Honoring Memorial Day the Revolutionary Way

As the “Cradle of the Revolution”, Boston is full of history like no other city in America. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

History buffs may recognize Saratoga National Historic Park as the site of the turning point of the American Revolution or Valley Forge National Historic Park as the site of George Washington and the Continental Army’s 1777-1778 winter encampment. Anything related to Boston and that memorable tea party may also come to mind when thinking about the Revolutionary War. But how many […]

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Death Knell of the Confederacy: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

When the Civil War raged throughout the Union and Confederate lands from 1861 to 1865, it ranged to Tennessee, from the fields of Shiloh to the town of 5,545 citizens at the time of the Great Rebellion along the bend of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga, and into the state just south, at Chickamauga. Now interpreted […]

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Triassic World: Petrified Forest National Park

The colorful rock layers of northeastern Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park form a visual display of eroded badlands, dating to the Triassic. Petrified Forest is known for its treasure trove of fossilized logs, exposed after eons of erosion by wind and water. About 60 million years ago, tectonic action pushed the Colorado Plateau upwards, exposing […]

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March Off the Beaten Path: Huhugam Heritage Center

While attending the recent (March 7-10, 2017) Family Motor Coach Association’s 95th International Convention at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, Arizona, we visited the Huhugam Heritage Center operated by the Gila River Indian Community located several miles south of Rawhide Western Town on Maricopa Road. This modern cultural center highlights the ancestral, […]

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Visiting Picacho Peak State Park 

Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring you’ll overlook a sea of Mexican gold poppies and other wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for […]

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The Best of San Antonio

Without the modern skyline of Dallas or Houston, attractive and festive San Antonio looks nothing like the stereotypical image of Texas, despite being pivotal in the state’s history. Standing at a geographical crossroads, the city encases the complex social and ethnic mixes of all Texas. Although the Germans, among others, have made strong cultural contributions, […]

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