Wiley adventure

Journey – Cheyenne Bottoms & Geographic Center

  • 07/18/2017

A Wiley Prayer Journey and Adventure... This past winter, we were discussing where we wanted to visit on our next journey. At that time, the election was just around the corner. During the conversation we wondered where the Geographic Center of the United States was located. Upon searching the internet, we discovered there was a historical marker near Lebanon, Kansas for the geographic center of the contiguous United States. The center of the lower 48 states. This turned out to be about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Cheyenne Bottoms. Which is the largest wetland in the interior United States. Where...

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Pelicans, Paragliders, Lighthouse and a Beautiful Sunset in South Carolina

  • 06/20/2016
Pelicans, Paragliders, Lighthouse and a Beautiful Sunset in South Carolina

Our South Carolina Adventure Continues... A God Thing... We appreciate America in all Her Glory -  and wanted to Experience Our Southeastern Coastline.  Truly, SC is to be joined into your memories.  Birds, foliage, animals, reptiles, and history.  "Oh" - that we could ALL spend Time there. Live, Laugh, LOVE Within and on the Perimeters of this Southern Adventure! We camped at the Edisto Beach State Park...which was a very nice treed campground on Edisto Island.  The Atlantic Coast and the proximity to Charleston were the main reasons for using it as our base camp.  Then, we drove...

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Adventure – Alligators at the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

  • 06/03/2016
Adventure – Alligators at the Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina Adventure Our visit to the  Ernest F. Hollings Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge Dixie "Had The Eye" as per usual... noticing what I had not seen. Two Nested Juveniles which to most would have stood out...but, not me today.   HOW did She DO this... picking out the reptiles from out of All This? From out of acres and acres of vastness... I must have been distracted by whatever...   Agitators...Well, Of COURSE... The American Alligator... this 8-Footer. 8 Feet Below... In a old rice field with moss-stagnant water Unmoving...Sunning...so,...

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Denver – Best Pizza, Aloft Hotel, Family & More

  • 01/04/2016
Denver – Best Pizza, Aloft Hotel, Family & More

Another Wiley Adventure We returned from a visit to meet our 7-week old granddaughter in Denver, Colorado.  The weather was perfect on a Friday when we landed; but we knew Denver was expecting a few inches of snow on Saturday.  Virginia was experiencing temperatures in the upper 60's...and still are Monday when I started this post. Yay!  BUT, I'm finishing this 3 weeks later due to both of us catching the flu, and then celebrating Christmas and New Years. Meeting Blake for the first time was super special for us...holding a precious life that will bring much joy to everyone she meets...is...

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Weekend Escapes to the Chesapeake Bay Area

  • 09/20/2015
Weekend Escapes to the Chesapeake Bay Area

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America.  According to Wikipedia "An estuary is a partly enclosed coastal body of brackish water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea."  The Bay lies between Virginia and Maryland with colonial towns, major cities, fishing villages and farms on both sides. This year we have enjoyed two weekend getaways to the Chesapeake Bay area on Maryland's eastern shore.  Both trips we found our favorite town was St. Michaels...located on the Miles River with restaurants on the harbor.  This small...

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Gettysburg Inspirations

  • 09/07/2015
Gettysburg Inspirations

GETTYSBURG   A Childhood Fascination - and now another Family Trip...nothing uncommon to some maybe...but a Great Time nonetheless. Preceding the family visit was a detailed guided tour of the Battlefield - then followed by son Ryan's Visit - where he said I had my "Full Geek On" as I reiterated  what happened. He got a new grasp of the vast extent of the Gettysburg Battle on all three days - and was struck by what both sides had done. Gettysburg - to us - is the Signature Battle of the Central War of American History. Our thought is that Everyone should go there, think, and absorb. Each...

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Trip

  • 07/26/2015
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Trip

We recently made a trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; though a few months later then planned. We were set to visit the refuge in February...when the migratory birds stop by on their way north. However, it snowed several inches in Virginia and Maryland so the trip was postponed. Nevertheless, Eagles, Osprey, Cranes, Ducks, Turtles abounded, and our favorite...Blue Herons. And a special treat: the over-sized Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel...on the endangered species list. This was our first serious time out with Olympus E-M5 Mark IIs and various lenses...a time of gear shake down...

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