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The secret to youth is to fill your mind with beauty.

Background Information

Triangle Fare- At twenty-three I took advantage of a discount rate offered by Alaska Airlines to fly the pacific triangle between California, Hawaii and Alaska.  I left my home in Southern California to visit my parents who lived in Haines, Alaska. My father wanted us to spend Christmas at a lodge on a lake just over the Canadian border. When I arrived in the frosty wonderland, I was treated to a snowmobile ride across a frozen lake in 25- below to my father’s fish house. We trundled threw a forest of spiky trees stacked with shimmering nodules of ice. That night the northern lights wafted across the heavens in blue green and red diaphanous curtains. I left there reeling from ethereal northern exposure and headed to Hawaii for New Years.


Like Captain Cook who sailed from the northwest to Hawaii in 1779 I was need of sunshine, warm seas and rest. Unlike Cook, who took months to make this journey I did it in about eight hours. When I arrived on Kauai it was a balmy 90 degrees . My body couldn’t catch up and I was bed-ridden for two days. Once acclimated to paradise, I didn’t want to leave. I returned to the garden isle years later exhausted from putting myself through school selling real estate in Los Angeles to live on the north shore of Kauai for the most carefree year of my life. 


My love triangle of extremes has proven to be a solid base for my writing. From my roots in Alaska I receive strength, solitude, centeredness and respect for the awful power of nature. My short story “Raindrop People” and numerous adventure articles including my most recent “Raven Brings the Sun” about my river trip in 2006 down the Tatshenshini River take place in my homeland. In Hawaii I found nurturing, a spiritual awakening, sensuality, peace and my heroine for my historical fiction Wai-nani-High Chiefess of Hawaii. In proud California I obtained a degree in English Literature and a doctorate in urban savvy. I continue to enjoy opportunities here for intellectual stimulation, exciting contacts and friends. It makes a great base for exploits that I  share in my travel collection Lost Angel WalkabouOne Traveler's Tales. What started out as a head-spinning, bargain holiday bargain  was the beginning of the beautiful harvest I am enjoying today.




Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English Literature
Since 1991 I have published many travel articles and essays. Many of my photos have been used to complement my travel articles. "Look Both Ways on Small Islands" was included in RDR's travel anthology-I Should Have Stayed Home. Several of my short stories have been published in literary journals.

Additional Information

For a complete list of credits and online clips, please go to my webpage at For travel tips and all things Hawaiian go to my blog

Favorite Links

North AmericanTravel Journalists Association
You may view a list of my credits and scroll to online stories with photos I have published on this site.

Real Travel Adventures Magazine
I am a regular contributor to this magazine. Many featured articles are available for viewing in thier archives.

Linda Ballou Talking to You -Blog
My personal blog posts about travel articles, Hawaii in general, eco-alerts and my events happen about twice a week. Join me.

Outdoor Travel in L.A. column
I post Great Outdoor Days in L.A. and surrounding areas that begin with a hike and end with a great sweat-band friendly eatery.

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