Travel from sea to shining sea; by car or by plane, there's plenty to see in the good ole US of A.
MY HOME TOWN
I could not have asked for a better hometown to grow up in than A-Town, or better known as Aurora, Colorado. A-town is a suburb located north and south of Denver. In the late 1960's it was ripe with promise in the form of new businesses and subdivisions such as the one my parents chose to live in shortly before I was born. Our yard backed up to an empty field with a beautiful view of the mountains.
It Always Rains in Seattle
We have 38 ways to describe the different states of rain. We don’t use umbrellas. We are a region of moss, slugs, puddles, and the endless sound of dripping water. Our skies are gray – there’s an enormous palette of gray tones you might not be aware of unless you live in Seattle. Clouds love us. They love to show off every variety they’re capable of, from fluffy white and wispy, ghostly, pale gray, to the most compact and deepest charcoal this side of black you’ve ever seen.
Rocky Mountain Experience
Denver, Colorado was originally founded as mining town in 1858. It became the 38th state. It is located on the banks of the South Platte River and close to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I had the opportunity to see the city skyline while walking the dog in a park near King Street.
Brainerd Below Zero
Though I've always appreciated the allure of the nature in and around Brainerd, it's easy to become desensitized to it's abundance. Born, raised, and currently residing in the central Minnesota lake town, the places I've chosen to highlight here have been engraved in my mind. They are as much a part of me as the people I love. It may sound like an exaggeration, but if you've lived in a community like this, I am sure you can relate. Like anywhere else, we have our faults, but in true Minnesota-nice fashion, I'm going to share the things I love about my hometown. The sights, sounds, and even the chilling arctic cold are home to me.
Welcome to Florida!
This picture was taken in the middle of winter. Explains why you would want to be here. Especially if you love sunny days and oranges. Yep! You have guessed correctly if you think I am in the Sunshine State, Pensacola specifically. The beauty captured in this picture is none other than the beautiful Pensacola Beach. Many powerful hurricanes have blown through destroying almost everything in its path but could not destroy the beauty of this place. This picture is post Hurricane Sally, the most recent hurricane to strike Pensacola September 2020 weeks after the massive hurricane Delta which peaked as a category 4 storm. Please don't allow this information to suggest you remove this amazing place from your bucket list.
A Tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
We were awestruck by the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park when we first visited on a cold day in January. Several of the main roads were closed to traffic, including a portion of Trail Ridge Road, the most popular of the park’s roads. It did not matter. There were more than enough snowy vistas to see and more wildlife than we had ever seen in one place.
The Capital of Silicon Valley
San José is the warmth of the golden sun, high in the bright blue sky. It is the striking green of the rolling hills surrounding the valley I call home. It is the Palm trees that line the boulevards and avenues. It is a hub of transportation, and a crossroads of sorts. Only a 45 minute drive from foggy San Francisco on the scenic 101, or a train ride away from the ocean.
Best Places to Live in California
You don’t have to listen to very many songs to hear an artist sing about Beverly Hills, Malibu, or San Francisco. California is the most sung-about state in the United States and for good reason. California has so many things that draw people in. Nice weather, beautiful beaches, great cities, plenty of adventures, the pacific coast highway, fantastic food, the list could go on. That being said, others will tell you to be careful what you’re getting yourself into with a move to California. Things such as the tax rate, natural disasters, crime rate, traffic, and expensive housing are red flags. If you are on the fence about moving to California, we will tell you the best places to live in the golden state.
There’s No Place Like Home.
To know Brunswick, Georgia is to be from Brunswick, Georgia as it is generally nothing to write home about. Perched on the beautiful coast of the state, it’s an hour south of its rather famous (and for good reason) neighboring city, Savannah. Although some may have heard of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, or Sea Island, Brunswick is usually left out, often treated as the red-headed step child of the Golden Isles. We share a county, a government, schools, and resources, but the the difference between the mainland and the islands is impossible to ignore.
Antioch the Beautiful
As I gear up to boast my hometown in unbridled bias, let me first share that there are mountain lion, humpback whale and cow tipping stories just up the road.
Le Parisian Brooklyn
Have you ever heard of New York? Probably not, being evidently sarcastic. Nonetheless, if you have, well... Let me tell you that there is a City a bit more to the North. A City that has taken on many names, given by many.
Dear Hadley: A Love Letter
Dear Hadley, My sister can't understand my attachment to you. She rolled her eyes when I added a “Welcome to Hadley” sticker to a recent online order. I don't entirely understand it myself. You are, like many small towns, a bit insular, a bit incestuous, and, like so many small New England towns in particular, anachronistic and resistant to change. You were not always a happy place for me- our family never quite fit, I know. I could write this letter to the whole of my darling Valley, and it would not be any less true, and perhaps filled with an even greater love. But for so many years, you were home base. Love comes when there is time and space for roots to grow, and that is what you gave me.