A Look Back at 2018

Mark and I try to use our energy to enjoy the moment, or maybe to think a little bit about the future, rather than hover in the past. But what a pleasure it is to look back over the past year and feel nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the variety of experiences and adventures […]

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Going Home

You know the adage — you can’t go home. I am here as living proof that you can, indeed, go home, And you should. Mile City, Montana, Cow Capital of the West, my hometown. Time for a visit. Mark and I had talked about taking a trip west for a while. I wanted to reconnect […]

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A Baltimore 4th

I am a lazy blogger. We have been back in Baltimore more than two months from our ICW travels and I’ve been pathetically quiet on nextchapter.us. While I am late with these photos of Baltimore’s stupendous 4th of July celebration, maybe they have been worth waiting for?

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Flowers, Flowers Everywhere at Airlie Gardens

I adore gardens of all shapes and sizes. But I’ll always hold a special spot in my heart for historic Airlie Gardens near Wilmington. Mark and I visited Airlie Gardens for the first time last December. Even in the dead of winter, dozens of camellias brightened the pathways. Rogue azaleas blooming out of season added […]

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Trying to be Spring

We are slowly heading north on the ICW back to Baltimore. Keyword: slowly. After a few initial days of warm sunshine, we sit at the dock in Southport, NC, with a gusting wind and very chilly temps in the 40s. We know it will improve, so for the moment I post photos of beautiful spring […]

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Family and Friends in Florida

I am long overdue in adding a post about our wonderful time in Florida the first week of March. We left Oasis in her slip in Charleston and drove this leg of the journey. We had visiting to do, and did we ever visit! First stop was Jacksonville to visit the Merritts: my sister Rhonda, […]

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Dead-End Park

A balmy spring Saturday morning is custom made for a walk on/over/through what is formally known as Pitt Street Park in Mount Pleasant. I just call it “Dead-End Park,” because it surely is. Originally an over-water trolley line connecting Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island in the 1800s, a big ‘ole storm took out a huge […]

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Six Days in Savannah

So which one is better — Savannah or Charleston? The question has begged an answer since these two Southern beauties first graced the earth. I find choosing between the two less important than simply enjoying their respective charms. In early February we had the chance to reacquaint ourselves with beautiful Savannah. The first thing you […]

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Follow the Brick Road

It’s not Oz, but disappearing down Charleston’s little brick pathways and lanes can lead to surprises. The entrance to Stoll’s Alley is barely noticeable — a one-person wide opening between the back wall of a stucco house and a brick wall. But I saw vines crawling over the wall and the tantalizing hint of a […]

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Snow!

And the white stuff did fall! Five inches on January 3, Charleston’s first snow accumulation in 19 years, followed by record-breaking cold temps for nearly a week. What a way to welcome in 2018. As I write this, the snow thankfully is gone. I’m good for the season — snow is not my thing. I […]

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