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Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

Ready for some excellent fishing, delicious sandwiches, baked delicacies, and the best microbrew you ever tasted?  Head to Georgetown Lake, just a few miles outside of Anaconda, Montana and enjoy the locally-inspired specialties. Eat like the locals at one of the delicious restaurants and enjoy one of their famous pork chop sandwiches and delicious local delicacies of baked buttterhorns (donuts) and sweetie pies (pastries).  Then top it off with a yummy Montana microbrew (beer produced in a small local brewery).  After dinner, you might also want to check out the Copper Village Museum and Arts Center, which features interesting exhibits with local art and history.  Just 14 miles west of Anaconda, the picturesque Georgetown Lake offers a vast selection of countless activities year round.  Nestled in the middle of three enormous mountain ranges, Georgetown Lake is located 6,425 feet above sea level and extends for over 3,700 acres.  The three scenic mountain ranges surrounding it are... [Read more...]

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

March 29, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

In February, our family hauled our 40′ toy hauler from sunny Floriday, to freezing New Jersey.  Obviously, we had to have a really imploring reason for traveling up north during the winter, and we did!  Our oldest son was deploying overseas, and we had the chance to spend some time with him before he left. We had left our home state of Montana last November, and we had not seen him since.  We could text and call him anytime, but it’s not the same as getting to see him, as you snowbirds who leave your families up north, well know.  We knew before we left this winter that he would be deploying, and it would be from New Jersey, so even tho we ‘did’ the east coast last year, and did not intend to go there again so soon, we found ourselves heading that way again this year.  We spent Christmas in TX, 3 weeks in Louisiana ( <3 ), then went over to FL for a few more weeks.  Our son let us know the tentative dates for a 3 day pass his unit had been told they would... [Read more...]

Lost and Found on Hatteras Island Outer Banks

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lost and Found on Hatteras Island Outer Banks

Get away to a place unlike any other…Hatteras Island is exquisitely scenic and pristine.  Visit Rodanthe or Hatteras on the lush Hatteras Island in North Carolina for a one-of-a-kind vacation. Rodanthe The U.S. Coast Guard was essentially founded in 1874 in the Village of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island, at the famous Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station.  Considering this laid-back island boasts seventy-two miles of unspoiled beaches with ideal, temperate weather, excellent surf, and warm water, you’ll likely find yourself enjoying some relaxing time in the sun while you are here.  Whether for a fun, recreational activity in the refreshing water or to pursue a warm, relaxing spot to unwind; this gorgeous coastline offers the best wide, sheltered, and sand dune-spotted beaches, that sidle up alongside vast natural marshlands.  Also nearby, for after the beach, are the Water Fall Amusement Park, 850-foot long Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, and eclectic Surf shops for your perusal.  You... [Read more...]

Outer Banks Restful Retreats

March 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Outer Banks Restful Retreats

Ready for a break from your life? Want to get away for a while?  Kitty Hawk and Manteo offer just the right combination of blissfully natural settings, historic venues, rolling dunes, and endless beaches. On the northernmost beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kitty Hawk is a charming town that offers a quaint, relaxing environment that boasts a traditional village, cottage-filled beach community, and the Kitty Hawk Woods, a massive maritime forest.  To this day, the origin of the name of the town is a matter of local debate and happens to be where the Wright brothers opted to perform their aviation experiments.  It is not really all that surprising, once you consider the ideal conditions that exist here for glider launching: steady winds, gently rolling hills, and remote sandy location.  Today you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park and Museum, where for four years they experimented and finally perfected the art of soaring and controlling an aircraft, back... [Read more...]

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

Visiting Vegas and looking for more to do than the usual Vegas hot spots?  Want to experience some spectacular desert sunsets outside the city? Hop off the Las Vegas strip for a respite from the crowds, lights, and craziness, for some fun outdoor adventure in this immaculate desert landscape. An hour outside of Las Vegas and only six miles from the beautiful Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire State Park is the very oldest and largest state park in Nevada.  With 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs, ancient trees, and petrified wood, the Valley of Fire is a great place for photography, picnics, hiking, camping, and more.  The red sandstone formations that make up the present landscape are what remain from a time when dinosaurs roamed the region.  The scenic great sand dunes have shifted, followed by the uplifting and faulting, and then extensive erosion, over the centuries.   There really is no other place quite like it and it draws those people seeking refuge from the glam and glitter of... [Read more...]

