Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina USA

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I made quick stop this morning to walk the nature trail and give myself an excuse to stay off the treadmill today.  December is a great month in coastal South Carolina because the humidity is gone, the morning temperature was a chilly 37º, and the pesty mosquitos and gnats are in hiding.  I walked the main 3.5 mile trail that borders the salt marsh. The serene setting enables me to think about what it must have been like to habitat and farm this island hundred of years ago.

I’ll make another trip back there this spring and try to catch some of  natures beautiful animals and plants that don’t like the chilly days….But for now here is some scenery

For travelers on the I95 exit SC #8 (hwy 278) go east 20 miles towards Hilton Head Island. As you get to the bridge for the island you will see the sign for Pinckney Island on your left.  It’s free and parking is easy.  There are no restrooms or snack shops on the island so make a stop along the way because you will want to stay awhile and scout out the trails. Bikes, hiking and salt water fishing is allowed in the estuarine.

Happy travels 🙂

 

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Holiday Gingerbread house..Grand Floridian Disney World USA

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Disneyworld is my “no doubt about it” favorite vacation destination.  Living within 5 hours of Orlando makes it easy to visit at least twice a year.

This is one of my holiday tips for those that have not seen the Grand Floridian decorated for Christmas and the huge Gingerbread house, so make sure to jot this down.  Its just another beyond imagination creation of the talented Disney staff.

If you stay at any of the Disney resorts and take their transportation you can figure out a way to get on the bus that stops at this resort.  It’s close to the Magic Kingdom and you can also take the monorail from the park to this resort.  Fun for all ages and a great lunch stop.

Happy travels 🙂    For more info: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/11/fantastical-gingerbread-displays-decorate-the-walt-disney-world-resort/

 

My un-sightseeing visit to the Seattle waterfront for lunch

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I had the opportunity to live in Seattle in the late 1970’s, which sends me back to the pacific northwest to visit friends and family.

August is my favorite time of year to visit because you’re likely to see the sunshine and the temperature stays around the  70º mark.

Seattle just has it all. The mountains, oceanside, fishing, hunting, booming economy, great transportation system with ferry rides, great hotels, a big airport, freeways, shopping, Starbucks, fish markets, and restaurants. There is artwork displayed just about anywhere that shows off the personality of this city.  All of this is enjoyed by a growing population of easy going folks….

I put this close the top of my list of favorite USA cities….

To check my lunch menu  : https://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/anthonys-pier-66/   

I like to order Alaskan salmon or Halibut

Plan to spend a week because the surrounding areas of Everett, Port Orchard, and Bremerton are also worth a visit….or you can take drive up to Vancouver Canada

For more information: https://www.visitseattle.org

Happy travels….So much to see in the USA

Salt Marsh…Coastal Carolina and Georgia

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It’s not  unusual to hear travelers passing through South Carolina and Georgia comment on the outdoor smell.  Some make a quick assumption that it is industry when in fact it is from a very natural resource the salt marsh.   Natural wildlife inhabited areas are open to walk through on trails and you will have a “spa like” feeling after a short period of time from the quiet peaceful environment.   So hop off the I95 when your nose starts to itch in the low country and pamper yourself to a free retreat.

Happy travels 🙂

For more information: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/saltmarsh.html

Natural relief for the agony of a toothache

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Here you go…..my Mom always used Clove Oil, and sometime it worked and sometime it didn’t…ouch

The benzophenanthridine alkaloid chelerythrine is the major active natural product found in Z. clava-herculis, exhibiting anti-bacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus.

For more information:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanthoxylum_clava-herculis

 

We wear it all the time..Georgia cotton — EffinghamMoves

Until I drove the rural roads in Georgia I never really thought that much about cotton. The first time I saw it, I thought it looked like snow. I posted a photo on my Facebook page and northern friends thought it was snow. It is planted in rows, and blooms as a fiber with […]

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Snow thankful ⛄️

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I have a snow story  to share with all of you.  I moved away from my home in Buffalo, New York  many years ago.  My Mom and Dad would visit me in Savannah Georgia in the winter and I would visit them in New York  during the summer, all of us chasing after the perfect 70 degree weather.

I changed the routine up a bit one  February when my  Dad called and asked to speak with my youngest son.  This was not out of the ordinary  for him to call during football season since they always talked about their favorite team “The Buffalo Bills”, but the season was over.

My curiosity over this Sunday night called came to an end when my youngest
son looked over to me and said ” Grandpa wants us to come up this week because they have a lot of snow”.  I jumped into the conversation and my Dad said ” the kids have to get to know snow”.

Two days later along with my two sons I was on a windy cold flight to Buffalo.  The landing was so turbulent the passengers applauded the flight crew when we parked at the gate of the terminal.

My Dad was in his usual waiting area with hands full of coats, scarves, gloves and boots that my sisters gathered up for all of us to wear.
Dad and the boys had a great week sledding, ice fishing, skating and fun things kids do in the snow. I stayed inside with my feet on the floor registers trying to stay warm.
My Dad passed away soon after this visit but I’ve never really felt like he left us because there are so many memories like this one.
When I see  snow photos I can’t help to think that even when the snow melts the “snow prints” will leave big impressions.

Happy Thanksgiving friends……eat more than one piece of pie