Recent Posts

Travel DC with Robert Langdon in Search of the Lost Symbol

April 11, 2015

If you’re a fan like me of the thriller by Dan Brown “The Lost symbol” and are in or going to be in the Washington DC area, here are a list of places you can actually visit from the book. Enjoy! Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: The book opens at 1733 16th St. NW at the House of the Temple in the temple room of the regional headquarters of the Scottish Rite Masons, a branch of Freemasons. read more

Discovering the Wilds of Tampa Bay Florida

April 2, 2015

When the opportunity came up at work to travel to a conference, my hand shot up before I even heard where it was. Once I found out the location I immediately started researching what the area had to offer. Initially my goal was to see an alligator or a manatee, but after further exploration I settled on an alligator. With my goal selected, I set out to explore the Tampa Bay area and to keep a keen eye out for Mr. Alligator. read more

Maynard’s Street Art Obsession – St Petersburg, FL

March 23, 2015

I got sent to St Petersburg, Florida for work and had about 5 days, mostly late afternoons and evenings, to explore the area. I had kept my eye out for signs of street art on my drives, but hadn’t really seen much to speak of. I was down to my last few hours and swinging by a local favorite the “Taco Bus” for some food before heading to the airport when I finally struck pay dirt. I clearly hadn’t been checking enough alleys; unfortunately they were working alleys so I had to share with a bunch of cars which lead to some photos taken at strange angels. Interested in seeing more street art check here, interested in seeing my guide to street art check here. read more

Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 16, 2015

It’s that time again, DC’s best festival is about to begin and the predictions are already in. The National Park Service is predicting peak bloom for the National Cherry Blossom Festival to be between April 11th and 14th. Viewing the Cherry Blossoms: When: Check out the National Park Services website for best dates and tips on how to tell when the cherry blossoms are about to bloom Where: read more

Maynard’s Street Art Obsession – Baltimore, MD

March 2, 2015

A recent outing had us spending the day in Baltimore, Maryland and a chance meeting with a knowledgeable local directed us to some of their fine street art. We had been in the area several times in the past, but I had never really come across too much of what the area had to offer in the form of street art. Turns out I had just been searching in the wrong areas, not to mention much to my surprise Baltimore has a mural program; which I fully support. On top of that you can even Google Map “Graffiti Alley” and be directed to a passageway filled with color. I may have underestimated you, Baltimore. read more

Spotlight: Library of Congress

February 26, 2015

The Jefferson Building: Upon first entering the building there is a moment of adjustment, as you go from the drab gray stone exterior to the intricately detailed Great Hall. There is so much going on in-between the marbled floor with brass inlays to the skylights with aluminum plating that it’s hard to know what to look at first. Evidence of the more than 50 artists that contributed to this masterpiece is strewn throughout every inch of the building. Two grand staircases flank both sides of the Great Hall each one decorated with putti, which are figures representing occupations or pursuits of contemporary American life of the time. read more

Read more stories…