Feb 262018
 

It was inevitable that the Spanish, French, and British would fight for hundreds of years over control of the New World, and the place we now know as Florida was one of the most hotly contested. Whoever controlled Florida controlled the rich shipping lanes coming from the Spanish Caribbean, and those world powers bathed the […]

Melrose

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162018
 

Lavish plantation homes are the symbol of the antebellum South and throughout the region stretching from Georgia to Mississippi, many fine examples of these old homes have been lovingly preserved and restored. While some remain in private hands, serving as homes or bed and breakfast operations, others are owned by historic preservation organizations that open […]

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 […]

Jul 122017
 

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident age 62 or over, time is running out to get a National Parks Senior Pass for just $10. On August 28 the price of the pass, officially named the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase to $80. A page on the National […]

Hubbell Trading Post

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 222016
 

Note: This is a reprint of a story that previously appeared in the Gypsy Journal. During the second half of the 1880s, entrepreneurs set up trading posts on many Indian reservations to supply everything from food staples and tobacco to farming equipment. Many times the traders accepted animal furs, Indian artwork, and crafts in lieu […]

Three Weeks? Really?

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 052014
 

It’s hard to believe that our three weeks here at the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails preserve is over already. Where did the time go? Oh, that’s right, it went by fast while we were playing tourist and exploring all of the places to see and do in this area of southeast Virginia. Being a mystery […]

Nov 202013
 

Most of the folks from the dog show have left the Pima County Fairgrounds and it’s a lot quieter here. The last two mornings the only thing that woke me up was my own snoring. Miss Terry says she doesn’t know which is worse. But the dogs have been replaced by new critters. Last night […]

Nov 012012
 

Until you’ve been in old town St. Augustine, Florida on Halloween evening, you just have not seen Halloween! We spent the day playing tourist in America’s oldest city, and saw everything from pirates and soldiers to zombies, witches and werewolves. I think they were dressed up for Halloween? Maybe that’s just the way folks roll […]

Apr 172012
 

I love trivia and finding out oddball facts, especially about some of the places where we travel. So today, just for fun, I thought I’d share 5 Weird Things You Never Knew. Mount Rushmore, polygamy and the KKK – There are few things that make a statement about America’s power and glory more than Mount […]

Apr 132011
 

With fuel prices reaching record heights, I am hearing from a lot of RVers who are wondering if they can continue to travel, or who are cutting back on their travels until prices level out. Well, believe it or not, there’s good news, and there’s more good news! The first bit of good news is […]