Museum of Appalachia: Let the Past Touch Your Soul

After setting up camp at Clinton/Knoxville North KOA, we drove less than a mile to the Museum of Appalachia, a recreated Appalachian community. Strolling through the village, it’s easy to imagine we’re living in Appalachia of yesteryear, cutting firewood, tending livestock, mending a quilt, or simply rocking on the porch, enjoying the glorious views. The […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: 14 Centuries of History

Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 4,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the lives of […]

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Nk’Mip Cellars: The Success Story of Canada’s First Aboriginal Winery

Nk’Mip Cellars may be the most unique winery you will ever have the pleasure to visit. It’s the first aboriginal-owned and-operated winery in North America, and a flagship property of the Osoyoos Indian Band—a member of the Okanagan Nation. In the Okanagan language the word Nk’Mip (pronounced inn-kah-MEEP) means “bottomland,” and the winery is thus […]

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The Big Blackout: National Parks For Viewing the Solar Eclipse

The 2017 solar eclipse is just weeks away from sweeping across the nation. An earlier article, Mark Your Calendars: North American Solar Eclipse 2017, introduced this amazing celestial phenomenon that occurs on August 21, 2017. Many are flocking to the few big cities on the phenomenon’s path of totality, but why spend loads on flights and […]

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Mysterious Towers Of Hovenweep Ruins

In the high desert country which straddles the border between southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, the Hovenweep ruins with their mysterious towers induce a strange silence, something you cannot quite explain. Walk in ancient footsteps. Soak in the silence. Marvel at a night sky overflowing with stars. Hear a lone coyote’s howl. Experience the past […]

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South Dakota: Fly Over State? Not a Chance!

South Dakota gets a bad rap as a flyover state. An often overlooked travel destination, South Dakota is a land of breathtaking scenic beauty. Here’s the thing, visit South Dakota once and the place SELLS ITSELF. Much more than just the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Badlands, SoDak is the most […]

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