Visit to Pleasant Hill, Kentucky (haiku)

My traveling companion wrote this lovely haiku during our trip across the United States.   Visit to Pleasant Hill, Kentucky hawks high in a Kentucky sky—the shuttle cock makes a design called “open book”   train over the river deep…

Bourbon, Lemon Pie & Fireflies

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky distilleries and it’s production is rooted deeply in Kentucky heritage, so I convinced Susanne to try some with me at Shaker Village. We tried a Woodford Reserve I’d heard good…

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky

Shaker Village is located near Harrodsburg, in the heart of Kentucky. It represents a step back in time, echoing the intriguing life of the Shakers, a community that thrived in the raw and uncertain 1800’s. Today, it’s a peaceful haven…

Glen Ferris, West Virginia

Route 60 out of Babcock State Park took us alongside the Kanawha, the most prominent river in West Virginia. The small town of Glen Ferris lays along a broad arc of the river, between Gauley Bridge on the left of…

Vermin, Babcock Park Sentinel

My vermin found a home! What is a vermin you ask? Well, it’s a 4-inch ceramic figure created as part of a worldwide art installation by Jamie Burmeister …and I get to participate! I received my personal vermin as a…

Babcock State Park, West Virginia

On our drive through the Appalachian region, stretching from Virginia into Kentucky, we visited Babcock State Park in West Virginia. A key attraction in the park is the Glade Creek Grist Mill, one of the most photographed sites in the…

Montpelier Estate, Virginia

Montpelier is the sprawling plantation estate of our fourth president, James Madison. Without time to enjoy the house tour, we ambled through the garden and around the grounds. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

Orange, Virginia

Orange, Virginia seems a great example of small-town America. We stopped here en route across the US to look around and get some snapshots for a friend of Susanne’s that shares her last name with this quaint little town.

Picker’s Supply, Fredericksburg, VA

Picker’s Supply is a musical instrument and instruction center in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. Susanne was diverted by the pretty green guitar in the window and mentioned to me she was thinking about ‘picking’ up (sorry!) an instrument, so we decided…

Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia

Before starting out across Virginia state, Susanne and I stopped in Fredericksburg’s quaint downtown area to grab an espresso and take a peek at the local shops. This is a friendly little town with lots of personality. Susanne told me…