Archive for category: Travel

They’re just good ol’ boys…

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

Nope, this isn’t the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard. That was a ’69 Dodge Challenger. This is bigger and better – a ’67 Plymouth Road Runner. As muscle cars go, it’s the real king of the hill (err… cornfield!). And this one is real, sitting on a farm up in South Carolina. What a beauty!

A 1967 red and black Plymouth Road Runner

Willy Wonka’s Cane Sugar Syrup Factory in Middendorf, SC

27 Dec
December 27, 2017

The Blizzard Branch Syrup company in Middendorf, South Carolina makes pure cane sugar syrup using fresh cut sugar cane and a hand press. Sugar cane goes in. Sweet stuff comes out. Then it’s off to be strained boiled and strained again. Willy Wonka has nothing on these guys! I’m pretty sure this is where they recorded the sound effects for that movie, anyway. This is a great example of sustainable farming and agritourism. Interesting stuff! We had a good time romping around up there while visiting family in Hartsville, SC over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Windmill

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
windmill-south carolina

A windmill sitting high above the land in farm country in Middendorf, SC

Gimme Some Sugar

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
fresh cut sugar cane

Fresh cut sugar cane just before it is fed into a press on its way to becoming syrup.

Pure

27 Dec
December 27, 2017
Blizzard Branch Syrup Company SC

The Blizzard Branch Syrup Company in Middendorf, SC makes pure cane sugar syrup by hand.

One of a few shots from our family’s annual trek up to Hartsville, South Carolina at Thanksgiving. This is from the nearby Blizzard Branch farm where they make pure cane sugar syrup, yellow corn grits and blueberry wine by traditional methods. Fascinating, beautiful and delicious.!

Navua River Rafting, Fiji

05 Feb
February 5, 2017
Navua River gorges

The gorges of the upper Navua River in the interior of Viti Levu, Fiji. This place was like the land that time forgot. I kept waiting for a T. Rex to pop up around every corner!

Tall Cold One

22 Jan
January 22, 2017
Guana-Surf

A few good-sized waves last weekend, this one from inside Guana State Park. 

Fijian Lullaby

22 Jan
January 22, 2017
Fiji-at-night

A frame grab from a Go-Pro time-lapse of nightfall in Fiji that I made last year.

Fun with Fire

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Fun with Fire

Coming in Fast

27 Dec
December 27, 2016

Zipline Judo Kick

Smoky Mountain Range

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Smoky-Mountain-Range

The Appalachians, starting to show their colors in Fall.

The Zoo Crew

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
zipliners

Good times with this daring crew of ladies, who are always up for some new form of adventure (in this case, ziplining through the Appalachians near Lake Lure, NC)!

Rushing Water

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Appalacian-mountain-stream

One more nice one of an Appalachian stream along the North Carolina / Tennessee border

Smoky Mountain Stream

27 Dec
December 27, 2016
Smoky-Mountain-Stream

Gotta love the serene beauty of a Smoky Mountain stream…

Resting Place

03 Dec
December 3, 2016
smokey-mountains-rob

This beautiful stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain.

I recently took a trip to the Smoky Mountains with my brother Rob’s wife and daughters, her parents, and my own, to release some of my brother’s ashes into the Appalachians, up there. His 18-year-old daughter, Madison, found this perfect spot. This stream is on the Gatlinburg side of the Great Smoky Mountain. Fortunately, we made it up there just a few weeks before the deadly wildfires of this past week.

Rob, myself and our family used to travel up here every Christmas, to romp around around in the snow, hike the trails and go skiing. Like all of us, Rob loved it, and while his soul is with the Lord, I know he’d sure be happy with the returning of the ashes of his body to the earth, right here in this beautiful, peaceful setting that held so many great memories for our family. Rest in Peace, Rob. We love you, and will never forget you.

 

 

Trekkin’

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

PCH MOVIE

Whitewater Rafting, South Fork, American River

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Whitewater rafting on the American River, Coloma, CA

What I love about my girls: they’re always up for anything! I just sign the waivers, tell them it’s safe and they don’t ask any questions. It’s great! Rafting on the American River in Coloma, CA east of Sacramento.

Nice and Calm, Right?…

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
South Fork, American River, California

Nice and calm, right? That’s what I thought up until this point… then just around that bend…

Santa Monica from Above

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
view from ferris wheel, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Nope, it’s not from a drone. It’s from the top of the ferris wheel in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier!

Surf Art, Santa Monica

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
surf art, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, CA

Some fun surf art in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, near Venice, CA

Good Times

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Dan

My good friend and former UF roommate, Dan Rudd. Dan hosted us for a few days in Santa Barbara on our recent trip out west. When I was 19, Dan and I, along with my younger brother, a friend of his and my dad went across country in two cars hitting a ton of national parks. All the way from Florida to Huntington Beach! We did the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, White Sands, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore… More than I can remember over 2-3 weeks! There was no Instagram back then, but we took a coffee table book about national parks with us and in each park, we’d look at the photos and try to find the exact spots where the photographers shot from, to recreate them for comparison later. It was fun detective work. Dan said that trip changed his life and later helped prompt him to move out West (like several other of my close college friends). I’m a very happy third-gen native of (Jax) Florida, but do love it out there. So beautiful! Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so a good time to reflect on some of those special places and good times.

A River Runs Through It

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Pfeifer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur is big country. Everything is just… big. This shot of the river bed in Pfeifer State Park provides some scale.

Grant Park, Ventura, CA

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Grant Park, Ventura CA

One of my favorite places in California. Ventura is a killer little town with great surf, a cool downtown and laid-back vibe. Beautiful place!

Santa Barbara Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA

The don;t call it the “Golden State” for nothing. Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA.

Santa Barbara Bonfire

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Beach Bonfire, Santa Barbara

Bonfire on the Beach in Santa Barbara with my good friend, Dan, who hosted us for a couple of nights. This sums up the California vibe.

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