Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint – Tillamook, Oregon

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While staying at an Airbnb in Beaverton, Oregon in Feb of 2022 we decided to take a short trip west to visit the Tillamook Creamery and the Tillamook Air Museum. Both were interesting but we also wanted to see the ocean again. We drove along the coast for a while and ended up walking around the Cape Meares area. It was a cool and windy day, not surprising that it was in February, but it was a nice day to take a little walk and explore the area and see the lighthouse. Continue reading “Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint – Tillamook, Oregon”

Pensacola Beach Florida – Things to do Under the Sun

Pensacola TowerIt has been quite cold here in Colorado lately and I am missing the warmth we had while in Miami, Florida this time last year and did the exciting Everglades Airboat Tour. Sadly, we won’t be back in Florida until maybe later this year.  However while talking to a friend about Florida it made me start thinking about a trip to Florida in May of 2011, when we spent time part of a week playing in the Pensacola area.  Unlike Miami, in Pensacola you will find miles of white sand beaches, but they stretch along the Gulf of Mexico. We enjoyed our time swimming and playing in these crystal clear waters.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – Florida

Augustine Lighthouse 1I have been intrigued by lighthouses for a long time, thus I was very happy to be able to go and see the St. Augustine Lighthouse when we were in Northern Florida in May of 1999.  The St. Augustine Lighthouse is located on the north end of Anastasia Island, was built in 1874, and is the most recent of a number of towers built in the area. It is truly incredible.    Continue reading “St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – Florida”

Hilton Head, SC – Coligny Beach Park and Harbour Town Island

Hilton HeadI was incredibly happy to be able to spend New Year’s Eve of 2019/2020 in Hilton Head South Carolina. We had been to South Carolina once before to see their state capitol building, but never to Hilton Head, so I was so excited. I didn’t know much about Hilton Head, aka Hilton Head Island, or that it was named after Captain William Hilton. In 1663 he was the person who identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which mapmakers named “Hilton’s Headland.” Continue reading “Hilton Head, SC – Coligny Beach Park and Harbour Town Island”

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California – The National Park on the Bay

Alcatraz SignWhen I think about San Francisco, some of the first things I think of are the Golden Gate Bridge and AT&T Park where the Giants play. However, for many people, when they think of Alcatraz Island across the Bay. Granted it is impressive, and there is a lot of history of the island. Most people remember it as a former high-security prison that existed from July 1, 1934, to sometime in 1963.  We had a great time checking in out while in the area in June of 2010 for a friend’s wedding. Continue reading “Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California – The National Park on the Bay”