Sunday, April 25, 2010

St. Simons and the Georgia Golden Isles

It's been a while since I've been on a road trip. I have been so looking forward to relaxing on the beach up here at St. Simons, I didn't even check the weather forecast. That's very unlike me. But even with the slight rain shower we've had today and the blustery winds, it's all worth it.
It was a beautiful drive up, traffic wasn't the usual unorganized chaos. I enjoyed watching the sun come up as I was crossing over another smaller body of water in Central Florida. I'm relishing sipping green tea and marveling at the sunrises over the next few mornings.
As I gaze out my balcony doors, the waves are crashing into the rocks. Literally. The wind has been steadily increasing with the threat of sever thunderstorms, I'm even more intrigued. When you see the enormous blue-gray body of water, whipped into a frenzy, it goes on as far as the eye can see.
Whether its balmy and warm or windy with a light rain, there's something romantic about the beach. Even Georgia's 100 miles of coast, beckon any rider on the road to stop and gaze. It's captivating. Drawing you into it's kaleidoscope of versatile cultures. Yes, cultures. From the beautiful creatures that call the sea their home to the storms and weather brought on or intensified by the warm or cold water, or even the lives made; from crab fishing to transportation. The ocean is a true treasure trove. The bounty may be buried with sunken ships, a rainbow of coral and mammals or the pleasure one derives from living or vacationing on liquid gold, the ocean and other bodies of water can be calming, intoxicating, romantic and yes, even intimidating or daunting.
From anglers and pirates, to merchant ships and search and rescue expeditions, many a men have heroic tales to entice us further into their cave, the lure.
(stay tuned for more)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Historic Homes of Kent

Forty-eight historic homes and buildings from the 18th & 19th centuries will be open for public viewing as part of the 77th Dover Days Festival  celebration May 1 & 2, 2010.  Homeowners  from the towns of Camden, Smyrna, Milford and Dover are excited to have the opportunity to showcase their historic properties.  Hour tour participants will see Federal, Plank, Victorian, Georgian and Classic and Greek Revival style homes. 
Held on The Green and Legislative Mall, two beautiful outdoor parks in the historic downtown district, Dover Days unites heritage, tradition and modern attractions into a 3-day festival that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Now in its 77th year, Dover Days is Delaware's longest running festival that celebrates First State history — with more than 15,000 people coming from all over the Mid-Atlantic states to celebrate the weekend's events, April 30 - May 2.
Get a glimpse of Delaware's enriching history, through huge parades, traditional Maypole dancing with children in Colonial attire, walking tours, a county-wide house tour with over 45 historical properties, Native American dancing, free admission to numerous museums, and more. Immerse yourself in the ages through costumed reenactments of the Renaissance, the Civil War and WWII. You can see the Governor's mansion first-hand. And enjoy all the excitement of the festival, with over 130 arts and crafts vendors, delicious foods, live entertainment, carnival rides and children's activities, a hot classic car show, and more.

Delmarva Birding Weekend

The annual celebration of the return of warblers, shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl returns April 21 - 25, 2010 with many activities including boat trips, paddling treks and on foot expeditions.

Delmarva is a unique area with upland fields, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, barrier islands and primeval forests.  All trips take place on lands and waterways that feed into the Delaware, Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays.  

The Delmarva Birding Weekend is a unique opportunity for wild life enthusiasts to visit a region so rich in bird species - both local and migratory. This event was developed by a diverse group of non profits and local businesses to help promote eco-tourism on Delmarva. 
For a list of activities see