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Sea World San Diego, California – Family Trip

Sea World San Diego, California – Family Trip

August 25, 2011 No Comments On a recent trip to San Diego, California my husband and I took our 3-year old son and 10-month old daughter to Sea World.  Like so many other places, it was a destination we had visited in our pre-children days so venturing out as a family was a new experience.  Our hotel in Hotel Circle was ...

 

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San Diego Zoo, California – Family Visit

San Diego Zoo, California – Family Visit

August 24, 2011 No Comments On our recent family trip to San Diego, California my husband and I took our 3-year old son and 10-month old daughter to visit the San Diego Zoo.  Having just trekked through Sea World the day before we were tired but ready for another adventure!  Like Sea World, the Zoo was also located just a ...

 

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Jerome, Arizona: Ghost Tour of a Ghost Town

Jerome, Arizona: Ghost Tour of a Ghost Town

August 19, 2011 No Comments Jerome, Arizona is a largely preserved historic mining town turned hippie enclave. In the heart of the Verde Valley, an easy drive from both Prescott and Sedona, Jerome is particularly notable for its location on the side of a mountain. The 30 degree incline has earned Jerome the moniker “America’s Most Vertical City.” With a ...

 

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The Spirit Lives On: Blazin’ M Ranch, Cottonwood, AZ

The Spirit Lives On: Blazin’ M Ranch, Cottonwood, AZ

August 17, 2011 No Comments Dad had one basic request for this cross-country adventure. He wanted to experience a real, honest-to-goodness, cowboy-style chuckwagon supper. I’m sure he thought he meant out under the stars, after a good hard ride on horseback. And maybe we’ll still do it before this trip is over. But in the meantime, we discovered something just ...

 

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Arizona’s Verde Valley: Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Tuzigoot

Arizona’s Verde Valley: Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Tuzigoot

August 16, 2011 No Comments Arizona’s Verde Valley region was settled in the late 1800s and early 1900s to support copper mining in the local mountains. By the 1940s, however, the copper boom was over and the region was nearly deserted. Today the area is an interesting mix of retirees and artists, many of whom settled in the region during ...

 

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Verde Canyon Railroad: Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon

Verde Canyon Railroad: Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon

August 15, 2011 1 Comment Central Arizona’s Verde Valley is a hidden treasure. With the Verde River as a natural water source, the region was settled in the late 19th and early 20th century when rich veins of copper were found in the local mountains. Although today the Verde Valley is best known for the resort town of Sedona, Clarksdale’s ...

 

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Charleston, South Carolina: Genteel Family Fun

Charleston, South Carolina: Genteel Family Fun

August 12, 2011 No Comments Charleston, South Carolina is a genteel city. Polite. Adults hold the door for you and your children’s strollers, and hotel employees pat your child on the head. If you like history, historic recreations of river boat steamers, horse drawn carriage rides, a beautiful water front city, a lovely nearby beach, and plenty of courtesy, then ...

 

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Law and Order? Tombstone Courthouse, Arizona

Law and Order? Tombstone Courthouse, Arizona

August 11, 2011 No Comments Tombstone, Arizona, is inextricably linked to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. More than perhaps any other gun battle, that one is seen as representative of the lawless Western frontier. It elevated Marshal Wyatt Earp to mythic hero status in legend and lore, despite the fact that at the time, most of the townspeople sympathized ...

 

Gunfights of Tombstone, Arizona

Gunfights of Tombstone, Arizona

August 9, 2011 No Comments Tombstone, Arizona, is known as the “Town too Tough to Die” for its remarkable ability to survive against all odds, but many of its residents were not so lucky. The town’s history is marked by short, violent lives that ended with mining accidents, disease or gunfights. Today, well-trained historical reenactors replay some of the most ...

 

Tombstone, Arizona: The Town too Tough to Die

Tombstone, Arizona: The Town too Tough to Die

August 8, 2011 No Comments I am a huge fan of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, a living history center focusing on the Revolutionary War era. I love the experience of walking the historic streets as reenactors draw me into the lives of the people who founded this country. Consequently, when Dad and I decided to visit the American Southwest, Tombstone, Arizona ...

 

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