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Pecos, Texas: A Tiny Oasis in the Wilds of West Texas

Pecos, Texas: A Tiny Oasis in the Wilds of West Texas

July 17, 2011 No Comments Dad and I learned a very interesting lesson during our Western adventure this summer: Texas is a big state. Of course, we already knew the facts and figures, but maps simply do not do it justice. Even more importantly, we learned that West Texas is desolate. When we left San Antonio, headed for Carlsbad, New ...

 

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The Thing? Mystery of the Arizona Desert

The Thing? Mystery of the Arizona Desert

July 10, 2011 No Comments My love affair with travel began as a small child. Dad was in the Navy, so Mom and I frequently made the journey between Norfolk, Virginia and her parents’ home in Lakeland, Florida. When I was nine, Dad got a civilian job with the Department of Defense. Whenever we could, Mom and I accompanied him ...

 

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Native American Mystery: Three Rivers Petroglyphs, New Mexico

Native American Mystery: Three Rivers Petroglyphs, New Mexico

July 9, 2011 No Comments The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is in the middle of nowhere, along Highway 54 between Carrizozo and Tularosa, New Mexico. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the site’s tiny budget does not leave room for a Visitor Center, gift shop or restaurant. But there are clean restrooms and a small ranger station staffed by ...

 

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Discovering Carlsbad Caverns: Carlsbad, NM

Discovering Carlsbad Caverns: Carlsbad, NM

July 8, 2011 1 Comment New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park is the third largest cave system in the United States and arguably one of the best-known. I am a bit of a cave nut, so when Dad and I planned a Southwestern adventure, Carlsbad Caverns was one of my must-do attractions. We visited just days before a wildfire raged ...

 

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White Sands National Monument and Missile Museum

White Sands National Monument and Missile Museum

July 7, 2011 No Comments Southern New Mexico is an interesting study in contrasts. Barely had the Old West died out, its outlaws and lawmen dead or too old to continue fighting, before the atomic age began. Although the atomic age officially started with the detonation of the first nuclear bombs in Japan during World War II, the groundwork was ...

 

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In the Footsteps of Billy the Kid: Lincoln, NM

In the Footsteps of Billy the Kid: Lincoln, NM

July 7, 2011 No Comments Dad and I are on an extended RV tour of the Southwest this summer, after wintering in Central Florida. Planning a cross-country trip can be tough, especially when many of the best places to see have little or no online presence. So we created a loose schedule based on the big, obvious destinations. Our plan ...

 

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Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden – Palm Desert, CA

Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden – Palm Desert, CA

July 6, 2011 No Comments A mountain lion sleeps in the shade of a rock under a juniper. Lizards bask in the early morning sun, still as statues. Meerkats stand tall, surveying the rugged landscape before them. In this land of subtropical, arid climate, life flourishes among the variety of cactus, sagebrush, palms and tumbleweed. This is The Living Desert: ...

 

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20 Best Small Amusement Parks for Families in the USA

20 Best Small Amusement Parks for Families in the USA

July 5, 2011 2 Comments Small amusement parks are big on fun for families. They can have many advantages over the larger commercialized theme parks: being smaller, they are easier to navigate; they are often less expensive with lower admission fees and food prices; they are less crowded with shorter waits and lines; they are clean and very family-friendly (often ...

 

Amarillo Texas Family Attractions and Texas-Size Fun

Amarillo Texas Family Attractions and Texas-Size Fun

July 2, 2011 No Comments I know what you may be thinking. Amarillo, Texas? What’s there to do there, and what’s there to do for kids? Well the answer to both questions is plenty in this town with tons of western heritage, scenic sites, inexpensive accommodations and much, much more. Amarillo’s in the Texas panhandle, a part of Texas that ...

 

Staying Green in Florida – Marina Village Resort

Staying Green in Florida – Marina Village Resort

June 28, 2011 No Comments We could spend – and did – a great deal of time touring the beautiful sandy beaches of Florida, and seeking out some green lodging – accommodations that offer environmentally sound lodging. We found ourselves with a plethora of excellent choices. After all, Florida began a green lodging initiative in 2004 through the Department of ...

 

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