Destination: Maymont Estate and Gardens, Richmond VA
Rocks and waterfall at Maymont in Richmond VA

Our new home is in the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia, a city rich in natural beauty and historical significance. But it seems Richmond’s crown jewel is the Maymont Estate and Gardens, a gorgeous combination of both nature and history. We’ve been several times and only begun to scratch the surface, so consider this merely an […]

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Destination: Your Back Yard

As I mentioned a few months back, my family and I recently pulled up stakes and moved to a new-to-us house in a new-to-us state. It was quite an adventure to sell one house, buy another, and do an interstate move in the middle of a pandemic, but we are happily on the other side […]

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Destination: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Sprawling across northwestern Orange County in central Florida glitters Lake Apopka, the fourth-largest lake in the state. Once it was a tourist attraction in its own right, its shore dotted with 21 fishing camps in the 1940s. Over time, the land surrounding the lake was converted to farmland, with the lake receiving more than its […]

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Destination: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Tucked into a downtown Philadelphia neighborhood, behind a wall and gate of colorful tile mosaic, between two mosaic-covered buildings, lies a tiny world that defies description. It’s a folk art installation of epic proportions. It’s an artful maze, full of art, and art unto itself. It’s a melange of tile and toys and words and […]

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Destination: Point Dume State Beach, CA
Point Dume Sunset

With the prospect of my first all-too-brief visit to the Los Angeles area, I had two main goals: get my feet into the Pacific Ocean, and catch a sunset over the ocean, both novelties for a Florida native like me. I very much prefer my beaches on the undeveloped and uncrowded side, so that pretty […]

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Destination: Ponce Inlet, FL

From the world-famous sands of Daytona Beach, Florida, a barrier island extends to the south, down through the oceanfront hotels of Daytona Beach Shores and the sleepy town of Wilbur-by-the-Sea, an enclave of beautiful beachfront homes and decorative marine-themed mailboxes. Keep heading south along A1A and Atlantic Avenue and you will at last come to […]

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