Southeast USA

Traveler’s Over 50: A Self-guided tour of Historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Florida, is a city rich in history. I like to imagine living during different eras as I soak in the background and ambiance of a new place. I really can’t see myself living as a pirate, or aboard a Spanish galleon. I do like the idea of lounging (with a wide-brimmed hat and parasol) on the grounds of the newly built hotels in St. Augustine in 1890, as one of “America’s elite.” St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, is the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental U.S.  The historical relevance of the earliest U.S. explorers …

Travelers Over 50: Road Scholar on Eastern coastal islands and Okefenokee Swamp

  The Road Scholar Organization Do you love to travel and learn, but don’t want the trouble of researching and planning a trip?  Then the Road Scholar organization is designed for you!  In the past,  you had to be at least 50 years old to participate in their programs, but now any adult may join in!  Click here to visit the Road Scholar website. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization geared toward adults aged 50 and over.  It was founded in 1975 as Elderhostel, when its attendees were housed mostly in university dormitories and taught by university professors.  They changed their …

The Upper Florida Keys–A Baby Boomer’s Road Trip

Jimmy Buffett’s 1974 A1A album cover photo said it all — with his surfer-dude look, sitting under a palm tree. If the Baby Boomers had not already taken a road trip to the Florida Keys on the famous highway, this album cover was surely the inspiration to travel to a laid back paradise. My first trek South on Florida Highway A1A was as a college student in a Miata convertible with very little money, a two-man tent and sleeping bags in the tiny trunk. In the ’70s, we didn’t even need reservations in campgrounds, and hardly anyone referred to us as …

Cumberland Island – Wild Horses and Wild Women

By Melanie Pollard Wild horses and wild women have ruled Cumberland Island, Georgia for years. There’s an old saying on the island that if you’re a man, move somewhere else.  Men don’t last long on this island.  Many unlucky men have met their demise here,  but that’s another story for another time. The Spirit of Cumberland Island Of all the islands I visited off the coast of Georgia and Florida, Cumberland was my favorite of the islands.  Cumberland has a spiritual quality to it, a oneness with nature that I have not found on the other islands in the area.  …

My Love Story with New Orleans

MY LOVE STORY WITH NEW ORLEANSBy Guest Author, Sinclair Mitchell This love story begins when I was at the tender age of 15. It was my first trip to New Orleans, going with my momma and meemaw and three little sisters (all of them I already loved). I did not get to explore all the nooks and crannies of the French Quarter, as it so carefully should have been — as my boy curiosity (wanting to be a man) so strongly craved. Aromas of New Orleans I found this place to have the best and worst smells of any place …

Top things to do on Jekyll Island

By Melanie Pollard Things to Do on Jekyll Island Ahh…the heroines of Victorian novels had it made. They lounged all day and were waited upon as they read poetry while overlooking the family’s sprawling estate. Power was in the wealth they inherited, and they were beloved by all. Don’t we all dream of such a time?  But the island is now a modern vacation spot, and there are many things to do on Jekyll Island. Imagine stepping back in time to the Victorian Era, 1886, to a place of unspoiled beaches, multitudes of deer, quail, pheasant, and turkey roaming about, …

Fairhope, Alabama, my small-town dream

When I was six years old, we were awakened in the wee morning hours one summer night to the sound of car horns blowing and people yelling from their car windows — “jubilee.”  Fairhope was awake and everyone was headed to the bay.  I thought it was a dream. The Fairhope, Alabama  area on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is one of two places in the world that experiences a natural phenomenon known as a “jubilee.” Due to unusual atmospheric conditions and a reduction in oxygen levels in the water, bottom-type fish and crustaceans are forced towards the shore into shallow water.  …