of safe s…

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Linda Ballou Recommends You Take a Walk on Kaua’i’s Wild Side

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Hanalei Bay today. Linda Ballou photo When I lived on the North Shore in 1978, there was not one home on the shore of horseshoe-shaped Hanalei Bay…

By Linda Ballou, NAB…

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Hanalei Bay today. Linda Ballou photo When I lived on the North Shore in 1978, there was not one home on the shore of horseshoe-shaped Hanalei Bay. The notorious Taylor Camp treehouse colony, populated by hippies living off the land, was in full swing. The now famous Tahiti Nui featured in the film The Descendants was a hole in the wall. I could hike the Kalalau Trail, tracing the rugged Nāpali Coast up to the roaring Hanakapi’ai Falls, and take a dip in the pool below, without seeing another soul. I never made it to the site of the sacr…

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Linda Ballou Visits Po‘ipū and is Sunny Side UP on Kaua‘i

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Po‘ipū Cost Walk. Linda Ballou photo.  Po‘ipū is the favored spot by visitors to the Island because it guarantees full blown sunny beach da…

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By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Po‘ipū Cost Walk. Linda Ballou photo.  Po‘ipū is the favored spot by visitors to the Island because it guarantees full blown sunny beach days. In 1978 Po‘ipū Beach was a deep azure plunge where I floated in ecstasy. But in 1992 Hurricane Iniki carved out a new coastline. Today the crescent shaped white sand beach is still a favorite of sun worshippers, but the water is shallow with a bottom littered with coral rocks. It is popular with snorkelers and small children but is no longer the best swimming beach on the South Shore. Numer…

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