Eye Candy in Dawson City

March 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Eye Candy in Dawson City

Driving and sightseeing near Dawson City is a once in a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. Pack up and get ready for a bit more history and lots more eye candy! For a truly picturesque drive, take Dempster Highway to the “Patagonia of the Northern Hemisphere,” where a wide range of flora and fauna are known to grow like no other place in North America. This new phenomenal park, formerly called Tombstone Territorial Park, protects 2,000 square kilometers of subarctic wilderness in the southern part of the Ogilvie Mountains. Many come from all around the world, including sight-seers, bird-watchers, hikers, photographers, wildlife viewers and anyone else who enjoys being surrounded by a stunningly natural setting filled with wondrous landforms, stellar views, and mountainous peaks. A great thing to know about this unique park is that it can be viewed and appreciated right from the luxury of your car/RV; all you have to do to witness its beauty is to literally drive... [Read more...]

More on Dawson City

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

More on Dawson City

Dawson City–a historic time capsule from days gone by when countless folks caught a bad case of gold fever and impetuously set out to strike it rich quick.  Learn all about them and their lifestyle during a quick trip north of the border, in nostalgic Dawson City. While Jack London didn’t strike gold here, the adventures from his time in the legendary Klondike gained him unbelievable fame and incredible wealth.  His adventures were uniquely portrayed in his exciting short stories and books, which quickly made him famous.  A replica of his cabin was built out of the logs from his original cabin, where he transcribed many of his books.  The replicated cabin (shown above) is now conveniently located at an interpretive site right in Dawson City.  Take a walk through time, in the nearby Jack London Museum, where you’ll glean some amazing facts about the author’s fascinating life and the stories surrounding the eventual discovery of his cabin. While you are in town, you won’t... [Read more...]

Mobile, Alabama – 3 Incredible Destinations in one block…

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile is an incredible children’s science museum – but it isn’t just for kids!  We went on a week day in January; there were a few small school groups when we arrived, but they soon left, and after that we shared it with just a few families, and multiple adult couples of varying ages (who were enjoying it just as much as our tribe was!).  I would totally go here on a date with my hubby! LOL! The museum has it’s own IMax Dome museum (one of only 50 in the world); you sit in steep theater seating, and the screen wraps around you, from down to the floor in front, up and around both sides, and curves over the ceiling above you. We watched Flight of the Butterflies, but of course films rotate out; you can see what’s playing via their website (link at end)! While we were there, one of the staff, Bree, did some experiments for us; she was great!  For her first demo, she had 3 empty plastic cups (not see through), and she poured... [Read more...]

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

March 19, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Pan for Gold in Dawson City!

Looking for a fun destination for a road trip this summer?  Want to experience a pristine environment plum full of fascinating history and natural beauty? The exquisite beauty of the Yukon wilderness is strikingly prominent in Dawson City, the heart of the famed 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.  With the Gold Rush, came a huge influx of newcomers, also known as “Cheechakos,” into Dawson City.  Gorgeous stately homes that were built in town at the turn of the twentieth century boasted the latest modern amenities, including electricity, running water, and telephones.  Henceforth, Dawson City became quite the refined city seemingly overnight, which is where the name “Queen City of the North” comes from. Newcomers will want to experience the thrilling, yet tedious task of panning for gold in this gorgeously rugged wilderness where so many have dug before you.  Venture out to the famous goldfields of Dawson City, where you can learn how to pan for your own gold.  Claim # 33 is located... [Read more...]

Luling: Texas Black Gold

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Luling: Texas Black Gold

Barbecue sauce isn’t the only valuable liquid flowing in Luling. The town is dotted with oil pumps that still move the Texas black gold from the ground. The Central Texas Oil Patch Museum pays tribute to the area’s oil industry. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 as the far western stop of the Sunset Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The developing importance of the town as a cattle-raising center, combined with the importance of the railroad as a shipping point, allowed the town to grow and prosper. Being the northern terminus of a freight road to Chihuahua, Mexico added to its stature. As the cattle drives to the railroad head decreased, Luling survived by turning to its rich soil and hardy folk. Luling came to be known throughout the region as an agriculture center with cotton, corn, and turkeys as its principal products. Cotton ruled the local economy until the momentous year of 1922. On... [Read more...]

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