Celebrating National Monuments For All of Us

Today marks the 111th anniversary of the 1906 Antiquities Act which gives presidents the ability to designate national monuments. National monument designations preserve historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest. It is the starting point to potential national park status later on. Some of our greatest treasures—places like Grand Canyon, Zion, Grand Teton, Olympic, Arches, …

Love Note to the Peach State

love note to the peach state

Oh Peach State, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways—mountains, swamps, beaches, rivers, pinelands, farms, waterfalls, museums, gardens, rich history, beautiful people. The list goes on and on. You hold so many special places and experiences within your boundaries. I know I left. I’m sorry. It was time. Twenty-two years we spent together—living life and weathering its ups …

Postcards from Real Life: Unknown Lands

I don’t think many people would argue that it’s thrilling to go to a place for the first time. There are not many things that can generate the same nervous excitement and anticipation that makes your senses hyper-aware, soaking up every amazing detail. But I think the sign of a true traveler is finding the unknown IN the known. Last …

Unexpected Treasure: Skidaway Island

I’m going to fess up from the start. I’m a mountain girl. So when I visited Skidaway Island for the first time in November 2011 it was because of a geocaching event, not for the allure of Georgia’s coast. Which brings me to my next confession… I loved it. And I was very excited to return this past November, not …

Postcards from Real Life: Traveler

Today’s quote would have actually been perfect for my very first Postcard on the Art of Exploration but this week as I ponder this year’s travels, I’ve been thinking about how I approach those plans. I don’t have a bucket list per se however I obviously do have places I would like to visit. Those places are the inspiration for …