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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – incredible beauty!

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – incredible beauty!

  While spending this summer in Dallas, Texas – truly  sweltering “dog days” – my mind drifts to recent summers spent in much cooler temperatures. One recent destination that fits this description was spent in Michigan. The UP to be exact. You haven’t heard of the UP? Well, much the way other geographic regions of the United States use shorthand to describe themselves – you know, PNW for the Pacific Northwest and OBX for the Outer Banks. The UP is…

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Take a Walk on the WILD side!

Take a Walk on the WILD side!

  I love visiting zoos, wildlife parks, aquariums – just about any place where I can watch and learn about animals, ends up on my “to do” list.  And it’s because they are so unpredictable.  Unlike museums or amusement parks, nothing is static where wildlife are kept. You can visit every day, for an entire week, and have seven completely different experiences!  So, while wintering in Florida and reading about Homosassa Springs, I knew we had to head over for…

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The Belle Meade Plantation & the Run for the Roses!

The Belle Meade Plantation & the Run for the Roses!

  The first Saturday in May holds the distinction as being the day when the most famous horse race in the history of thoroughbred racing is run – The Kentucky Derby!  And with this year’s 145th annual “Run for the Roses” (as the famous race is lovingly known) taking place at Louisville’s Churchill Downs on May 4th – I thought it the perfect time to share one of my favorite places to visit – the stunningly beautiful Belle Meade Plantation in…

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The American Prohibition Museum – You BOOZE, You LOSE!

The American Prohibition Museum – You BOOZE, You LOSE!

  When you think of visiting Savannah, Georgia, many things come to mind. Hanging out in one of the twenty-two, oak-lined squares dripping with Spanish Moss might make your “to-do” list. Your plans might include eating at one (or more) of the scores of restaurants featuring southern fare such as fried chicken and grits and gravy. And, like many tourists to the area, you might book a tour to learn about the Civil War history of the area – and…

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The HISTORIC TRIANGLE of VIRGINIA – Jamestown, Williamsburg & Yorktown

The HISTORIC TRIANGLE of VIRGINIA – Jamestown, Williamsburg & Yorktown

  When you hear about the area of Virginia known as the “Historic Triangle” it is referring to three towns in the eastern portion of the state:  Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.  “Historic”, as this area contains many landmarks and locations where some of our country’s most pivotal and history-shaping events took place.  “Triangle”, because each of these towns mark the angle or point of a visual triangle on the map. Being the history nerds that we are – this is…

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Just my CUP of TEA!

Just my CUP of TEA!

Did you know that there is only ONE tea plantation in the entire United States of America?  It’s true!  The Charleston Tea Plantation, located just south of Charleston, South Carolina on Wadmalaw Island, producers of black and green tea, holds this very distinction! Upon learning that this working tea farm hosted complimentary tours, as well as samples, we were all in!  The drive to get there is a delight in itself.  Located in an area known as the Low Country…

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Spooky Old City Jail in Charleston, SC

Spooky Old City Jail in Charleston, SC

Tours of the Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina deliver tales of the city’s dark history in the very halls of this (supposedly) haunted, historic landmark. This guided tour rates right up there with one of the BEST we have ever experienced.  So if you like history, with a side of SPOOKY, then this tour is made just for BOO – I mean, YOU! Conducted by Bulldog Tours, there are two different jail tours to choose from: The Charleston…

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AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: the beginning and the end …

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: the beginning and the end …

When traveling in the east, especially the southeastern portion of the United States, one would be hard-pressed not to come across a National Park or Historic Site of some sort commemorating the bloody history of America known as the American Civil War.  Such was the case for “Me and Mr. Jones” as we spent time exploring this part of the country.  And two of our favorite, if not the most meaningful spots, were the locations of the BEGINNING and the…

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