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I’m still a little shocked by this, but I recently won a one week stay in a beach house in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!  When I say beach house, I mean approximately 25 yards from the beach.  So, of course we invited family, meaning adult children and their families.  Our daughter and her family living in California couldn’t make the trip, but our two sons and their families that live close by were very excited to go along.  Which meant all staying together in one beach house would be 6 adults and 4 children, ages 9 months, 2, 4 and 6 years. Read more….

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Skyline Drive

One of the things I think many of us enjoy most about fall is the color of the changing leaves and there isn’t anywhere better to see those colors than on Skyline Drive.

Skyline Drive winds it’s way along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for approximately 105 miles in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway is its neighbor to the south.   It begins in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina and ends where it greets Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park near Rockfish Gap, Virginia. Read more….

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Poplar Forest
In the very heart of Virginia lies some distinctive homes belonging to some very special people; homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.  Of these three homes, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s uniquely styled masterpiece is probably the most famous and rightly so.

But did you know that Thomas Jefferson had a second home only 93 miles from Monticello?  This home is called Poplar Forest.  The acreage it sits upon and the original home were inherited from his father-in-law, but the home that sits upon it now is one of Jefferson’s own unique designs.

Poplar Forest was designed by Jefferson to be a retreat home for those times that he wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of Monticello. To spend quiet Read more….

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mayberry daysAndy, Barney, Goober, Aunt Bee, Opie – all names easily recognizable to any of us that are a “certain age”.  All are names that spark memories of a TV show depicting a simpler time in everybody’s favorite small town, Mayberry.  Shown on black and white TV screens that required your getting up from your comfy place on the couch to turn the knob and change the channel or turn the sound up or down.  That job was often delegated to the kids!

Last year Paul and I were visiting a friend in the hospital when one of his other visitors mentioned going to Mayberry Days.  My ears perked up and I started asking questions about this thing called Mayberry Days.  What is it exactly, where is it and so on.  It was then that I decided I wanted to make a visit to Mayberry Days too.

So, one year later another thing was crossed off my bucket list.  We went to Mt. Airy, North Carolina and joined in the Mayberry Days Celebration that’s held each year in September! Read more…

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flying circusWho hasn’t heard or seen in the movies the crazy antics of the 1920’s barnstormers with their flying circus pilots and wing walkers.  But have you seen anything like them in person?  I hadn’t until a recent Sunday afternoon.

I first learned of the Flying Circus Airshow near Bealeton, Virginia last summer.  I wanted to visit and see their performance, but one thing leads to another and before we had a chance to make the trip their season was over  So this year I was determined not to miss it!

This Flying Circus has been thrilling crowds for 44 years, making it one of the nation’s longest running airshows.  Pilots of these beautiful old planes come out every Sunday afternoon from May through October to provide good clean family fun. Read more…

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CambriaCambria is a sleepy little village on the central coast of California nestled among Monterey Pines.  As you travel along Highway 1 to reach Cambria you will see beautiful rolling hills on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. This lovely location has been a favorite vacation spot of my sisters and their families for years. Read more….

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Centralia

Until I read “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson, a wonderful book by the way, I had never heard of Centralia, PA and the fact that a coal mine has been burning underground there since 1962.  I mentioned this to my husband, Paul and he said “it’s been burning there since the early 60s and it could burn for another 250 years.”  So he has been living with this knowledge for many years and just never shared it with me.  He is however, a walking encyclopedia of bits of knowledge. 

This event really got my attention; I had no idea a coal mine could burn endlessly on and on underground or that it had ever happened in the real world.  So today when the weather forecast stated is was to be a warm balmy 60 degrees we were thinking about where to take a day trip and Centralia popped into my mind.  I wanted to see this place with my own eyes!  So we gathered up our collie, Gunnar and off we went. Read more….

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Homes collageWhat special day do we celebrate every year in February?  Hint – it’s not Valentines Day!  This special day, or actually two days, hold a place of much greater value in our lives.  These days have great historical significance.

Every year in February we celebrate Presidents Day and in addition, the birthday of George Washington, the first president of the United States.

Since moving to the east coast I have grown to have a deep love of American history.  There is so much here to see and learn of the struggles our forefathers went through to bring this great nation into existence.

Some of the most revealing and interesting of these places are Read more….

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Good-bye to Seattle’s Gum Wall!

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This week Seattle will be saying good-bye to the gum wall in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley.  In 1999, Seattle officially declared the Gum Wall an attraction and it was voted the 2nd germiest place on TripAdvisor in 2010!  If you’re wondering who got first, it went to Blarney Stone, a block of stone built into Ireland’s Blarney Castle.  Legend says that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be rewarded with eloquent speech.

In the early 1990’s, patrons waiting in line for the Market Theater began sticking their chewed up pieces of gum onto the wall next to its box office.  The first wads of gum were read more….

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Covered bridges built in the 1800’s are awe-inspiring, historical and beautiful. That statement might seem like it’s a little over the top to some, but to others that just love old covered bridges like I do, it’s not. In fact you understand, you get it! And which state has the most covered bridges? Pennsylvania. And it just so happens Pennsylvania is not too far from where we live, so when we were contemplating a trip to look at fall foliage it made sense to combine that with checking out some of the covered bridges.

We chose Bedford County, PA as our destination. There are 14 covered bridges in Bedford County and read more….

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