Andrew Johnson Historic Site – Greeneville, TN

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Eastern Tennessee is a timeless piece of American history.  And when I say tucked away, I mean, tucked away! The two lane leading into Greeneville, Tennessee curved around beautiful countryside fields before it led me into the small town that was home to our 17th President, Andrew Johnson….

Nathaniel Russell House – Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is an antebellum home lovers dream.  All over the historic district, you can tour homes that display Charleston life in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.  On Meeting Street, the Nathaniel Russell House reflects the wealth of the Russell’s, who built what would become one of the nation’s most important examples of…

The Heyward- Washington House | Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina has become one of my favorite places to visit.  Downtown, you literally can walk past history and enjoy things like Starbucks or Five Guys in the same step.  The atmosphere makes for an unforgettable visit and this year, my crew was in the mood for a relaxing day walking around town, with…

Singing At Sea Cruise | Chichen Itza

There’s something about touring an ancient ruin that can cause your heart to skip a beat.  The reality of walking among the same structures that a civilization built with their hands thousands of years ago, wondering what the people who lived there would think if they saw a bus load of tourists walking around their…

Singing At Sea Cruise | Key West

This year, my February cruise took me to the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.  Our first stop was in Key West, via Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.  We came into port at 11:30 am and were cleared to leave the ship by noon.  During the afternoon, we visited the Southernmost Point,…

Great American Solar Eclipse 2017 – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee has always been a favorite place of mine and when the Monday of the solar eclipse rolled around, I was already in town and decided to stay and watch this moment in history! With tours going to Cades Cove and other places in the national park, I thought Gatlinburg might be pretty busy….

Fort Sumter – Charleston, South Carolina

I held onto the ticket as I watched the staff photographer snap a picture of the family in front of us. After our turn in front of the camera, we wound through the stanchions that separated the line of people on the dock. The Spirit of Charleston bobbed in the water to the left and…

Mount Rainer – Washington

In 2015, I sat by the window on a flight leaving Seattle, Washington.  Below, Mount Rainer stood in all her snow-capped splendor as I snapped multiple photos on my iPhone.  Seeing it from the sky was magnificent and I never thought anything would top that experience…until I saw the mountain from the ground. “Admission to…

Ocean Shores – Washington

It may have been the middle of August, but I would have been lost without my Columbia fleece jacket as I walked the beach at Ocean Shores in Washington.  The air near the coast carried a good chill and the water coming in from the Pacific was freezing…that is, the few times I allowed it…

Oneonta Gorge and Multnomah Falls – Oregon

Those walking past us were wet…really wet.  I tugged my socks off, knowing we would be going through water.  I’d rather deal with wet creek walkers instead of wet socks and shoes.  As I leaned up against the car and observed the people walking by, our friend began laughing.  Almost hysterically.  I knew there were…