Times Square

2014 Recap; 2015 Plans

I did this same post last year, and I enjoyed doing it so much I decided to stick with it.  I like sitting back and thinking of all the places I’ve been during the year and daydreaming about trips coming up.  I traveled a lot more this year than last year, and went to several…

Some of Stone Hill Winery's vineyards

Missouri Wine Country

  Missouri Wine Country.  Yes it is a real thing.  Missouri actually has over 100 wineries, clustered into 9 different “Wine Trails” throughout the state.  In the last few years I have been to…. a lot of these.  My favorite area by far has to be Hermann (with Augusta coming in second).  I fell in…

Trinity Church on Copley Square

Cheap Boston

Boston is a great city to experience very inexpensively.  Now to be honest, Nick & I stayed with family when we went, so I have no idea rates for lodging in Boston.  But aside from that, I can vouch that you can truly get the true Boston experience without breaking the bank. As long as:…

The pond in Boston Public Garden is home to several of these guys

Fave Photos: Boston Public Garden Resident

I love this photo I took in Boston’s Public Garden last weekend.  I don’t have much experience photographing wildlife (even though I doubt these ducks would classify as “wild”)  but I just love the profile of this guy with the blurred weeping willows and water in the background.  I feel like it really captures the…

View of Portland from Pickard Mansion

Get the Shot: Portland, Oregon

Time:  I took this photo June 9th at 5:49 pm.  Luckily the weather was sunny and clear in Portland this day. Location:  I took this photo from the grounds of Pittock Mansion.  There is a fee to tour inside the mansion itself, but it is free to visit the grounds surrounding the mansion. Camera: Nikon…

Olympic National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Olympic National Park is MASSIVE.  Located in the far northwest corner of the continental USA, it covers almost one million acres.  The biodiversity of this place is incredible.  All within this one park you can find coastal beaches, mountains topped by glaciers (the biggest being Mount Olympus which rises 7,965 feet), and…

Pike Place Market deserted at night

Pike Place Market: Everything I Imagined

Let me be honest and tell you that Seattle was a major letdown for me.  Maybe it was because the sun didn’t show itself once during our time there, maybe it was because I had a craving for Mexican food and couldn’t find a decent place anywhere in the area, or maybe it was because…

View of Monks Mound hiding behind another mound

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cahokia Mounds

Cahokia Mounds The Cahokia Mounds are all that remains of the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico.  At its peak it is estimated up to 20,000 people lived here.  It was the largest known city to have existed in the United States until Philadelphia topped that population in the late 18th century.  It was the…