Feb 252020
 

I have always enjoyed driving and I usually do most of it when we are on a trip. But after this trip, I may never drive again. Back on February 8, I was getting tired when we were about 100 miles from Phoenix and Miss Terry took the wheel. She is an excellent driver, whether […]

Dec 092019
 

Just a few miles west of the Kennedy Space Center, where America’s rockets lift off to the new frontiers of outer space, you will find a wonderful historical park that celebrates a time in history when Florida was the frontier. It was a time when hostile Indians and the very land itself challenged the survival […]

Oct 092018
 

Whenever we can, we get off the interstate highways and travel the back roads of America. I’ve always said that a Grand Slam at a Denny’s in Paducah, Kentucky isn’t going to be any different than one at a Denny’s in Tucson, Arizona. And face it, just about every interstate highway exit in the country […]

Acadia National Park

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Jul 102018
 

On the picturesque Maine coast there is a wild landscape where ocean crashes onto rocky shoreline. A place where visitors can hike miles of scenic trails, explore tide pools, visit small town resorts, book an expedition on a whale watching trip, ride bicycles through miles of visual delights, and paddle sea kayaks to their hearts’ […]

Feb 132018
 

Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was one of the world’s best-loved personalities during his lifetime, and even though he died over 100 years ago, he remains an icon in American literature today. Born in the small settlement of Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835, Samuel Clemens was the sixth of seven children born […]

Jan 022018
 

In the early days of 16th Century Europe, the New World was more myth than reality. Maps of the day showed the Americas as “terra incognita”, a vague landmass of undetermined size populated by sub-humans. Many maps included wildly imaginative drawings of sea serpents attacking ships and devouring unlucky sailors who ventured too far into […]

Dec 212017
 

It’s a long way from where he held office in Washington, D.C., or from his humble beginnings in Kentucky and Illinois, to Redlands, California. But in this friendly city that is regarded as the “Jewel of the Inland Empire,” we discovered a memorial to one of America’s most beloved presidents. Though Abraham Lincoln never visited […]

Missouri Back Roads

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Oct 102017
 

Note: This story is from a 2009 issue of the Gypsy Journal. We love getting out on the back roads and exploring small town America. We like to find an RV park to use as a base and make day trips throughout the region, poking around in the hidden corners and small towns that get […]

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 […]

Even More Potpourri

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Aug 012017
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog. This is the third in a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I really don’t […]