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

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 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.

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

Armchair photo tours: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

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 in the summer. The arboretum, located near Acton Center 38 miles northwest of Boston, was established in 1986. Five years later,  a community organization called The Friends of … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Summer at the Acton Arboretum

Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

  Photos by Cheryl Landes The Deepwood House & Museum consists of a Queen Anne Victorian home, carriage house, greenhouse, formal beaux-arts gardens, and nature trail on five acres near the Oregon State Capitol Building and Bush's Pasture Park in Salem. Architect William Knighton designed the home and carriage house for Dr. Luke A. Port … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Deepwood House & Museum in Salem, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Fort Hoskins Historical Park near Philomath, Oregon

Fort Hoskins Historical Park near Philomath, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes Fort Hoskins was built by the U.S. Army in 1856 to maintain peace between the settlers and the Native Americans and to quell anti-Union Southern sympathizers. The military fort overlooked the Luckiamute River Valley, where 200 to 300 troops served. Treaty discussions, formation of … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Fort Hoskins Historical Park near Philomath, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: A hike at the Exit Glacier Visitor Center near Seward

The Exit Glacier Visitor Center near Seward, Alaska Photos by Cheryl Landes During the late Pleistocene era, a sheet of ice 2,500 feet thick filled Resurrection Bay. The ice carved a basin in the ocean floor that extends more than 40 miles into the Gulf of Alaska. Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park is … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A hike at the Exit Glacier Visitor Center near Seward