Awesome Places to Visit: Portland, Maine

  Awesome Places to Visit: Portland, Maine This laid-back coastal town has an abundance of flavorful restaurants, fresh outdoor spaces, and ocean views. Here are a few of the great places to visit while in Portland.  The Inn at St. John The Inn at St. John, constructed in 1897, is Portland’s oldest continuously operating hotel. The inn is independently owned and operated, making for a friendly and personalized experience. The inn offers typical hotel rooms with bathrooms in the room as well as less expensive rooms with detached private bathrooms accessible through the hallway. The staff keep an ample supply of freshly baked cookies in the lobby as well as hot water for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Complementary breakfast is served each morning. Portland, Maine is a dog-friendly city and The Inn at St. John is no exception. Dogs can stay for an additional $10 cleaning fee. I opted to stay in one of the rooms with a detached private bathroom. The room featured a microwave, min

About Leslie Driskill

  Leslie Driskill is a scientist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking,  photography, genealogy, history, and traveling. Her favorite places to visit are National Parks,historic sites, and anywhere with a great view, especially at sunset. She has traveled to every state except Alaska and hopes to continue traveling internationally once the COVID-19 pandemic passes. When she isn't out exploring, she enjoys volunteering with The National Map Corps and Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps.  A few of Leslie's favorite sunsets: Sunset at Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona. Photo by Leslie Driskill Glen Canyon Dam is an impressive work of engineering, measuring 710 feet high (220 meters). The dam was completed in 1966 and forms one of the largest man-made water reservoirs in the United States. This view is from the pedestrian walkway on the Glen Canyon Bridge, just downstream of the dam.  Sunset at Casco Bay, Portland, Maine. Photo by Leslie Driskill The Casco Bay F

On the road: Louisville, Kentucky

Big Four Bridge, Louisville, Kentucky A breathtaking mix of engineering, art, history, and functionality, Big Four Bridge doesn’t just link two cities across a river, it links the present to the past.  Louisville has always held a spot on my bucket list of places to visit in the US. I desperately wanted to visit the city as a child just to see where America’s favorite baseball bats were produced. My urgent desire to visit Louisville faded as I ventured into adulthood, too busy to worry about baseball bats or their origins, but the city still lingered in the back of my mind as a place I would like to see as convenience allowed. I was excited by the opportunity to visit Louisville recently, although I chose not to partake in any tours or museums due to the pandemic. My first stop was at Louisville Cream to pick up a scoop of cinnamon ice cream, which did not disappoint. Next, I headed over to Waterfront Park to check out Big Four Bridge.  Big Four Bridge is absolutely spectacular- this i