Entries for July, 2011

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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 ...

 

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