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Steaming to Hannibal with Mark Twain

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  • June 16, 2018
  • This week, Road Trips with Tom steams down the mighty Mississippi to everybody’s favorite river town – Hannibal, Missouri. We’ll join Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher and Tom Sawyer, and learn how a rather ordinary river port became a legend that draws visitors from all over the Midwest.  Actually, it’s not hard when one of your […]

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    Red Rock Canyon is a great Vegas bet

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  • June 10, 2018
  • Welcome to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas. National conservation area?  What’s that?   I read the definition on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s web site and concluded it’s just some bureaucratic ball-bouncing with nomenclature. More relevant for this post is “when is a national park NOT a national park?” That […]

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    Harpers Ferry, WV — a history lesson you’ll love

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  • June 2, 2018
  • Welcome to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Last week I dragged my readers to dreary, downbeat Little Bighorn Battlefield, which isn’t at all worth the long distances visitors must drive to get there or the $20 per car entry fee.  (Custer isn’t the only one who lost out at Little Bighorn!) I’ll make it up […]

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    Little Bighorn — overrated

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  • May 28, 2018
  • Just as the Battle of Little Bighorn was a low point in U.S. history, the national monument established here is definitely not the jewel of the national park system.  I didn’t like it. Does it impose a dilemma for me to be that candid about one of our destinations?  I don’t think so.  Blogs are […]

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    Lincoln, NM: Billy the Kid, the Duke and you

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  • May 20, 2018
  • Things are quiet these days in the village of Lincoln in central New Mexico.  In the 1870s, however, President Rutherford B. Hayes called Lincoln’s main street “the most dangerous street in America.” Welcome to Lincoln State Monument, a historic site that’s a long way from anywhere but which merits a two-hour visit if you’re in […]

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    Palo Duro Canyon — the bottom drops out!

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  • May 14, 2018
  • Road trip destinations and stopovers, like beauty, are in the eyes of their beholders.  So it is with Palo Duro Canyon – a remarkable formation in a part of Texas whose best-known attractions are a row of old Cadillacs planted next to Interstate 40 and a restaurant offering a free 72-ounce steak to anyone who […]

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    Lights, camera, action at Paramount Ranch

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  • May 7, 2018
  • Welcome to Paramount Ranch! We’re heading this week to one parcel of a dynamic National Park Service area hidden in plain sight on the doorstep of Los Angeles – Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  Within the NRA are vast areas of hills, mountains and rocky coastline, with tremendously varied terrain in between. At Paramount […]

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