Armchair photo tours: Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Photos by Cheryl Landes Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy is a glass-enclosed tropical paradise with up to 60 species of free-flying butterflies and 20 species of tropical birds. The conservancy also has a Learning Center with displays exploring the anatomy, physiology, life cycle, feeding and migratory habits of monarch butterflies. There's also glass cases … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Armchair photo tours: Four dining experiences in Orlando

The Spiced Alligator Bites at the Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando, Florida Photos by Cheryl Landes If you want to treat your palate in Orlando, Florida, you'll find some unique dining experiences. During my last trip there, I enjoyed four vastly different experiences, from a chocolate museum to a restaurant filled with working artists. … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Four dining experiences in Orlando

Armchair photo tours: Tigard Festival of Balloons

Photos by Cheryl Landes About a dozen hot air balloons come to the Tigard Festival of Balloons in Tigard, Oregon, the last weekend of June. The pilots inflate the balloons early Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. If weather conditions allow, they'll also ascend and fly. If conditions aren't favorable, they'll ascend about 75 feet on … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Tigard Festival of Balloons

Armchair photo tours: Willamette Mission State Park

Photos by Cheryl Landes Willamette Mission State Park near Gervais, Oregon, is the site of the first Euro-American community in the Willamette Valley. Reverend Jason Lee established the mission in 1834. The mission no longer stands, but a trail leads to a viewpoint where you can see a reconstructed outline of the buildings across Mission … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Willamette Mission State Park

Armchair photo tours: Latimer Quilt & Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon

The Tillamook County Quilt Trail Mural on an outside wall of the Latimer Quilt & Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes The Latimer Quilt & Textile Center is a living, working museum in Tillamook, Oregon that promotes education and creation of the textile arts. The museum hosts bimonthly exhibits of vintage textiles … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Latimer Quilt & Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Cheese making at the Tillamook Creamery

Photos by Cheryl Landes I love cheese, and one of my favorite brands is Tillamook. So, when I go to the town of Tillamook on the Oregon Coast, what better place to stop than at the source? At the Tillamook Creamery, we can take a self-guided tour of the cheese-making process, sample cheese, stock up … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Cheese making at the Tillamook Creamery

Celebrate Memorial Day by reliving the 2019 Iowa City Jazz Festival on KCCK in Cedar Rapids

The 2020 Iowa City Jazz Festival, a popular celebration in downtown Iowa City on Memorial Day weekend, was cancelled due to the shelter-in-place rules from COVID-19. Instead, jazz station KCCK in Cedar Rapids is broadcasting performances from the 2019 festival today from 6 a.m. today until 1:35 a.m. tomorrow Central time. Check the full schedule … Continue reading Celebrate Memorial Day by reliving the 2019 Iowa City Jazz Festival on KCCK in Cedar Rapids