The Forgotten Coast

December 1 – December 12, 2019. They call it “The Forgotten Coast.” It stretches along Florida’s panhandle from Mexico Beach to St. Marks on the Apalachee Bay. Noticeably absent are the high-rises, beach stores, and miniature golf courses that you see on other parts of the Florida coastline. Instead, there are small seaports with rich …read more

The Apalachicola National Forest

November 19 – December 8, 2019. We spent almost 3 weeks wandering around the Apalachicola National Forest area. It is a beautiful forest of tall pines, palmetto bushes, cypress swamps, rivers, wildlife, and interesting geological phenomena. There are opportunities to boat, hike, fish, swim, picnic and, of course, camp. There are tons of campsites including …read more

Knoxville Rocks and Bombs

November 5 – 17, 2019. On November 5th we found ourselves at Greg’s parents’ house in Denver, NC – again – the third time in one month. We assumed that by this time we would be somewhere in the midwest visiting friends along the way as we headed to the southwest. But as you know …read more

From Virginia to Maryland

October 28 – November 1, 2019. In my last post about the Carolinas, I wrote about my idea to head north along the east coast during the fall ultimately arriving in Pennsylvania where we would visit with relatives. It was a great plan until we started having van problems (I think I’ve alluded to this …read more

North Through the Carolinas

October 11 – 18, 2019. This fall, instead of our usual trek out west I decided I wanted to do something completely different. In October when most travelers are heading south to the toasty climates of Florida and Arizona, I thought we’d travel north. That’s kind of different, right? The weather would still be good …read more

Guitars, Kayaks, Friends, & Family

May 15 – May 31, 2019. It was mid-May by the time we left New Mexico for our long journey back to the southeast. We’d done this trip once before – a long drive through Texas, stop in Louisiana to see my niece, back to the Carolinas to see Greg’s family and visit with a …read more

New Mexico Part 2

May 3 – May 13, 2019 – (This post is from our travels this past May). Our last travel post covered the beginning of our time in New Mexico, with visits to Earthships, the Rio Grande Gorge. Santa Fe, and Los Alamos. In this post, we visit Albuquerque, El Malpaís, Fort Stanton, and Roswell. Albuquerque …read more

New Mexico Part 1

April 29 – May 2, 2019 (note the dates – this is a catching up blog from last spring). I had been wanting to get back to New Mexico for some time. Although we have actually made many stops in the state, it has always seemed like we were just passing through to get to …read more

Ancestral Pueblos

April 24, 27, 28, & May 1, 2019. Last spring we visited Mesa Verde National Park, and Bandelier and Navajo National Monuments. These sites contain prehistoric dwellings of the ancestral Pueblo peoples. I’m combining the three sites into one post. The desert area surrounding Four Corners, where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona meet, is …read more