Category: Travel

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Restaurant Soft Openings

Traveling is often filled with the unexpected and the hope for the extraordinary experience.  Visiting in Los Angeles lends itself to both, the lovely moments and the overrated.  Tonight we went to a “soft opening” of a restaurant.  For those who may not know, this is when a restaurant is still putting the finishing touches…

When is Spanish Moss NOT Moss?

Driving through the southern route to the west coast, one of the more interesting sights is the furry, gray, and sometimes elegant web dangling from many of the trees overhanging the road.  Known as Spanish Moss it looks more like a spider web and parasitic growth rather than green moss.  It is neither. Spanish Moss…

Catfish and Crocodile

You know you are in the south…. traveling Route 41, west of Charleston, in a little town of Johnsonville, SC. The store, called The Skinning Shed, was so interesting I stopped.  A friendly lady came up to me with a menu and an invitation to come on in and hold the rattlesnake, which I declined.…

St. Augustine and the Lighthouse

Sometimes when traveling, a little treasure presents itself. Standing like a mighty beacon, the St. Augustine Lighthouse was there as we entered the Anastasia State Park in. St. Augustine, Florida. St. Augustine is considered the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the United States. Saint Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565.…

The Blue Highway

You learn more about an area by traveling the roads through it than by reading the map about it.  Traveling down to South Carolina we decided to take the “Blue Highway” through some small towns. Route 501S/301S to 14 to 41S led to a town named Johnsonville where the main trades appear to be Deer,…

What Are Boiled Peanuts?

As we continue on our way south from Maryland, passing through Virginia, and then into North Carolina, signs boasting of the availability of boiled peanuts appear.  Hmmm?  What are these? Boiled peanuts are a traditional southern snack.  These are apparently available in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. In checking the recipes online,…