The Everglades

The Everglades is huge.  I mean, I knew that from looking at the maps (1.5 million acres), but it didn’t really sink in until I drove to the park entrance and the ranger said, “Welcome to the Everglades.  Your campground is straight ahead on this road forty miles down.”  Ten minutes later, my cell phone coverage went out, and didn’t return until two days later … Continue reading The Everglades

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

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

The Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is about 30 miles east of Naples, and is an incredibly accessible way to view the Everglades ecosystem.  The 2.5 mile walk along elevated boardwalks takes you through “pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America”.  There is an abundance of wildlife to observe, and plenty of spots along … Continue reading Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Mothers, Daughters and Girl Scouts

A visit to the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) in Savannah, Georgia has been on my bucket list since I was eleven years old.  That was the year my mother took her Girl Scout troop (including my two older sisters) all the way from Missouri to Florida to see the newly opened Disney World.  Along the way, they stopped in Savannah, while I stayed … Continue reading Mothers, Daughters and Girl Scouts

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

Fort Sumter National Monument

  A visit to Fort Sumter was a terrific way to start my big trip.  It’s located on an island in the Charleston harbor, and is accessed via a ferry ride from either Patriot’s Point on the Mount Pleasant side, or from Liberty Square in Charleston.  I left from Patriot’s Point, and as the ferry pulled away from the dock, I found my way to … Continue reading Fort Sumter National Monument

The Women’s March on Washington

  I worked as a ballot clerk on Election Day in November of 2016.  It was a wonderful experience and I finally got to see first hand how the voting process works, how the integrity of it is carefully protected at the local level, and how people of different political views come together to make sure everything is fair and runs smoothly.  I’m lucky to … Continue reading The Women’s March on Washington

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

Smithsonian NMAAHC

This was my first visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and let me just say from the very beginning that I will be going back . It’s phenomenal.  The museum opened September 24, 2016, and almost immediately became a daily sell out.   I lucked out and arrived early on a cold, rainy December morning just in time to … Continue reading Smithsonian NMAAHC