Entries for December, 2011

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Las Cruces, New Mexico – Off the Beaten Path

Las Cruces, New Mexico – Off the Beaten Path

December 31, 2011 No Comments There are so many famous places to see in New Mexico, from the bats and stalagmites of Carlsbad Caverns to the art and architecture of picturesque Santa Fe, that the smaller towns are sometimes forgotten by visitors to a state that’s nicknamed well as “the land of enchantment.” Las Cruces is one such slightly unlikely ...

 

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Texas State Cemetery: From the Old West to 9/11 in Austin

Texas State Cemetery: From the Old West to 9/11 in Austin

December 30, 2011 No Comments Blame it on years of living in New Orleans, where locals still hold picnics in the stunning above-ground cemeteries. Or blame it on a somewhat morbid fascination with all things dark yet beautiful. Regardless, Dad and I are particularly enamored by cemeteries, and make it a goal to see the major burial grounds in each ...

 

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Texas State Capitol: Seeing Government in Action in Austin

Texas State Capitol: Seeing Government in Action in Austin

December 29, 2011 No Comments I’m a bit of a government nut, always keeping up with the latest Senate and House debates. So when Dad and I were in Austin, Texas during the spring of 2011, I was excited to tour the Texas State Capitol complex. As it turned out, the state legislature was in session, offering us the chance to ...

 

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Visiting Bisbee, Arizona in Winter Time

Visiting Bisbee, Arizona in Winter Time

December 28, 2011 No Comments We found a great winter get away in the old mining village of Bisbee, Arizona. Less than a hundred miles south of Tucson, there’s historic buildings, a fun small town vibe, a great old hotel, and mountain scenery touched with snow in the winter time. With art galleries, small shops full of unique second hand ...

 

Santa Barbara During the Holidays

Santa Barbara During the Holidays

December 27, 2011 No Comments Many people head to Santa Barbara’s charming coastal community for summer beach going. Or perhaps to take part in art shows or kite flying demonstrations in the spring or fall. We like heading to Santa Barbara in the winter time, when the white lights strung across the main shopping district of State Street and sparkling ...

 

The Story of Texas: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

The Story of Texas: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

December 26, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I headed out on our Western adventure in the spring of 2011, we actually knew relatively little about the region. But we were eager to learn as much as we could. In states as diverse as New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, we sought out major museum complexes and tiny roadside attractions looking ...

 

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Splurging on Santa – Los Angeles Style

Splurging on Santa – Los Angeles Style

December 25, 2011 No Comments The holiday season brings many indulgences. Rich foods, presents for the kids, decorations for your home, maybe even a special family vacation. Now your children may be clamoring for a visit to the North Pole, but that’s probably not going to be your destination of choice if you do choose to travel this holiday season. ...

 

Getting to Know the 36th President: LBJ Museum, Austin, TX

Getting to Know the 36th President: LBJ Museum, Austin, TX

December 24, 2011 No Comments Dad is a mid-generation Baby Boomer. His teen years were filled with the hallmarks of the turbulent 1960s–the Beatles, the Vietnam War, race riots and protests and seismic shifts in the cultural zeitgeist. But perhaps no single event had a bigger effect on him than the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As Dad ...

 

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Jerome, Arizona: Mining Town Turned Hippie Enclave

Jerome, Arizona: Mining Town Turned Hippie Enclave

December 23, 2011 No Comments Dad and I are from the flatlands. Having spent a lot of time in Central Florida, we are familiar with the Walt Disney World mountain range: Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain and the Disney version of Mount Everest in Expedition Everest. But actual mountains? Not so much. When we headed to the ...

 

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Edisto Island – Barrier Islands of South Carolina

Edisto Island – Barrier Islands of South Carolina

December 22, 2011 No Comments Not far from the beautiful urbanity of Charleston, South Carolina, and the spooky beauty of Savannah, Georgia lie the barrier islands of the Carolinas. Recommended to us as a wonderful place to recharge, rest, and spend some family time in a beautiful setting, we took a side trip to Edisto Island this past summer. Edisto ...

 

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