How to Visit Mesa Verde National Park

After more than a decade of stagnating on my travel "bucket" list, I finally made it to Mesa Verde National Park. This park has been on my bucket list for a long time. If you love history, it's a definite must-visit. We have president Theodore Roosevelt (a favorite president of mine) to thank for establishing … Continue reading How to Visit Mesa Verde National Park

8 Ways Military Service Made Me a Better World Traveler

In less than a month my whole world is changing. I'll be leaving the teaching job that I love so much because the world is calling me, to travel. I've been focused on future travel plans, but my thoughts often return to the past, especially my service in the Army. As I prepare to begin … Continue reading 8 Ways Military Service Made Me a Better World Traveler

Spirits of the Rapahannock

Okay it's just over a month before we leave Virginia for good and start travelling full-time. All of a sudden I feel this need to try to see as much as I can over the next few weeks. This sense of urgency just appeared out of nowhere and that feeling has really intensified since our … Continue reading Spirits of the Rapahannock

Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

As we work the last few weeks of our jobs, sell off our possessions and prepare for our travels, it's been difficult to practice the yogic principles of aparigrah (non-grasping) and santosha (contentment). We are at an important intersection in life. The road ahead is full of travel plans and change. The road behind us, which we still look … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

Saturday at Salubria

The name Salubria, comes from the Latin word for healthful, "salubrious." When you step in the mansion and feel the cool spring breeze blowing through the slightly offset north and south entrances, you can feel why the mansion earned its name. Have you ever wondered why old doorways are so small? I had always assumed … Continue reading Saturday at Salubria

Sperryville & Sister Caroline

The neatest bits of history can turn up just around the corner. Most of my musings have focused on grand historic sites around the world, but as I explore my new surroundings I can see that I don't need to travel 2,000 miles to see something cool. I haven't had much time to comment on … Continue reading Sperryville & Sister Caroline

Ghosts in the Brick

I really dig historic architecture, and recently I've started to notice these old brick buildings that have been built over multiple times. The first of these buildings that I noticed is in Mainz, Germany. Just the other day I was wandering around Boston's Chinatown looking for dinner and what did I find around the corner? Another building that … Continue reading Ghosts in the Brick

All Faiths Welcome Here

Seriously, how often do you see a sign openly welcoming all faiths, without an ulterior motive? All faiths welcome is just what I found last weekend at Yogaville. I recently took up the practice of yoga after an illness, and it has changed my life. Three days at Yogaville was even more life changing. Little did I know … Continue reading All Faiths Welcome Here

Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II

Sometimes the best trips are right in one's own backyard. Shenandoah National Park is only 25 miles from my door, but when I was ill 25 miles seemed like 2,500 miles. Today was my first day back to nature and back to real hiking since the beginning of August, and I am grateful to be able … Continue reading Back to Nature or Shenandoah Part II

“Yanks Caught Hell”

A Confederate hand, long ago, scratched those words in charcoal on the wall of the Graffiti House. A Union hand came along later and  wrote "United States of America," with such flourish that the line from the "s" in States covered up the offending slogan. So it goes in Graffiti House, where multiple autographs, competing slogans, skillful portraits, … Continue reading “Yanks Caught Hell”

Rainy Day at Montpelier

"Let it be red." Those are the words of Dolley Madison, when asked how she wanted the parlor of Montpelier decorated. Oh and what a red it is. The walls are covered in a soft, velvety red fabric wallpaper, and the chairs are upholstered in the same rich red fabric. Even the parlor curtains are red! I wanted … Continue reading Rainy Day at Montpelier

Ghost Stories Told Here

Last weekend I had a chance to visit The Old Talbott Tavern or Old Stone Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky. The tavern was built in 1779, and claims to be the oldest stagecoach stop in the west. There are even a few reports that the Talbott Tavern was once the site of the Salem Academy. Bardstown was originally called … Continue reading Ghost Stories Told Here