Saturday, September 24, 2022

Golfing in the Rain


A day trip to Central Florida was in store. Dotted with golf courses, the area is rich in opportunity for those who enjoy a great game. 

Starting as a beautiful day, I breathed in crisp air as I stood on the first tee box. Golfing in Florida is always a risk this time of year; rain can blow in quickly with a deluge. Hoping to get in a round before the clouds gathered, I swung my club.

The lovely day turned into a stormy one on the fifteenth fairway. Laughing at the rain, I finished my round somewhat wet. Puddles like glass in the grass reflected the sky, and I squished through my last few holes.

It would have been easy to get angry, frustrated at the weather that interrupted my impromptu trip. Learning to laugh at the rain, take joy in the small things and be grateful is a choice. I pray that we all choose joy.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

A Trip to Valiant Air Command

 Following signs to the Space Coast Airport, I and my husband turned down a narrow, winding road. Squinting into the bright sunlight, wide warehouses appeared in the distance, resolving into multiple aircraft dotted around the tall, silver walls. We pulled into the parking lot to discover an amazing part of history.

Nestled in eastern Florida is what is commonly known as the "space coast." Home of Space Force, launch pads and NASA, Cocoa Beach and Titusville are towns that host a wide range of launch parties, museums and space events of all kinds. Just west of Kennedy Space Center, Valiant Air Command's Warbird Museum is packed with aviation history. 

Entering the museum, a wide gift shop greeted us. Fun memorabilia were available for purchase, all proceeds going to support the 501(c)3. Purchasing our tickets at the counter, we started the tour in the Memorabilia Hall. Mannequins dressed in all manner of historical uniforms marched in front of us. Special exhibits included a tribute to the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, the Flying Tigers and the Tuskegee Airmen.  

Moving into the main display hanger, dozens of carefully restored aircraft sat proudly before us. Rising above all was the flagship of the museum, a 1942 C-47A that dropped paratroopers in Europe on D-Day. The aircraft sits combat ready and flight worthy today. Strolling through the hanger, the atmosphere spoke to me with hints of patriotism and the heroes that flew these planes.

Wrapping up our tour in the Vietnam Memorial hanger, I was particularly moved. My father fought in Vietnam and instilled in me the love of country, and the appreciation of those who fought and died for our freedoms. I encourage all of you to take a moment and think about how blessed we are. 

For more information and to plan a trip, go to:  Home | Valiant Air Command 

A Cozy Night at Agustin Inn

 Rumbling down the narrow brick street, my car nearly brushed trees draped with Spanish Moss. Peering through the windshield, my eyes caught sight of the home, gold walls with wide, wrap-around porches soaring three stories into the blue sky. Tires crunched into the dirt parking lot nearby and I stepped out, breathing in the moist, humid air of St. Augustine, Florida. Through the stucco fence, pineapple shaped chimes sang in greeting. The wrought iron gate swung open smoothly, and crossing the gracious brick patio I climbed the steps onto the porch. Entering the foyer, an antique armoire loaded with fresh-baked cookies and coffee beckoned. I looked over to see a warm smile greeting me. In that moment, I was home.   

The Agustin Inn, a Bed and Breakfast Diamond Collection property, is 123 years of history wrapped in modern comfort. Located in the historic district of St. Augustine, eighteen individually decorated rooms grace three stories, where guests are pampered by a team of professionals whose goal is to provide each guest exceptional customer service exceeding all expectations.  I had the opportunity to experience this amazing service for a night earlier this month. The inn has so much to offer, from amazing rooms, romantic packages and yummy breakfasts. It also provides Happy Hour each afternoon, with indoor and outdoor seating encouraging guests to interact. In fact, guests feel like family as soon as they step into the foyer of the inn. Experiencing the Bed and Breakfast, just steps from St. Augustine's historic St. George Street, is a great opportunity during a visit to America's oldest city. 

Having been to St. Augustine a few times, I was eager to stay in the heart of old town. There is much to see and do, especially for those who love history. From Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth to the Pirate Museum, to the Castillo de San Marcos, there is plenty to fill a vacation. Find out more on the website:  The Agustin Inn | Bed and Breakfast in Historic St. Augustine.

Traveling The World

It was 2020, and the world shut down due to a pandemic. With 20 years of travel experience, it was time to put pen to paper and start writing about my experiences. While I felt confident about my abilities to write academically, I wanted to bring rich detail and experience to each story. So, I signed up for a travel writing course and got to work.

Unfortunately, life got in the way, as happens to so many of us. Recently, however, as the world has opened back up and people are hitting the roads, I decided it was time to dust off my pen and paper (or computer!) and put down those experiences.

Recently I have had the privilege of having some of my stories published, and that has opened a whole new world. I hope you will join me as I chronicle past, present and future experiences! And please dream your own travel dreams - it is never too late.

A Weekend in Washington D.C.

Flying into Baltimore on a chilly Thursday morning, a little thrill swirled in my stomach. Traveling to see our daughter perform at the Kenn...