On a weekend getaway to Watkins Glen, NY in Sept. 2012, I met an incredible woman named Fran Reisner. It happened that we were staying in the same campground. Her motorhome (affectionately named Beast) was 2 row from our motorhome (affectionately names Waldo). After getting Waldo settled in, Steve (my husband and biggest fan) and I went for a walk around the campground to check things out. As we walked past Fran’s motorhome, I noticed that across the windshield was the name of a website JourneyInFocus.com and I commented to Steve that the motorhome must belong to a photographer. Since photography is a hobby/passion of mine, I filed the name away in the back of my mind and continued our walk. The next morning, the weather was lousy, so I decided to let Steve sleep in. I got muself a cup of coffee and turned on my laptop. After doing all of the important things I do every morning, check my email, play games, you know, the important things, I decided to check out JourneyInFocus.com. What I didn’t know was I was about to become spellbound by a blog. I have never read a blog (much less written one), but that didn’t stop me from reading page after page of the adventure Fran has set out on. In one of her posts, she commented that she wondered if the people that live in some of the most beautiful places in America (at the base of the Grand Tetons, for example) still see the beauty that surrounds then or do they become immune to the sights because they see it every day. Well, this got me thinking, I decided to put my coffee down, pick up my camera and venture out into the foggy morning to see what beauty I might find around me. My timing couldn’t have been better because Fran was outide with her 2 dogs. I decided to go over and introduce myself and tell her how inspiring her story was to me. She saw my camera and asked if I was a photographer. I admitted that I am a “wanna be”. I have taken several classes, practiced for years, even sold a few prints but I’m no pro. I would love someday to be considered a professional, but right now, I’m still an amatuer/hobbyist with a camera and a lot of lenses. I commented on how often I’ve been guilty of not seeing what is beautiful in my own back yard and traveling for hours to go take pictures in other states. I grew up in NH, but don’t have a picture of the Old Man of the Mountain and now he’s gone. Fran was due to leave that morning, but spent almost an hour talking with me. Sometime in that hour, an idea began to form in my mind. A blog about New Hampshire. Not the typical statistical information that can be found on any town’s website, but a photographic journey thru each of New Hampshires 221 towns, 13 cities and 25 unincorporated places. I mentioned the idea to Steve and he thought it was great. Troughout the weekend, I mulled over how I could do it. By the time we left on Sunday afternoon, I had talked myself into it. I haven’t figures it all out yet, but I know I’m going to enjoy Touring NH and I hope you’ll join me.