The seaplane kissed the water as we landed at Dry Tortugas National Park, one of our country’s most inaccessible national parks. It had been a smooth flight on Key West Seaplane Charters from Key West, where we had departed a mere thirty-five minutes ago, and the sights enroute were incredible.


May 23, 2022 at 6:00 a.m.

Greenville is more than just a pretty face

Move over Charleston and Savannah. There’s a new southern belle in town and her name is Greenville. She can ooze sultry charm like the best of them and she’s picture-pretty. But, there’s plenty of substance and depth under those good looks.

Lakewold Gardens

This classic garden estate features a vast collection of rhododendrons, plant collections and the beautiful artful design of the grounds completed by architect Thomas Church

Enjoy laid back luxury and natural beauty in Ponte Vedra

I thought I had good eyes until I went shark tooth hunting on a beach in Ponte Vedra, Florida. I didn’t realize that these teeth are very tiny and blend in well with shells. They are black and shiny and usually triangular in shape, but that fits the description for ...


The Maiden of Deception Pass

The soft sands of the shore, the rocky tidepools, the beautiful ocean views, the sound of the waves softly crashing ashore, and the Maiden of Deception Pass watching over it all

The wild heart of South Carolina beats strong in Congaree National Park

Having a National Park pretty much to yourself is a rare experience. Yet, there I was wandering in the swamp among the towering trees of Congaree National Park with nary a soul in sight…with the exception of my husband. It was somewhat eerie, yet peacefully comforting to be amid the ...

Palouse Falls

Carved more than 13,000 years ago, Palouse Falls is among the last active waterfalls on the Ice Age floods path

New Mexico State Capitol is a roundhouse of art

Art doesn’t necessarily come to mind when you think of state capitol buildings. Typically, most people equate capitals with all things government and they envision an austere, staid environment. So, it’s a delightful surprise when visitors enter the “Roundhouse” in Santa Fe and discover a veritable art museum.

Immigrant history comes alive at the Tenement Museum

I had always wanted to tour the Tenement Museum in New York City, having had a number of my relatives immigrate to the U.S. from Europe; a number who came through Ellis Island and spent time in New York before heading elsewhere. On my recent trip to the Big Apple, ...

It's Tulip Festival Time!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1 through 30, celebrating millions of tulips bursting into bloom

Signs of Spring

Each year, usually in March, I get fed up with winter

5 Staycation Ideas

Looking for a vacation close to home? Washington State Parks offers these five ideas for making memories

Embrace your inner child at the Museum of Ice Cream

New York City has museums galore, focusing on everything from art and science to history and space, as well as niche specialties such as digital and film media, transit, Jewish heritage, Latino culture, and even a spy museum devoted to exploring your own superhero powers. With nearly a hundred museums ...

Woodinville Wine Country crushes it!

Years ago, when I lived in Woodinville, Washington there was only one winery – Chateau Ste. Michelle. Built in the French chateau style and set amid lush grounds, it was (and still is) the grand dame of Woodinville. A visit to this “queen” for wine tours and tastings transported me ...


Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park has been a Seattle icon since 2007. The park, which is operated by the Seattle Art Museum, was formerly an industrial site before the museum proposed to transform it into an elegant green space