Photo by Trey Ratcliff

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Nature-based and Creative Finds in Greenport, Long Island

Just two hours from New York City, Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island is a more low-key alternative to the scene in the Hamptons. 


Roaming around Greenport early in the day before high season started has many advantages, including finding artistic shapes outside restaurants that had not yet opened.




I found plenty of artistic inspiration in Greenport, Long Island even without visiting the myriad galleries.



In fact, not all the creative art in Greenport, Long Island is displayed in the galleries.




A short drive from Main Street, numerous shaded boardwalks zig-zag through the wetlands that provide abundant bird watching opportunities in the Arshamomaque Pond Preserve, which was renamed for an environmental champion, Paul Stoutenburgh.







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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

More Wanderings Across the Pennsylvania Border from Wilmington, Delaware

 This is the last of my three posts documenting my nature-based findings while visiting Wilmington, Delaware, President Biden’s hometown, as well as the surrounding Brandywine Valley and across the Pennsylvania border. 



Longwood Gardens is draped with a rainbow of brilliant colors — beyond the tulips that the crowds sought.



Though a springtime visit to Longwood Gardens means you’ll find the venue thronged with those who came for the showy flowers, I chose to stroll along paths that bordered the expansive and picturesque Meadow Garden that exuded nothing but a sense of calm.



Seeking to avoid the masses at Longwood Gardens who came for the tulips, I discovered serene woodlands.


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Sunday, May 23, 2021

More Nature-Based Discoveries in Delaware

This is the second of three posts documenting my nature-based findings while visited Wilmington, Delaware, President Biden’s hometown, as well as the surrounding Brandywine Valley. 


The myriad colors and textures in the gardens of the Nemours Estate, a grand duPont property, easily allow visitors to be wrapped up in a sense of tranquility that seems endless.




A sense of magic and wonder pervades the stunning grounds of The Inn at Montchanin Village, a former 19th century hamlet and DuPont property that exudes charm and offers a window into a long ago era.



Broad sweeps of verdancy characterize the serene Brandywine Valley that surrounds Wilmington, Delaware.



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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Nature-Based Discoveries in Delaware

I recently visited Wilmington, Delaware, President Biden’s hometown, as well as the surrounding Brandywine Valley. This is one of several posts documenting the lush parks and gardens I discovered.


 I love coffee and gardens. So imagine my surprise to find not just awesome coffee but the prettiest outdoor seating around at Brew HaHa! cafe in the Greenville suburb of Wilmington. (They also serve tasty breakfast sandwiches.)



Despite the throngs who came to gape at tulips at the expansive Longwood Gardens (just 12 miles away across the border of Pennsylvania), I managed to find a sense of magic in areas that attracted few.



Home to the Enchanted Woods, the Winterthur Gardens in Delaware wraps visitors in a veil of magic no matter where you walk.



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Friday, May 21, 2021

Face Masks and COVID Infection

 Now that the CDC has offered new face mask guidelines — that fully vaccinated people basically don’t need to wear a mask outdoors or indoors — many people are either celebrating or are expressing confusion. I’m doing neither. Since I’m a scientist by training with a background in epidemiology, I have decided that, though I’m fully vaccinated, I have no intention of going indoors to a restaurant, grocery, theater or other public places without a mask. That’s because we still don’t know how the vaccines perform in the face of the myriad COVID variants, including the new one festering in India, let alone those in Brazil and South Africa, to name a few. In addition, the vaccines are not 100% in preventing infection, though they are highly effective in significantly reducing the risk of getting seriously ill, being hospitalized or dying from COVID. For myself, I’ve decided to wear a 4-ply mask on all means of transportation — bus, ferry, train, plane — and also indoors, whether I’m shopping or buying takeout food. After all, there’s no way for me to know who is or isn’t vaccinated. (But a substantial segment of the population — some 20% or more — say they will not get vaccinated. In addition, in many states, such as Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, under 30% of the population has been vaccinated so far, substantially lower numbers than in the Northeast.) I do not intent on eating indoors nor visiting a wine bar because that means not wearing a mask in a closed environment with other maskless people who may or may not be vaccinated. Yes, I know this probably sounds either paranoiac or overly vigilant. I’m fine with that. 







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Friday, April 30, 2021

A Slim, Stylish but Understated Bag for All Your Travels - Spring Fling Sale

 If you travel like I do, you want something like this crossbody bag that’s stylish, versatile and practical, ready for adventure, yet understated. 👜




My Spring Fling Celebration — $20 off any of my products with this discount code: 5E907DE 🌟 — continues until June 19. 


Here’s where you can find my store:

http://www.jthetravelauthority.com/store/


This awesome and fun photo shoot ✨ was a collaboration of members (including myself) of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition @NYCfairtrade. The fair trade creatives are small, women-owned businesses that make it easy to shop fair, local and sustainably. (Most of my products are manufactured in the tri-state area but all are Made in America.) Check out the vest and crossbody bag at the link in profile.



Huge thanks to the entire Team: ✨


Model: Ashley Rodriguez @baddiee.ash 

Production Assistant: Sergio Melesio @smshots_

Photographer: Philip Harris @philandhispictures 

Styling and Director: Marly Barraza @mardesignstudio_

Makeup Artist: Lindsay Kastuk @lindsaykastuk





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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Wild, Wonderful Tahiti

 When I travel all the way to Tahiti, I can assure you it’s not for sun, sand and sea. No, for me a trip to Tahiti is all about connecting with the verdant and wild interior. Tahiti has hikes and activities for all skill levels, whether you’re a thrill seeker or you prefer a more chill vibe. I recently interviewed Gisele Moana Tromeur, Tahiti’s first female nature guide, on her recommendations. Here’s my article for Forbes




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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Springtime in New York City - Astoria

Riding the East River Ferry is the scenic way of escaping my New York City neighborhood that’s mostly devoid of nature. The other day I took the relatively new route to Astoria, Queens where I found an abundance of showy blooms (and coffee shops, such as the adorable and yummy Chateau Le Woof that appeals to pets and their humans). 


The ferry is a delight: It’s scenic, inexpensive and efficient. Myriad routes criss-cross the East River, and every week or so I’ll be exploring green spaces and coffee shops in a different neighborhood.






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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Travel Apparel and Accessories with Lots of Pockets

 My accessories and apparel, like this crossbody bag, are all about pockets. 👜


And I’m celebrating Spring with a Spring Fling — $20 off any of my products with this discount code: 5E907DE 🌟


I’m so excited with this awesome photo shoot ✨

that was a collaboration of members (including myself) of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition @NYCfairtrade. The fair trade creatives are small, women-owned businesses that make it easy to shop fair, local and sustainably. (Most of my products are manufactured in the tri-state area but all are Made in America.) Check out the crossbody bag at the link in profile or here: 

http://www.jthetravelauthority.com/store/cross-body-canvas-bag


Aside from my brand — Land of J, Inc. @jcreature travel — the other brands are:


Juliana Heels @julianaheels

Ponchos Rojas @ponchosrojas

Yanawara @yanawaranyc

i wander through @i.wander.through



Big shout out and heaps of thanks to the Team: ✨


Model: Ashley Rodriguez @baddiee.ash 

Production Assistant: Sergio Melesio @smshots_

Photographer: Philip Harris @philandhispictures 

Styling and Director: Marly Barraza @mardesignstudio_

Makeup Artist: Lindsay Kastuk @lindsaykastuk












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