At six years old I knew that I wanted to travel and the magic began when I was 8. My parents and I vacationed every summer, for fifteen years, in Ontario, Canada. Golden's Camp was in the La Cloche lake system that was surrounded by pristine wilderness. The kids and the people in and around Willisville introduced me to mountains, (hills really), lakes, rivers, forests, waterfalls and black black nights with a zillion stars.
Our accommodations were rustic: log cabins, outhouses, no electricity, no running water and a fabulous lodge with laughter and lots of good smells eminating from the kitchen. The experiences had a profound effect on my life.
After graduating from college in Indiana I chose to teach school in Alaska. After two years my friend and I quit our jobs, donned very small backpacks and with not much money set off to traveled for eighteen months. We went by ship, train, foot and mostly by hitch hiking. We visited thirty three countries that time around. The count to date is about sixty six countries.
In 1993, after I retired from teaching, I started, with the help of my wonderful family, Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast as a pay it forward thank you to all the people throughout the world who have enriched my life.
Mary Jane Lastufka,
Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast