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When Thoughts Turn To Spring in Ohio…

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Toward the end of winter in late February and early March, when warm days alternate with cold nights, some Ohioans undertake the traditional task of tapping sugar maple trees for the production of maple syrup. Here in the Miami Valley of western Ohio, the Boy Scouts of Tecumseh Council are busy preparing to tap the maple trees in the forest ... Read More »

Life On the Road

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Life on the road can be challenging and exhausting. Life on the road in winter is a totally different beast. This year has seen the coldest and snowiest in a very long time. Preparation is the key, along with four-wheel drive, great snow tires, a shovel and boot claws. So what do I as an inspector have in the trunk ... Read More »

Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit, Mexico

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Perhaps somewhat off the beaten path, about an hour drive from Puerto Vallarta sits the quaint village of Rincon de Guayabitos. Here you will not find tall modern high rise hotels and fancy restaurants but you will find decent 2 and 3 diamond accommodations and good casual restaurants featuring fresh tasty local fare. You will also fine a true Mexican ... Read More »

Harvard Museums

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I love photography and always search out new photographic exhibits, so when the invitation arrived to attend a preview of Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs With Scot Miller at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) in Cambridge, Mass., I jumped at the chance. A bonus was Miller would be on hand to talk about his work and ... Read More »

Golden Gate Bridge Electronic Toll: What You Need to Know

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A year ago, when electronic toll charges for the Golden Gate Bridge went into effect, many San Franciscans breathed a huge sigh of relief. While driving northbound to Marin County is free, a toll is charged if you’re crossing southbound. Afternoon and evening rush-hour congestion into the city was slowed further by commuters stopping to pay the toll, creating headache-inducing ... Read More »

Route 66

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America is constantly re-inventing itself. As a result, things that were once an integral part of American life have disappeared from the scene. Remember drive-in theaters, typewriters, phone booths, floppy disks and camera film? Some items are so iconic, however, that they live on beyond their expiration date. America’s Mother Road—Route 66—is one such phenomenon, and all the twists and ... Read More »

AAA Inspectors Share 10 Favorite Comfort Food Restaurants

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Cozy cafes and simple eateries beckon travelers with down-home favorites like pot pies and skillet scrambles Some of the most exciting aspects of travel are seeing new sights, experiencing different cultures and sampling unfamiliar cuisines. Yet every now and then, even the most die-hard road warrior can become a bit homesick. That’s when just the sight and smells of favorite ... Read More »

The Creation Museum

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I didn’t really know what to expect when some medical doctor friends from Minnesota surprised my wife and I by inviting us to spend a weekend with them in Petersburg, KY( about 15 miles West of Cincinnati, OH) to visit the Creation Museum. My wife coordinated the trip thinking it a good way to celebrate my birthday that fell on ... Read More »

Soaking up the Serenity at Point Reyes

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San Francisco is awesome. That said, it’s also crowded, hectic and often noisy (police sirens really are shrill). And the traffic congestion never seems to let up. Granted, there are plenty of hidden spots in the city where you can get away from the hustle and bustle, and I’ve blogged about several of them. But for a clean break—and as ... Read More »

Gavin MacLeod’s Princess

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The Love Boat’s famous skipper has sailed many ships and seen many ports—and he’s ready for more. Let’s get one thing clear right up front: He’s never been seasick. “I’ve been blessed,” said actor Gavin MacLeod, aka Capt. Merrill Stubing, skipper of TV’s The Love Boat. “My wife, Patti, and I, neither one of us has ever been seasick. And ... Read More »

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