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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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Old BarnsDo old barns call to you as they do to me?  I love barns, I’ve always loved barns.  I can’t begin to recall the number of times I have said to my husband, “I want a barn”. 

I know that I’m not the only one with these feelings of affection, otherwise there wouldn’t be calendars and books about them.  So what exactly is it, why do we love old barns?  What do they say to us? 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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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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Travel with young grandchildren is not without its challenges, but you can make it more pleasant for yourself and your grandchildren if you do some preparation beforehand.

Check off lists work great for me. That way if my brain is cluttered with too many “to do’s”, I can just go down the list and feel fairly confident that I have what I need! So I created a form that works for me and I’m hoping it will be helpful to you.  Keeping in mind that these are suggestions and you might feel that your grandchildren’s needs vary.  I left some empty lines so you can add your own items and ideas! read more….

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We love to vacation by the ocean! Last year it was the outer banks of North Carolina. This year we decided to take our family vacation on Cape Cod. Our big disappointment was finding out that our daughter and her family wouldn’t be able to make the trip this year!!

About 5 years ago, Paul and I spent a week in Plymouth, MA and had such a good time!  We didn’t spend much time on the cape however, so we weren’t sure of read more….

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2551building 2 w textPort Townsend is a quaint little seaside town located on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  It is known for its historic charm and many Victorian buildings.  Port Townsend is surrounded on almost all sides by water which makes it the perfect place for The Wooden Boat Festival.  The festival is an annual event in Port Townsend that is visited by thousands from all over the world.  My husband, Mike and I have lived on the Olympic Peninsula for 10 years and have never had the opportunity to go to the festival.  This year we decided it was time to check it out!

As we arrived in Port Townsend we decided to take a detour when we saw a sign announcing “organic hard cider”.  We had never tasted “hard” cider and thought read more….

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