Hi, I’m Camille, welcome to my blog! I am a native of the Pacific Northwest who was born in Seattle and moved to Oregon to raise my family after nine years in California, New York, and traveling the world. I am a mother of two who has also held challenging professional roles, and in my free time, I enjoy hiking, exploring the West Coast and beyond, going on culinary adventures, and fixing up my vintage home.
Tournesol Adventures is a creative outlet that was born and evolved during COVID. I’ve always loved to write, and there are many topics of interest to me. Over the years, I’ve benefitted from other blogs, particularly about travel, food, home renovation, and parenting. I was in the early stages of conceptualizing my own and just about to click the “publish” button when we went into lockdown. A large part of what I planned to write about, travel and adventures with kids, didn’t seem to fit our new normal. Suddenly, many of us were scrambling to homeschool our kids, keep our jobs (if we were lucky enough to have them), and possibly get out of our PJs at some point during the day. It felt quite laughable to write about dream trips or entertaining friends.
Yet, after an initial shelter-in-place low when I nearly bailed on the project, I went back to the drawing board. Blogging, for me, has been a lifeline during these challenging times. It has helped me cherish the trips I’ve had, find new and creative ways to keep adventuring and exploring with my family, appreciate the here and now, and even led to new friendships around the world. While so much has changed, some of it is for the better, and there is much to be grateful for and to explore even if it is in our backyards.
If you’ve enjoyed the blog, you might enjoy following my Instagram feed @tournesoladventures, where I post microblogs about similar topics.
Why tournesol? Tournesol means “sunflower” in French. In the Northwest, we are wired to “turn toward the sun,” or seize any beautiful day that is given, and head off on an adventure. Sunflowers have long been a favorite flower of mine because of this symbolism.
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