Five days in the Florida Keys

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The United States has thousands of miles of roads that are tailor made for one of our most time-honored, roll-down-the-windows pastimes…the road trip. One such epic drive is Highway 1 in the Florida Keys.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). From personal watercraft to center console fishing boats, luxury trawlers and 200 foot Superyachts there was a boat to fill everyone’s needs.

Exploring the Keys

Playground-earth | Exploring the Florida keys

Finally, I decided to get out of Los Angeles to discover the highlights of Highway 1 and the Florida Keys 5 Highlights.

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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Whether or not you are an avid golfer a visit to Kiawah Island is truly a hole-in-one. Kiawah Island, South Carolina USA Kiawah Island is a stunning ten-mile long island running parallel to the South Carolina coast. The island is framed by the Atlantic Ocean on its southern edge with the stunning Kiawah River bordering […]

Shell Ring Oyster Company

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As wild oyster populations along the Southeast coast continue to come under both man-made and natural threats, Andrew Carmines of Shell Ring Oyster Company strives to increase awareness of the benefits of sustainably farming these hard working and beneficial bivalves.

A visit to the sweet onion capitol of the world

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A visit to the sweet onion capitol of the world reveals that under the dedicated stewardship of third generation brothers Troy and Landis, Glennville, Georgia based Bland Farms continues to build on their family’s legacy of growing the finest Vidalia® sweet onions in the country.

Exploring Idaho’s original food hall

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Known to travel long distances for a good time and a good meal, our guest author leaves one of the Food Hall capitols of the West Coast to explore Idaho’s original food hall in Twin Falls.

The spirits of the Burnt Church Distillery

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Driving by one might think that a new church has been built on the edge of this vibrant community. Although it is not a house of worship it does attract a devoted following interested in an entirely different kind of spirits.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


As one of America’s most important organizations, Rails-to-Trails encourages us all to experience the joys of walking, jogging or biking along its vast network of rail-trails and urban walk/bike trails.

A Caribbean vibe at Fish Tales

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For locals and travelers alike Fish Tales is the go to place for great food, tasty libations and live music, all tuned to a Caribbean vibe.

The Marco Polo Mega Ship

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In late May the Marco Polo, a description defying container ship, proudly entered Savannah, Georgia on her way to the Port of Savannah. Lacking the words to describe something this large it was all that we could do to stand and stare.

And stare we did!

Discovering the magic of Waterways

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With the incredibly beautiful natural surroundings, great amenities and neighborhood feel Waterways is the embodiment of a Lowcountry community.


Playground Earth | Boulder | Fall Colors

Boulder checks many of the boxes that adventurous and fun-seeking travelers enjoy. Its close proximity to great rock climbing, hiking, road and mountain biking as well as river rafting make it an outdoor lovers paradise.

The Oasis at Death Valley

Playground Earth Oasis At Death Valley

The Inn at Death Valley, formerly known as the Furnace Creek Resort, is North America’s only true desert oasis. This best-kept secret in the heart of Death Valley…

La Quinta Resort

Playground Earth La Quinta

The desert getaway of La Quinta Resort is one of our favorite places to visit. Here is our review.

Visiting Death Valley


Although many people consider Death Valley to be one of the most forbidding places on earth it is truly a remarkable place to visit at any time of the year, depending on your taste, and tolerance, for extreme heat!

Ojai Valley Inn Resort


This would be our 14th stay at the Inn and as such we have witnessed multiple changes over the years, all of which have continued to keep it in the eye of the most discriminating traveler.

Skamania Lodge

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A stay at Skamania will provide you with plenty to do including their challenging 18-hole, par-70 golf course, the Skamania Lodge Zipline Tour, as well as miles of local hiking trails including the challenging hike to the top of Beacon Rock with multiple views of the mighty Columbia River.