Spring 2017 came and went! We started out the season in Tucson where we painted our first mural of the year, then drove across the country to paint in Oklahoma City and Knoxville. After our jobs were completed, we gave ourselves some downtime and visited family in the south and made way back up to our home base in New York City.

The Biltmore Estate outside of Asheville, North Carolina. We visited here around this massive, historical site and then stayed with Lisa’s Aunt Chris in South Carolina.

The Smoky Mountains is a great spot to be on the east side of the country according to most. However, we came at a time when the park was extremely polluted by its visitors. We witnessed on two separate occasions visitors littering out of their cars, and many other visitors crossing fences to approach wild life (black bears) to get an iphone photo. We have never witnessed anything like this in the western part of the country. We have come to love our National Parks, as we visit so many throughout the USA and Canada, and hope that was just a bad day for the park!

This is the second time we visited Lisa’s Dad on the road. It’s always nice catching up in Florida where Lisa grew up taking roadtrips! Thanks for taking care of us for a few days, Dadio!

Next we popped over to Lisa’s Mom’s hometown, Lakeland, Florida! We got to hang out with a few cousins and their children who were taking a trip to Disney in Orlando.

For Mother’s Day we were lucky enough to see Lisa’s mom in Florida as well! We took her out for the day to Bok Tower Gardens. Lisa’s grandfather, photographer in the 60’s, used to shoot for the Gardens and it has always been on Lisa’s bucket list to see in person.

Heading back up to New York, another bucket list place was Cumberland Island, Georgia. After a beautiful ferry ride, we walked about a mile down to the Dungeness Ruins where there were wild horses everywhere! Cumberland Island is part of the National Park Service so we got to use our annual pass. After walking around with the horses, we hiked over to the beach until catching the ferry back to the mainland.