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Congaree National Park

December 2, 2021 The Congaree National Park was formerly known as the Congaree Swamp National Monument. But, repeat after meā€¦Congaree is not a swamp, it’s a floodplain. That’s the first thing I learned. The gift shop at the visitor center … Continue reading

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Guildford Courthouse NMP, North Carolina

November, 26, 2021 There are several ways to enjoy this park. One is to attend a ranger-led walking tour. Another is to take the driving tour or to walk the trails along which the fighting occurred. Finally, you can spend … Continue reading

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Colonial Fredericksburg, VA

November 21-22, 2021 I lived in Fredericksburg, VA from 1974 until 1978. But at that time, as a newly minted enginerd, I wasn’t too interested in its history. Forty-three years later, I spent a week exploring the town and the … Continue reading

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Civil War Fredericksburg, VA

November 17-20, 2021 Fredericksburg, VA linked the Union’s capital, Washington, DC, to the Confederate’s capital, Richmond, VA. During the Civil War that made Fredericksburg a target. Four major battles were fought in and around this town between 1862 and 1864. … Continue reading

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Amana Colonies, IA

October 14-16 2021 We spent several very busy days exploring the Amana Colonies which are comprised of seven separate, but closely related villages: Amana, East Amana, Middle Amana, High Amana, West Amana, South Amana, and Homestead. The colonies were one … Continue reading

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

October 6, 2021 South Dakotans, knowing they would be at ground zero during a nuclear war, had varying opinions about the missiles in their midst. Some objected to being targets. That’s understandable. Others enjoyed the boost to the local economy. … Continue reading

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Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS

September 11, 2021 While traveling to our Phoenix Cruiser Travel Club reunion in Spearfish, SD, we stopped in the little town of Deer Lodge, MT. That’s where you’ll find the little known but fascinating Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site.

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Notice – Batch Posting 11/6/2020

We are still working on catching up. Here’s the latest round. Cape Henlopen State Park & Fort Miles Historic Site Shenandoah National Park Kings Mountain & Cowpens National Battlefields James Island County Park Best Laid Plans – Holly’s Elbow Volunteering … Continue reading

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Batch Posting

October 13, 2020 Here we are again, dumping a load of blog posts that are seriously past due (and we have a bunch more to type up that are also seriously past due). It seems we prefer to be volunteering, … Continue reading

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Excelsior Trail

October 5, 2020 Blueberry-Filled Slopes and Mount Baker Excelsior Pass can be reached by Excelsior Trail (which has your feet carrying you up the entire elevation between Highway 542 and the pass) or via the Damfino Lakes Trail (where your … Continue reading

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