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10 of the Most Unusual (Dare I Say Weirdest) Events in America

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“It’s a festival where people compete to see who can toss a mullet the farthest.” “Is it alive?” I inquired a tiny bit horrified.  “No. No. No. It’s a dead mullet.” I was speaking to Nicole Stacey, a tourism rep from Pensacola. I’d asked if what interesting events in the city. (I was thinking something […]

10-Day Roadtrip: Michigan’s Glorious Upper Peninsula

Brockway Mountain Drive is one of the best places to see Michigan Fall colors

Growing up in Lower Michigan, I’d heard about the Upper Peninsula’s legendary natural beauty, especially in Fall when the forests, which make up 84% of the region, are a kaleidoscope of color. Still, as far as I was concerned, it was my backyard, and who wants to explore their own backyard? Oh the stupidity of […]

Central Park in Fall – Best Places to See and Photograph Autumn Foliage

Central Park’s Gapstow bridge in autumn

Updated Sept 2020 If I could only visit New York’s famous urban respite once a year to make photos, I’d choose Central Park in Fall. In winter, New York is a snow-capped wonderland. In spring and summer, a flower lover’s delight. But Central Park in Fall is utterly magical. There’s nothing like wandering the park’s […]

Smorgasburg NYC is Now “Smorg to Go” For 2020

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Updated July 2020 “Smorg to Go!” Yes, Smorgasburg NYC will return this year, albeit in a different fashion than the crowded weekend family-fests we’ve come to know and love, and that’s a good thing. Instead, New York’s favorite gourmet food festival is now “Smorg to Go“, and will be open for takeout-only. Debuting on July […]

How to Go Behind the Scenes at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, NYC

Updated: January 2019 At over 120 years old and the largest Cathedral church in the world, St. John the Divine was on my “explore” to-do list for some time. Over the years, it’s hosted dignitaries such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Sting held a concert there for the launch of his […]

The Ultimate Guide: Visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

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Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is always at the top of my to-do list. It’s a beautiful spot with walking trails, bike paths, an abundance of wildlife with over 245 species of birds.  Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a popular vacation destination […]

Why the Zipline at Hunter Mountain is one of the Best in North America

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

One of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have is one that frightens you then ends up being tons of fun. Such was the case with the SkyRider, the zipline at Hunter Mountain in New York’s Northern Catskills, one of the fastest, highest and longest in North America. Why was I afraid you ask? I […]

Celebrating the NYC Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

No one would ever mistake Manhattan for being a touchy-feely city. People mostly keep to themselves and the pace can make even the most type – A personality long for a breath. But now and then a holiday comes along and the city softens. Crowds brim with laughter and smiles and the only goal is […]

See Al Capone’s Historic Prison Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Updated March 2019 If you’re like me, fascinated by the criminal mind, fading ruins, and history in its most infamous, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia will make your day. It’s an icon of the world’s early penal system turned tourist attraction. You may recognize its cavernous cell blocks and post-apocalyptic vibe from the 1996 Sci-Fi […]

A Helpful Guide to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx

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I love Manhattan, but when I need a break from the concrete canyons I head to the Bronx and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). One of the country’s most beautiful historic landmarks, the garden is filled with lush flora, intriguing exhibits, and exciting family-friendly programs and activities. The botanical garden in NYC’s Bronx is […]