OBX Escape

OBX Escape

What I love about living in Richmond Virginia is that in a short few hours you can entirely change your view. A couple of nights away from normalcy is often the best prescription for what ails you and a beach view is equivalent to vitamins by intravenous. We were specifically looking for something affordable that overlooked the beach. Something that rivaled everything we love about the Sea Vista Motel at Topsail Beach. But closer. Easier to escape for a couple of days when we needed it. We Continue reading

Land of Extremes

Land of Extremes

I loved the variance in the Arizona landscape. One minute I was sweating it out while photographing Sedona's Red Rocks and 45 minutes later I was standing in snow on a ski hill near Flagstaff. Not long after I took this picture heading into the desert with Mount Humphries snowy peaks in my rearview mirror. Continue reading

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

I've covered a lot of Walled Lake Schools music on my blog over the past few years because my children were so heavily involved in band. This will be the last year I cover school concerts since my eldest is in college and my youngest has chosen bypass orchestra next year in order to pursue other courses that will help with his career of choice. He would have participated in the Walled Lake Marching Band but he's not able to because it's mandatory that he also be taking a music course (in most Continue reading

Cactus and Convertibles

Cactus and Convertibles

Could there be anything better than cruising Arizona with the top down? Continue reading

Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street

Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street

Mardi Gras in New Orleans. You've heard about it, and since I keep getting asked how many beads I acquired, I assume many of you are missing a big part of what really happens during Mardi Gras. It's actually a very family oriented event! The activities you've heard most about, only happen within a few short blocks on Bourbon Street, whereas the family friendly Mardi Gras festivities stretch the length of St. Charles Avenue and beyond. For those of you curious about a stroll down Continue reading

Life is a Parade!

Life is a Parade!

“Life is like a parade, and it’s one that most people watch go by. And then there are some that get in that parade." ~ Jonathan Goldsmith If you know me at all, you'll understand that I live for road trips. I feel most alive when exploring something I've never seen before. A decade ago, our family took a road trip from Columbus, Ohio to New Orleans that included stops in Nashville and Memphis. This year, I planned to meet a friend in Nashville and based on the weather, travel somewhere Continue reading

Virginia Serenity

Virginia Serenity

Found this serene scene along a quiet dirt road on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Continue reading

One Room Church

One Room Church

Barracks Road, Charlottesville, Virginia Continue reading

Rusted Chain

Rusted Chain

Worn wood fence and rusted chain along a Virginia back-road near Charlottesville. *Thanks for the idea JD, you were right* Continue reading

Cauliflower Mountains

Traveling through the Blue Ridge Mountains I came across this beautiful scene in the early morning fog. As the fog lifted, portions of the mountain treetops were bathed in frost where clouds had left accumulated moisture. Reminiscent of Jack and the Beanstalk, the valley looked as though giant stalks of cauliflower had grown up overnight. I would have taken many more shots but I was lucky to get this one with what was left of my dead camera battery. I need to remember to charge more often! Continue reading

Barracks Church Door

Barracks Church Door

This picture was taken along Barracks Road near Charlottesville, Virginia. I thought it would make a beautiful Christmas card next year. Continue reading

Back from Vegas

I had the pleasure of attending a conference in Vegas in October. It was wonderful to connect with other business owners, to see old friends, and develop new business relationships. I wrote an article over at CyberCletch on the 10 Lessons I learned from Cirque de Soleil. I had never seen a Cirque performance and am so thankful Tamara insisted we go. In case you missed it earlier, here's a little video I put together from all the video snippets, camera and phone images I took. Video Continue reading

Dog-gone Spell Reversal

Dog-gone Spell Reversal

During the divorce negotiations, the dog went to my ex. He's since reconsidered and I was notified today I'll be keeping the dog from now on. I had chosen to shut out how much I missed having Caesar in my life on a daily basis. I'm beyond excited to have him home full-time; he's putting up with the hugs and the costume because that's the kind of dog he is. Woman's best friend. Continue reading

Visiting in the Rain

Visiting in the Rain

This was today's visitor, they often hang out at the end of my lawn where there is some flooding or fish in the shallow water beside the dock. This is the first one I've seen actually ON the dock. Wish I had a lens that let me get closer. This was taken through my rain soaked family room window because if I had opened the sliding door the Great Blue Heron would be gone. It is a Great Blue, isn't it? Continue reading

Traverse City

Traverse City

Traverse City is a beautiful city wrapped around the base of Grand Traverse Bay. We checked into the first hotel we saw because it had an amazing view of the bay and sunset. The hot tub in the room was a bonus. We headed out to the Apache Trout Grill for dinner. The wait was appreciated because it allowed us to sit by the water with a drink and enjoy the view. The food was delicious, particularly my taste of the crab and lobster bisque. I kept my meal simple with Grilled Ahi Tuna Continue reading

Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula

Old Mission Peninsula is a long jut of land that divides Grand Traverse Bay in half, giving it the shape - with creative license - of a molar and its roots. It was an easy 17 mile drive to the Old Mission Point Lighthouse, at end of the road. While there I discovered I was near the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. I knew I had to record the momentous occasion. Instead of building a cairn, I checked in on Foursquare. It was while checking in I discovered Continue reading

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Legend tells of a mother bear and her two cubs taking to the water to escape a raging fire in what is now, Wisconsin. They swam for miles and after tiring the cubs lagged behind. When the mother bear reached the opposite shore, she climbed atop a hill to watch for her babies, but the cubs drowned and became what is now the two Manitou Islands. "Sleeping Bear" is the single dune near the point that marks the spot where mother bear waited. It is slowly eroding and changing with water, wind and Continue reading

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

Roadside Views – Summer Roadtrip

We headed north from Ludington after the hike, counted our blessings when we discovered The Bungalow Inn still serving dinner at 10 pm. After checking several Manistee hotels late into the night, we finally found one that was not booked full with fishermen hoping to win the local derby. I awoke to another beautiful blue sky, fluffy cloud day and began the drive towards Sleeping Bear Dunes. The first awe inspiring roadside stop was the Arcadia Scenic Lookout which is also aptly named Continue reading

Ludington State Park

Ludington State Park

Two years ago traveled to Shanty Creek and did a drive by tour through Charlevois & Petoskey on my way to Mackinac Island. I liked what I saw and wanted to tour the little finger portion of the Michigan mitten. The first Lake Michigan view was supposed to happen around Saugatuck, but a missed sign resulted in a tour of Holland instead. I hit the highway and didn't stop again until I reached Ludington. We drove out to the Ludington State Park to have a look around. After investigating the Continue reading