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Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

August 5, 2011 No Comments What’s sweet as fudge, gooey as cotton candy, has as many tourists as Disneyland, is on the edge of a major national park, and pretty far off a major highway? Why that would be Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Ringed by the Le Conte and Sugarland Mountains, the Big Ride and Grape Ridge, Gatlinburg is in a lush, ...

 

Sonoma, California: An Emphasis on Family

Sonoma, California: An Emphasis on Family

August 5, 2011 No Comments Sonoma, California is near Napa, California.  And as such, it’s home to lovely wineries and pretty villages, rich forests, rolling hills, and pleasant cafes. However, what makes Sonoma different than Napa is its emphasis on nature rather than the wine culture, its family-oriented restaurants and activities, and a more laid back, and slightly less expensive ...

 

Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm – Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay and Vikingsholm – Lake Tahoe, California

August 4, 2011 No Comments Nestled among incense cedar, mountain hemlock and various species of fragrant pine, Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California lures guests with its enchanting mountain scenery, towering granite cliffs and Eagle Falls flowing down the rocks like something out of a fairytale. The water here runs several shades of deep emerald green – a green so ...

 

Florida Family Road trip – Beaches North of Fort Lauderdale

Florida Family Road trip – Beaches North of Fort Lauderdale

August 3, 2011 No Comments We love the beach. So when I suggested a simple driving tour of Florida, heading north from Fort Lauderdale featuring a succession of beach days, my kids were as excited to check out the sand and sea as I was. We’d heard from friends that the beaches are wide, the sand soft, the water warm, ...

 

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Fredericksburg Texas – Touring Hill Country

Fredericksburg Texas – Touring Hill Country

August 2, 2011 No Comments Is it hokey? Or is it history? It’s hard to tell at first glance in Fredericksburg, Texas, at least when you come for Oktoberfest as we did a year ago. This October festival means that Main Street, with its nineteenth century houses is bedecked with Texas state flags and German ones. It means rowdy polka ...

 

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Annapolis, Maryland – Naval Strolls and Fresh Crab

Annapolis, Maryland – Naval Strolls and Fresh Crab

July 26, 2011 No Comments Annapolis, Maryland is an out of the way destination well worth the drive from the more traveled destinations of Washington, D.C. or Baltimore. The capital of Maryland, the city has a relaxing, sea coast vibe, and plenty of history to explore in its colonial heritage. Three hundred and fifty years old, this easy to explore ...

 

River Walking in Portland, Oregon

River Walking in Portland, Oregon

July 25, 2011 No Comments Sometimes the simple pleasures are the ones you remember longest, as a family. Sometimes you only need a place to walk along together for awhile in order to savor the beauty of the environment around you and the moment in time when you are together. The climate in Portland, Oregon can be rainy, but even ...

 

Buckhorn and Texas Ranger Museum: San Antonio Celebrates the Bizarre

Buckhorn and Texas Ranger Museum: San Antonio Celebrates the Bizarre

July 20, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I planned this summer’s road trip through the American Southwest, we created a loose itinerary based on major attractions. The Alamo is one the Old West’s most famous sites, so we planned a trip to San Antonio, Texas. When we got to San Antonio, we were happily surprised to discover a plethora ...

 

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White Oaks, New Mexico: An Abandoned Wild West Town

White Oaks, New Mexico: An Abandoned Wild West Town

July 19, 2011 No Comments It is truly amazing how many times you can read a book or see a movie without retaining all of the details. Young Guns II, the 1990 sequel to Young Guns that highlights the further exploits of Billy the Kid, is one of my favorite films. I love the sequence in the brothel, when the ...

 

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Smokey Bear Meets Billy the Kid? Carrizozo, Capitan, and Valley of Fires, New Mexico

Smokey Bear Meets Billy the Kid? Carrizozo, Capitan, and Valley of Fires, New Mexico

July 18, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I were in Roswell, New Mexico, we stopped by the official Visitor Center. A wonderful representative there helped us plan a new route–the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, which runs through the Hondo Valley region and includes the town of Lincoln New Mexico, where Billy the Kid got his start as an ...

 

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