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I love to travel, try new foods, new wines, and take photos! And I love to write about traveling–those experiences that change us all for the better. My travel and foodie articles show up in a wide variety of publications. I hope you enjoy this compilation! Come along with me as I visit remarkable places and give them the exposure they deserve, with southern style!
Links to my travel, food, and wine articles will appear here, with the most recent articles at the top of the list. That saves me from having to pick which is my favorite and garners the top spot! They are all my “favorite” it just depends on where I am at the moment. The links will take you to the actual published article (so you will be following a link to an outside page.)
If you’d like me to write an article for you, just let me know!



Let's go fly a kite!





by Jo Clark



“…With your feet on the ground, You’re a bird in a flight With your fist holding tight, To the string of your kite… Up through the atmosphere, Up where the air is clear Oh, let’s go—fly a kite!”

- David Tomlinson (song performed in Mary Poppins by Dick Van Dyke)





Serena Jacobs actually gets the credit for Donald’s addiction. More than ten years ago, during a visit to Myrtle Beach, he found a broken kite on the beach, a little plastic frog, and tried his hand at repairs. And that big smile on his face told his wife, “Yes, I want my own kite!”


Spotting a kite shop during that vacation, Serena encouraged him to purchase his first kite. Little did she know they would be in search of wind from that day forward! Read more...(on page 10!)



SEA TURTLES
THE 3 R'S - RELOCATION, RESCUE AND REHABILITATION





by Jo Clark



I'm happy to announce that my latest article is published. Here is the link to the article - just click the picture to read and enjoy learning all about Sea Turtles!


And please check out this new magazine, The Mango! Visit their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/themangomagazine and to subscribe (if you love beach life, too) visit www.mango-mag.com!





They say you can’t go home again, but every spring, sea turtles do just that--they go home—to breed and nest. Studies show that turtles return and dig their nest close to where they were hatched. Isn’t the cycle of life remarkable?


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A Blue Ridge Mountain Winery
Virginia’s Chateau Morrisette





by Jo Clark



Chateau Morrisette is the oldest, and now the largest, winery in Virginia. The winery produces more than 20 wines, providing something for everyone. William and Nancy Morrisette dreamed of owning a cabin in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to provide an escape from their work-world. Alas, they just weren’t cut out for the leisurely mountain life. In short, they were bored! The discovery of Fox Grapes on the property prompted them to try their hand at winemaking. Their success spurred them to plant their first grapevines in 1978. They planted 13 acres with Niagara, Concord, and Muscadine grapes.





Son David was hooked! Winemaking caught his interest, and he completed his enology and viticulture degree at Mississippi State University. He became the winemaker for Woolwine Winery, the company’s original name. Woolwine is the name of a small town further down the mountain from today’s Chateau, where the operations were moved in 1981.

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7 Best Floyd Restaurants | Where to Eat in Floyd, VA



by Jo Clark



You will find the town of Floyd atop a Blue Ridge Mountain plateau, on a rolling piece of land, elevation 2,500 feet. You’ll become aware of this interesting little factoid when you walk around town exploring the best Floyd restaurants and find yourself a bit out of breath due to the altitude and the climb!





Floyd is centrally located, one hour from either Roanoke or Martinsville, 40 minutes from Blacksburg (the home of Virginia Tech), and less than two hours from either Winston-Salem or Greensboro, NC.

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CHARLESTON’S PUBLIC GARDENS IN WINTER





by Jo Clark
Photography by Jo Clark and Darrel Mellies



Charleston, South Carolina, is famous for its churches – it is called the Holy City, after all – and its stunning gardens. The city is full of free parks and top public gardens for your enjoyment. The azaleas in spring have no rival, the roses, petunias, and impatiens of summer are gorgeous, and the mums and Knockout Roses of autumn always draw a crowd.





But in winter? Yep. This is the South, after all. We shiver and complain about it being nippy at 50 degrees by 40, we are in long johns. But the flowers bloom on in Charleston, South Carolina. As a matter of fact, the camelias don’t even open their eyes until November, and some varieties will not show their beautiful faces until February. Other flowers and berries put on a show all winter long. Cedar and yew, wax myrtle and juniper, are all covered in berries. The native holly trees are covered in red balls that would put a Christmas tree to shame.

