Sarah P Duke Gardens – Delighting Visitors since 1939

Durham, North Carolina.

In the early 1930’s, the love of horticulture brought the gardens named after the widow of one of the founders of Duke University to fruition. The gardens first came to life in 1935, but in 1939, the public gardens were reopened in their new location. It was a bit tricky to find using our GPS and we found ourselves going into parking areas that were for Duke University employees only before we came upon the correct turnoff. I don’t know if the issue was specifically with our Garmin GPS or if it’s just plain hard to find. In any case, the hassle was worth it. The gardens provide a great place to spend some quality time enjoying nature. Continue reading

Surrender at Bennett Place – A Civil War Historic Site


Bennett Place-1

Durham, North Carolina.

October 2015 saw us visiting or driving through eight states and flying over several others as we drove from our home in North Dakota to the warm, sunny skies of Arizona for the winter. Side trips to the Albuquerque Balloon fiesta, San Diego California, Pittsboro North Carolina, and Suffolk Virginia allowed me to capture several hundred images. Fear not, you won’t have to see them all. I will share my favorites with you as we visit some interesting and historic sites. Over the next few weeks, we touch the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and stop at several places in-between. Continue reading