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July 2012
Roaming America on the Cheap

Harley Guy and the Swamp

We'd been roaming around the area a bit ourselves, since the Great Dismal Swamp includes more than 111,000 acres of wetlands and forests, with the 3,100-acre Lake Drummond at its center. The Swamp's wildlife refuge in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina is home to more than 200 year-round birds.

Compulsive Traveler

Dazzling Shanghai

Shanghai is home to China’s largest stock exchange, the world’s first commercial magnetic levitation train, more than 3000 skyscrapers (more than New York) with 2000 more in the works.

April 2012
Food Ventures

Ohio – Famous for Presidents and Johnny Appleseed

Besides presidents, Ohio is famous for Johnny Appleseed (nee John Chapman), an itinerant farmer who introduced apple trees to Ohio.

June 2012
Compulsive Traveler

There Is a Lot to Do in Niagara County, New York

Old Fort Niagara: Located at the critical juncture where the Niagara River flows into Lake Ontario, the fort was part of the struggle between France, Great Britain and the United States for control of the Great Lakes.

Roaming America on the Cheap

Gateway to Surprises

Since a good portion of Gateway's surrounding area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), it offers a wealth of off-the-beaten-path camping sites. We passed RV campers along the road parked in spots along the Dolores (noted for its river rafting) and San Miguel rivers, and also down red and orange dirt side roads, also near rivers with rafters and kayakers.


Birdwatching along the South Texas Border

One recent development in the area is the World Birding Center, a unique idea which involved creating a string of nine birdwatching sites, which encompass 10,000 acres along 120 miles of the border. Each site interprets a different ecological habitat.

May 2012
Compulsive Traveler

Hot Springs, Arkansas: America's First Resort

At one time Hot Springs was a mecca for gangsters. They found it a safe place to rest, recreate, and gamble. The vices were never legal but authorities basically ignored the goings on until 1967 when Winthrop Rockefeller was elected governor and "cleaned" things up.


Next Stop — Top of the World

Mont Blanc is so stunning, that to describe it as majestic would be like calling Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel a really good painting.

Ernie's World


In the musées (museums) there will be a three paragraph description in French describing a piece of art and below it in English it will say: "Very old painting, artist now dead."

Compulsive Traveler

Enjoying Family-friendly Las Vegas

What do a chocolatier and a cactus gardener have in common? A lot! They work in the sweetest but prickliest place in Las Vegas, Nevada – Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden.

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