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Skydiving At 69: Fulfilling a Bucket List Dream





by Darrel Mellies
Photography by Jo Clark



A few days before turning 69, I looked at an online discount site and noticed a coupon for a tandem-skydive. Wanting to do this for close to 40 years, the thought of checking off an item on my bucket-list excited me. I immediately purchased the coupon and prepared to go skydiving. Weeks later, we made the early morning drive to a small airport west of Georgetown, and my adventure began. Although Jo was not thrilled about me jumping, she agreed to take photos and document my bucket list adventure.

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China Ranch, Date Farm Oasis near Death Valley





by Jo Clark
Photography by Jo Clark and Darrel Mellies



Water and snacks packed in the cooler—Death Valley, here I come! We were making great progress down the Old Spanish Trail Highway, too. Until I spotted a weathered sign that announced, China Ranch Date Farm. “Oooohhh…a date farm!” escaped my lips. Darrel gave me his best incredulous look and quizzed, “You want to go to a DATE FARM??” I gave some thought to palm trees swaying in the breeze after weeks of seeing only desert (okay, I took a breath) and said, “Sure! And their sign said they have a bakery!” Darrel, confessing to hunger, executed a three-point turn.





Nearly two miles later, faced with a sign that said End State Maintenance, he asked again if I was sure about this. I pointed out that there was another sign, “Two Miles” and an arrow to the right. It was a paved road. Good to go! Of course, a quarter-mile further, not only did the pavement end, but the road dropped down into what appeared to be a bottomless precipice. Darrel announced, “We may not be able to get back out of here!” I just pointed down the hill and crossed my fingers.

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Kanab Utah – Luxury Lodging in the Desert





by Jo Clark
Photography by Jo Clark and Darrel Mellies





In Kanab, Utah, we found luxury lodging in the desert. We weren’t camping we were glamping. Glamorous + camping = Glamping.
Watching the stars come alive in the magnificent southern Utah sky was so much better than television. Imagine, taking pictures of the Milky Way. That is what we did for about an hour. With no light pollution, star photography looked darn good for my first attempt. I was sleeping in a tent! Darrel never thought it would happen.
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A day in White Pocket with Dreamland safari tours



by Jo Clark
Photography by Jo Clark and Darrel Mellies





A Utah Arizona border tour was a must. When I started looking for tours of the amazing natural beauty surrounding Page, Arizona, fate took my search engine to Kanab, Utah. Okay, maybe it was Google, but somehow, I found Dreamland Safari Tours and their impressive list of off-the-beaten-path places to see. Their itineraries include everything from a few hours to several days in the backcountry (camping included)—just leave the driving to them.

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Lake City South Carolina Walking Tour…



...it’s only an hour away



Admittedly, fun in Myrtle Beach’s summer sun is the perfect vacation, but sometimes you need a break from the sun, sand, and surf. A little more than an hour away you can tour the artsy town of Lake City South Carolina.

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Waccamaw Indian Pauwau



by Jo Clark



Visiting the Grand Strand in November is always a good plan. The weather is pleasant, with average daytime temperatures a balmy 70-75 degrees, and only a minimal number of tourists. However, one of the best reasons to visit in the fall is that for twenty-six years, the Waccamaw Indian People have held their annual Pauwau in November, inviting numerous other regional tribes to participate.

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John Abrams prepares for a competition dance



Buffalo and More in Virginia



by Jo Clark



When you eat at Buffalo and More, you know the food will be fresh. Photographs of the buffalo herd that supplies this restaurant’s meat surround you. You can even watch as Chef Connie & Chef Carla prepare the dishes! Their casual style of cooking, using fresh ingredients, will make you think you are...

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Buffalo Pot Roast, Cowboy Beans, and hot Cornbread!



Have Your 'Shine at Copperhead Mountain Distillery



by Jo Clark



This publication changed hands, and my only link is to a pdf of the article:

Copperhead Distillery





A still on Main Street - Who'd Have Guessed!



Victoria Valley Vineyard Cafe, Greenville, South Carolina



by Jo Clark



A short drive up the mountain from Greenville, South Carolina, will find you on the side of a mountain in rural Cleveland. However, when you round the curve and spot a Chateau on the side of a mountain you may think you have been magically transported to France. You will soon be happily …

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Brulee' Cheesecake



Bull Island, Jewel of Our Coast



by Jo Clark



Bull Island

Awendaw, South Carolina


My very first published article – over 20 years ago! This publication has closed, and my only link is to a pdf of the article: Bull Island, Jewel of Our Coast





Knobbed Whelk Shell