Five Years of My Favorite Photos

During the five years I’ve been blogging I’ve posted hundreds of photos. Here are just a few of my all-time favorites .

Pair of Orcas on Columbia Glacier tour from Valdez
A pair of Orcas on Columbia Glacier tour from Valdez, Alaska
Black Bear eating Dandelions
Black Bear beside the road in British Columbia
Bull Elk Bugling in Cataloochee Valley
Bull Elk Bugling in Cataloochee Valley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane near Goose Island State Park, Texas
Trio of Roseate Spoonbills
Trio of Roseate Spoonbills, Texas
Great Egret with chicks
Great Egret with chicks, Georgia
Vibrant Monarch Butterfly
Vibrant Monarch Butterfly, Georgia
We went really close to Mt. McKinley
Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, as seen from the air, Alaska
Watching for whales in Haines, Alaska
Watching for whales in Haines, Alaska
Polychrome Overlook, Denali National Park, Alaska
Polychrome Overlook, Denali National Park, Alaska
Calving on Aialik Glacier
Ice calving on Aialik Glacier on the Kenai Fjords trip from Seward, Alaska
Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
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Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest near Highlands, NC
Tybee Island Light Station 4th of July American Flag
Tybee Island Light Station 4th of July, Georgia
The beach at sunset
Sunset at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida
Double Rainbow after a summer storm
Double Rainbow after a summer storm, my back yard, Georgia

My favorite place on Earth

I’ve had many people ask about my favorite place and the answer is always the same.

There is no place else on earth I love more than my little peace of paradise here in coastal Georgia. This is where our children grew up and where Henry and I are growing old together. I have the best friends and neighbors anyone could ask for and there is beauty every where I look.

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
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Full moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean
Sunset in Coastal Georgia
Sunset over the Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh of Coastal Georgia
Salt Marsh of Coastal Georgia

Want to go to an uninhabited barrier island? A boat or kayak will get you there.

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Boat ride on one of the many creeks
Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island
Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island
We had the island all to ourselves
We often are the only people on one of the uninhabited barrier islands

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are a common sight in the waters.

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin near Tybee Island, Georgia
Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin near Tybee Island, Georgia

Let’s not forget the birds.

Roseate Spoonbill fishing in Georgia tidal creek
Roseate Spoonbill fishing in Georgia tidal creek
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Osprey
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Great Egret
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Juvenile Ibis
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Wood Stork and Egret
Male Painted Bunting
Male Painted Bunting

Whether you cook it at home or eat out at one of the many great restaurants nearby, there’s nothing better than eating fresh caught seafood.

Fresh Georgia Blue Crabs Caught, Cooked, Cleaned and eaten on Halloween, 2015
Fresh Georgia Blue Crabs straight from the creek to the pot.

I love to travel and always enjoy our wanderings. Every trip ends the same way. I know I am almost home when I start smelling the salt marsh and seeing the creeks and marsh as we drive the last few miles.

No matter where you may roam, the best part is coming home – anonymous

 

Wandering to Geographical Points of Interest in the United States

Our wandering has taken us to some memorable geographical points of interest in the United States.

 

West Quaddy Light is located on the easternmost point in the U. S.
West Quaddy Light in Maine is located on the easternmost point in the U. S.
Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai is the westernmost lighthouse in the United States
Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai in Hawaii is the westernmost lighthouse in the United States
Anchor Point is the most westerly highway point in North America
Anchor Point, Alaska is the most westerly highway point on a continuous road system in North America
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Southernmost Point in the Continental United States in Key West, Florida
Mile Marker Zero of U. S. 1 in Key West
The end of U. S. Highway 1 is Mile Marker Zero in Key West, Florida
Start of U.S 1 in Fort Kent, Maine
Start of U.S 1 in Fort Kent, Maine
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End of U.S. Hwy 80. The highway originally went from the west coast in San Diego, CA to the east coast in Tybee Island, GA but now goes from Dallas, TX to Tybee Island.
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Belle Fourche, South Dakota, is the Geographic Center of the United States
Four Corners - States of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada
Four Corners – the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada meet here. It is the only place in the U.S. shared by four states
Beautiful Mt. McKinley
In Alaska, Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley), at 20,320 feet tall is the tallest mountain in North America
At the Arctic Circle at last!
The Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway in Alaska
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We’ve crossed the Continental Divide numerous times during our travels
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The Eastern Continental Divide runs through Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia

Although these next points aren’t the most extreme in the U.S., they are the farthest directional points we visited.

In Coldfoot at the visitor's center
The farthest north we traveled was the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center in Coldfoot, Alaska
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The most northwestern continental U.S. location we visited was Ruby Beach, Washington
Point Loma in Cabrillo National Monument
The most southwestern location we visited in the continental U.S. was Cabrillo National Monument, California.

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Unusual Roadside Attractions

Sometimes we stop to see unusual roadside attractions as we wander around America.

We had to take a tour of the Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum in Haines, Alaska
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Bigfoot on the road to Pikes Peak in Colorado
The Bat Tower, Sugarloaf Key
The Bat Tower, Sugarloaf Key, Florida
Smallest Church in America in Ochopee, Florida
Smallest Post Office in America in Ochopee, Florida
Smallest Church in America
Smallest Church in America, Townsend, Georgia
The Iron Horse on Highway 15 in Green County, Georgia
The Iron Horse on Highway 15 in Green County, Georgia
Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth, MN
Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth, MN
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South of the Border, South Carolina
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Wall Drug Store in Wall, South Dakota
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The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota
We visited Superman in Metropolis, Illinois
Superman Statue in Metropolis, Illinois
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Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas
Big Blue Crab in Rockport, Texas
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John Henry Statue, Talcott, West Virginia

What kind of unusual attractions have you seen in your travels?