Camden Hills State Park
Grafton Notch State Park
Highway 26, Northwest Maine
Lake George Regional Park
Penobscot Narrow Bridge
Screw Auger Falls
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. ~ Edward Abbey
Cascade Park Falls
Franconia Notch State Park
Indian Head Resort
I know the thrill of the grasses when the rain pours over them.
I know the trembling of the leaves when the winds sweep through them.
I know what the white clover felt as it held a drop of dew pressed close in its beauteousness.
I know the quivering of the fragrant petals at the touch of the pollen-legged bees.
I know what the stream said to the dipping willows, and what the moon said to the sweet lavender.
I know what the stars said when they came stealthily down and crept fondly into the tops of the trees.
~Muriel Strode, “Creation Songs”
Deer Hollow Falls
Moss Glen Falls
Scenic Route 100
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, psalm 23:2
“I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me.” William Hazlitt
Colonial Williamsburg, Colonial Parkway &Historic Jamestown
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
At first Busch Gardens Williamsburg was the main reason for our birthday destination but it wasn’t long before a destination became a journey. We had been to the African World of Busch Gardens Tampa and wanted to check out the European version in Virginia. Of course it doesn’t compare to Tampa but it is still a beautiful park and we had a lot of fun.
Howl-O-Scream was really cool.
I first learned about the Amana Colonies on the way home from my last trip west in 2005. As a cultural geographer the prospect of visiting a former utopian communal society was exciting. I vowed to visit this community on my next trip west. So here I am, keeping my vow.
Amana, the first of seven community villages, was constructed in the mid 1850’s by the True Inspirationists. Amana was one of the longest lived communal societies.