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BNA TO SMF (2022)
( life / travel / usa / blog )

Elizabeth and I returned home late Tuesday night after a few days in California visiting family. I still despise air travel, and the mask requirement only makes it worse, but a couple of our American Airlines cre... read more

THANKSGIVING WEEK TRIP TO THE GULF COAST
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Just getting the rental car (minivan) in the first place was a bit of an adventure. Because we were leaving Monday morning, we wanted to pick it up Sunday night, but all local Enterprise offices are closed on Sundays, which I find ... read more

FROM HILL TO VALLEY, A LONG-WINDED POSTCARD FROM THE ROAD
( life / travel / usa / blog )

The drive from Spring Hill, Tennessee to Valley, Alabama was uneventful... until we were almost there. So close. That's a fairly generic name for a town, though, isn't it? Valley. It's like finding a good... read more

MADE IN THE USA
( life / money / shopping / usa )

Spread the word about this awesome website for American Made. And here is the video that launches it: on Facebook I just emailed them to include a couple companies I have recently purchased from that are 100% USA made. This i... read more

2019 MOST DANGEROUS US CITIES
( life / travel / usa )

This article is dated December 2018, and it's based on 2017 data, but whatever. :) RoadSnacks has a similar list here, and here's USA Today's. This list was created based off information from the FBI's crime statist... read more

VISITING OLD SACRAMENTO
( life / travel / usa )

Observations while walking around Old Sacramento with Elizabeth:Jul 14, 2018 2:38pmAs I sat on a bench in touristy Old Sacramento, a little boy walked by and asked Are you a statue? I had to laugh. There was a statue/wooden car... read more

THINGS TO DO IN NASHVILLE
( life / travel / usa )

Actually, in and around Nashville. Adventure Science Center Alpha Mom (list) Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Broadway/2nd Avenue Centennial Park Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre Cheekwood Country ... read more

TOUR OF NASHVILLE (2011)
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Elizabeth and I played tour guide to my sister Jeannie, her daughter Tiffany, her husband David, and their kids Shayden, 9, and Skyla, 1½. We started with a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel one exit east of th... read more

SAN FRANCISCO IN 1906
( education / history / usa )

Things were a lot more freely-moving back then. And the kids seemed to be having fun. Reminds me of Russian traffic today, only they have slightly newer forms of transportation now. :) A film taken from a streetcar traveling d... read more

TRIP TO ROANOKE
( life / travel / usa )

I'm home after a long trip to Roanoke, VA and back. It was quite an experience overall. The 1-3/4 hour drive to SMF was punctuated by the puppy screaming and howling in the crate behind me in the van. She messed the newspapers ... read more

VISITING FAMILY IN KANSAS
( life / travel / usa )

Kansas. What an incredibly boring state. Tara, her sister Sandie, niece Destiny and I flew from Nashville to attend her youngest sister Stephanie's high school graduation in Council Grove, Kansas. Tara and I figured we'd fi... read more

CYCLING IN IOWA
( life / travel / usa )

It's over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in and that was enough. As I expected, it was nice to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and the party-like attitude of the riders and the people in the towns was really nice. The problem... read more

CHARLESTON AND SAVANNAH
( life / travel / usa )

Charleston, SCWe drove ... and drove ... and drove - 10 hours or so- from Nashville until finally reaching Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way, westopped in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate because Tara had fo... read more

NEW ORLEANS
( life / travel / usa )

We flew into New Orleans about noon time on a Friday. Since the room wasn't ready for such an early arrival, we walked four blocks to the pier and decided to ride the paddle wheel boat "Natchez." It basically goes a mile up the Missi... read more

CALIFORNIA, WHAT A TRIP
( life / travel / usa )

Before we left, I took Austin to his Grandma Joy's house. We had a good visit and he took to her immediately. I left him on Friday morning and drove back to Nashville. I was supposed to get my ear drums cut open for the plane r... read more

FT. LAUDERDALE, GULFSTREAM PARK, MIAMI AND THE BREEDERS CUP
( life / travel / usa / horseracing )

I went to Ft. Lauderdale for the Breeders Cup horse races at Gulfstream Park (actually in Hallandale, FL). It was fun just being there. I'd never been to south Florida before. Southwest had given me a free round-trip ticket for... read more

ALASKA, A TRUE WILDERNESS
( life / travel / usa )

I've always heard people use the words "wilderness" and "Alaska" in the same sentence. It didn't mean a lot to me until recently when my wife Carla and I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska. The state is huge, but it still takes... read more

ST. LOUIS TRIP
( life / travel / usa )

Tara and I made a quick trip (if you can call a five-hour road trip quick ) to St. Louis over the Labor Day weekend. We visited their historic district ( old town ) along the river where they were hosting the Big Muddy Blues & Root... read more

QUICK TRIP TO CHICAGO
( life / travel / usa )

Tara and I left Nashville for Chicago on a Thursday morning. At the last minute I decided to let my cat Myca out. I figured he would return shortly after doing his business in the neighbor's bushes, as usual, and I could then lock... read more

ATLANTA TRIP
( life / travel / usa )

Tara and I just got back from a long weekend in Atlanta. It was nice to see the town. I'd passed through before, but had never stopped to look. The first touristy thing we did after eventually finding our hotel - the downtown C... read more


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