Out of the Grits Belt and into New Mexico, Land of Enchantment

John often remarks that one of the downsides of living in the deep South is that one can drive for an entire day in any direction and still find grits on the menu. Arriving in Santa Fe, just over 1,000 miles from home, everything immediately feels exotic. The glorious desert-loving flowers, Pueblo adobe buildings everywhere … Continue reading Out of the Grits Belt and into New Mexico, Land of Enchantment

A Room With A View in Shenandoah National Park

We checked in to the Skyland Resort at Shenandoah National Park and headed down the hill to our assigned lodge. A room in the resort lodge was a splurge, as compared to the comparably appointed cabins, and we selected the lodge over the cabins for the balcony with its sweeping view of the valley below. … Continue reading A Room With A View in Shenandoah National Park

Travelling the Blue Ridge Parkway: Waterfalls and Mount Pisgah

We broke our pandemic travel fast by embarking upon a journey to travel the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and Virginia Skyline Drive in just over three weeks. The Blue Ridge Parkway, of course, is a scenic highway, built in the 1930s, that stretches from Cherokee, North Carolina (milepost 469.1) to Rockfish Gap, VA (milepost 0), … Continue reading Travelling the Blue Ridge Parkway: Waterfalls and Mount Pisgah

Unforgettable days on Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Two weeks past our second Covid vaccinations and immediately following a week of gray days of below freezing weather and an ice storm, we headed for Florida. As we reached sunnier and warmer weather, we felt like crocuses lifting our little heads out of the snow and ice and turning our faces toward the sun. … Continue reading Unforgettable days on Florida’s Forgotten Coast

A welcome mid-pandemic retreat in the mountains of North Carolina

Back in April, when most of the world was in shutdown mode, John and I dreamed of getting out on the road again. Realizing that COVID-19 could not possibly disappear anytime soon, we set our sights on an August retreat that would offer cooler temps and a change of scenery in a safe environment. Our … Continue reading A welcome mid-pandemic retreat in the mountains of North Carolina

New Zealand’s spectacular South Island

Important Note: We were on New Zealand's South Island February 11 through February 25, way before the Coronavirus was declared a pandemic. Since then, we have arrived back in the United States and are sheltering in place, as are millions of others. We started our time in New Zealand’s South Island by flying to Christchurch. … Continue reading New Zealand’s spectacular South Island