NATURE

Build an Ark

Kathleen Walls

There are many fun things to visit in Ellijay, Georgia but there is one unusual place many people might miss. If you are an animal lover this one is a must-see. It's Build an Ark Animal Rescue. When you drive up to Coosawattee River Tubing Company on Eagle Mountain Drive, you'll see a big red barn with pasture in front. Read more.

 

The Lone Writer Rides the Range

Kathleen Walls

"Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the Lone Ranger rides again"--no make that the Lone Writer. Here at French Broad Outpost Dude Ranch in Eastern Tennessee, I’m getting as close to the old western days as you can get. I followed a gravel road that is not on most maps to the ranch.  Read  more.

 

Getting Catty at Jacksonville Zoo

Kathleen Walls

There are some places in Jacksonville a visitor should not miss. One of them is Jacksonville Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It's on the north side of Jacksonville and not in the main path of visitors headed into Jax's busy downtown.  It began back in 1914 and has grown ever since.  Read More.

Our GoRVing Trip

By Kathleen Walls

Our GoRVing trip around Florida went full bore. Not always smoothly because we had some strange technical bumps in the road. Since we nicknamed out Minnie Winnie “Ma Barker,” we can blame our problems on the ghost of Fred Barker who must have become attached to Ma Barker. She was his mother after all. Well, maybe! Or maybe strange vibes affected the electronics on the road. I'll give you a quick rundown of our trip but there will be many more stories coming down the line about all the fascinating places. Read more

 

Mother Earth's Powerhouse: Niagara Falls

by Kathleen Walls           9-1-2018

 There is nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature's most powerful places. Niagara Falls is one of those special places. I just returned from a visit there and was literally blown away. At the top of Cave of the Winds as I stood on Hurricane Deck I felt as if I was experiencing the most powerful storm ever.Read more

North Carolina's Newest Treasure: 
Carvers Creek State Park
  

By Kathleen Walls            9-1-2018

It's always exciting to watch a new state park develop. North Carolina's newest is Carvers Creek State Park. It was authorized in 2005 and opened the first stage in September 2013. Park Superintend Jane Connolly, told us about the park's background. In the mid 1700s Scottish immigrants began moving into the area. Read more

 

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort:
Something for Everyone

Kathleen Walls

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort located on 200,000 scenic acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania can fulfill all of your dreams.  We stayed there last year for a Mid-Atlantic Travel Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Convention. This is far beyond its five-star rating. It's more than a hotel. It's a resort in the broadest sense of the word. Read more

 

Butterflies Versus The Wall

 by Kathleen Walls

National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a small town near the southern border, is a modern day Garden of Eden. It is a favorite spot not only for butterflies but birds and other wildlife species. This 100-acre preserve is the largest native plant botanical garden in the country.  Read more.

 

Cave in Rock Revisited

by Tom Straka Photographs by Pat Straka

Back in the Fall 2014 we visited Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, on the edge of the Ohio River where a free ferry crosses over to Kentucky. It is a favorite route of ours and an especially fun alternative that avoids the interstate, facilitating a cross-state route (the long way) on mainly U.S. highways. We’ve covered the history and geology of the location in the past issue, but missed a key aspect that makes the stop even more attractive.  So attractive, we’ve revisited it. Read more

 

Photos from the Roadside

Joshua National Park: Night and Day

by Jim DeLillo

The prickly trees reach toward the sky like praying hands into the heavens. The Mormons saw these trees, and it reminded them of Joshua. The branches of the trees point their way westward like Joshua in an appeal for a safe journey to the promised land. Yucca brevifolia has a small range limited to the boundaries of the Mojave Desert. The magnificent examples of hardiness can live for hundreds of years; some manage the extremes of the arid landscape for a thousand years.Read more

 

North Carolina's Newest Treasure: Carvers Creek State Park  

By Kathleen Walls 

It's always exciting to watch a new state park develop. North Carolina's newest is Carvers Creek State Park. It was authorized in 2005 and opened the first stage in September 2013. Park Superintend Jane Connolly, told us about the park's background. In the mid 1700s Scottish immigrants began moving into the area. Read more

Cheraw State Park   

By Kathleen Walls 
 
Sometimes a state park is just a place to park your camper. At Cheraw State Park, it's a whole family adventure. Golfers will be ecstatic about the 18 hole championship course set in pine forest adjourning Jake Juniper. They will appreciate its practice green, driving range and pro shop. Read more


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