My husband, Lance Van Auken, and I love to travel, and when we do we collect many photographs. Most of our trips are to historic landmarks and destinations, in keeping with our interests.

Mighty Susquehanna

The Susquehanna is a shallow river that flows about 440 miles, from Cooperstown to the Chesapeake Bay. Nearly 200 years ago, canals were used to transport goods and people instead of the river. Canal boats would use the river where it was deeper, or where dams had raised the water level. The Susquehanna, stretching approximately [...]

Newport in the Winter

Newport, RI NEWPORT, RI – Seagulls surf the bitter wind off Narragansett Bay as a lone lobster boat chugs home. By January, the blue bay in Newport, the “Sailing Capital of the World,” is empty and few people remain in the small coastal town. The lovely 12-meter yachts used in the internationally famous [...]

Head for Mile Marker Zero

KEY WEST— It is time for the annual migration of snowbirds. Houses are secured, SUVs are packed, and neighbors are waved farewell. Those fortunate enough to have a lifestyle that allows them to trade views of white snow for white sand are heading south. The rest of us are left behind, envious, while [...]

Snorkeling the Tortugas

DRY TORTUGAS – If you can swim – okay, if you can float – then you can snorkel and the best snorkeling in North America is at Dry Tortugas National Park, nearly 70 miles west of Key West. Its shallow waters have spectacular views and are perfect for beginners and experts. The Dry [...]

Where Is the Best Boat Show?

MIAMI BEACH – The traffic had stalled on Collins Avenue, also known as A1A. Drivers didn’t seem to mind; their eyes were glued on the mega yachts moored in the nearby canal, part of the Miami International Boat Show at the Sea Isle Marina. Sailboats, including luxury multi-hulls, were sequestered a few miles [...]

Visit Annapolis Offseason

The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the United States.  Visit Annapolis Offseason ANNAPOLIS, MD – If winter winds on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island aren’t your cup of tea, then consider heading south to the Chesapeake Bay and spend a weekend in historic Maryland. Visit Annapolis offseason Founded [...]

Greenwich: Where Time Begins

GREENWICH, England – This is where East meets West. This also is where Time begins and when the New Year begins, this is where the first clock chimes the midnight hour. Each day at 12:55 p.m., the Greenwich Time Ball atop the Royal Observatory rises half way up its mast signaling the time [...]

Your Ticket to Rome

ROME, Italy – Despite best intentions to relax and to slowly wander the city and ruins, a visit to Rome is guaranteed to cause anxiety because there is so much to see and so little time to see it all. One of the busiest – and most vibrant – city in the world, [...]