Excellent! I’m going to visit this place – always love to see folks living the dream.


How often have you heard someone sigh and then say, “Someday, I am going to…..”  and they go on to wistfully explain a dream they have. Well, I want to introduce you to Leslie Hotaling and Patti Miller who are following their dream, walking their walk.

Leslie served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Washington, D.C. and Patti as a Realtor in Alexandria for over 27 years. They visited Berkeley Springs, saw the Panorama steak restaurant positioned on Route 9 at the overlook, and found out it was for sale. The next two years passed quickly, as Patti moved there to start the ball rolling on what has become West Virginia’s premier Farm to Table restaurant. Leslie made her move and the Panorama on the Peak opened on August 28, 2005.

Leslie’s and Patti’s concept is comprehensive.

*** They believe they are stewards of the land. They…

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By P.C. Zick@PCZick

Have some fun today and take a trip down Route 66 – guaranteed to keep the wind blowing through your hair!


By P.C. Zick@PCZick

Win a free copy of Live from the Road in today’s Route 66 Trivia Tuesday Contest.Completion of Route 66 in 1926 signified a direct route from Chicago to L.A. for more than 2,000 miles (some records say 2,200, but I’ve seen 2,400). Along the way, odes to the Mother Road can still be found in the Route 66 Rabbit Farm in southern Illinois and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Oklahoma and the Lizard Rodeo Lounge in New Mexico. And there is so much more, much of it seen by the characters in the novel.

Be the first to comment with the correct answers to these three questions and I’ll gift you with a copy of the book on Kindle.

1) Who coined the phrase “Mother Road?”

2) How many states does Route 66 go through?

3) List the states.

That’s it! If you…

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Florida’s Water or Lack Thereof

By P.C. Zick@PCZick

I moved from Florida two years ago, but I still keep track of this place I consider a part of my history. I learned to canoe and kayak on the Santa Fe River in North Florida. This river flows to the infamous Suwanee River, which eventually empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The Santa Fe River is host to several first-magnitude springs, such as Ginnie and Blue. But for how long? Already some of the first-magnitude springs on the Suwanee are no longer. And I’m hearing those springs on the Santa Fe are in a fight for life.

This photo was taken on the Santa Fe River somewhere between the High Springs boat ramp and Poe Springs in 2009. Compare that to a photo taken this weekend and posted on Facebook by Santa Fe River resident Robert McClellan.Santa Fe RiverFilm maker Jill Heinerth shoots footage for her documentary “We Are Water” at the High Springs boat ramp in North Florida on what was once the Santa Fe River.

Robert’s Facebook post shows startling pictures of the death of a river. For far too long, we have ignored the practices that are harming and destroying our lifeblood – our water. Contamination and withdrawals from the Floridan aquifer to feed and fuel the explosion of Florida’s population have now taken a toll. Tropical storms and hurricanes can’t come soon enough dumping much needed rain back into the earth. I doubt that one or two seasons could undue what havoc has been wrought by out of control development and irresponsible agricultural practices.

Last year, my husband and I kayaked this river. There were some low spots made even more unnavigable from the plants and algae crowding and suffocating the water’s surface, but at least there was water.

Thank to Robert McClellan for putting this information out there. Florida’s political environment is not very friendly to the ecological environment these days. We all need to become vocal proponents of saving the most important thing to all of us: our water. Just because it’s flowing out of your faucets easily now does not mean it will always be that way. If you don’t believe me, then perhaps I could sell you some waterfront property in North Florida just a short drive from the Gulf of Mexico – no bridges to cross to get there.