Reflections, Travels

Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Large areas of Cumberland Island were deeded to the National Parks Foundation by members or heirs of the Carnegie family in 1971. Other lands in private ownership were purchased with funds provided by the Mellon Foundation and Congress, and in 1972 Cumberland Island was designated a national seashore. A small number of property owners still… Continue reading Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

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Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

Cumberland Island is the largest of the over 100 Sea Islands off the coast of Southeastern United States stretching from the mouths of the Santee and St. Johns Rivers across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. These barrier islands help mitigate the immense energy of ocean waves and protect the inner coastlines against erosion. Facing the Atlantic… Continue reading Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

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A Day in Cincinatti

Cincinnati is called The Queen City or The Queen of the West due to its spectacular growth in the 19th century as industrialists and entrepreneurial adventurers sought out opportunities along the banks of the mighty Ohio River. Among the many that came was Alphonso Taft, who made the move from Vermont in 1838 to establish… Continue reading A Day in Cincinatti

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Destination Canada – Day 9 – Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

On the eastern side of Nova Scotia, nestled on the edge of the clam waters of the Minas Basin, is Grand Pre, forever memorialized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's haunting poem Evangeline. Published in 1847, Evangeline tells of the main heroine's idyllic childhood in Grand Pre and her arduous search for her betrothed after they were… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 9 – Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 8 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic - comprising of three packed floors, one schooner and one trawler - is a true mammoth in Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There was so much interpretation and information packed in the museum that we spent nearly the entire day exploring the exhibits. The museum starts with a… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 8 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 7 – Bras d’Or Lake, Nova Scotia

The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck was not at all what I expected. Having visited the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ last year, I was expecting a similar experience here - a close-up encounter with history walking through scared grounds where technological innovation happened. Granted, I didn't know much… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 7 – Bras d’Or Lake, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 6 – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

We didn't have to travel far to reach the start of the Acadian Trail at the edge of the Cheticamp campsite. It was an absolute gorgeous day for a hike - sunny and bright with wisps of cool winds blowing through the air. Being early in the season, the deciduous trees were only starting to… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 6 – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 5 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

We arrived at Halifax at 10pm the evening prior after a 1.5 hour flight from Deer Lake.  The alternative would have been to board a 8 hour ferry from Port aux Basques to Sydney, at a higher ticket price. Bright and early around 9:30am, we walked from the hotel towards Halifax Public Gardens, formally established in… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 5 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 1 – St. John’s, Newfoundland

We began our journey in Boston with a 6pm flight on Air Canada via a layover in Halifax, arriving at St. John's at nearly 2am; picking up the rental car and heading straight for the hotel. The first thing we learned upon arrival was that the island was on it's own time-zone - Newfoundland time… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 1 – St. John’s, Newfoundland

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The Wright Houses – Oak Park Neighborhood

The history of Oak Park begins in 1835, when Joseph Kettlestrings, an immigrant from England, purchased 172 acres of land just west of Chicago for a farm. More farmers and settlers had entered the area which was known at that time by several names, including Oak Ridge - so named as an actual ridge passes through the village. The… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Oak Park Neighborhood