The Redwoods, Mighty, Majestic Trees

Sequoia sempervirens, also known as costal redwood and California redwood, are the tallest and largest trees on the planet. They once covered over 2 million acres in Northern California. Sadly, due to over-logging in the mid 1800s to early 1900s, they now cover only 131,983 acres. In 1918, the Save the Redwoods League was formed…

Images in Red

I continue to be inspired by Jess at I’ve Been Travelling Blog, who recently posted several features focusing on a particular color. This week I will continue on that theme and focus on red. Red can invoke a gamut of emotions including anger, passion, danger, energy, excitement and power. Here are a few great quotes…

Photos in Blue

Jess at I’ve Been Travelling Blog, recently posted several blogs focusing on a particular color. I enjoyed her posts and was motivated to do the same. Today I am focusing on blue, my favorite color. It’s amazing that mother nature has provided us with a hugely diverse palette of this cool color. Cool colors are…

National Park Service Founder’s Day

National Park Service Founder’s Day is celebrated on August 25th and is the day in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which was intended to provide protection for the national parks and their resources. In honor of this day, I’ll share some photos from the National Parks I have visited. Here in…

The Cotswolds, UK

The Cotswolds, the beautiful English countryside. It conjures up thoughts of lush, green rolling hills, leisurely picnics, punting along a gentle river, big floppy hats, beautiful manor houses, sheep grazing contentedly on verdant hillsides, quaint, idyllic villages, pubs and so much more. The beauty of the countryside will take your breath away. The Cotswolds is…

The Medieval City of Avignon, France

A visit to Avignon is a must for any trip to Provence. It is an ancient, walled city surrounded by medieval stone ramparts, situated by the Rhone River. Once inside, you will find narrow passageways, charming town squares, the famous Palais des Papes, and Pont d’Avignon, along with many other interesting sites. Between 1309 –…

Travel Photos of Tokyo

Tokyo has been on my mind a lot recently due to the Olympic Games, so I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of this amazing city. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is the biggest city in the world and is home to 36 million people. Yet it is amazing that with so many…

San Antonio, Texas

Texas has never been high on my list of vacation destinations, but then, as you may have observed from my previous blog posts, there are few places on the planet that I won’t visit. I had heard from friends and family that San Antonio is an interesting place to visit, filled with history, missions, food,…

Tipsy Baked Mussels on the Half Shell

The Pacific Northwest is seafood heaven with a dazzling variety of options, availability and creative methods of preparation. Over the years, I have enjoyed cooking with shellfish and have tried many different techniques. I developed this recipe after finding some inspiration online (thanks to the hundreds of recipes available for stuffed mussels). This delicious dish…