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REGION 2: HISTORY: (The Original 13) Fun Facts

NEW ENGLAND AND THE ORIGINAL 13 Virginia * New York * Massachusetts * Maryland / Washington D.C. * Rhode Island * Connecticut * New Hampshire * Delaware * North Carolina * South Carolina * New Jersey * Pennsylvania * Georgia  New England (Region 2) is… Continue Reading “REGION 2: HISTORY: (The Original 13) Fun Facts”

REGION 3: HISTORY: (The Deep South) Fun Facts

THE DEEP SOUTH Florida * Alabama * Mississippi * Louisiana * Arkansas Did you know that in order for a soldier to serve during the Civil War, he had to have at least 6 opposing front teeth?  This was so that his ‘not-so-pearly’ whites… Continue Reading “REGION 3: HISTORY: (The Deep South) Fun Facts”

REGION 4: RELIGION (Blue Grass Country) Fun Facts

REGION 4: RELIGION IN BLUE GRASS COUNTRY Although in close proximity to the ‘Bible Belt’ region of the U.S., the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Ohio have a religious distinction all their own.  Bluegrass music is the voice of the entire region, and… Continue Reading “REGION 4: RELIGION (Blue Grass Country) Fun Facts”

REGION 5: RELIGION (The Breadbasket) Fun Facts

REGION 5: RELIGION IN THE BREADBASKET Not just in the middle geographically, the Midwest states of: Oklahoma * Missouri * Nebraska * Kansas * Iowa  represent the American average in terms of faith, attitude, a belief system, and core values. This region’s religious personality matches… Continue Reading “REGION 5: RELIGION (The Breadbasket) Fun Facts”

REGION 6: RELIGION (The Great Lakes) Fun Facts

REGION 6: RELIGION IN THE GREAT LAKES Michigan * Indiana * Wisconsin * Minnesota * Illinois Historically, the governing of this region was dependent on the social institutions that were more powerful, popular, and clearly defined than the other governing powers in the region.… Continue Reading “REGION 6: RELIGION (The Great Lakes) Fun Facts”

REGION 4: HISTORY (Blue Grass Country) Fun Facts

BLUE GRASS COUNTRY Kentucky * Tennessee * Ohio * West Virginia  When you think of ‘Blue Grass Country’ (Region 4), what things pop into your mind?  Bluegrass (or Mountain or Country) Music? Bourbon? Horse Racing? How about… well…blue grass?!   Is there really blue grass… Continue Reading “REGION 4: HISTORY (Blue Grass Country) Fun Facts”

REGION 7: RELIGION (The Old West) Fun Facts

REGION 7: THE OLD WEST North Dakota * South Dakota * Wyoming * Montana * Colorado * Nevada Because what we refer to as the ‘Old West’ was initially comprised of territories and large undefined areas of land, for this section of Religion in… Continue Reading “REGION 7: RELIGION (The Old West) Fun Facts”

REGION 8: RELIGION (The Pacific Northwest) Fun Facts

REGION 8: THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST Washington * Oregon * Idaho * Northern California More so than anywhere else in the U.S., “none” is the most common response of those in the Pacific Northwest when asked about religious affiliation or identification.  This does not mean… Continue Reading “REGION 8: RELIGION (The Pacific Northwest) Fun Facts”

REGION 9: RELIGION (The Southwest) Fun Facts

 REGION 9: THE SOUTHWEST Central & Southern California * Texas * Arizona * Utah * New Mexico Religious and cultural differences were part of the landscape of America long before  European arrival and settlement. The native people of this land Europeans called the “new… Continue Reading “REGION 9: RELIGION (The Southwest) Fun Facts”

REGION 5: HISTORY (The Breadbasket) Fun Facts

THE BREADBASKET Oklahoma * Missouri * Nebraska * Kansas * Iowa Open plains, cattle and pioneers are all part of the History of the (Region 5) Breadbasket Region.  Here is where the Pioneers and Settlers came to farm and ranch.  This Region birthed the… Continue Reading “REGION 5: HISTORY (The Breadbasket) Fun Facts”


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, and good-life lovers’ paradise. … Continue Reading “CROWD CONTROL IN VENICE”

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 the landing of the… Continue Reading “REGION 6: HISTORY (The Great Lakes) Fun Facts”

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, railroads and gold mines… Continue Reading “REGION 7: HISTORY (The Old West) Fun Facts”

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 an area like no… Continue Reading “REGION 8: HISTORY: (The Pacific Northwest) Fun Facts”

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, monuments and red rocks,… Continue Reading “REGION 9 HISTORY:(The Southwest) Fun Facts”


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 of pictures and 2… Continue Reading “THE RETURN FROM EUROPE”


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 in Iceland, we fly… Continue Reading “All DE-STRESSED and SOMEWHERE TO GO!”


  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, Johnson’s Corner has always… Continue Reading “JOHNSON’S CORNER TRUCK STOP: Exit 254”


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 the restrooms, lush riverside… Continue Reading “BENSON SCULPTURE GARDEN: Exit 257”


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 area also provides for… Continue Reading “CHAPUNGU SCULPTURE PARK: 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 is the Swetsville Zoo.… Continue Reading “SWETSVILLE ZOO: Exit 265”


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 Mountains, old abandoned buildings,… Continue Reading “COLORADO WELCOME CENTER / RUNNING DEER NATURAL AREA & TRAIL: Exit 268”


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. As a result, I… Continue Reading “BASIC PHOTO COMPOSITION TIPS”


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) how I came to… Continue Reading “FUN FACTS: GETTING STARTED WITH HISTORY”


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 also amazed at the… Continue Reading “ORBITING AROUND THE SUN KING”


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 better photographer than I… Continue Reading “PHOTO STYLES & PHOTO JOURANLISM”


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 from trying new things,… Continue Reading “PUSHING THE LIMITS”

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 was I-95 southbound along… Continue Reading “IN GOOD HANDS: Fredericksburg, VA”