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Fort Sumner, New Mexico: Where Billy the Kid Was Killed?

Fort Sumner, New Mexico: Where Billy the Kid Was Killed?

November 14, 2011 No Comments It all started in Roswell, New Mexico. After visiting the Roswell UFO Museum, Dad and I stopped at the Chamber of Commerce to find out what else might be going on in town. We happened to meet a wonderful employee who was happy to help us plan out the rest of our stay in New ...

 

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Old Bisbee Ghost Tour: Chasing the Spirits of the Wild West

Old Bisbee Ghost Tour: Chasing the Spirits of the Wild West

November 13, 2011 No Comments Dad and I love ghost tours. It might have something to do with having lived in New Orleans, where it is said that the veil between this world and the next is a bit thinner than it is in most places. Or maybe it’s just an extension of our love for Halloween. Regardless of the ...

 

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Lots of Rocks: Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Lots of Rocks: Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

November 12, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I headed to the American Southwest this summer, we had very different ideas on what we would see. My vision of the West was filled with the organ pipe cactus, an imposing species that can grow more than 20 feet tall. Dad is a huge fan of old Westerns, particularly Bat Masterson ...

 

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Springs Preserve: Las Vegas History and Science for the Entire Family

Springs Preserve: Las Vegas History and Science for the Entire Family

November 11, 2011 No Comments Las Vegas, Nevada is world famous for its casinos, nightclubs and other adult-focused entertainment. What is less well known is the sheer number of family attractions that the city offers. Dad and I both love history and science, so when we heard about Springs Preserve, we knew we had to visit. About Springs Preserve Opened ...

 

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Red Rock Canyon: A Desert Retreat Near Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon: A Desert Retreat Near Las Vegas

November 10, 2011 No Comments I have always thought of myself as a city girl. New Orleans, Anchorage, New York City and Washington, DC rank at the top of my all-time favorites list. Yet when Dad and I headed to the American Southwest this summer, I discovered a new passion for wide-open spaces and tiny rural communities. Still, when we ...

 

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Meet Us in St. Louis, Missouri

Meet Us in St. Louis, Missouri

November 7, 2011 No Comments “It looks like a rainbow that froze.”  That was my daughter’s take on the Gateway Arch, otherwise known as the Gateway to the West, which stands as the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. The Saint Louis Arch The arch is undoubtedly impressive, and its graceful form is the symbol ...

 

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Dia de los Muertos in Los Angeles = Family Fun

Dia de los Muertos in Los Angeles = Family Fun

November 2, 2011 No Comments Little kids love Halloween…so what about Día de los Muertos, a family holiday in Mexico but not so much in the States. Conventionally, this celebration honoring the deceased happens in conjunction to All Saints’ Day on November first. This ancient holiday memorializes friends and family who’ve passed away through the use of colorful art, altars, ...

 

Philadelphia Botanical Gardens

Philadelphia Botanical Gardens

October 30, 2011 No Comments I love flowers. I can’t grow them myself – my thumb is more brown than green – and I can’t keep bouquets in the house or my cat will consume them. But I love to tour gardens, whether it’s the enclosed National Botanical Garden near the Nation’s Capitol or a tropical paradise on Maui. I’d ...

 

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The Emperor’s Guards: China’s Terracotta Army

The Emperor’s Guards: China’s Terracotta Army

October 29, 2011 No Comments   In 1974 farmers in China unearthed a stunning necropolis built for Qin Shihuangdi, China’s first emperor after its unification dating back to the early 200s BC. This mausoleum was guarded by an army of life-size warriors meant to defend the emperor in the afterlife.   Thousands of terracotta figures of various ranks were found, ...

 

“Rocky Balboa’s” Museum of Art – Philadelphia

“Rocky Balboa’s” Museum of Art – Philadelphia

October 22, 2011 No Comments Okay, technically we’re talking about the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but my kids wanted to see this world class art institute initially because of its prominence in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies. Yes, this is where Rocky jogged up those long, long steps and looked triumphantly out over the city. It’s also where a bronze statue ...

 

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