When she can get leave, Mindie and Dan roll along American roads with r-pod in tow, scouting out the best fishing spots, flatwater kayaking trails, historic towns, haunted houses, and the friendly people along the way.
Writer / Author
Mindie is the author of three published books - In addition to Haunted Eastern Shore, published by History Press, she wrote Snow Hill: Images of America and Easton: Then and Now about historic towns on the Eastern Shore of Maryland published by Arcadia Publishing Company.
Mindie's writings and photography have appeared in The Vancouver Sun, National Catholic Reporter, National Geographic Television Network, Music News, What's Up Eastern Shore?, Metropolitan Magazine, Coastal Living, Maryland Life Magazine, and numerous business and travel websites including the Irish Fireside which named her blog posts among the best writing of Irish interest in both 2010 and 2011.
Mindie operates three blog sites: The Travel Hag, Thin Places - Doorways to the Eternal World, and Who Cares What I Think? Additionally she blogs regularly for CBS News Travel and Outdoors and MDBiz Media.
Her next book, Thin Places: Celtic Doorways to the Otherworld, is about mystical places in Ireland - or places where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. On May 15-24, 2011 Mindie escorted a group of guests on a tour of Ireland's southern region visiting mystical, sacred sites in Ireland, rarely seen by the tourist. In her Thin Places blog and Thin Places Tour of Ireland site, Mindie details and recounts experiences in these mystical places in Ireland and the UK.
Speaker / Trainer
Mindie speaks on a variety of travel topics for travel groups, community colleges and non-profits associated with travel and outdoor recreation. She speaks on travel to haunted and sacred places, traveling with purpose, and travel for women. Because of her personal success in using social media platforms, Mindie also trains and speaks on the use of Social Media to grow a business or platform. She has presented workshops and keynote speeches for the Delaware Association of Realtors, the Maryland Writers Association, Salisbury University, Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, Charles County Economic Development Summit, the Maryland Economic Development Association and State Farm Insurance. Her list of clients is extensive.
Mindie runs annual tours to Ireland visiting "thin places" or sacred sites. She also serves as a step on guide for tours in Maryland and runs her own haunted tours of the Eastern Shore every October. See Mindie's Calendar for more details.
Life on the Shore
Because Mindie and Dan Burgoyne's six children are grown, they could could live anywhere in the world. Dan, who is from central Maine and Mindie, a lifelong Marylander, found that the Eastern Shore of Maryland with its wild landscapes, friendly people and slow pace of life was close enough to visit friends and family, yet far enough away from the hectic pace of suburban life. The Burgoynes found the quality of life irresistible, and purchased a 120 year old Victorian house in a small community - Marion Station - in Somerset County. Mindie and Dan engage in their passions for gardening, fishing and writing from their haven on the Shore, share their lives with three large dogs - Fergus (a Newfoundland) and yellow lab sisters Grania and Éile and a few dozen free range chickens that produce dozens of fresh, organic eggs.
Though Mindie loves her Maryland home, she's happiest when she's on her way to somewhere else. So she and Dan finally sold their pop-up camper and invested in an r-pod in order to get serious about traveling. The r-pod allows them extend the camping season into the early spring and late fall, and still enjoys the outdoors they love so much.
Full Bio can be found at Visit Mindie's Website - Writing the Vision
Travel Hag - Mindie's travel blog.
Visit Mindie's Blog About Mystical Places in Ireland and the UK - Thin Places
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