Ginkgo Grove VA State Arboretum

The Magic of Yellow

The Virginia State Arboretum at the University of Virginia’s historic Blandy Experimental Farm houses one of the largest collections of ginkgo trees outside of China–157 female and 144 male trees to be exact!  Although the grove was originally only a scientific experiment, it is now a place of quiet beauty.  Yes, the flesh of the […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Linn Cove Viaduct, NC


So excited that my daughter, who lives in Alaska, was able to join Larry, Mark, me and Xeva for a roadtrip in Western North Carolina.  Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway is an adventure in itself, but there are so many great things to see and do along the way.  Near Asheville, we left the BRP […]

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Gibbs Garden, Georgia

Exploring North Georgia

In the mountains of North Georgia near Atlanta, an incredible destination garden awaits — Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground.  Arriving at what should have been peak daffodil season in mid-March, we found the flowers had peaked in late February-early March.  Although late for the yellow daffodil bloom, we enjoyed the serenity of the trails through […]

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Ricketts Glen Waterfall


Just getting around to posting a little bit about my annual visit to Pennsylvania, my hometown.  It’s always bittersweet for me as I have no family left there anymore.  It’s just a tad weird to drive past the “family home” that grandparents built, remember our lives there, and see the current state of the house […]

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