Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

My favorite maple tree at the Acton Arboretum in Acton, Massachuetts Photos by Cheryl Landes The Acton Arboretum, a 65-acre preserve with trails crossing meadows, gardens, and woods, is a pleasant place to go for a nature walk any season. The fall colors make a stroll here a bigger treat. The arboretum was established in … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll at the Acton Arboretum

Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

The Yakima Area Arboretum in Yakima, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Every year, the Yakima Area Arboretum hosts a tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in or near the city. That changed this year because of safety concerns from COVID-19. Instead, the arboretum created five video tours and posted them to its YouTube … Continue reading Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

Armchair photo tours: Watching the sunset at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia

The start of a beautiful sunset from Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia Photos by Cheryl Landes Kennesaw Mountain is an 1,808-foot mountain ridge between Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia. Eighteen miles trails cross forests of oak, hickory, and pine, some of which end at sweeping views of the surrounding area. On clear days, Atlanta's skyline is visible 24 … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Watching the sunset at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia

Visit any open Washington State Park for free two days in November

An ocean view from Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Entry fees to all open Washington State Parks are free on Veterans Day, November 11, and the day after Thanksgiving, November 27. These are the last two days in 2020 when Washington State Parks will have free admission days. For … Continue reading Visit any open Washington State Park for free two days in November

Armchair photo tours: A colorful sunrise near Biddeford, Maine

Photos by Cheryl Landes Often when I travel to New England, I get up early and drive to the coast to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. In today's armchair photo tour, I'm sharing some views from one of my favorite Atlantic sunrises at a beach near Biddeford, Maine. Biddeford is 96 miles … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A colorful sunrise near Biddeford, Maine

Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut

A full moon rises in the sunset's afterglow at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes During one of my drives through Connecticut, I made a spontaneous stop at a park in Norwalk about an hour before sunset. The temperature was perfect on this beautiful fall evening—in the low 70s—and it wasn't … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut

See beautiful fall color on these 11 bicycle rides in the U.S.

Fall colors at the Androscoggin State Wayside along the Androscoggin River in Errol, New Hampshire (photo by Cheryl Landes) Looking for some trails or roads where you can enjoy the fall foliage from your bicycle? Here are 11 suggestions from Bicycle Magazine: The Erie Canalway Trail in Western New YorkFlash of Gold in Steamboat Springs, … Continue reading See beautiful fall color on these 11 bicycle rides in the U.S.

Find the peak color in New England on this live fall foliage map

Fall colors at Umbagog Lake in Cambridge, New Hampshire (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you're looking for the best spots for leaf peeping in the New England, check out this peak fall foilage map from Yankee Publishing. Select a date on the calendar to see which areas are before peak color, at peak, or past … Continue reading Find the peak color in New England on this live fall foliage map

Armchair photo tours: The Arboretum at the University of Guelph

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Arboretum is a 400-acre green space adjacent to the main University of Guelph (pronounced "Gwelf"*) campus with gardens, woods, wetlands, and meadows. Nature trails wind through these habitats for exploration and enjoyment.   When I visited The Arboretum, the lilacs were in full bloom. The fragrance filled the air.   … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Arboretum at the University of Guelph