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CROWD CONTROL IN VENICE

I loved living in Italy and I had wondered whether or not I’d ever want to return home.  Eventually I did return, but I left a good bit of myself behind in the northern part of this ‘art, architecture, wine,…

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REGION 6: HISTORY (The Great Lakes) Fun Facts

THE GREAT LAKES Michigan * Indiana * Wisconsin * Minnesota * Illinois When we think of the Great Lakes Region, images come to mind of huge ocean-like lakes, fascinating geology, forests, enormous waterfalls, shipwrecks and history dating back to before…

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REGION 7: HISTORY (The Old West) Fun Facts

THE OLD WEST North Dakota * South Dakota * Wyoming * Montana * Colorado * Nevada So much intriguing history awaits the traveler journeying into the Old West!  The Wild Wild West conjures up images of cowboys, gunfights, Indians, saloons,…

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REGION 8: HISTORY: (The Pacific Northwest) Fun Facts

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST Washington * Oregon * Idaho * Northern California  It’s hard to believe that you can drive from the peaks of the Grand Tetons to the Washington State rainforest coastline in just 16 hours! The Pacific Northwest is…

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REGION 9 HISTORY:(The Southwest) Fun Facts

REGION 9: THE SOUTHWEST Central & Southern California * Texas * Arizona * Utah * New Mexico The American Southwest sure does have its share of nature’s wonders and National Parks! Chocked full of mesas, caverns, deserts, arches, sand dunes,…

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THE RETURN FROM EUROPE

Well, we’re back! The idea of spending 32 days away from home was initially a little daunting, and I was afraid Eddie would spend the last week away wishing that this trip was over. But a few trains, a couple…

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All DE-STRESSED and SOMEWHERE TO GO!

It’s finally here!  The big, ‘Grand Tour of Europe’ that I have been planning for, praying about, refining, and highly anticipating for the last 10 years has finally arrived, and it’s time to go!  After a couple of ‘stopover’ days…

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JOHNSON’S CORNER TRUCK STOP: Exit 254

  Located on I-25 at exit 254, you will find Johnson’s Corner.  A truck stop that locals here in the Denver area know well, it is a destination not to be missed!  Opening in 1952 in what was once farmland,…

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BENSON SCULPTURE GARDEN: Exit 257

Okay… so some stops in Colorado need a little more than 20 minutes, and this little stop off Exit 257 just north of Loveland is one of those.  You’ll need…say… 35 minutes. Discover the Benson Sculpture Garden. In addition to…

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CHAPUNGU SCULPTURE PARK: Exit 265

Ah…Loveland.  Known for its art and outdoor sculpture, it draws in artists from all over the country for competitions, and often for a permanent change of address.  U.S. Art Magazine ranked it in the top 8 ‘great art destinations’. The…

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SWETSVILLE ZOO: Exit 265

There are so many choices along America’s highways to stop for a 20 minuet break, and Colorado is loaded with them!  There are rest stops, picnic areas, historical landmarks, points of interest, hiking trails and scenic overlooks. And then there…

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COLORADO WELCOME CENTER / RUNNING DEER NATURAL AREA & TRAIL: Exit 268

Most people would say that along the I-25 corridor between the Wyoming border and Denver there is ‘a-lotta nothin‘. I say…HOGWASH! There is, however, a-lotta open space, green rolling hills, farming fields nestled in at the base of the Rocky…

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BASIC PHOTO COMPOSITION TIPS

I work hard. Really hard. I am a novice photographer with a point-and-shoot camera, determined to make the most of my decision not to invest in a big bodied camera with accessories that I honestly don’t want to lug around….

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FUN FACTS: GETTING STARTED WITH HISTORY

Ahhh…that feeling when you accomplish a goal…!  I’m now 1/2 finished with my website’s FUN FACTS Category! I’ve shared in my blog called, ‘Backstory of the Bullet Points’ (which you can find in the Introduction of the FUN FACTS category)…

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ORBITING AROUND THE SUN KING

A little bit of information about the history of Paris Although my opinions of the ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV are a bit underwhelming , I must admit to being a bit of jealous of the king’s grand gams. I am…

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PHOTO STYLES & PHOTO JOURANLISM

PHOTOJOURNALISM By no means do I consider myself a photographer.  I am, however, a traveler with a camera who wants to improve her skills, make great photo albums and detail everything that we experience on the road.  Eddie is a…

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PUSHING THE LIMITS

It’s amazing what you can learn about yourself on the road!  This is especially true when you venture outside your usual comfort zone, face a fear, or simply push the boundaries of your experience. Although I don’t generally shy away…

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IN GOOD HANDS: Fredericksburg, VA

We’re in Good Hands! It was a lovely, sunny morning as we raced down I-95 from Washington D.C. towards Virginia.  Lovely because it had rained the entire time that we were getting to know our Nation’s Capital, and racing because…well…it…

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FUN FACTS: GETTING STARTED WITH LANDSCAPES

Ahhh…that feeling when you accomplish a goal…!  I’m now 1/4 finished with my website’s FUN FACTS Category! I’ve shared in my blog called, ‘Backstory of the Bullet Points’ (which you can find in the Introduction of the FUN FACTS category)…

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LANDSCAPES (Canyons) Fun Facts

CANYONS  DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a ‘Canyon’ is: “A deep narrow valley with steep sides and often with a stream flowing through it.” Your Dictionary adds this definition: “The definition of a canyon is a deep ravine…

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LANDSCAPES (Coastlines) Fun Facts

COASTLINES DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a ‘coastline’ is: “1:  a line that forms the boundary between the land and the ocean or a lake” “2:  the outline of a coast” ******************** I know what I think about when…

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LANDSCAPES (Deserts) Fun Facts

DESERTS Love ’em or leave ’em, the deserts of the U.S. are not only interesting, important for the health and survival of the planet, but are also incredibly beautiful!  There are a number of different types of deserts in the…

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LANDSCAPES (Forests) Fun Facts

As we travel across the country, we find that much of the U.S. is covered by some sort of forest.  Did you know, however, that there are many kinds of forests all with distinct characteristics? Next time your enjoying the…

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LANDSCAPES (Great Lakes) Fun Facts

GREAT LAKES DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘Great Lakes’ is: “the large freshwater lakes (Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie,  and Ontario) which lie on the northern borders of the United States.” ********************* The Free Dictionary adds this information to the definition of ‘Great Lake’: “a series of five lakes between the U.S. and Canada, comprising Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior; connected with the  Atlantic by the St. Lawrence River.”   BASIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GREAT LAKES: *The Great Lakes…

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LANDSCAPES (Mountains) Fun Facts

 MOUNTAINS DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a ‘mountain’ is:  “a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill The sun set behind the mountains, an elongated ridge”. Your Dictionary adds this information to the definition…

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LANDSCAPES (Plains) Fun Facts

PLAINS “The Sea, The Woods, the Mountains, all suffer in comparison with the Prairie.  The Prairie has a stronger hold on the senses…”   Albert Pike 1831 Did you know that nearly 502,000 square miles of the U.S. is part of the…

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LANDSCAPES (River Basins) Fun Facts

RIVER BASINS DEFINITION: According to Reference , the definition of a ‘River Basin’ is: ‘the land water must cross to reach a river. A river basin collects all available water from various tributaries, creeks and streams in its area.’ Your…

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LANDSCAPES (Wetlands) Fun Facts

WETLANDS DEFINITION: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a ‘wetlands’ is: “land or areas (such as marshes or swamps) that are covered often intermittently with shallow water or have soil saturated with moisture —usually used in plural” Dictionary.com adds this…

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