Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

“There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes”Martin Luther King, Jr. - Address at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March Brown Chapel AME... Continue Reading →

Natchez Trace (Parkway)

“The Natchez Trace seemed much safer to him than risking a sailboat from New Orleans to Washington,” Stephen E. Ambrose, quote from Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier I’m in a hotel in Louisiana eating potato salad at midnight while I write this. Why am I still up you ask? Well,... Continue Reading →

The Blue Ridge Parkway

“The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.”Albert Einstein I am obsessed with listening to true crime podcasts while I drive. My current new favorite is Park Predators. Yes, as you can probably guess, this is a stupid idea considering my... Continue Reading →

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

"I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth."Henry David Thoreau Oconaluftee Visitor Center The Great Smoky Mountains lie in the midst of the Cherokee homeland for more than 1,000 years. They created... Continue Reading →

The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

“Gradually and silently the charm comes over us; we know not exactly when or how.”Fredrick Law Olmsted Diana I can't even guess how long I've been obsessed with the Vanderbilts. This was even before I found out that my boyfriend, Anderson Cooper, is the third great-grandson of the railroad tycoon, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Many years... Continue Reading →

Vermont Fall Foliage – Day 2

Tuesday, September 28, 2020 A quick visit to the Vermont Country Store, a few covered bridges, Woodstock and Grafton, Vermont. Yes, we wore masks. Everywhere. #TheVirusIsReal Skye’s from scratch pancakes and One GALLON of Vermont Maple Syrup Cows on Sawdust The Farm Peacham, VT My Roadster near the original house Taftsville Covered Bridge, VT Woodstock... Continue Reading →

Vermont Fall Foliage – Day 1

Monday, September 28, 2020 553 Miles from Falls Church to Peacham, Vermont with one gas stop. Arrived at the farm and of course Skye cooked homemade apple cobbler because she went apple picking earlier in the day with her mom. That’s what everyone in Vermont does, apparently. The Milking Barn Brattleboro, Vermont Apple Cider Donuts... Continue Reading →

Day 13- Rhode Island to Massachusetts

July 4, 2020 Warwick Lighthouse, Rhode Island Warwick Lighthouse Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Nayatt Point Lighthouse Conimicut Lighthouse Bristol Ferry Lighthouse Goat Island Lighthouse Castle Hill Lighthouse Beavertail Lighthouse Butler Flats Lighthouse, Massachusetts Ned Point Lighthouse

Day 10- New Jersey

July 1, 2020 I slept in a Hampton Inn last night and it was absolutely glorious. Not just because it was an actual bed with air-conditioning and a bathroom all to myself but it was only 12,000 Marriott Bonvoy points which is like so super cheap. A serious win on all fronts. Like everybody in... Continue Reading →

Day 8- The Outer Banks

June 29, 2020 I think Blackbeard WILLINGLY SURRENDERED and agreed (possibly suggested) to be shot five times, and stabbed many more, just to be finally rid of THE MOSQUITOES ON OCRACOKE ISLAND! 3 words: Deep. Woods. Off. Although a very lovely place, last night’s sleep did not go as well as one would expect in... Continue Reading →

Day 7- Ferry to Ocracoke Island

June 27, 2020 While waiting for my ferry this afternoon, I checked my odometer’s Trip setting. I have driven 1,669 miles since leaving my condo in Falls Church, Virginia a week ago. That doesn’t even count all the miles Rick put on his car when we were wandering Richmond, Charlottesville, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg together.... Continue Reading →

Day 6- Oak Island to the Outer Banks, NC

June 27, 2020 It took me three hours to get to my first lighthouse, on Oak Island, and I was already tired. At 3:15 in the morning, my rest stop turned into a disco when at least 8-9 cars packed with people showed up. All their plates....Florida. Apparently, they are bringing their Covid-infected bodies north.... Continue Reading →

Day 5- Savannah on North

June 26, 2020 I certainly got a free sauna treatment last night from sleeping in the car in the south. It’s much hotter than I expected. Nobody bothered me last night but tonight‘s rest area apparently is patrolled by police so I expect them to shoot me out at any time. I drove into Savannah... Continue Reading →

Day 2- Virginia Beach

June 23, 2020 For some ungodly reason, I woke up at 6am. Apparently, I was excited to go to the beach and get my first lighthouse pic. Rick rolled downstairs an hour later stunned at me hunkered down without coffee reading. Coffee, bagels, pack the car, 800 SPF applied and off we went. Located right... Continue Reading →

Planning for an Extended Road Trip

June 19, 2020 I was in junior high when I climbed Mount Whitney. It took us two miserable days to reach the 14,505 foot peak. I was with my friend's insane family. Seriously, they were completely nuts. I don't know what my parents were thinking allowing me to go off high into the Sierra with... Continue Reading →

Mapping The Lighthouses

June 17, 2020 Ok. There are quite a few more lighthouses than I expected. New Jersey, you brought your A-Game when prepping for nautical safety back in the day. 18 that I can actually get to without a boat. But Massachusetts, I stopped counting at 35+. You came to win! (If building lighthouses was a... Continue Reading →

A Dystopian Road Trip

June 15, 2020 I can't take it anymore. I have to get out of this apartment. 2020 sucks. This year, so far, has yielded a mid-January hysterectomy, two weeks later I flew to Hong Kong (for an adult tour) and was trapped with my group for one month on the NCL Westerdam in the South... Continue Reading →

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