About Me

Hello there! Thanks for visiting.

First things first: I’m not a real cowgirl, whatsoever.Β  I actually hail from Ottawa, Canada— so absolutely nowhere near the Wild West. The name for this blog came from my love for the desert, chasing the sun and a good road trip.

Don’t be fooled by this photo either. It was taken in Tombstone which turned out to be a great stop while visiting Arizona. I got to be a cowgirl briefly…well, for a day anyway πŸ˜€ IMG_2794

Over the last 2 decades, I’ve crisscrossed North America several times and have also been to the Deep South and to Far North (Alaska and the Yukon), as well. It all started when I took my first road trip across Canada in the mid 90’s, then I was completely hooked! I’ve been travelling the ole black tops ever since. Β Β 

I’ve been to several other countries as well, but with so many great globe-trotting blogs out there these days, I thought I’d just focus on my road trip stories from across Canada and the U.S. Hopefully something you see on here will inspire you to hit the road.


I love food so finding a great restaurant is one of the highlights of travel for me. I particularly love small, family run restaurants rather than the big chains with mediocre food (which are all too common). Even better if they’re located in cool historic buildings like an old church, a century-old post office or a department store.

Since I’m such an avid baker, when I’m not on the road you can usually find me in the kitchen baking up a storm. Although I’m not celiac, I tend to eat completely gluten-free now as I’ve discovered I’m fairly gluten-intolerant. As a result, I’ve spent the last couple of years learning to make yummy gluten-free baked treats. It can be tricky to eat on the road, but I’m finding it’s much easier these days since Gluten-free is such a popular trend.

If you’re looking for a particular spot I’ve been to, be sure to check out my new Road Trip listΒ  (more places will be added soon). I’m also on Instagram now (as ‘Roadtripcowgirl’) in case you’d like to connect with me there.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Travels,

Dana xo


24 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Love the Blog, Dana! Thanks for sharing the road trips…hmmmm…retirement just took on a whole new meaning for me! πŸ™‚


    • Thanks so much Deb! I’m glad you like my blog! I’m having fun with it so far, and love writing about my adventures and sharing stories & pics. I hope you do a good long road trip to celebrate your retirement this summer. I bet Benny would love the open road too (as long as it includes sticks ha ha!). Thanks for your comment πŸ˜€


    • Thanks so much Brenda! I love your blog, and I’m a huge chocoholic so right away I knew you were awesome πŸ˜€ Yes it probably does look like I’m away ALL the time (I’m not, rest assured lol). Just sharing old and new travel stories as it has taken me a long time to finally get my blog up n’ running. I’ll be adding some non-travel posts just to break up the heavy travel based ones. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi πŸ˜€


    • Thanks Julie!! It was a great trip, and soooo long ago I was thinking of doing a couple posts on the bus ride alone as it was quite the adventure. Yep, it was the mid 90s and I still had my fanny pack from the 80s (man, I’m old ha ha). loved those things, wish I still had one. btw, I’m adding a new post today or tomorrow and adding a few words about the movie Age of Adaline. Will be linking to you so I can help spread the word about your awesome blog πŸ˜€ Hope that’s okay. Thanks for stopping by!


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      • Yes, I really do like your trips, especially all those amazing photos! Hopefully I’ll be able to visit all those places myself. Only been to Florida, New York and some England trips :).

        Thanks so much for the likes, I really appreciate it. There will be more Star Wars articles, although gaming-related. But I’ll try to fit in a few bits and pieces from other stuff :).

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      • Thanks a bunch, I hope you’ll get a chance to do a bit more travelling. That’s great you’ve been to Florida, NY and England though! I didn’t start travelling until I was in my mid 20s, then I had to make up for lost time πŸ˜€ Looking forward to reading more star wars-related articles! Let me know if you do any retro video game posts, I don’t game much as much as I used to… but I was quite the hardcore pac man/space invaders/bump n’ jump-gamer back in the day (ha ha!). Cheers!

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      • I actually went on lots of trips with my mom and grandparents when I was very little and then at school, etc.. Like France, Austria, many different islands. The France thing could be called a road trip, but it usually consisted of visiting lots of same-looking (and sounding) churches and castles, so this got pretty boring ;-).

        I’ll sure try to get some travel or more theme parks articles up, though!

        A lot of the Star Wars-related articles will be quite retro, although not THAT retro :-). Ah, the good old arcade games. I’ll see what I can do, although I’m more into storytelling titles, but who knows. This idea might have triggered something…


    • Hi Lisa!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet words. So happy you like my blog so far, I love writing on here and sharing stories/pics and meeting so many other fabulous bloggers, too. I’m heading over to check out your blog now! Looking forward to reading yours as well. Thanks again & cheers! πŸ˜€


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