Tag Archives: Outdoor Activities

Vermont: The 14th State

Today is Admission Day for Vermont, our 14th state, admitted to the Union on March 4th, 1791. Vermont is located in the northeastern part of the United States, an area typically referred to as New England.  With a colorful, independent-thinking history, Vermont was once an independent nation known as the Republic of Vermont.  Today, Vermont […]

Read More 0 Comments

Florida: The 27th State

Today is Admission Day for Florida, our 27th state, admitted to the Union on March 3rd, 1845. Florida is located in the southeastern part of the country, with the Atlantic Ocean flanking one side, and the Gulf of Mexico the other.  Ponce de Leon named it, and many believe that it was in Florida that […]

Read More 0 Comments

Philly Noir – An African American Culture Tour of Philadelphia

I have an upcoming trip planned to Philadelphia, and was going through my resources trying to get ideas about where to stay, what to do and see, and, of course, what and where to eat. I noticed that Sound About Philly has added a new walking and podcast tour, this one called Philly Noir.  It’s […]

Read More 0 Comments

Kansas: The 34th State

Today is Admission Day for Kansas, our 34th state, admitted to the Union on January 29th, 1861. Kansas, a state that I’ve not yet visited, is smack dab in the middle of the country, and is, in fact, home to the geographical center of the contiguous United States.  Its capital city is Topeka, and its […]

Read More 0 Comments

Michigan: The 26th State

Today is Admission Day for Michigan, our 26th state, admitted to the union on January 26th, 1837. Michigan is bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, only Lake Ontario is missing, and has the longest freshwater shoreline of all the states.  Because of this unique geography, the state boasts more recreational watercraft than any […]

Read More 0 Comments

New Mexico: The 47th State

Today is Admission Day for New Mexico, our 47th state, admitted to the union on January 6th, 1912. The culture of the area is heavily influenced by the large population of Spanish, Mexican and Native Americans who live in the state, and who, generations earlier, occupied the territories of what is now New Mexico.  The […]

Read More 0 Comments

Utah: The 45th State

Today is Admission Day for Utah, admitted as our 45th state on January 4th, 1896. Utah is one of the Four Corner states (the others are Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona), the only place in the Unites States where four states come together at one point.  Utah is ranked 13th in geographical area, and 34th […]

Read More 0 Comments

Alaska: The 49th State

(As part of my quest to visit every state, I will be spending some time throughout the year highlighting each of our 50 states.)   Today is Admission Day for Alaska.  On January 3rd, 1959, Alaska (purchased from Russia in 1867) became the 49th state. Although Alaska is the largest state in geographical area, it […]

Read More 0 Comments

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument

Another day, another wonder, and this one will also stir the debate about whether wonders should be man made or natural.  Regardless of your position on that issue, there is no doubt as to the beauty of the underwater world of the Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. The national monument encompasses nearly 140,000 square miles […]

Read More 0 Comments

Grant Park: Icons on Chicago’s “Front Yard”

After writing a couple of great articles about the Art Institute of Chicago and Second City, I talked pal Jon Rochetti into another article, complete with some of his photos, from his recent trips to Chicago. Enjoy!   Even before the Chicago Fire of 1871, civic leaders realized that the city’s lakefront was something that should be protected […]

Read More 0 Comments

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]

A Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday magic is a real thing. A feeling deep in your soul. A feeling that brightens your smile, lights up […]