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Water Lilies in Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
In Northeast Washington DC, right before the Maryland border, sits a 7.5 acre sanctuary. Lotuses. Lilies. Turtles. Dragonflies. Bees. Life is everywhere. Colors explode across the quiet, wet landscape. Green leaves and lily pads are flanked by yellow, purple, white, and pink flowers. Out here, along the banks of the […]

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens


“10, 9, 8, 7, 6,” an automated voice was counting down. We were 10 miles up a dirt road, high atop Jumping Off Rock overlooking Lake Jocassee in Pickens County, South Carolina. It was Monday, August 21, 2017 and the Great American Eclipse was about to begin. An eclipse app […]

The Great American Eclipse




Antique Boat Museum, 1000 Islands
Immerse yourself in 4.5 acres of boats at the Antique Boat Museum. Located in Clayton, NY in the heart of the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum displays over 300 boats across its campus. Haxall Building Start your day at the admissions desk and purchase the package that’s right for […]

1000 Islands: Antique Boat Museum


Wooden Boat Gadfly
If you only have time for one activity in the 1000 Islands, you MUST get out on the water and take a boat ride. You can bring your own boat, book a Castle Tour and enjoy the ride along the way, or stop by the Antique Boat Museum to see […]

1000 Islands: Boat Ride


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Many luxury homes dot the 1000 Islands Region of New York and Canada. Including castles: Singer Castle and Boldt Castle. Getting There Both of these castles are on islands with no bridge access to the mainland so a boat is required for a visit. Both castles have dock space for […]

1000 Islands: Castle Tours



Aquatic Garden in Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama is also known as Rocket City. If you’ve ever driven south on I-65 from Tennessee to Alabama, you know why: a Saturn I rocket sits outside of the Alabama Welcome Center in Ardmore – about 40 minutes outside of Huntsville. Rockets were all I knew about this small […]

Five Surprises in Huntsville, Alabama


My time at Yosemite National Park was a whirlwind. Four days was not enough time to explore the park, but I imagine that a lifetime would not be enough time. Yosemite is probably one of the most talked about and photographed parks in our national park system, but there is […]

Yosemite National Park: Recap


Four Mile Trail is a misleading name. It sounds easy. Four miles isn’t that far. In reality, it’s a 4 mile hike each way with 3,200 feet in elevation gain. Four Mile Trail connects the valley floor to Glacier Point. Along the way you get full views of both the […]

Yosemite National Park: Four Mile Trail



In the northeast corner of Yosemite Valley lays a natural phenomenon known as Mirror Lake. A grassy, sandy meadow for much of the year becomes a still pool filled with melting snow runoff in the spring and early summer months. Mirror Lake gets its name from the near perfect reflections that can […]

Yosemite National Park: Mirror Lake


If you’re looking for a flat, easy hike with breathtaking views of Yosemite Falls, walk the Lower Yosemite Falls Loop. This 1 mile paved path is the opposite of it’s Upper Yosemite Falls Trail sister. But still with remarkable views. When the sun and spray work in your favor, you’ll […]

Yosemite National Park: Lower Yosemite Falls


I didn’t have too much prior knowledge about Yosemite National Park, but as I was preparing to go a friend said “Be sure to hike the Mist Trail. You’ll be surrounded by rainbows.” I did a little more research and I wasn’t looking forward to the 600+ granite steps that […]

Yosemite National Park: Mist Trail