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A relaxing morning walk may come to an abrupt change of direction, if you stumble across this distant relative of a dinosaur.

 

 

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Daily post weekly photo challenge:lines

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Clever store owners know exactly how to line up  merchandise by using creative shelving, racks and  color schemes.  Eye catching design and arranging the yellow, pink, blue and white items send a visual message to the customer that persuades them to spend a lot of green.

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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon USA

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Breaking my travel habit of staying off the Interstate this day I gave in to the straight and narrow of I84 east of Portland because of the magnificent mountain and river view.
Thank goodness for the rain, traffic moved slow enough to take in the incredible sights of the river gorge. My destination was set to have lunch at the  https://fullsailbrewing.com in Hood River.

My first  unplanned stop was at Multnomah Falls a national scenic area, and a good rest stop for travelers. The elegant cascade of flowing water from over 600 feet above the ground is relaxing and has a refreshing mist. Parking area, restrooms, a full service restaurant, and a gift shop are at the site and the exit is an easy “on” and “off”, offering all around convenience.

With my unexpected tour of the Falls I cut my time short at Hood River. It is a small port city on the Columbia River, with robust waterfront.  I did not get a chance to venture out of the area close to the restaurant but with just a glimpse I could sense a community of small businesses welcoming locals and visitors.

On the way back to Portland, another unexpected stop at the Viento State Park. A word of advise “hold on to your hats” Windsurfers know this spot, so I’m giving you the “heads up”.  I didn’t think I would have a  photo clear enough to post because I was shaking just trying to hold on to my camera.  It is a wind tunnel, and no surprise all that the pet sign said  “leashes required”

So that was my day out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest…..Oregon is never disappointing, and the beer float with wild Alaskan salmon, well…that was just  yum, yum , yum

Happy travels 🙂

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1830’s coastal South Carolina community tops the list for relocation choices

 

Something old something new, the town of Bluffton located in Beaufort County on the bluff of the May River.  An short twelve miles west of Hilton Head and twenty miles northeast of Savannah Georgia, the “Old Town” area has become a popular tourist attraction.  Offering visitors a casual feel of a true coastal community with the preservation of many of it’s local landmarks.  The  spanish moss draped over the limbs of the old oak trees clearly says “you are in the south”.

 

The May River offers an abundance of fish, shrimp, blue crab, fiddlers crab and oysters  all embraced by the beauty of the salt marsh.

 

To get up up close,  kayaking and fishing excursions are offered by: http://mayriverexcursions.com

After admiring all the beauty and historic homes take time to visit some of the unique boutiques and get a bite to eat.  The choice of local restaurants  finds something for everyone.  Of course, seafood is high up the list with fresh catch readily available.

 

Winters are mild, summers are hot and humid. “Old Town”  is a place for the gathering of family and friends.  Thursday afternoon Calhoun street closes to host a farmers market.  Festivals are scheduled throughout the year.  Bluffton now leads the state as being the fasted growing town, attractive to retires for the mild climate and all others who desire  easy living.  New home communities are popping up, as well as retail, restaurants, and services to meet the growing demand.

 

So if you stay for a day or for a lifetime, you’ll grab a piece of the past of this cozy small town on the river side.

 

Happy travels 🙂  From I95 take South Carolina exit 8 (hwy 278) east, go 17 miles and you will be there….

A walk in the woods…. stumble upon natures goods

 

The green earth has always graced us with an abundance of useful and nourishing resources, and our ancestors went straight to them for a variety of uses.   Long before our time and the ease of running to a superstore, generations of people were well cared for by Mother nature.

Here are a few plants  you can easily use in your day to day life that are easy to find, and easy to use.

And there’s more:

This information was provided by: https://www.coastaldiscovery.org

Located in the Low Country of South Carolina….Have a happy day and let’s do our part to share the planet…..

Guyton Georgia USA tells it’s own story… — EffinghamMoves

Historic city of Guyton Georgia located 28 miles west of Savannah Georgia. Post civil war homes to view and antique store shopping

Located 28 miles northwest of Savannah Georgia by way of Georgia Hwy 17N you will find yourself imaging life in the 1800’s, as you see the beautifully preserved Victorian era homes. Some of the historic homes were built by affluent Savannah folks as summer homes or get a ways during yellow fever outbreaks. Graced with walking […]

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