An Offshore Adventure to California’s Channel Islands

I am a rock, I am an island. Paul Simon could have been describing Anacapa, just off the California coast. We don’t think he was, but it is a practically perfect fit.
On clear days we have been able to spot the rocky outcrop poking out of the Pacific… CONTINUE READING >> 

I am a rock, I am an island. Paul Simon could have been describing Anacapa, just off the California coast. We don’t think he was, but it is a practically perfect fit.
On clear days we have been able to spot the rocky outcrop poking out of the Pacific… CONTINUE READING >> 

Meet Bigfoot’s Florida Cousin!

Skunk Apes are omnivores, with the ability to climb and make beds out of leafy branches, there are an estimated 7 – 9 of them in the Everglades, they like alligator caves, smell like rotten eggs, and they love lima beans. Skunk Apes lead a nomadic, hunter/gatherer existence, have a good memory and exceptional hearing.We had to find one for ourselves, so we headed deep into the Florida Everglades… CONTINUE READING >>
Skunk Apes are omnivores, with the ability to climb and make beds out of leafy branches, there are an estimated 7 – 9 of them in the Everglades, they like alligator caves, smell like rotten eggs, and they love lima beans. Skunk Apes lead a nomadic, hunter/gatherer existence, have a good memory and exceptional hearing.We had to find one for ourselves, so we headed deep into the Florida Everglades… CONTINUE READING >>

The Ballard Inn, a California Hinterland Hideaway

This is the Santa Ynez Valley, a wondrous land of mountains and valleys, vineyards, miniature livestock, exotic birds, old west storefronts, and even some windmills to tilt at…

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This is the Santa Ynez Valley, a wondrous land of mountains and valleys, vineyards, miniature livestock, exotic birds, old west storefronts, and even some windmills to tilt at…

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Springtime in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts nearly twice as many annual visitors as any other park. There must be some darn good reasons all of those people are coming, so we did a little exploring and discovered plenty… CONTINUE READING >> 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts nearly twice as many annual visitors as any other park. There must be some darn good reasons all of those people are coming, so we did a little exploring and discovered plenty… CONTINUE READING >> 

It’s All About the Benjamins in Philadelphia

As a teenager, Ben Franklin ran away to Philadelphia to seek his fame and fortune. A couple of centuries later, we went to Philly to retrace his footsteps.

Tracking down his landmarks was easier than we expected… CONTINUE READING >> 

As a teenager, Ben Franklin ran away to Philadelphia to seek his fame and fortune. A couple of centuries later, we went to Philly to retrace his footsteps.

Tracking down his landmarks was easier than we expected… CONTINUE READING >>