In 2005, Rory and his wife Mary were fortunate enough to move to one of the most beautiful areas of the country, Amelia Island, which can only be described as “Paradise!” Located off the Northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island is part of the Sea Islands which are a chain of tidal and barrier islands on the Atlantic coast of the United States.
As a Navy wife, Peggy Cochran did more than her fair share of moving her family throughout her husband’s career. After Fred’s retirement as a commander, the couple settled outside of Yosemite National Park in California. They brought with them a set of wrought iron furniture inherited from her father-in-law. The old-fashioned quality of this patio furniture called for superior outdoor chair cushions that couldn’t be found at any local retail store.
Tucson Arizona was originally an Indian village called “Stook-Zone,” meaning water at the foot of black mountain a volcanic mountain adjacent to the village. Tucson is sometimes referred to as “The Old Pueblo” or The Sunshine Factory. It is also one of the oldest towns in the United States. Recent archaeological excavations near the Santa Cruz River have located a village in Tucson dating from 4,000 years ago. It wasn’t until 1854 that Tucson officially became part of the United States.
This photo comes to us courtesy of Carol Pires who lives in the heart of Salinas Valley, “The Salad Bowl of the World,” as she and other residents refer to it because of its high production of lettuce, strawberries and mushrooms. The climate is ideal for many beautiful grape vineyards and wineries. Salinas Valley Calif., was also a great setting for many John Steinbeck novels but this quaint setting provides us with another story, one that is authentic and real to many families across this great country.