Nov 182017
 

Note: This story is from the July-August, 2016 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Just a half hour drive south from busy and modern Tampa, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park preserves historic Gamble Mansion, the last surviving antebellum plantation home in South Florida. Major Robert Gamble built his beautiful home between 1845 and 1850 as the […]

Double Trouble

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Nov 152017
 

Note: This story is from the March-April, 2017 issue of the Gypsy Journal. In the friendly college town of Athens, Georgia we came across an unusual historical artifact with an interesting history that is a classic example of engineering gone wrong, even though it seemed like a good idea at the time Home to the […]

Oct 172017
 

An outpost of westward expansion, Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming was crucial in the transformation of the American West. The fort served as a fur trading post, military garrison, and as a way station for fur trappers, Indian traders, missionaries, and Oregon Trail emigrants for over 50 years during one of the most important time […]

Oct 092017
 

 Note: This story first appeared in the March-April 2016 Gypsy Journal. It seems only fitting that a place as steeped in Western history as Tucson, Arizona would be home to the Museum of the Horse Soldier, which has to be one of the most interesting museums we have visited anywhere. The museum is the brainchild […]

RVing With A Goal

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Sep 262017
 

Note: The blog is based upon the seminar by the same name that I present at RV rallies around the country. Why do you RV? To visit friends and family in far off places? To have your own mobile lodging when you visit theme parks or natural attractions? To have a way to escape cold […]

More Time Traveling

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Sep 202017
 

In yesterday’s blog we did some time traveling as I told you about some of the things we did while we were in Alabama visiting my son Travis and his wife Geli as we were waiting out Hurricane Irma. Today I’ll catch you up on the rest of it, and on our trip home. Anybody […]

U.S.S. Cairo

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Sep 122017
 

On a visit to Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, we spent some time exploring the U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum and learned about the ill-fated Civil War ironclad gunboat. One of seven ironclad gunboats named in honor of towns along the upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers, the heavily armed U.S.S. Cairo was a formidable […]

Ivy Green

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Sep 102017
 

When Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880, our world was a very different, and sometimes harsh place. People with physical challenges faced a hard life under the best of circumstances, and a child growing up handicapped often had a very limited future. Helen Keller was born into this world as a healthy […]

Our Last Night

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Jun 162017
 

After the nice folks at Cummins in Bossier City, Louisiana solved our fuel problems, we left there Wednesday afternoon heading east on Interstate 20. We only drove about 90 miles, stopping at Pavilion RV Park in West Monroe for the night. It’s a nice park, with easy access on and off the highway. We stayed […]

The Little Drummer Boy

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May 172017
 

Note: This story about the youngest Civil War soldier in the Union Army is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery II. When President Abraham Lincoln called for 100,000 volunteers to fill the ranks of the Union Army in 1861, long lines of men and boys streamed into recruiting centers across the nation. Local […]