I am Melody Pittman, originally from Charleston, West Virginia, transplanted to sunny Vero Beach, Florida. I live here with my husband Eddie, daughter Peyton, and Harlow Kitty. My daughter and blog partner Taylor, son-in-law Blake, granddaughter Scarlett, and our shared dog Priscilla live in Jackson, Mississippi, though they occupy my guest room at least once a month.
After 20 years with CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield and four years owning/managing/operating my own cafeterias and catering business, my husband and I semi-retired to the South. We also live part-time in the mountains of Boquete, Panama in one of the houses we built at Boquete Gardens.
Blogging came at the perfect time in my life: I had just moved across the country, closed my catering business, was experiencing empty nester syndrome since both girls were away at college, plus my husband was mostly in Panama working. I was at a crossroads in my life and ready for something new. Blogging combined all of the things that I like: photography, travel, social media, history, food, and writing. I am so glad to have found something that I am passionate about and feel incredibly lucky to share my experiences with you. I hope that you will like following along with my adventures in this new chapter of life.
- The best words to describe me are “blessed” and “charmed”
- I love cooking and how great it feels to share food with neighbors or friends, or volunteering in my town
- I’m a homebody. When I am not traveling, you can find me piddling around my house, perfectly content
- I am crazy for Jeopardy, trivia, 70’s music, and road trips
- I’m a total food snob
- My favorite things to do are to cruise and see Broadway musicals
- I talk a lot and never meet a stranger
- Sending snail mail and postcards to family and friends makes me happy, as well as visiting sick friends at home or in the hospital
- I absolutely love animals, especially hippos, cows, dogs, and sloths
I hope you will take a few minutes to check out Wherever I May Roam Blog and allow us to your go-to resource for travel, culture, and eats with a side of luxury and smart spending.
“If you want to be happy, be”- Tolstoy
Taylor Pittman Hardy
My name is Taylor Pittman Hardy and I am Melody’s oldest and favorite daughter (she did not verify this). I am proud to be from Charleston, West Virginia and I will always be a Mountaineer at heart. College took me to Mississippi and I had the very best experience at Ole Miss. It has become my home away from home and I will always cherish my time spent in Oxford.
Most recently, my husband, Blake, and I bought a house in Brandon, Mississippi, a small town twenty minutes from Jackson. When we are not on vacation, I like to catch up on all of my shows (TiVo was such a great invention), bake, shop, coupon, craft, and listen to The Highway on Sirius XM.
I spent my childhood traveling the globe with my family and vividly remember one summer where my suitcase was never unpacked; we were gone that much. When we were at home, my sister, Peyton, and I would help out at our Dad’s vending company (stickering candy for the machines back in the day) and at Melody’s catering facility (twice she had us serve food in the middle of a minefield).
I am excited to have joined my mom on her blogging journey and I am looking forward to sharing my traveling experiences with you.
Hotty Toddy Y’all!
Former owner of The Pittman Group and Canteen Vending by Pittman, Eddie sold the business after 30 years and moved to Florida. Looking for an investment, he decided to build homes in Panama. Nestled in the mountains of Boquete, his project is Boquete Gardens, a premier, luxury rental community. He splits his time between Vero Beach, Florida and Boquete, Panama.
Eddie is an active volunteer for the annual Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival, Save the Chimps Sanctuary in Florida, and Amigos de Animales in Boquete. Translated to “friends of animals,” this volunteer group works as a spay and neuter clinic in Boquete, helping 200-250 animals each month.
Some items on Eddie’s bucket list are to see orangutans in Borneo and experience Fiji. In his free time, Eddie enjoys traveling, kayaking, and exploring all that Florida has to offer.
And if you haven’t figured it out yet–Eddie is Melody’s husband and Taylor’s dad. We’re thrilled to have him joining our blogging endeavors!
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