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!!
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!
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.
There is no place like it on earth!!