South Carolina – Rock Hill

I traveled to Rock Hill.  It is located roughly 25 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Hill,_South_Carolina)

I visited the Glencairn Gardens.  The grounds are beautiful

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South Carolina – Sullivan’s Island Beach

Sullivan’s Island Beach (Sullivan Beach) is about 5 miles due east of Charleston.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan%27s_Island,_South_Carolina)

The walkway to the beach (from a residential street)…

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Houses (that overlook the water) along the walk ….

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the beach…

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lots of people and things…

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a beautiful day…

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Tennessee – The Great Smoky Mountains

Every once in a while along the path, there is a place that stops me in my tracks and takes my breath away.  The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee were one of those places…      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smoky_Mountains)

There was something wonderful about the energy of the land, the air, the mountains….

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I headed down to lower ground – in the Cosby area.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosby,_Tennessee)

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Then back up the mountains…

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Georgia – Gainesville

I traveled to Gainesville, Georgia to visit an old grade school friend.  Gainesville is a small city, located about an hour drive northeast of Atlanta.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainesville,_Georgia)

She took me on a tour of some of the area’s hidden treasures!

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Florida – Tampa – Chalk Walk Festival

In March, 2014, I attended the Chalk Walk Festival in the Hyde Park Village section of Tampa.  (http://cltampa.com/tampa/chalk-walk/Event?oid=4493793)

DSCN9364It is a very cool event.  Artwork lines the sidewalks.  Viewers walk along and admire the work.

I had not been expecting much and found myself amazed by the artistic designs in chalk.

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There was a large area for children to draw their own creations.

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Also, people were drawing wherever they could find space.

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including me

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Florida – Lakeland

Just east of Tampa is Lakeland.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakeland,_Florida)

I visited the area, looking for beauty.

The city is cute.  I wandered around until I landed by one of the city’s many lakes.

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Florida – St. Petersburg

My travels took me to St. Petersburg  (also known as St. Pete, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Petersburg,_Florida).  I was looking for something fun to do in the Tampa Bay area and was pointed there.

St. Pete is located due west of Tampa.  I enjoyed traveling the long bridges (to get there from Tampa).

I liked St. Pete.  Downtown is a very inviting area, with restaurants, a view of the Bay, and more.

I drove down a pier and grabbed pictures of the city.

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The pier – it houses a restaurant…

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I stopped by the Museum of Fine Arts (http://www.fine-arts.org/).  They were hosting a free TEDx lecture event.  (https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program).  It was a great time.  I have wanted to listen to the speakers in person.

This is the reception area at the museum.  Quite pretty.

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I drove to the beach at Treasure Island, just over a small bridge from St. Pete. (http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/treasure-island-beach.html)

It was a cold and dreary day, so there were not many people at the beach.  I took my shoes off and walked barefoot.  It was surprising how different the sand felt from the sand at Panama City Beach.  This sand was not as soft and smooth.

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Florida – Apollo Beach

South of the Tampa area is Apollo Beach.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Beach,_Florida)

Apollo Beach lies along Tampa Bay.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Bay)

I headed over to Apollo Beach to see the Manatees.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manatee)  Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing area by the Big Bend Power Station is an excellent place to see them.  (http://www.tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/)

I walked down a long narrow walkway, through some trees and then along a long stretch with water on both sides.

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People lined the sides, hoping to see a Manatee.

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I had never seen a Manatee, so I had no idea what I was looking for.  The people standing next to me said to look for places where the water looks different.  That lets us know that a Manatee is underneath.  (See picture below, in the center of the water.)

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I mostly saw gorgeous birds.

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Every once in a while, the top of a Manatee could  be seen on the water (for a moment).  Manatees are fast and hard to photograph.  I was happy to catch some body parts that came out of the water.  (I think these were part of Manatees).

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I don’t know if I actually saw any Manatees, but it was a great way to spend a day in nature…

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Florida – Ybor City (Tampa)

When in Tampa, I visited a cute neighborhood called Ybor City.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ybor_City & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa,_Florida)

I took the trolley from downtown Tampa to Ybor City.

The trolley went through the city streets, past the cruise ships, and to Ybor City.  It was an enjoyable ride!

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DSCN9263Ybor City’s main street has a gorgeous old architectural style.

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Ybor City is known for it’s cigars.

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It is also known for nightlife.

At about midnight on a weekend night, I drove through the area.  Lots of people were drinking and partying on the sidewalks and the main street.  The crowd looked to be primarily young, in their 20s.  Police cars were parked along the sides of the road.  Street were covered with debris.  Traffic moved very slowly, to avoid hitting people.

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Florida – Siesta Key Beach (Sarasota)

My travels took me to Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarasota,_Florida & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siesta_Beach)

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I went to Siesta Key Beach for the Drumming Circle, that takes place each week on Sunday, an hour before sunset.

A large crowd gathered to watch and listen.  They stood or sat in a circle.  Some people went to the middle of the circle to dance.  About seven or eight musicians kept the beat going.

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The beach was beautiful.  The winter weather was warm, but not warm enough for swimming.

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Many of us gathered by the water and watched the sunset, while listening to the drumming in the distance.

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