If you knew me, you’d know that I love my job. Who wouldn’t? I write about what I love - travel, people, adventure, gadgetry, etc. - AND I get to trot off often to experience this beautiful world and meet the awesome people who inhabit it.

So, why do you sense a ‘but’ coming. Probably because that’s where this is going.

Today I’ve been digging out far-too-long-since-it’s-been-used ski gear from dusty boxes in our garage for a Utah ski assignment. I leave tomorrow, and, as usual, I’ve left packing to the last minute. In fact, instead of packing, I’m studying the National Geographic Holiday 2008 catalog and kicking myself.

Here’s why: Waterproof Fleece-lined Adventure Gloves.

Had I planned ahead, I could’ve been hitting the slopes wearing “patented three-layer membrane, fleece-lined gloves that let perspiration out but prevent moisture from penetrating.” Instead, I’m packing the ancient pair of dried out leather mittens that my forage into the garage produced.

Oh, I wish I had em’. Guess what’s getting added to my Christmas letter?

BTW, I’m also adding the socks to my evergrowing wish list. I’m hopeless, I know, but they don’t call me ‘Gadget Girl’ for nada.

Happy trails,




Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".