Autumn Colors in Millennium Park, Chicago

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After weeks of cloudy weekends, I headed out with the mighty squirrel hunter on a contemplative walk through Lincoln Park. I’m inspired by the turning leaves. Even knowing the scientific reasoning was the withdraw of green chlorophyll does nothing to reduce the magic. Autumn is the culmination of a year of birth and growth, and it’s as if God wants to paint a final masterful tapestry before settling in for the long, cold winter. We meandered through […]

Peck’s Farm Market

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Near the town of Spring Green, Wisconsin and not far from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin is located a wonderful roadside market. Peck’s is the type of local market where you’ll find the harvest out front, fresh baked pies within, and locals gathered around a radio or small television in the back to watch the local college football game. A thunderstorm had been plaguing us all weekend and drove us to seek refuge here, but in […]

Fallen Tree at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is located just West of Missouri Valley, Iowa. Named after the explorer, the park is now a home for a variety of wildlife, and is a primary stopping point for the great central migratory path. The 7 miles of water in the refuge remains from an earlier route of the Missouri River prior to efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to make the river more navigable. On any late Autumn day, […]

Monticello

Monticello

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Thomas Jefferson is widely known as the author of the Declaration of Independence, but he also was known as an architect, inventor and avid scholar. Jefferson designed the campus for the nearby University of Virginia, and designed his own home at Monticello. The building is filled with items that are a testament to his creativity. Self-closing doors. A wine dumb waiter (to ensure privacy and an endless supply of wine). A clock with time and […]

Secret Pool in Shenandoah

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I spent the weekend trekking through Shenandoah National Park with my good friend and fellow nature lover. Shenandoah is a magical place, but it’s secrets lie hidden from the majority of people that just travel the Skyline Drive. You’ll find amazing hidden places just a few miles off the road. We trekked for nearly 7 hours in Shenandoah National Park on a Friday, including a climb of steep climb of nearly 2,200 feet at the […]

Blue House on Rock Island

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Rock Island State Park is at the northernmost tip of Door County, Wisconsin. Door County was named in fact for these parts, the islands in this area formed a “Death’s Door” for local sailing ships. Many of their remains are scattered on the bottom of the cold waters. Rock Island is one of my favorite destinations. It’s difficult to reach. You must travel to the tip of Door County, take a car ferry to Washington […]

Napoli Panorama

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Taken from the balcony of a 500 year old monastery overlooking Napoli in the foreground, this picture captures thousands of years of history in one 270 degree view. In the foreground sits the ancient town of Napoli. The capital of Campania, Napoli means “new city” but is ironically one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world being founded over 4,000 years ago. Napoli served as the key city in the integration of Greek culture […]