Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Devil’s Tower, and the Black Hills

A unique feature of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is that it is comprised of two separate units that are 70 miles apart, posing challenges to a visitor. We first spent a day in the less-visited North Unit where took a ranger hike that focused on the geology and wildlife in the area, followed by the … Continue reading Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Devil’s Tower, and the Black Hills

Jumping Buffalo, Prairie Dogs, and Montana Mermaids

On this trip, John and I have had a wonderful opportunity of broadening our knowledge of the culture and history of the state of Montana by spending three nights in Helena and another three nights in Great Falls. I wish we could say that we did our research and decided that these two cities were … Continue reading Jumping Buffalo, Prairie Dogs, and Montana Mermaids

An Accidental Reunion in Glacier National Park

I spent a summer during college working at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park. At the time, I had barely travelled outside of the Southeast and I was awestruck by the park. It was simply the most beautiful place Iā€™d ever seen. Fast forward to now, many years later, and after visiting nearly … Continue reading An Accidental Reunion in Glacier National Park

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