My visit to Martha’s Vineyard

I’ve always wanted to visit Martha’s Vineyard, an island known to be the relaxation retreat for the rich, powerful and upper echelon in the US.  I figured since I was only a ferry ride away with some time to explore, why not embark on the opportunity! I had recently visited the Smithsonian African-American History Museum in Washington D.C. and learned of the first black family to settle in the Oak’s Bluff community, which later became the summer haven for the African-American elite.  I found the stone that honored the indentured servants and later the home that was surprisingly still intent well enough for a quick photo.  I traveled down tree-lined roads of bright-colored homes with unique designs, sampled chocolate at a local home-made make shift kitchen, visited the lighthouses that happened to be closed for the season and was fortunate to  catch the sunset on the beach.  My dinner for the evening consist of a freshly caught thirty pound lobster  and  a warm fixing of Barack Obama’s favorite dessert, the homemade straight out of the oven baked apple fritter!!  Martha’s Vineyard is defiantly an island worth visiting if you have a few hours to spare!!

 

 

 

Why didn’t anyone tell me about Kentucky?

A brief debate about boxing with my nephews combine with an urge to education led to a fun fact trip to Louisville, Kentucky. Just a few hours away from Chicago, a day trip to Kentucky is a must! One of the first item on my agenda was to expose and explore the brilliance of Muhammad Ali.

It’s safe to say that both Marcell and Tre enjoyed their time at the center as well as left with a different perspective of true champion and leader.

Just around around the corner from the center, we toured the Louisville Slugger Museum.

We got the opportunity to explore the slugger making process in the factory as well as explore the different selection of game winning bats from many historical baseball figures. While the trip was a success, I plan to do much more on my next visit!

The highest of Highs

One of the greatest perks of traveling the US is the ability to cross state lines without the hassle of  having to obtain a visa or border stamp to get permission to explore other cities or towns. Living in the Midwest, many weekend getaways can be enjoyed just a few hours away from your front door by car or less than an hour away by flight.  However when planning to  travel further West, I would highly recommend visiting the State of Colorado.

I love hiking and the mountains in Denver defiantly didn’t disappoint this urban wanderer.  There are many hills as far as the eyes can see and I had the privilege to take a take a forty-five minute train ride 14,114 ft. to Pikes Peak.  When riding up, I completely forgot to pack my jacket and by the time we reached the top, I was literally frozen and stuck to my seat. The greatest benefit to that debacle was the opportunity to view some of mother’s nature most breath-taking creation.  The State of Colorado has also made news as being one of the first States to legalize recreational cannabis.

Being a city dweller, I’m no stranger to the substance but to I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit the many weed shops while exploring all of what Denver had to offer.  It was quite interesting to walk out of the grocery store and go next door, not to the beauty supply but the Weed Supply. Choosing a souvenir for this trip was quite tricky but I was fortunate to receive help from many merry and jovial locals who had no problem with suggest choosing a gift from “The Green Solution”. The shop sold everything from the actual leaves of many potencies to drinks, edibles, candles, tee shirts, and cannabis coloring books.  Souvenir shopping in Denver is on a higher level, literally!

 

Little Rock Arkansas: Retracing the steps of “The Little Rock Nine”

Nearly 5 years ago, I decided to explore my options, take a risk to travel across the globe to teach abroad in the Middle East.   At that time, the state of education had

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A collection of items donated from each of the students to the museum that was built to honor their legacy.
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These shoes belong to Elizabeth Eckford, a young  women who was brazen enough to withstand the anger, yelling and rage from segregationists when she made attempt to enter school.
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I had to capture this moment as I truly admire these unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.
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A portrait created a art student from Little Rock High School.

it’s troubles but I learned to adapt and persevere to become a passionate Special Needs Educator. I took for granted the restorative natural of travel and how easy it is to explore the United States without a passport or visa.  That’s why every Summer I create an agenda and go on a road trip to visit places and/or states I’ve never seen.  This year, one of the many places I traveled to  was Little Rock, Arkansas. I had the liberty of walking the same route nine students took nearly 60 years ago to force their way into high school to get the educated.
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The Little Rock Nine were a group of nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas.

The Jolly Green Giant

Today I decided to visit a site referred to as the “landscape under the glass”, The Garfield Park Conservatory. I considered this place to be a hidden treasure on Chicag0’s west side. It consists of 8 sectors, the Palm House, Fern Room, Sugar From the Sun Room, Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, the Desert House, Aroid House, Show House and Outdoor Gardens. With a mission to explore, examine, experiment and explain our relationship with plants, the Conservatory serve as a botanical paradise to the lives of Botanist.

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There is no place like it on earth!!