The Everglades: River of Grass

“There are no other Everglades in the world.” Those are the introductory words of the famous book, “The Everglades: River of Grass”, written in 1947 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas (April 7, 1890 – May 14, 1998).  They are considered to be the most famous words ever written about the Everglades, and the book itself is a delightful description of what once was, and was almost lost. … Continue reading The Everglades: River of Grass

Gullah Culture at Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall Plantation was not at all what I expected to find.  Thanks to my self-righteous gene, I tend to visit old historical plantations with the expectation that they are going to try and glorify the past while ignoring the human cost of enslaving an entire race of people (my self-righteous gene has no problem going back hundreds of years to judge).  I went to … Continue reading Gullah Culture at Boone Hall Plantation

Peagan on the Road

As I prepare for my big four month road trip, I am aware that one of the biggest challenges for me on the road is going to be eating healthy.  I know this already because most of the time, I follow an eating plan that my super awesome doctor Mark Hyman describes as “Peagan”.   Peagan eating is basically plant based paleo; with small portions of … Continue reading Peagan on the Road

Antietam National Battlefield & Cemetery

Even during the quiet of winter, the area around Sharpsburg, MD and the surrounding hills are strikingly beautiful.  For me, it was difficult to wrap my head around the history of the area because the serenity of the scenery, and the reality of the day memorialized here, starkly contrast one another.  One is incredibly peaceful, the other horrifically brutal. All in a Twelve Hour Battle … Continue reading Antietam National Battlefield & Cemetery