Strange Times

The middle of a pandemic and BLM protests may seem like a strange time to start a travel blog. I’ll fully admit that. But both of those things are inspiring people to explore new places where they already live.

The pandemic has more people looking for outdoor locations, like state parks, and local restaurants that they may have overlooked. The BLM movement is renewing support of Black-owned businesses and creating interest in history they were never taught in school.

Recently, I left my broadcast news station where I had worked for almost a decade. When I started going through the files and photos on my cell phone, I realized I had a lot of pictures of places I wished more people knew about. I quickly downloaded and sorted them into different files in my Google drive and started putting this blog together. Finally, I had an opportunity to bring attention to these places!

At one point in my journalism career, I was the assistant editor and contributing writer for a now defunct magazine called Waterfront Living. It focused on the sights, sounds, and tastes of Florida’s Forgotten Coast. I loved this job. I would spend hours in the library looking up the history of the area and how it evolved over the years. For instance, did you know the Florida Panhandle used to include portions of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana?

I learned way more about the history of ice in the U.S. than I ever imagined I would. This journey included a trip to the Dr. John Gorrie Museum in Apalachicola and taste test of whiskey lemonade with ice from a glacier and ice from an ice machine. If you’re a fan of cold drinks and air conditioning in your house, thank Dr. John Gorrie. (I’ll explain more about all that in a future post.)

Now I live in Savannah, GA. I fell in love with this city as soon as I drove down Victory Drive with palm trees standing proudly along the median and Spanish moss-draped oak trees arching overhead. The Hostess City has an incredible history. Some of it’s nice, and some of it is heartbreaking, but it’s all fascinating.

I can’t wait to tell you all about the restaurants, museums, hotels, shops, and parks I’ve come to love across the southeast. If you’d like to share some hidden or underrepresented spots you love, I’d love to hear those too.

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