Almost Heaven

Editor’s Note: In honor of West Virginia Day – 3-22-2020 – I am reposting this piece from October 2012. There are two new photos, and the web links have been updated. Enjoy! Almost Heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River….

Hearst Castle – Part 1

The past few weeks have been very busy with work and travel – which included a visit to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. I’ll be sharing more about this beautiful and surprisingly accessible destination soon. In the meantime, here’s a “sneak-peak” photo of Carrieanna and our tour guide at one of the famous HearstContinue reading “Hearst Castle – Part 1”

Arizona Desert Spiritual Retreat

The sky in the northern Arizona desert is beautiful and ever changing. By day, the clouds are pushed around by the wind, sometimes briefly bringing a rain shower or offering a respite from the sun. However, the sun soon regains dominance until it sets in brilliance.

The Alamo | Remembering Texas History

My history-loving son recently moved to Austin, Texas, which gives me a new travel destination! As we discussed things to do during my recent visit, he suggested going to San Antonio to see The Alamo. He told me of his first visit there, and how much it moved him. He described the battle and theContinue reading “The Alamo | Remembering Texas History”

Native American Heritage | Southeast Alaska

In the United States November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month, and November 23rd is recognized as Native American Heritage Day. It is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Alaska Native and American Indian people.

Tulip Gardens at Crystal Hermitage

As part of a photography group, I recently visited the tulip gardens at Crystal Hermitage, which is part of the Ananda community located about 15 miles northeast from Nevada City (California) in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Point Arena Lighthouse

“Situated along the rugged Mendocino County coastline adjacent to the town of Point Arena, is the 1,665-acre Point Arena-Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument. The first shoreline unit of the Monument offers spectacular views of coastal bluffs, sea arches, the estuary of the Garcia River, and sandy beaches and dunes with eight milesContinue reading “Point Arena Lighthouse”