Candace Rose Rardon Perfects the Art of Travel

Candace Rose Rardon Perfects the Art of Travel

Visualize the life of Candace Rose Rardon: Visiting and living in 50 countries, 19 of them in one year alone. Hiking solo on a 220-mile pilgrimage through rural Turkey. Driving an auto-rickshaw 2,000 miles across India. Bathing an elephant inRead more

Reconnaissance at Point Reyes Station

Reconnaissance at Point Reyes Station

I’m dropping by parachute into the small, western California town of Point Reyes Station. Sam pilots my private plane. Lucky me that he sports the rugged blond good looks of Robert Redford in his Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidRead more

California Gold Rush Brings New Look to The Roads Traveled

California Gold Rush Brings New Look to The Roads Traveled

Historians who say the California Gold Rush is over are misinformed, for I’ve struck it rich in the Golden State. My gold isn’t the same metal whose discovery in the water wheel of a sawmill in the Sacramento Valley inRead more

The Art and Artistry of Amélie’s French Bakery

The Art and Artistry of Amélie’s French Bakery

Our taste buds stirred when we read that Amélie’s French Bakery was establishing a new outpost near our home in south Charlotte. Amélie’s has been a wildly popular destination on Charlotte’s food map since 2008 when the flagship store openedRead more

Paying Respects at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Paying Respects at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Bill’s and my visit to the imposing National September 11 Memorial and Museum during a recent trip to New York City was a potent reminder that the horrific events which occurred that day in 2001 bore such monumental significance that they becameRead more

Palm Springs: Mid-Century Modern Mecca, Hollywood Hangout and More

Palm Springs: Mid-Century Modern Mecca, Hollywood Hangout and More

Some of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs – “Come Fly With Me,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning” played in my head as Bill and I were driving two hours east fromRead more

Carolina Raptor Center is for the Birds

Carolina Raptor Center is for the Birds

I’ve always thought of birds as the ultimate travelers, gracefully able to fly where, when and how they want. While I’ve admired birds from afar, I hadn’t spent much concerted effort learning about them. A couple of my travels haveRead more

A Life Rich with Food and Wine

A Life Rich with Food and Wine

When Bill and I first entered Silver Moon Cottage, our airbnb rental home for our month-long stay in Kenwood, CA, we could tell its owner, Monique Risch, has a deep love for food and wine. First of all was theRead more