• While browsing the internet for things to do near Jekyll Island, I ran across an article about tree spirits on St. Simons Island. Instantly intrigued I convinced my husband that we must stop to check them out. 
_______________________  Artist Keith Jennings carved about 20 faces into the trees of the island in the 1980's and while many are on private property, there are about 7-8 that can be seen around the island.
________________________  Local legend says that the faces on the trees immortalize local men who died in shipwrecks in shops built from the oak trees on St. Simons.
________________________  To locate the trees, stop at the @GoldenIsles Visitor Center for a tree map which will make them easier to find them. 
_________________________  Have you seen the tree spirits of St. Simons Island? 
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  • I'm hooked on van camping. ❤ My husband and I may have just returned from our trip through the south but we're already planning our next trip. I can't help myself! How soon after a trip do you start planning (or dreaming of) your next one? 🚙🚦⛽
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  • All good things must come to an end...for now. This is our last day of van camping on our first van camping trip in the @dodgeofficial Promaster 2500. There are a couple things I've learned. 
__________________________  1. Van camping in the Promaster is so much easier then camping in my minivan. 
2. My husband gets really crabby if he is hungry or tired.
3. We both become unbearable when we've been cooped up in the van for too long of a time. Which leads us to this photo. 
_________________________  When we road tripped with our kids, we always found state or national parks where we could stretch our legs and get some space. I thought it was needed to for them- not us. Turns out that the hubs and I need that outdoor space for our sanity as much as the kids did. 🌿🌳
____________________________  Today, my husband and I drove quite a few miles. We were getting tired and we weren't being as nice as we could have been. So we stopped to walk on the trails at Lee State Park in South Carolina. It's amazing how much a little bit of time in nature can improve one's mood. An hour later we were back on the road with our good moods restored. 🍃
__________________________  What way(s) do you keep the peace when you road trip with others? 
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  • Some go to @discoverdaytonabeach for the Daytona 500, I pulled off the interstate not to watch a race, but to see the larger than life Jantzen Girl. 
______________________  The Jantzen Girl is one of six created for Jantzen in the late 1950's and one of four that remain today. This particular diver was suspended above 
Stamie’s Smart Beach Wear shop from 1965 until the shop closed in 2017. Jantzen took possession of the mannequin upon its closure to protect it. 
_______________________  The public was not ready to see the icon go and after a public outcry, Perry Ellis International, who now owns Jantzen, agreed to return the refurbished diver girl to Daytona. 
_______________________  The diver girl is now on view at One Daytona’s Victory Circle along with informational signage. 
_______________________  What type of stops do you pull over for when you road trip? 
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  • So much beauty in something that is dead. 
_____________________  Driftwood Beach is one of the coolest places I've been on this #vancamping trip and probably ranks up there with all time favorite places. 
_____________________  After driving through rain most of the day, the clouds began to subside as we entered Georgia, allowing us plenty of time to spend walking along the beach- me taking photos and my husband hunting for glass floats. 
_______________________  I can't wait to explore more tomorrow. Have you been to Jekyll Island? What do you suggest? 
________________________  #vancamping #roadtrip #jekyllisland #exploregeorgia #driftwoodbeach #beachvacation #exploreusa #exploremore #traveltagged #travelphotooftheday #landscapephotography #picoftheday #travelinspo #instatravel #instapic #explore #vanlife #beach #travelinspiredliving #roadtripvibes #tbin #travel #travelwriter #travelblogger #travelgram #travelusa #travellust #travelforlife #wheretofindme #natgeo
  • I often seek out historical homes to tour when I travel and I've found homes from the Gilded Age or just past to be my favorite. The opulence and extravagance is mind boggling. If I could travel back in time I'd love to spend a day as a guest in a property like this. 
Vizcaya was the home of one of antiquities collector and top International Harvester executives, James Deering. Inspired by European estates and palaces, the 38,000 square foot home features 54 rooms, 34 of which are normally open to the public. The property cost $26 million to build. In today's prices, that could be as high as $8.7 billion! The home is gorgeous inside and out. A perk- the free parking allowed enough space to park the van though the backup camera certainly came in helpful. 
Have you been to Miami and strolled the corridors of this lavish estate? 
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  • You may not know, but almost 10 years ago, my family was a full-time RV family. 🚐
_______________________  My husband and I, along with our three teenagers and rescued pound puppy lived in a 31-foot motorhome for 18 months. There were times we laughed, times we cried, and times we thought we would die if we had to endure one more moment in that cramped space. But I thank Jesus for that opportunity. It made our family who we are today.
________________________  My husband always told me when the kids were grown, he wanted to go back to a nomadic life but this time around we didn't want the expense of the RV. So we're testing out what it's like to travel in his 2017 @dodgeofficial Promaster in what we call the #vancampingexperiment. We've been on the road for 6 days and plan to continue for atleast another week. You can see more of what we're up to via Facebook (travelinspiredliving) or in my stories.
___________________________  Have any questions about van camping? Ask them here or shoot me a DM. 
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  • If you're traveling along I-95 near Raleigh in North Carolina, you must take a quick detour to nearby Wilson. This charming town has several unique stops that include the tallest Cape Hatteras Lighthouse replica, a muffler man and this cool whirligig park. I've never seen anything like it. I'll have more info on the blog soon but in the meantime check out my Facebook page (Travel Inspired Living) for more info. 
____________________________  #roadsideattraction #roadsideamerica #insearchofquirk #ipulledoverforthis #roadtrip #vancamping #vanglamping #traveltagged #visitnc #travel #exploremore
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