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The Story of Texas: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

The Story of Texas: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

December 26, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I headed out on our Western adventure in the spring of 2011, we actually knew relatively little about the region. But we were eager to learn as much as we could. In states as diverse as New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, we sought out major museum complexes and tiny roadside attractions looking ...

 

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Getting to Know the 36th President: LBJ Museum, Austin, TX

Getting to Know the 36th President: LBJ Museum, Austin, TX

December 24, 2011 No Comments Dad is a mid-generation Baby Boomer. His teen years were filled with the hallmarks of the turbulent 1960s–the Beatles, the Vietnam War, race riots and protests and seismic shifts in the cultural zeitgeist. But perhaps no single event had a bigger effect on him than the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As Dad ...

 

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Jerome, Arizona: Mining Town Turned Hippie Enclave

Jerome, Arizona: Mining Town Turned Hippie Enclave

December 23, 2011 No Comments Dad and I are from the flatlands. Having spent a lot of time in Central Florida, we are familiar with the Walt Disney World mountain range: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and the Disney version of Mount Everest in Expedition Everest. But actual mountains? Not so much. When we headed to the ...

 

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Edisto Island – Barrier Islands of South Carolina

Edisto Island – Barrier Islands of South Carolina

December 22, 2011 No Comments Not far from the beautiful urbanity of Charleston, South Carolina, and the spooky beauty of Savannah, Georgia lie the barrier islands of the Carolinas. Recommended to us as a wonderful place to recharge, rest, and spend some family time in a beautiful setting, we took a side trip to Edisto Island this past summer. Edisto ...

 

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Bentonville, Arkansas – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Bentonville, Arkansas – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

December 20, 2011 No Comments Okay, so why did we go to Bentonville, Arkansas? Well, we first spent time in Fort Smith, Arkansas. That was a stop after Memphis, Tennessee on a recent coast to coast driving trip. And while we were in Fort Smith, enjoying a relaxing evening of doing laundry at the stylish Marriott in town, I heard from a ...

 

The Grand Canyon – A Grand Family Experience

The Grand Canyon – A Grand Family Experience

December 19, 2011 No Comments It’s a big canyon, but that’s only part of what makes it so grand for families. So what does make this such a wonderful destination, other than the fact that it’s a magnificent spectacle of nature? It’s easy to drive in and out of, even from the remote North Rim. Hold onto your children’s hands, ...

 

A Very Beachy California Christmas – St. Regis Dana Point

A Very Beachy California Christmas – St. Regis Dana Point

December 17, 2011 No Comments Whether you’re globe trotting and looking for a wonderful holiday destination, beachfront, or a Southern California resident seeking a close-to-home luxury spot for the holidays, the St. Regis Monarch Beach is a great choice. About the St. Regis Hotel The elegant five star resort has large, beautiful rooms, many with ocean views, three swimming pools ...

 

Hawaii Holiday Vacation, The Ultimate Gift

Hawaii Holiday Vacation, The Ultimate Gift

December 15, 2011 No Comments If you asked your children where they wanted to go for a vacation that was also a holiday present – what would they say? Well, many kids will just follow the magic mouse and say “Disneyland.” And many parents, if asked, would say, oh, some place relaxing and warm – like Hawaii. If you’re looking ...

 

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Wintery Wonderland – Lake Placid New York

Wintery Wonderland – Lake Placid New York

December 13, 2011 No Comments Listening to a little Irving Berlin in the holiday season may put you in the mood for some snowy scenery. Maybe something that’s a bit of a throwback, when Currier and Ives prints were not historic views of the past, but rather realistic depictions of the present. Skaters on lakes, snowy fields, no real reason ...

 

A Very Vegas Holiday

A Very Vegas Holiday

December 12, 2011 No Comments Where can you find the glitziest Christmas trees? The most colorful holiday lights? A large indoor garden filled with holiday topiary? Massive banks of poinsettias? Venetian gondoliers caroling? How about Santa’s helpers in cute little mini skirts? Las Vegas, baby, where else? With great shops to choose from in faux Venice or in the spectacularly ...

 

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