Like most people, I was tasked to read Hemingway in high school, never appreciating his writing until I became an adult. Gerry and I began visiting Key West a few times, also the home of Ernest Hemingway for a number of years, so he became part of our yearning to know more about Key West,… Continue reading How in the World Did Hemingway Become Such a Big Part of Our Life?
We have had our share of the outer banks as kids, and here and there as adults, but neither of us had actually, intentionally, driven and visited the entire outer banks. Now that we live on the NC Coast, we are so close to the ferry to Ocracoke, that our goal has now become more… Continue reading NC Outer Banks- First Half
I (Shannon) have been a Jimmy Buffett fan since high school. I didn't go full-fledged "Parrothead" until college. Once I went to my first Margaritaville (in Key West), I knew that the Parrothead lifestyle was for me. I spent the next few years listening to his music, going to his concerts, reading his books (there… Continue reading When Jimmy Buffett Songs Take On A New Meaning
A year ago, Gerry and I would have been envious when others would say, "Happy Friday!" or use #tgif since our weekends running our business were consumed with managing staff, customers, hectic weekend hours, and wishing we were able to get away for a couple of days, like everyone else. Our norm for living was… Continue reading Embracing a New Norm- Living Free
The last few years have seen major shifts in our lifestyle and ways of thinking. From minimalism, tiny house living, mindfulness activities, and meatless eating, it appears transformation is in the air... and we're all the better for it. This momentum has carried over into my perception of religion/spirituality and the roles they play in… Continue reading Bodhisattva (Will You Take Me By The Hand)
Bordering North Carolina and South Carolina is a wonderful landmark that has been a source of intrigue since my (Gerry) childhood. The campy billboards that lead you to this destination and the 97-foot tall Pedro looming over I-95 should be a source of intrigue for most. All these years later, I have had several opportunities… Continue reading Road Trip- South of the Border!
Oh my.... I don't even know how to put into words my feelings about Turks and Caicos. No words could ever do it justice. Our third port-of-call on our Caribbean cruise this past January was Grand Turk Island. All I knew of the area, up until the point of our arrival, was that it was… Continue reading Caribbean in January- Part 3: Turks and Caicos
Part 2 of this series is set in Princess Cays- a tourist resort at the southern end of the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. This was our second port on our Caribbean cruise, this past January. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical since I had researched the island and saw that it was owned… Continue reading Caribbean in January- Part 2: Princess Cays
Is it just me, or is January the longest month of the year? Geez. Cold, dreary, but full of new beginnings and goals. I learned from dear Jimmy Buffett not to make resolutions, so goals and feelings of a fresh start,are what we're after here. We started out 2018 with an adventure in the Caribbean… Continue reading Caribbean in January- Part 1: Nassau, Bahamas
Since we started living a more minimalist lifestyle, packing for a trip has been a much easier task. We are preparing to leave for a 7 day vacation and so packing for multiple climates presents a whole set of challenges, but we plan to not let the transition from North Carolina snow, to Caribbean tropical… Continue reading Minimalist Vacation Packing