"The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page"
- St. Augustine
Elaine Warner has enjoyed traveling since the days she and her brother fought over the invisible line in the back seat of the car. Writing was confined to school projects, and, later, press releases for favorite non-profit organizations. It wasn't until 1991 that she combined the two. She was taking a summer class in photography and on a trip to Jefferson, Texas, commented to a friend, "I ought to write a story to go with my pictures." The friend repeated the comment to a local chef who immediately plied them with food and stories of the town. On her return, Elaine made good on her comment, writing the story about Jefferson and submitting it to the Oklahoman. It ran on the front page of the travel section, complete with color photos, and the rest, as they say, is history.
In pursuit of her stories, Elaine has flown in helicopters, hot air balloons, and even a glider. She has eaten her way through St. Louis (and a number of other places) and descended at night to the bottom of a canyon to see dismalites - tiny, glowing larvae of fungus gnats. She draws the line at bungee jumping and hang-gliding and her idea of roughing it is a Holiday Inn without a Holidome.