Armchair photo tours: A trip to Mount St. Helens, 40 years post-eruption

Photos by Cheryl Landes May 20, 2020 marked the fortieth anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. I lived in Northeastern Oregon when the volcano erupted and still remember the experience like it was yesterday. The town of La Grande, where I lived, was on the southern fringe of the ash path. Our usual … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A trip to Mount St. Helens, 40 years post-eruption

Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Decorations on one of the Christmas trees inside Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In November and December, volunteers decorate the Gillette Castle inside and out for the holidays. The 24-room mansion overlooking the Connecticut River Valley resembles a medieval-style castle. It's the former home of William Gillette (1853-1937), an actor … Continue reading Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

A view of the early fall colors in the Connecticut River Valley near East Haddam Photos by Cheryl Landes The Connecticut River Valley is a beautiful mix of scenery, history, and wildlife. In the fall, the changing colors enhance the experience. I joined some local friends on a day trip through the valley one day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

Armchair photo tours: Fall colors at the Lime Quarry Reservation

Fall colors in the Lime Quarry Reservation in Chelmsford, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes The Lime Quarry Reservation in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, is a pleasant place to take a walk year-round, but fall is an extra special experience because of the vibrant colors. The trails, a combination of dirt and boardwalks, wind through 64 acres of … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Fall colors at the Lime Quarry Reservation

Armchair photo tours: Thanksgiving at the Plimouth Plantation

The entrance to the Wampanoag village at the Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts Photos by Cheryl Landes The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Every year, the Plimouth Plantation recreates the experience, which attracts visitors from around the world. The dinner reservation includes a two-day admission to the plantation. We arrived early … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Thanksgiving at the Plimouth Plantation

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopens after COVID closure

The stockade at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopened on October 20 after being closed for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hours are limited, as is some capacities. The visitor center is open on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. until … Continue reading Fort Vancouver National Historic Site reopens after COVID closure

Armchair photo tours: A tiny pioneer post office near Mineral, Washington

The tiny pioneer post office near Mineral, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes A tiny empty building that looks like a weathered shed stands at the side of Mineral Hill Road one mile north of the small town of Mineral, Washington. That might not sound impressive, but this tiny building has a big history. It's considered … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A tiny pioneer post office near Mineral, Washington