Brookgreen Gardens, a South Carolina Gem

Brookgreen Gardens is located in Murrells Inlet, S.C.  The “gardens” in the name underplays the myriad attractions of this destination.  There are indeed plants and trees in beautifully landscaped settings.  And there is also a small zoo.  But it is the quantity and quality of the outdoor art that sets this place apart from most … More Brookgreen Gardens, a South Carolina Gem

Hiking to Leconte Lodge in the Smokey Mountains, TN

Making a visit to Leconte Lodge, at the top of Mount Leconte in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, was the reason for this trip.  But first some background. Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the most-visited park in the entire U.S. park system.  However, if you make the effort to get out of your car, … More Hiking to Leconte Lodge in the Smokey Mountains, TN

Company Review: Overseas Adventure Travel

In this post, we review the travel company which ran the tour we just finished.  If you haven’t yet seen our posts of the tour destinations, see the most recent posts on Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Company:  Overseas Adventure Travel Tour taken:  Ancient Kingdoms Overall:  This tour, with the optional pre-trip extension to Myanmar, … More Company Review: Overseas Adventure Travel

Angkor Wat and more

We flew to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with high anticipation of seeing the famous archaeological sites including Angkor Wat.  But first, we toured Tonle Sap Lake to see how the local people live in floating villages.  Modern amenities are lacking, to say the least. Then it was on to the fabulous ancient holy city of Angkor. … More Angkor Wat and more