(Niceville, Florida; Apr. 29, 2018) Long ago when I was much younger my grandparents would meet us at the Honolulu airport. Grandma always had a lei she’d present each of us, and, if my Aunty Kiki and Uncle Tony were there too, Aunty Kiki would also have lei for my brother and I—usually one made … Continue reading Travel Log: Local Flavor
(Niceville, Florida; Apr. 27, 2018) Hi’iaka (“he-ee ah-ka”) was the younger sister of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. As these divine siblings searched for a permanent home, they crossed many islands. On one, which would eventually be known as the “Gathering Place,” they saw a circular mountain on a prominent headland that, when viewed from … Continue reading Travel Log: A Diamond in the Rough
(Houston, Texas; Apr 25, 2018) I’m currently sitting in the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, waiting with my parents to catch our last flight back to Florida. If you keep up with my Flickr or Instagram feeds, you know I’ve been zipping all over Oahu in Hawai’i since April 12. However, I’ve been off-line … Continue reading Travel Log: Touching Ohana
(Niceville, Florida. 11 April 2018) - Going to take y'all on a visual journey through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. As always, you can see my entire photo library on my Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparks_photography/) or m Instagram (@sparks1524). But, once in a while it's fun to just do a visual journey, and … Continue reading Travel Log: Photo Day!
(Niceville, Florida; April 10, 2018) Phase 2 has been completed--I'm back in Niceville, Florida. Phase 3 (Hawaii) is coming very soon--April 12! Check out the state map at very bottom for a recap of Phases 1 and 2. Last time I covered two states in one column. I’ve decided to up my game and take … Continue reading Travel Log: Hidden Gems
(Springfield, Illinois; April 1, 2018) Thus begins the first travel column I’ve ever written that incorporates two states. Two states and four sites. Can I cook, or can’t I?! (You’ll notice yet another new state on my map at bottom!) A couple of days ago on March 30 I hiked the Fort Donelson National Battlefield … Continue reading Travel Log: Frog Song and Bald Eagle Gazes
(Huber Heights, Ohio; March 19, 2018) Phase 2 is underway! This will be a short leg. It began in Georgia, and right now I’m at my brother’s in Ohio again. Next week I trek to new lands: Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama. Middle of next month I’m going to Hawaii (Phase 3), so I only … Continue reading Travel Log: Phase 2!
(Niceville, Florida; March 8, 2018) The Sunshine State has waded into the waters of museum ships with two entries of her own. Granted, the firepower of these combined vessels wouldn’t dent the battleship North Carolina’s armor, but these ships are both rather unique vessels that tell an often overlooked part of America’s maritime story: the … Continue reading Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 3)
(Niceville, Florida; March 2, 2018) The duel of the warships now brings us south, to, appropriately enough, South Carolina. South Carolina is a state rich in natural and human history, a state that played a pivotal and famous role during the American Revolution, and a pivotal and infamous role during the American Civil War. Today … Continue reading Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 2)
(Niceville, Florida; March 4, 2018) I’m currently home in Niceville; Phase 1 of Grand Tour USA is done; Phase 2 begins in two weeks. Time to catch up, and I’ll start with a multi-part series on historic ships. Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina could put to sea some seriously heavy-duty naval armament if they … Continue reading Travel Log: Dueling Warships (Part 1)