The Places in Between

The Places in Between

When I started my full-time journey, I wanted to experience every square mile of this continent. I wanted to travel a bit, stay a month, travel up the road a few hundred miles and stay a month more. My plan hasn't quite worked for a variety of reasons, but I have traversed amazing locations and seen bucket-list beauty. The high profile destinations either made me gasp with joy or stand quiet in wonder, but there were many places in between that had the same effect. Places of wonderment that Continue reading

Raccoon River Campground in Panama City Beach

Raccoon River Campground in Panama City Beach

Sometimes the best laid plans get thrown out the window, and such was the case with an expected visit by Shawna and Alf to Richmond, VA. I was looking forward to seeing them for a quick one night stopover while they were enroute to a camping vacation on the Eastern Seaboard in North Carolina. They had their sights set on sandy beaches and nothing else mattered. Until Matthew. Hurricane Matthew roared up the Florida coast, dropped record rainfall, flooding North Carolina, causing road closures Continue reading

Kayaking in Alligator River National Refuge

Kayaking in Alligator River National Refuge

I love kayaking, gliding along in the water so close to the surface, without the noise of engines is so peaceful. I especially love how that allows me to come face-to-face with wildlife. Today, that wildlife could be alligators! When Coastal Kayak called early Thursday morning to confirm a tour to Alligator River that afternoon, I was ecstatic! They wouldn't take people for kayak tours amongst alligators if some of their tourists were eaten.... right? We met DJ, our guide in Kill Devil Continue reading

Pea Island

Pea Island

A short drive over a long bridge took us to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge known for its abundance of waterfowl.  We took a short hike over to the beach area. The land had obviously been under water during the storm as the sand was still very wet and, in places, quicksand-like.  I'm glad I still have my flip flop and that James was there to pull me out! There were an abundance of shells.... more than I've ever seen on a beach in one place. It seemed to be a favorite fishing Continue reading

Bodie Island Light Station

Bodie Island Light Station

The Outer Banks were notorious for shipwrecks and pirates.  Turned out it was a great place to hide for those who knew how to travel the waters.  Several lighthouses were erected to help direct captains through or past the challenging shoals of the area. At the northern-most end of the Cape Hatteras Seashore is Bodie Island Lighthouse, well recognized with its black and white design. We paid our $8 fee for the privilege of being able to climb the 200 stairs to the top.  Tours are well Continue reading

Swirling in Sea Foam

Swirling in Sea Foam

What many guests will appreciate about staying at the Sea Foam Motel is the convenience of being able to walk to so many services! Restaurants, Tanger Outlet Mall, souvenirs, convenience store, recreational activities and Jennette's Pier which was a fabulous backdrop for our pictures. We hiked along the beach well past the pier, cameras in hand. I was particularly enamored with the sea foam! The motel name seemed even more fitting. I'd seen foamy water before but this foam was more Continue reading

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

Roads

Roads

I love this song and thought I'd share before I head out on another road trip. This one is special because my boys will be with me for two weeks. Look out Vancouver Island!  Here we come!   Roads Written by Tebey Ottoh, Sebastian Thott, Didrik Thott, Carl BjörsellThere are roads, in this life that we all travel There are scars and there are battles where we roam When we are lost, or wherever we may go They will always lead you home There are roads, that have led me to Continue reading

Why I’m At Home on the Road

Why I’m At Home on the Road

In the past year: I sold my house on the river and moved into an apartment 1/4 it's size. Sold almost everything I owned, except the basics that would fit in said apartment. Saw my youngest through his first year of university. Said a sad goodbye to my 13 year old, four legged friend, Caesar. It was definitely a year of changes, although it's always sad to let all these things go, I've chosen to focus on the gratitude & celebrate the success of my experiences. I kept our family 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

Cactus and Convertibles

Cactus and Convertibles

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

Infusion of Energy

Infusion of Energy

Seems like i just got home from New Orleans and I was heading out to Phoenix Arizona for the Infusionsoft Conference, affectionately called InfusionCon. I won the airfare, hotel, and conference fees as part of Bloggers in Motion, a contest sponsored by the software company, Infusionsoft. Infusionsoft is an all-in-one small business automation solution for CRM, marketing and e-commerce. While there I tweeted and blogged on Infusionsoft's blog, I met some fabulous people and learned loads 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