Category Archives: Travelblogue

I love it that we are sisters.


My sister and I are so very alike; nearly identical emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. We are lovers and fighters. We react to most things with the same passion and enthusiasm. We share the same father, our paternal heritage runs deep into the hills of North Carolina, a troubled, poor, yet strong family line. Our unrelated maternal legacies hail from Kentucky where our two strong, loyal, persevering mothers were born and raised.

Tara and I took a spontaneous trip this month to Charleston, SC to celebrate her 39th birthday. What a charming, historic, beautiful place! My first experience exploring downtown Charleston is one I won’t forget!



Our cozy room at The Lodge Alley Inn.




We stayed here, too! Elliott House Inn on Queen Street.




Breakfast at Toast.


Charleston Harbor


Big as yo’ face biscuit at Toast.


Dinner at Husk. The best Manhattan can be found there.


Room with a view. We don’t recommend Room 16 at Elliott House Inn.


Charleston Firefighters – especially for Kat.

Rainbow Row


Rainbow Row – the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the U.S. (Thanks, Wiki!)


Perhaps a Charleston problem as well? Proceed with caution.

Local brew at Henry’s House.


A fun cooking class at Charleston Cooks. Blair is a fabulous chef!


We scored these at the Historic Charleston City Market.


I roamed around Asheville, NC the morning I was driving home from South Carolina to my home in Tennessee.




DAY TWO: Washington, D.C., 05.30.13


Brad’s day began with meetings at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). At 1:00 pm, I gathered in the lobby with some other MADD board members and staff to take the Metrorail to join Brad and the others for a tour of the Newseum. “The Newseum, a 250,000 square foot museum of news, offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.”  Very interesting!

November 22, 2013 marks the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The museum has on display fabulous exhibits of never before seen photos and artifacts.

Creating Camelot - The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.

Creating Camelot – The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.

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“We are going to sell Jack like soap flakes.” – Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

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“I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris and I have enjoyed it.” -President John F. Kennedy

Along with the beautiful, happy photos of the Kennedy family were not so pleasant reminders.

Abraham Zapruder's famous camera. The private citizen captured the infamous deed on this home-movie camera.

Abraham Zapruder’s famous camera. The private citizen captured the infamous deed on this home-movie camera.

A sobering presentation of the Berlin Wall displayed actual sections of the Wall. East and West sides pictured.

Berlin Wall - East Side & West Side

Berlin Wall – East Side & West Side

Brad and I posed for a photo on the terrace of the Newseum. Notice the Canadian Embassy on the immediate left and the U.S. Capitol in the background.

American Citizens being all touristy.

American Citizens being all touristy.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment Display. Shout out to MADD!

First Amendment Display. Shout out to MADD!

Washington D.C is steeped in the history of our nation’s founding and progress.  The historic presence was palpable as we walked the streets and were surrounded by artifacts. It’s a must-do trip for all Americans!







DAY ONE: Washington, D.C. 05.29.13


My husband Brad is a member of the MADD National Board and Executive.  I’m so proud of him. This bittersweet appointment comes with an unfathomable price.

Brad's MADD nametag

I accompanied Brad to our nation’s capital on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 for a MADD national board meeting.  This gorgeous sunset welcomed us to town.

Sunset, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is steeped in colonial history – our union’s founding, a northern perspective on the Civil War, intricate architecture.  This is a thrill trip for me as I am a lover of history and old buildings.