Old Meets New: Soaking up Southern Charm on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Wraparound porches with rows of rocking chairs… A tidy croquet court… Wide green lawns… Colorful Victorian cottages… Bicycles ambling along shady winding paths… Polished wooden floors… Spanish moss draped across grand old oaks… Does this bring a picture to your mind? I’m guessing this picture still wouldn’t quite capture the natural beauty and timeless elegance…

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A Caribbean Island Worth a Repeat

With so many adventures, so many destinations, and even so many islands out there waiting to be explored, does it make sense to use your precious time off and limited vacation funds to revisit any destination a mere four months after the original visit? Well, I think it depends on the destination. In the case…

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The Vibe Attracts the Tribe… or something like that

Neighbors can make or break the place you call home. When I moved to Oregon in 2002, I experienced culture shock. I’d easily lived and traveled in Germany, Italy, Japan, England, Switzerland, a handful of other European countries, and most of the US, but Oregon just took some getting used to. People didn’t smile at…

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Don’t Look Back… You’re Not Going That Way

I’ve never been to a high school reunion, because it’s always sounded about as appealing as wading into alligator-infested waters. Here’s why… When I was growing up, my family moved a few times and the last move was a difficult one for me. It was midway through my sixth-grade year, and over Christmas break to…

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Tripping the Light Fantastic

For a period of time in my twenties, the nights of the week I stayed in could be counted on two fingers: Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday meant drink specials; Thursday was ladies’ night (essentially, more drink specials); Friday was of course Friday; Saturday was the biggest whoop-it-up night; and then Sunday was a chilled-down locals’…

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The Art of the Road Trip

I’ll admit, in my younger years, my idea of a vacation was to get from point A to point B as quickly and painlessly as possible, and the fun part was the time between airport arrival and departure. The planning, prep-work, and inevitable hassle of half a day or more spent dealing with flights and…

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Summertime and the Livin’s Easy: Just Add Water!

Walks by the bay… beach cleanup parties… dinner, drinks, and dancing at the harbor… a day swimming in a friend’s backyard pool, complete with rain showers… concerts on the sound… waverunner adventures… paddleboard races… plans for upcoming island trips (St. Thomas – Florida Keys – Jekyll Island, Georgia – Aruba again)… a quick check of…

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Gators and Monkeys and Pigs, Oh My! …Let’s Get Personal

Until last weekend, the last time I’d stepped foot in a zoo was roughly 25 years ago, and my absence has been intentional. Zoos are a bit of a tricky topic for me.  I, like many people, am opposed to the idea of animals living in cages or enclosures when they were born to live…

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