The Key to a Great Florida Vacation

The Key to a Great Florida Vacation

Just off the southern coast of Florida is a beautiful, 112 mile long string of tropical islands known as "America's Caribbean" -- the Florida Keys. A popular tourist destination, the Keys are renowned for their spectacular beaches and offer water activities and amenities similar to other island locales: fishing, boating, diving, kayaking and more. The main ports of call along the Keys are Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West.   One of the main attractions on Key Largo is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater park in the…Read more
Slow and Easy on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

Slow and Easy on Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

While you’re on the quiet, slow-paced Natchez Trace Parkway drive, try to imagine that walking was how people traveled this route until just a few decades ago. In 1810 alone, 10,000 Americans trudged north from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, and then home to the Midwest. Whether from Kentucky, Ohio or Pennsylvania, they were called “Kaintucks.” They had floated commodity-laden riverboats down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Natchez or New Orleans, sold their goods, dismantled their boats for lumber and headed home by foot. Their more-than-500-mile trek on the Natchez Trace took about 35 days –…Read more
Arkansas’ Big Dam Bridge: The Longest Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge in America

Arkansas’ Big Dam Bridge: The Longest Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge in America

 Top photo by Chris Bradley My husband, Michael, has never been a big fan of bridges. He doesn’t have full-blown gephyrophobia (a fear of bridges), but he has been known to drive out of his way to avoid overly long or sketchy-looking bridges in his day. So, imagine my surprise when he said he’d accompany me to the Big Dam Bridge when we visited Little Rock, Arkansas recently.  I mean, we’re talking about a 4,226 foot span that rises to 90 feet over the Arkansas River. That may not seem like a long distance…if…Read more
From Amusement Parks to Natural Wonders – Find it all in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

From Amusement Parks to Natural Wonders – Find it all in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This year, I spent my summer vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Now, I know a lot of you may not be familiar with Pigeon Forge, but if you’re looking for an area that truly has something for everyone, then this is it! One of the main attractions in Pigeon Forge is Dolly Parton’s Dollywood, hailed as one of the best theme parks in the world. My husband Michael and I both felt the honor was well-deserved! The park is very clean and well maintained, with some of the most amazing roller coasters in…Read more