Do you have a bucket list of wildlife that you want to see in their natural habitat in America? You may be surprised that wildlife in the Outer Banks (OBX) in North Carolina may include many of the unique animals on your list. How about wild mustangs, Black Bears, and American Alligators? If you’re a bird-watcher you’ll think you’re in heaven since this area is an integral part of the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route.

In addition to hundreds of miles of beaches, North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands protect over 300 square miles (777 sq. kilometers) of uninhabited nature preservation…

Early on in the year 2020 when the pandemic began silently taking its toll on the world, I started making a list of things that we lost either temporarily or permanently. Even though we all hoped and expected that things would get back to normal much more quickly, it was still clear by spring that this would be a year like no other. As I look back at 2020 I’m amazed at all the changes that happened in our world.

A Year of Losses

Have you ever considered that you have special skills and talents that can be used to help others? Have you thought about supporting your favorite non-profit organization by volunteering your photography, videography or other unique know-how? I had the privilege of traveling several years ago as a volunteer photographer and learned as much about myself as I did about those I was serving.

My first few exposures to volunteer travel were situations where I offered my photography skills to document events for non-profit organizations that served people in other countries. In one case it was not a typical volunteer trip…

What better reasons to visit York River State Park than hiking, history, and health benefits? As many of us find ourselves amidst stay-at-home orders for at least the next few weeks and possibly longer, I thought I’d share how a visit to York River State Park in Virginia (USA) helped me de-stress and enjoy nature during the stressful times many of us find ourselves in.

Growing up as the granddaughter of a farmer and just steps from the great Lake Erie in a small town in Ohio, I’ve always had a deep love of nature. …

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During the current health crisis, medical experts recommend social-distancing and quarantines to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. You may have much more free time on your hands as a result. Here are 14 fun and interesting ideas for things to do when you’re bored. Many are great for kids too.

1. Listen to Music

Listening to music has a wonderful way of helping you relax and forget your troubles. There are many other benefits as well. A review of 23 different studies, covering almost 1,500 patients found that listening to music reduced heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety in heart disease…

The current COVID-19 Coronavirus health situation has probably created some unexpected and frustrating scenarios that are out of your control. You may be canceling plans that you were really looking forward to. You may have even been told that your kids’ schools are closed and they’ll be home indefinitely. Or maybe you don’t have kids and you’re choosing to work from home or self-quarantine for the next week or more.

The current recommendations for social-distancing may cause even the best of us to feel alone and overwhelmed at times. …

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Are you a fan of fungi? Have you ever gone hunting for wild edible mushrooms or truffles? Do you love incorporating them in your favorite dishes or maybe you just like savoring them when someone else is doing the cooking? No matter what aspect of mushrooms and truffles you like best, there are celebrations around the world to fulfill your desires.

These peculiar fungi known as mushrooms are mysterious creations in nature. There are tens of thousands of varieties of mushrooms of all shapes, sizes, and colors with just a small percentage being edible. …

Flight attendant serving passengers on an airplane
Flight attendant serving passengers on an airplane
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It’s difficult to live in modern society in 2020 without hearing about the latest Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19. During the week of February 23, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California, Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States, as well as the first reported case in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

With all this sobering news, are you wondering how the virus outbreak could impact any upcoming…

The garden gate leading to the Eyre Hall Gardens on the Eastern Shore

Have you ever driven by a magnificent home and wondered what was behind the front gate? Well, now’s your chance to see some of these beautiful homes in Virginia. The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) recently announced that tickets are now available for the 2020 Historic Garden Week home tours.

Every year in late April GCV offers a wide array of garden & house tours throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Communities show off some of their most beautiful homes. From centuries-old historically significant homes, filled with stories dating back before the Revolution, to modern dwellings that reflect our view into…

In honor of Lonely Planet naming Washington DC one of the “Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2020”, and the upcoming celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, I thought I’d give you a little introduction to my all-time favorite destination in the United States. If you’re thinking of going in 2020, many Washington DC museums will be offering special exhibitions honoring the law that granted women the right to vote. You’ll also have the prospect of a wild ride in this upcoming election year.

But let’s back up a little and talk about 11 reasons why you…

Nancy Hann

I’m a travel and lifestyle blogger at I love learning, photography, creativity, studying people and sharing my discoveries.

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