A Weekend at Universal Studios Orlando {Florida}

At the beginning of 2020 we were living in Florida and had bought tickets on Allegiant to go and visit my in-laws in Missouri. But then Covid happened so we canceled our trip. We were given vouchers to use and have been sitting on them ever since. We went back and forth over and over […]

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park {Tennessee & Georgia}

Since we visited the Stones River National Battlefield a few weeks ago, we decided we would continue the path of American Civil War history and make our way down to the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. This park encompasses a huge area sitting right on the border of Tennessee and Georgia and commemorates the […]

Favorite Travel Moments :: Woolen Wonders

I had the amazing opportunity to go to Ireland with two aunts who were fulfilling a lifelong dream of going to where their grandparents came from. My one aunt is an accredited genealogist who had traced our family tree back to the 1300s. We would stop by museums and seeing a large picture of someone […]

Around the Gauley River {West Virginia}

Before making our way home, we took a long loop around the area of the Gauley River so we could enjoy some last views of this beautiful area. The Gauley River is right next to the New River Gorge and is part of a national recreation area. This river is more about peaceful exploration than […]

Walking Along The Rail Trail- Hawks Nest State Park {West Virginia}

We spent our last evening walking along the old rail trail of Hawks Nest State Park. West Virginia use to be one of the country’s leading coal mining areas and trains would criss cross throughout the state transporting that coal. But with the end of coal mining the trains fell to the wayside. But the […]

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” –J,K, Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Visiting America’s Newest National Park- New River Gorge {West Virginia}

We made our way to New River Gorge National Park, the country’s newest national park having being upgraded from a national river to a national park in December 2020. And because it is still so new, some of the park is still being configured to fit the increased number of visitors. Because the park stretches […]

The Old Grist Mill-Babcock State Park {West Virginia}

On an impromptu adventure we made our way to West Virginia for a taste of what makes this the ‘wild and wonderful’ state. And we discovered the tagline perfectly fits the state. It is a wonderland of wild, natural beauty that is largely untouched by cities and industry. And true to form, our first stop […]

Leaving Pennies at the Stones River National Cemetery {Tennessee}

We spent a rainy morning walking through the Stones River National Battlefield and National Cemetery. This field is where one of the worst battles of the American Civil War was fought. The Union army was losing the war, they had been defeated over and over again. But in the last days of December 1862 the […]

Lost Creek Trail- Tims Ford State Park {Tennessee}

I made it home from Israel and have been getting back into the regular flow of things at home. And nothing helps fight jet lag better than some fresh air and sunshine, so we made our way to our favorite state park to explore another wonderful trail. We decided to take the Lost Creek Trail […]

Favorite Travel Moments :: Sitting In A Hole In The Rock

One of Utah’s lesser known parks is Capitol Reef National Park. This park boasts of all the beautiful red rock of the southern part of the state but without the crowds of visitors that you often find at the other national parks. We spent the weekend at the park, hiking the different trails among the […]

“Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person. Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Italian Journey

{Israel} Day 6: Temple Mount, Muslim Quarter, & Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Today brought us to Temple Mount. We walked through the old city of Jerusalem and made our way up to the top of Temple Mount, passing over the Western Wall on our way. Temple Mount is where three of the world’s greatest religions all come together, each claiming that this spot is a key point […]


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