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Nashville, TN

October 10th, 2019|

Nashville is the capital, and some would say the heart of Tennessee.  The population of around 700,000 swells with tourists who come for the music, the food and the party attitude.

Johnny Cash in Nashville

October 7th, 2019|

Johnny Cash (1932-2003) is Mike's favorite singer, so we definitely had to spend a few hours in the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville. Raised by cotton farmers during the Great Depression, he learned how to [...]

Broadway Shows in NYC

October 5th, 2019|

Seattle Theatre Group (STG) pulls together a group of donors annually to experience theater outside Seattle.  Live theater has a visceral bond between the performers and the audience.  The way the audience gasps, laughs, claps [...]

CIA in Hyde Park, NY

September 27th, 2019|

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) was founded after WWII as a vocational training school for returning vets to learn renumerative skills.  Now with three American satellite campuses as well as one in Singapore, it's [...]

West Point, NY

September 27th, 2019|

West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States. Located on the Hudson River in New York, West Point was identified by General George Washington as the most important strategic position [...]

Sleepy Hollow in New York

September 26th, 2019|

About thirty miles north of Manhattan lies the village of Sleepy Hollow, in Westchester County, NY.   American writer Washington Irving penned the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1820, part of a book of short stories [...]

FDR Presidential Library, NY

September 26th, 2019|

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, NY in a home that he later extensively remodeled and expanded.  He called it "Springwood",  just because it was fashionable to name one's mansion back in the [...]

Storm King, NY

September 25th, 2019|

Storm King Art Center, named after its proximity to Storm King Mountain, is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors can hike amid large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open [...]

Castles, Castles and Castles

September 22nd, 2019|

Aside from Edinburgh and Stirling Castle, we also saw Dunnotar, Doune, Drum, Dunrobin, Cragievar, Eilaen Donan, Crathes, Dunfermline Abbey and Holyrood Palace.  To be honest, they did start to blur a bit after a while.  [...]

Mike’s Olympic National Park Hike

September 20th, 2019|

With Sue in Scotland, Mike took a 55 mile hike from the south to the north end of Olympic National Park with Wildland Trekking.  On an eight day trip - only three days of rain! [...]

Stirling, Scotland

September 20th, 2019|

Brutally quick Scottish history:  William Wallace (aka Braveheart) was a 13th century Scottish warrior who led the Scots against King Edward I of England in 1296, the First War of Scottish Independence.  He was knighted [...]