Southern Virginia and northern North Carolina in the Blue Ridge mountains is a mixture of hardwood forests and dotted with carved out pastures. Through this runs the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is quite possibly the most beautiful stretch of road to be found anywhere. Log cabin barns are still actively used to store tools and implements. When Verizon says they cover 97% of where people live…this is the other 3%. Split rail fences still dot the scenery, […]
Beginning on July 2, 1863, the Battle of Little Round Top at Gettysburg was a key battle in the Civil War. Confederate troops began an attack to drive northeast up the Emmitsburg Road in the direction of Cemetery Hill, rolling up the Union left flank that morning. Little Round Top was undefended by Union troops at this point. General Sickles, defying direct orders, moved his corps a few hundred yards west to the Emmitsburg Road […]
Dusk at Rock Island is spectacular. An hour before sunset, the water is magnificently filled with hues of gold, pink and blue. Just as the sun recedes over the western water, the color seems to drain from the water leaving it a glacial blue and turning the sky vibrant. It’s unlike any location I’ve ever visited. Rock Island itself is a magical. Dense forest, sheer rock faces falling into a deep blue lake, millions of rocks […]
One of my favorite walks with Gus is down to the Chicago lakefront, ducking under Lake Shore Drive at Ohio Street, and going to Milton Olive Medal of Honor Park. PFC Olive sacrificed his life in 1965 at the age of 18 by smothering a grenade, saving the lives of other soldiers. The park on Lake Michigan was dedicated in Milton Olive’s honor in 1979. Just to the North of the touristy Navy Pier, this park […]
Seen here is the Preston Bradley Hall capped by a 38 foot Tiffany glass dome, the largest in the world. The entryway to the hall is a Renaissance inspired marble staircase and coffered ceilings that would be breathtaking, if not for their placement next to this room.