The Natural Splendor of Cape Bretton Island

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As mentioned in our previous post, Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island (primarily the section of the trail that is in Cape Breton National Park) was our primary [Read more …]

Glenora Distillery: Easing into Cape Breton Island with a Stiff Drink

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Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island, was our primary motivation for visiting Nova Scotia. We began our journey by driving clockwise (the route recommended for the most dramatic [Read more …]

A Day in Shenandoah National Park

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  We have driven the park’s Skyline Drive a few times. And now that we have discovered Staunton (see our July 13 post), we will certainly do so again–probably the next time we visit the historic city of Charlottesville. This 115 mile Skyline Drive is lined with pastoral scenes and overlooks that [Read more …]

Asheville, NC: All we Remember, and More

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  Art, music, great food, a young, fun-living culture: what’s not to love? Our first, and until now, only visit to Asheville was almost accidental, as a stop at the end of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We certainly "covered the necessities", such as walking the city, exploring the galleries and touring [Read more …]

Revisiting the Southeastern U.S.

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It had been a number of years since we were in the southeast (excluding Washington, D.C., which we visit every couple years. A return trip was long overdue. This trip covered parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and, of course, D.C. It was bookmarked by two of our favorite cities: Charleston, South [Read more …]

Catching Up with Amador and El Dorado County Wines

Sierra Wine Country We generally enjoy, but do not specifically search out Sierra Wines–wines which focus primarily on Zinfandel and Rhone and Tuscan varietals. Our primary exposure to them is from trade tastings including Zinfest, Rhone Rangers and this week’s Wines of El Dorado tastings. We were, however, been anxious to revisit [Read more …]

Two Great Days in Lake Tahoe

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Our Carson Pass timeshare was “only” about a forty-five-hour drive to South Lake Tahoe. We spent two of our six days (including two days driving from and two San Francisco) at the lake. The first day was to reacquaint ourselves with an area with a leisurely drive around the lake, taking in the [Read more …]

Hiking and Eating at Carson Pass, CA

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We had a timeshare week that was expiring and had little time to travel so we decided to make a less than optimal timeshare choice (Kirkwood CA) and found ourselves spending a late spring (beginning of June) week atop Carson Pass, in the high Sierras in California. The Pass is primarily a ski resort. To [Read more …]

Retirement – Another Great Adventure

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I (Joyce) first retired in 2006 when Tom and I sold our company. That lasted a mere 4 months until I became a COO-for-hire and—to my amazement—found numerous firms that wanted to pay me to do this job. Although I worked for multiple companies between then and now, I ended up spending the majority of [Read more …]

Reacquainting Ourselves with Aspen

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We recently had an opportunity to get back to Aspen, Colorado. After a quick walk through the town to reacquaint ourselves with the town and its many galleries, we stopped to see the wonderfully renovated Hotel Jerome and the greatly expanded Aspen Art Museum. The renovation of the Jerome lived up to its billing and [Read more …]