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Why do we travel?  It’s an interesting question with many varying answers.  For me, it’s fairly simple:  In addition to relieving stress and giving people a much needed break from their daily lives, traveling also cements experiences into your memory that we can learn from and be inspired by.  Ultimately, it expands horizons literally and figuratively.  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this, but some of my most vivid memories in… Read More

Driving across the northern New Mexico on the way to Santa Fe was absolutely gorgeous and a bit nerve wracking. Not only did Route 66 have a nostalgic quality, but it’s a unique natural environment that begs for exploration. To our midwestern eyes, the desert flying by looking out the RV window was surreal, almost magical, like a character in an old western movie that refuses to die. It also has the ability to draw up images of horror movies…with a young couple… lost in the desert… running out of gas. Yes, this almost happened!

They say home is where the heart is. If that’s in fact true, then I would easily classify Ponte Vedra, FL, a beach community just south of Jacksonville, as part of my home. I lived there part of the summer between my Junior and Senior year of college for an internship with my aunt Kathy’s company, Raymond James Financial. In addition, Kathy and my uncle Matt (my dad’s brother), and my first… Read More

After leaving Charleston, I wasn’t sure what to expect regarding our next destination:  Savannah, Georgia. Rumors preceded it… “Savannah is a blue-collar Charleston”  “It’s the Jewel of Georgia”, “The St. Patty’s Day celebration is one of the best in the South”, and things of the sort.  Sometimes I don’t like to know anything about a city until I get there in order to have an unbiased opinion.  Some things that I might… Read More

Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina and you feel it.  As you stroll through the cobblestone streets, you see horse-drawn city tours, mid 18th century homes and sprawling old growth trees.  It’s a city with deep-rooted culture.