Click here to read the June OutreachNC Destination Travel issue…

June is here and summer’s coming. This month, we packed our “Destination Travel” issue with five fun N.C. places worth a visit, day trips in and around the Sandhills, travel and accessibility, some book ideas for your beach bag and a personal journey to all of our state parks.

We also had the opportunity to go on set with UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend” host Deborah Holt Noel for this month’s Carolina Conversations and learn about some of her favorite destinations across the state.

Our tribute to World War II veterans continues this month with John Baker of Laurinburg and a tale of combat in Germany in April 1945.

For one of the day trips, I ventured to Lillington and Raven Rock State Park. Despite it not being very far from my home, I had never been there before. It is about a mile of steep terrain from the parking area to the mammoth rock, but what a beautiful sight it is to see. Trails lead deep into the woods all the way to the banks of the Cape Fear River. Taking the trek with my dad and beagle not only made for a good memory but also leaves me to ponder what other state parks to visit, after being inspired by a fellow writer.

Kathy Grant Westbrook was inspired by her 55th birthday to visit all 55 state and national parks within North Carolina this calendar year. She is well on her way to meeting her goal and shares her adventures with us. Check out “State Park Adventures” on Page 24.

Another day trip landed me in Wagram at Cypress Bend Vineyards, one sweet destination, where the beauty of the pristine rows of muscadines is only equaled by tasting the fruits of their labor in one of the vineyard’s 20 different blends. If you make the trip, I recommend sitting a spell with a glass.

As always, these pages are packed with information to help you age with success with brain health, what’s ripe, ready and healthy and the latest cataract innovations.

Thank you so much for turning these pages with us. Co-editor Jeeves is off to the sun porch for some bird watching. Until next month…