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Mary on February 19th, 2011

Yes, Galveston has a Mardi Gras, too.  Who knew?!?  Complete with parades full of marching bands, costumed krewe members on floats, and the roller derby team.  Oh, and how could I forget…Mardi Gras beads.  We developed quite a collection at the parade.  We opted for the “family friendly” parade held mid-day on Saturday.  Wow – […]

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Mary on January 23rd, 2011

Not far from the city center where I explored the San Antonio River Walk, The Alamo, and El Mercado marketplace, I arrived at the San Antonio Botanical Garden via the trolley system. This day of adventure started on board the trolley. This is where I met the Pentecostal women. Seriously, this is what they dubbed […]

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Mary on January 17th, 2011

Five Catholic missions were established along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s.  I visited four during my exploration of this historic Texas city.  Catholic missions are part church, part farm, and part fort, and were established to expand Spanish influence north from Mexico. They are found throughout the American Southwest. San Antonio de […]

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Mary on December 31st, 2010

I’ve got a slight case of cabin fever, and thought this would be the ideal moment to let my mind wander into the future. Conjure up some adventures for 2011.  Some realistic, some a reach, some to get the creative juices flowing… Yosemite Photo credit: o0o0xmods0o0o from morguefile.com On my docket for several years now.  […]

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Mary on December 30th, 2010

San Antonio is full of sites that fit my personality perfectly. It has history and interesting architecture at The Alamo and Catholic missions, cool neighborhoods to explore on foot, shopping with a local flair at El Mercado, and natural creations at the botanical garden. This city meets all my needs, and this trip ranks as […]

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Death Valley, one of the strangest places on earth. There are stark variations in the geology here. Mountains, desert, volcanic craters, salt flats, alluvial fans, badlands, canyons, sand dunes, and so much more.

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Mary on November 18th, 2010

I’ve never traveled over Christmas and New Years.  We live within driving distance of both sides of the family, and we always have a lot of family events to attend.  That doesn’t keep me from dreaming of Christmas adventures.  So I’ve been thinking…what are some interesting, unique places to spend Christmas?  Several places immediately sprung […]

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Mary on November 2nd, 2010

Largest home in the United States.  250 rooms.  8,000 acres. This is the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina. While the French chateau is quite impressive, the estate has a lot more to offer.  Walk through the gardens.  Take a horseback ride.  Or walk your dog.  Yes, dogs are allowed to visit the estate, too.  […]

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Mary on October 25th, 2010

Longwood Gardens is one of the top gardens in the world, and conveniently located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This amazing garden is family friendly and has plenty to astound even the most experienced gardener.  Longwood has a seemingly infinite variety of changing displays, and continues to reinvent itself.  Check out the clever children’s garden with fountains, […]

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Mary on September 30th, 2010

Asheville has had my attention for a while.  To the point that I jokingly mentioned I would retire there. Realizing my obsession, I figured it was high time I made a trek there. Local breweries, art deco architecture, and the great outdoors.  What more could you ask for? Well, you may not ask for more, […]

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