Category Archives: History

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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Palo Alto National Battlefield Park, Brownsville, TX

January 30, 2020 In less than 100 years (1754 to 1846) large swaths of North America changed hands. Great Britain, France, Spain, the United States, the Republic of Texas, Mexico, and even Russia claimed, negotiated treaties for, and fought wars … Continue reading

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Deep South Texas

November 26, 2019-April 13, 2020 We were WARM for winter! Volunteering, exploring and generally chilling. Here’s a bit of what we did.

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Cape Henlopen State Park, DE

November 7-9, 2019 Holly was slowly healing from her elbow surgery but was feeling much better. So we decided to escape for the weekend with our granddaughter Chloe. We aimed for Cape Henlopen, DE. The state park is well known … Continue reading

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James Island County Park, Charleston SC

September 30th to October 5th, 2019 We visited James Island County Park back in 2013 or 2014. We were having trouble finding campsites during the holiday season (who knew southerners spend their holidays camping?) We got lucky and snagged a … Continue reading

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Shenandoah National Park – Skyline Drive

September 20-25, 2019 We FINALLY got to do our slow(ish) wander down Skyline Drive. We had attempted this when we first rolled out in the fall of 2013. We had long played with the idea of starting our journey at … Continue reading

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Susquehanna State Park, MD

September 7, 2019 We often take things for granted that are near where we live or that we see on a regular basis. Having lived in the DC area for over 36 years, there are a LOT of things that … Continue reading

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Fort Michilamakinac

August 12, 2019 Beginning in the late 1600s, the Straits of Mackinac became a strategic crossroads for Great Lakes travelers. Three cultures – English, French, and Native American – converged here, not always peacefully. In the summer, Native Americans came … Continue reading

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