New York City and Demonstrators

This week, I’m sharing a few NYC moments we experienced with our daughter in celebration of her 21st birthday, both enjoyable and somber. New York City…the Big Apple. Every time we visit, it’s like discovering a brand new destination. There is so much to see and do, we could spend weeks here and still not run out of things to do. A few snapshots as we roamed around this infamous city for a few days. It was evident that Covid restrictions were slowly being lifted. People were out in force, savoring the… Read More

Outer Banks, NC Photoblog

Visiting the Outer Banks (OBX) was a practical decision this year, based on all of the Covid restrictions preventing us from traveling internationally in addition to the precautions many retirement communities have in place to protect their residents. It became the perfect destination to visit with my parents, whom we had not seen in over two years due to both Covid and previous illness preventing us from getting together. Here are a few photos we snapped from our travel to and time in the Outer Banks. First, photos from the Williamsburg area…. Read More

Williamsburg, VA – A Photoblog

Say the word “Williamsburg” and you may automatically think of historical treasures, museums, and “Colonial Williamsburg”.  It is all of this and much more.  That said, today I am only highlighting the college town of Williamsburg, given we just dropped off my oldest son there for his first year of college. The beautiful College of William and Mary makes Williamsburg its home.  It was chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II of England.  It is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States,… Read More

The American Club – a Photoblog

The American Club is a 5 star 5 diamond resort located approximately 2.5 hours north of Chicago in quaint Kohler, WI.  It has a very interesting and unique story.  The resort was not built as a hotel originally, but rather as a dormitory.  It was used to house the immigrant workforce, needed after John Michael Kohler converted a cast-iron water trough in 1873 by adding 4 feet and enameling it, creating a bathtub.  This idea turned into a successful business that provided jobs for many immigrants. Walter Kohler believed that “A worker… Read More

Lake Louise Canada – Photoblog

Just a few photos of beautiful Lake Louise as winter begins to thaw.  Known for the intensity of blue colors during the summer, the lake was covered by a blanket of soft white snow when we arrived. Above:  People hiking out into the middle of Lake Louise and across to the other side. There are also several beautiful hiking trails around the lake and up into the mountains.  During the winter you’ll want to use snow shoes, as the snow can be very deep.  Don’t ask us how we know… Through the… Read More

Exploring the Icefields Parkway – Alberta, Canada

Traveling to Calgary, particularly Banff and Lake Louise, has always been a dream of mine. Anyone who’s ever seen photos of this destination understands exactly what I’m talking about.  The soaring Canadian Rocky Mountains with their steep slopes and jagged edges, the greens and blues of the lakes and rivers!  Please see below. Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography   That said, the photos I share now may not have many vibrant blue or green shades.  Instead of visiting during the summer when the colors are most… Read More

Casas Del Bosque

While Chile in the past was known for it’s decent wines and value, a lot of things have changed drastically over the last few decades.  Chile is now known for some spectacular options, offering more complexity, flavors, and uniqueness with a focus on quality.  They are delicious and yet remain a really good value. We had the opportunity to visit one of the finest wineries in all of Chile, Viña Casas del Bosque.  It is located about 40 miles from Santiago, the Capital of Chile, in the heart of Casablanca Valley.  It was… Read More

El Calafate and the Thundering Perito Moreno Glacier

After spending six magical days in Torres del Paine, we crossed over the border between Chile and Argentina, heading to El Calafate.  The border crossing was a little tedious.  There were very few people there, but the guards took a while checking all of the paperwork required to cross.  Thankfully we had a driver guide who took care of everything, and within 45 minutes we were on our way. The whole journey between Torres del Paine to El Calafate was around 5 hours total.  Once we reached our “home” (Xelena Suites) for… Read More

Patagonia Camp and True Confessions

Patagonia Camp is a rustic, sustainable, eco-friendly camp dedicated to helping guests experience all that their beautiful surroundings have to offer.  While there are definitely more luxurious options in the area, Patagonia Camp is unique in many different ways.  For one, it is set on a lake and surrounded by beautiful forested land that you can hike through.  Granted, most lodges are set in spectacular settings, but Patagonia Camp is on its own, which makes for a more intimate overall experience. Secondly, your accommodations are not the typical hotel rooms we are… Read More

Guanacos of Patagonia

Elegant animals with slender necks and long, beautiful eye lashes, Guanacos are a relative of the camel and llama, but in my opinion, so much more graceful.  They travel in female herds with one dominant male and their babies, affectionately called “chulengos.”  If the baby is male, however, he is only allowed to stay with the herd for about a year before he is kicked out, and forced to make it on his own.  Many die, but the ones who survive are strong, and often form herds of their own. We often… Read More