Take in the views from Point Vicente

Set on the curve of a steep cliff, where it has stood since 1926, the San Vicente Lighthouse is a historical beauty that continues to renew its usefulness with every passing night. The Vicente Lighthouse has long been one of the area’s jewels. To the landsman, the lighthouse is a scenic delight and continual attraction to tourists, photographers and painters. To the mariner, the lighthouse is an aid to navigation, which marks the northern end of the Catalina Channel on the Pacific coast.

Continue reading Take in the views from Point Vicente

The not-so-hidden mansion ruins of Malibu’s Solstice Canyon

Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, between Pepperdine University and Point Dume, Solstice Canyon, is an unusually scenic hike to the ruins of a once-grand private estate.

img_9994In 1952, “supermarket magnate” Fred Roberts and his wife Florence commissioned an architect to design a modern home for them at their family ranch at Solstice Canyon in Malibu. Fred had begun buying land in the area in the 1930s, eventually amassing almost 1000 acres.

Continue reading The not-so-hidden mansion ruins of Malibu’s Solstice Canyon

Tombstone: The Town Too Tough To Die

11181564_10201192354926731_8006679047431279134_n

Virgil Earp, the town marshal, enlists Wyatt and Morgan Earp, and Doc Holliday. As they walk down Freemont Street on the way to the O.K. Corral, Virgil hands Doc his shotgun in exchange for Doc’s cane. Doc wears a long overcoat and conceals the shotgun underneath it, as not to frighten the townspeople. In the tense moment that followed, Morgan and Doc cock their guns. Suddenly, Billy Claiborne, who stands away from the area, bolts and runs. Ike grapples with Wyatt, who was about to pistol-whip him. The tension explodes and the fight begins.

Continue reading Tombstone: The Town Too Tough To Die

The Dripping Cave Trail

It’s known as the “Dripping Cave,” for the way the sedimentary rock seems to drip from the ceiling, and also as the “Robber’s Cave,” as it once lent its shelter to a band of outlaws, who used the cave as a “home base” from which to rob the stagecoach line passing between Los Angeles and San Diego, during the 1800’s. The historic landmark is the park’s largest rock-shelter.

Continue reading The Dripping Cave Trail

River Street Savannah & The Pirates’ House

Savannah’s recorded history begins in 1733. That’s the year General James Oglethorpe, and the 120 passengers of the good ship “Anne” landed on a bluff high along the Savannah River in February. Oglethorpe named the 13th and final American colony “Georgia” after England’s King George II. Savannah became its first city.

Continue reading River Street Savannah & The Pirates’ House

Boone Hall: America’s oldest working, living Plantation

Charleston South Carolina, has been on my bucket list for ages. I always heard wonderful things about the charm, the trees, the food, and the ambiance. Even though I was only in town for two days, I managed to squeeze in plenty of mini adventures.

Located a mere 20 minutes from Zero George Street, Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. Located in the Mount Pleasant suburb near Charleston, it has been open to the public for over 50 years, but its history spans more than three centuries. Given as a land grant to Major John Boone, Boone Hall was first established in 1681.

Continue reading Boone Hall: America’s oldest working, living Plantation

The abandoned Scull Shoals mill village: Deep in the Oconee Forest

This is a place with a rich and colorful history. I’m talking about one of those truly Southern Places, shaped by Native American, African and European influences. The ruins sit in a complex ecosystem alongside a major river, that once fed a good-sized little town, a successful textile industry, agriculture, the exchanges of commerce and a decidedly unique public citizenry.

Continue reading The abandoned Scull Shoals mill village: Deep in the Oconee Forest

An Antebellum Wonderland: Madison, Georgia

Established in 1809, Madison is the seat and the largest town in Morgan County. Madison was incorporated in 1809 and named in honor of U.S. president James Madison, who negotiated a treaty with nearby Creek Indians. Many of the town’s original settlers had received land grants in the region as compensation for their service during the American Revolution (1775-83). The early town flourished as a stagecoach stop, and an in-town residence for planters’ families. Described before the War as “The most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans”, Madison has been welcoming visitors from around the world for almost two centuries.

Continue reading An Antebellum Wonderland: Madison, Georgia

Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah Georgia

Calling them gravestones simply does not do them justice. Many of the grave markers at Bonaventure Cemetery are true works of art. Sculptors worked for untold hours creating these beautiful statues and monuments. Bonaventure is more than a simple cemetery; it is an outdoor sculpture garden that has few rivals in the country.

Continue reading Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah Georgia

The haunted & dangerous grounds of the Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia-Plantation-And-Gardens-30599The world-famous Magnolia Plantation has been associated with the Drayton family since it’s founding in 1676. The plantation has survived the centuries and has been part of the history of our nation through the American Revolution, the Civil War and beyond. It’s also the oldest plantation site on the Ashley River.

Continue reading The haunted & dangerous grounds of the Magnolia Plantation