Merry Christmas from Coastal Georgia/South Carolina


Travel tip….Huddle House is open for good eats on Christmas Day…..To find a location

Happy Travels 🙂



Travel Florida for the Holidays-Ocala

Two things come to mind for most people considering  a Florida vacation, first is DisneyWorld/Orlando and the second is two coastlines with miles of beautiful beaches.

This week I decided mix things a bit, if you have been reading my posts you probably figured out by now that I jump off those interstates as often as possible.  Without a doubt this week is one of the busiest times you can ever be on the I95, and I75  through Florida, Georgia, the Carolina’s and if the weather isn’t to bad all the way up into the Northeastern States.


I traveled I95 into Jacksonville Florida from Georgia,  then cut over to US 301South. There are many small towns but the speed limit stays at about 55MPH for a good bit of the trip.  My final destination was the Rainbow River near Dunnelon, with of an urge to swim in the chilly 70º springs.  But today we’re stopping in Ocala.

Having only a short two hour drive to Orlando the sight of sprawled out homesites, split rail fencing, fresh water streams, and hills makes this look and feel so much different than the tropical scenery of most of Florida. Ocala is a small city with a preserved downtown area offering an good choice of restaurants, entertainment and local owned business.  We had an early dinner at the landmark restaurant named “Harry’s seafood bar and grill” , and yes I recommend it.   


The center of activity  was around Courthouse Square that was festive for the Christmas season.

And if you feel like “horsing around” , there’s enough of that too!

Happy travels…Get off the Interstates and visit the side streets…they are full of good old American charm..

Merry Christmas 2017








Christmas Time in a small town USA-Meldrim Georgia — EffinghamMoves

Some days you just need a break from the “busy-ness” of the season. Those are the times that it is so refreshing to visit a small town, where the calmness is soothing. I always expect that someone in the neighborhood will notice an unfamiliar car, so I never get a way without a good conversation […]

via Christmas Time in a small town USA-Meldrim Georgia — EffinghamMoves

My un-sightseeing week in Buffalo New York USA

When most travelers think of New York the first thing that comes to mind is New York City, and the same  for those that have never visited the state they have a vision of yellow taxis and skyscrapers.  But there is so much more and on the Canadian border in western New York is the Queen City of the great lakes, Buffalo.  The downtown water front overlooks lake Erie and as you travel north you get to view the rapid current of the mighty Niagara and then you will “fall” in love with the breathtaking view of Niagara Falls.

I will give you fair warning, choose the month of your visit carefully.  If you’re a lover of snow most likely will not be disappointed between November and March.  Also, remember the lake effect will cause the  wind chill temperature to feel much colder than it is.


Early in the 20th century Buffalo was a robust city of millionaires, a port city of the great lakes and the Erie Canal, with grain elevators and steel mills overlooking the great lake Erie.  If you are savvy in your knowledge of architecture you will recognize the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and H.H. Richardson. Buffalo’s park system was inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted.

There’s a lot happening in Buffalo today as the canal side development downtown and the addition of the Naval park has the city back in the spotlight.  At some parts of the waterside you an literally see another country. our neighbor to the north Canada.

Now for the best of Buffalo….the food….Oh my gosh..I have so many favorite restaurants so I’ll just list a few:

Anchor Bar…the home of the Buffalo wings (Main St. downtown)

Sanatora’s pizza (several locations)

Fazio’s Italian restaurant (Niagara Street-Riverside)

Niagara Cafe ,Niagara Street downtown-Puerto Rican food, the best chicken dish ever

And don’t leave without a peanut donut from Paula’s…..Happy travels…

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina USA


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 🙂


Holiday Gingerbread house..Grand Floridian Disney World USA



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: