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 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: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

The sign to The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In the fall, Connecticut is well-known for its beautiful fall colors and a spooky experience like no other. It's time to beware in Bristol. The foggy entrance to Lake Compounce during The Haunted Graveyard That's because the ghosts, vampires, … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

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: Owen Rose Garden in Eugene, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Owen Rose Garden, is an 8.5-acre park with more than 4,000 roses representing 400 varieties. Former Eugene city councilman and lumberman, George E. Owen, donated five acres of the land and his house to the city in 1951. The Eugene Rose Society donated the original 750 rose bushes. The garden … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Owen Rose Garden in Eugene, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla

A covered wagon on the Oregon Trail at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes In the spring of 1836, five years before anyone traveled west on the Oregon Trail, newlywed couple Dr. Marcus Whitman and Narcissa Whitman left their home in upstate New York for Oregon Country. … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla

Armchair photo tours: Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve near Arco, Idaho

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve near Arco, Idaho, is a surreal landscape of black lava rock, cinder cones, and gray sagebrush. The rock and cinder cones are the remnants of a volcanic eruption more than 2,000 years ago. You can see many signs of the aftermath on a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve near Arco, Idaho