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Visiting Virginia: The Portsmouth Path of History

Gosport Park is a one-acre slice of land where the 249-year history of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is frozen in time. The park is part of Portsmouth’s Path of History, a self-guided walking tour featuring a string of historic sites tracing the routes of Old Towne back to 1752, from the home of the Union […]

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Visiting Arizona: Sedona

The drive from the Grand Canyon to Winslow is as desolate as it gets. Once we got through Flagstaff, the trees fell away and the desert stretched to the horizon, interrupted only periodically by random rock formations and jagged hills. We got to Meteor Crater in about 2 hours. The wind was howling over the […]

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Visiting Arizona: The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

There’s nothing like a hike on Bright Angel Train to remind you how out of shape you’ve gotten. We started early in the morning on Tuesday, June 2, at about 7:30. We took the shuttle bus from Yavapai Lodge right to the trailhead. The shuttle at the canyon is really awesome. There are three lines […]

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Visiting Arizona: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

This was one of my favorite days of the trip. We left Monument Valley early and drove to Antelope Canyon outside the city of Page. Dad had arranged a special guided tour of the slot canyon. It was specifically for photographers, so they required each individual person have their own DSLR and tripod (neither of […]

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Visiting Arizona: Monument Valley

Last week, my dad and I took a trip to Arizona to visit Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona. We flew in to Phoenix and then drove north, making a few pit stops along the way. Our first stop was at Chilleen’s on 17, a restaurant featured on Bar Rescue that my dad wanted […]

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Visiting Washington DC: Highlights from our recent trips

Last May, my mom moved to DC. She got a new job with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. It was an opportunity she couldn’t turn down, so just a few months after Mike and I moved to Hampton Roads, she relocated three hours north. Mike and I went to visit early in the summer. He’d […]

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Visiting West Virginia: Our Annual Trip to Snowshoe

We took our annual week-long trip to Snowshoe, WV over New Years. There wasn’t any snow on the ground but the slope conditions were pretty good. We stayed somewhere new and had deer visitors every morning. The other people at the hotel would throw food from their balconies and tempting as it was to join […]

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Visiting Norfolk: Nauticus and the Battleship Wisonsin

On Sunday Mike and I met my Dad to explore the Nauticus Museum and Battleship Wisconsin.  The Battleship is berthed in downtown Norfolk.  We explored the massive ship and also the maritime and naval museums in the adjacent building.  Going anywhere with my Dad is like having a free tour guide – he knows a […]

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Third Annual Oktobertfest

Our third annual trip to Oktoberfest went swimmingly.  We met Joe and Renee in Helen on Friday around dinner time, and after a few beers at Konig Ludwig Bier Garten, we headed to the Hiedelberg to eat.  This place has the best Schnitzel and Spaetzel, but if you don’t get there early you’ll end up […]

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Visiting Aiken: Hitchcock Woods Round Two

Bella and I went for a walk in Hitchcock woods again.  Read about our last trip to the woods here.  It was hotter – muggier.  So we only spent 2 hours exploring rather than an entire afternoon. I parked at the South Boundary entrance this time and we walked around some new trails.  It rained pretty […]

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