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A Few Hours In Leavenworth, Washington

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I set out to work in this small mountain town modeled after a typical Bavarian village in Germany. The first part of the name rhymes with heaven. This is definitely not to be confused with the city in Kansas that’s home to the infamous federal prison of the same name. I drove from Wenatchee along the Cascade Loop road toward ... Read More »

Hopewell Culture NHP: A Glimpse into American Indian History

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Certain areas of the world, such as Egypt and Mexico, are noted for pyramids and temples left by ancient civilizations. Well, the American Midwest and South also have impressive monuments fashioned by earlier inhabitants. Scattered across the landscape of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys are strange earthworks, mounds and walls built by American Indians who lived in that area approximately ... Read More »

A Sobering Anniversary in Oklahoma City

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As a AAA inspector, I travel through Oklahoma City frequently. I visited the Oklahoma City bombing site for the first time in 2002 and have returned to the memorial several times since and the museum twice. Each time I visit, I feel strong emotions, ranging from sadness over the tragedy and loss of innocent life to empathy for the loved ... Read More »

Auburn and Aurora: The Twin Gems of New York’s Cayuga County

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This article originally appeared in a AAA Western and Central New York publication. What’s old is new, they say, and truer words were never spoken about the New York Finger Lakes communities of Auburn and Aurora. Here you’ll find a colorful dichotomy of historic preservation and investment in the future. Auburn: History’s Hometown With an abundance of sites rich in ... Read More »

Reflecting on California’s Missions

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Among the places I enjoy visiting while traveling are the missions here in California. I’m sure it stems from my Catholic upbringing, but I also enjoy the beautiful architecture and history they provide. There are 21 missions in California, and the one furthest north is the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, which is 600 miles to the south of ... Read More »

Presidential History in Virginia: Montpelier and Monticello

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Living in the Shenandoah Valley for more than a decade now, I have had the distinct pleasure to explore not only Civil War history and many battlefields but also the history from our country’s inception. Virginia is the cradle of presidents and was home to George Washington, and the fact that the third and fourth presidents’ estates are in such ... Read More »

Taking in a Trio of D.C. Memorials

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Is there a city more “touristy” than the nation’s capital? The list of things to see is seemingly endless—and Washington’s iconic monuments and memorials rank high on that list. In fact I can’t imagine visiting Washington and not including at least some of them on my sightseeing itinerary. As a former longtime resident of nearby Fairfax County, Va., who still ... Read More »

Food and Fun in Iowa’s Amana Colonies

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If you are interested in the history of the Amana Colonies area, I have included that at the end of this blog. However, I want to get right to the fun stuff! The Amana Colonies is a wonderful place to visit and features many National Historic Landmarks, great shops and restaurants. It also is host to some fun and entertaining ... Read More »

Solemn Reflection at the Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City National Memorial A visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a somber and thought-provoking experience. The events of April 19, 1995 — when 168 people, including 19 children younger than 6, were killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building — resonate with many of us. We will not likely forget where ... Read More »

Top Denver Travel Sites

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Colorado State Capitol, Denver It had been a number of years (OK, more than two decades) since I lived in Colorado.  And while I had been back for short visits during that time, this was my first time back as a tourist.  The trip started out wonderfully, and it bears mentioning because airport security experiences are notorious. But the friendliness of ... Read More »