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Finding Summer Bliss in My Florida Backyard: Cortez, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin

Warning, I’m coming off cloud nine from the most excellent weekend getaway to Dunedin, Fla., which included brief visits to Cortez and Tarpon Springs. The trip was full of sunshine, Gulf breezes and new experiences. I certainly found summer bliss in my Florida backyard.

My Version of Grandma H.’s Clam and Corn Chowder Recipe

During my recent adventures back to Buffalo, I picked up some of my Grandma Huber’s recipes including this one for her popular clam and corn chowder. I made a batch of the milk-based chowder over the weekend and modified the recipe slightly to healthify it.

Eating My Way Through the 2014 Erie County Fair

During a visit to the Erie County Fair, rather than tour the fun house or grip for dear life on one of those rides that now turn me green, my parents and I were on a foodie adventure.

Psst! Did You Know NASA’s Still in the Space Business? I’m Heading to the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial

Psst! Did you know NASA is still in the space business? Yup. Although the space shuttle program concluded in 2011, rockets are still launching and NASA is still exploring. In fact, the fourth SpaceX cargo mission (SpaceX CRS-4) to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. And guess what? I’ll be there as a participant in the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial!

Finding Summer Bliss in My Florida Backyard: Cortez, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin

Warning, I’m coming off cloud nine from the most excellent weekend getaway to Dunedin, Fla., which included brief visits to Cortez and Tarpon Springs. The trip was full of sunshine, Gulf breezes and new experiences. I certainly found summer bliss in my Florida backyard.

Sometimes, a Good Story is in Your Backyard. Rick and His Antique Bus

Sometimes, a good story is in your backyard. My travel this summer has been intentionally limited and in an earlier post, I shared how I’m using this time to regroup. One of the thrills of traveling is meeting interesting people willing to share their tale. Yesterday, I was reminded we don’t need to travel thousands of miles to hear a good story.

Travel to Virginia: Staunton is Cute as a Button

Heat from the donut radiated through the to-go container and warmed my...

Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher

Spend any amount of time in Ireland and you’ll discover the Irish are brilliant storytellers. Folklore and true tales have been passed through generations and if you have an open ear, hear these tales from your taxi driver, new pub mates, random folks on the street, and of course, your tour guide. I explored Southwest Ireland with Paddywagon Tours and discovered how they serve up a heaping bowl of fun storytelling to complement the Emerald Isle’s stunning scenery.

Travel to France: Walking in the Paths of Romans and Artists in Arles

Walking through the dark cryptoporticus of Arles, France, I couldn’t help think how cool this was, both literally and figuratively.

Will Sending My Elected Officials Postcards from State & National Parks Make a Differnce?

Is it a crazy idea to send my elected officials postcards from state and national parks during my summer travels?

What Have You Damaged in a Hotel Room?

What have you damaged in a hotel room?? If it hasn’t happened to you already, someday it will. Oh, trust me.

Travel to the Domincan Republic: My Trip to Samana in Instagram Photos

Ah, beautiful Samaná. An ecotourism paradise with gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, turquoises-blue water, hypnotizing waterfalls, sweet fruit, and warm, welcoming smiles. Enjoy my February 2014 journey through my Instagram images tagged with #EcoSamana.

Psst! Did You Know NASA’s Still in the Space Business? I’m Heading to the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial

Psst! Did you know NASA is still in the space business? Yup. Although the space shuttle program concluded in 2011, rockets are still launching and NASA is still exploring. In fact, the fourth SpaceX cargo mission (SpaceX CRS-4) to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. And guess what? I’ll be there as a participant in the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial!

What Scary Thing Did I Do Last Week? Fire a Daisy B.B. Gun Pistol

Eleanor Roosevelt challenged us to, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I love a good challenge and being scared can be, well, pretty scary, so I’m not necessarily doing it everyday, but when I get a chance to do it, I do. And firing a B.B. gun pistol was my scary something.

Today I Choose…

Today I choose to see and feel the sunshine. What do you choose?

Choose Your Perfect Australia Destination With This New Interactive Tool

Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand have teamed up to help visitors discover and plan their vacation. They’ve creative an interactive infographic map based on travel styles and tastes.

Up Close and Personal with the Amish on New York’s Amish Trail

During my summer trip to Buffalo, my parents and I set out on our next adventure, New York’s Amish Trail. My fascination with the Amish probably began before I was 5 years old when my family made road trips to visit friends in Titusville, located in Western Pennsylvania.

Travel to Japan: How to Use a Japanese Toilet

Traveling to Japan? Be prepared on how to use a Japanese toilet and understand the etiquette of peeing in Japan. Peeing should not be hard. It’s a natural function. But just like everything in Japan, there’s certain etiquette to follow. I spent a month in Japan and one of my biggest challenges was conquering the Japanese toilets to become queen of the throne.

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Psst! Did You Know NASA’s Still in the Space Business? I’m Heading to the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial

Psst! Did you know NASA is still in the space business? Yup. Although the space shuttle program concluded in 2011, rockets are still launching and NASA is still exploring. In fact, the fourth SpaceX cargo mission (SpaceX CRS-4) to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. And guess what? I’ll be there as a participant in the #SpaceX4 #NASASocial!

What Scary Thing Did I Do Last Week? Fire a Daisy B.B. Gun Pistol

Eleanor Roosevelt challenged us to, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I love a good challenge and being scared can be, well, pretty scary, so I’m not necessarily doing it everyday, but when I get a chance to do it, I do. And firing a B.B. gun pistol was my scary something.

Choose Your Perfect Australia Destination With This New Interactive Tool

Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand have teamed up to help visitors discover and plan their vacation. They’ve creative an interactive infographic map based on travel styles and tastes.

Finding Summer Bliss in My Florida Backyard: Cortez, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin

Warning, I’m coming off cloud nine from the most excellent weekend getaway to Dunedin, Fla., which included brief visits to Cortez and Tarpon Springs. The trip was full of sunshine, Gulf breezes and new experiences. I certainly found summer bliss in my Florida backyard.

Today I Choose…

Today I choose to see and feel the sunshine. What do you choose?