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Trip Release - December 16, 2014
Two events happened on this day, December 16th.
First, my son, Tim, was born on this date. I'd like to tell you how old he is, but I am having
crisis at the moment. I cannot believe he reached this age so quickly. I know for
a fact it took me much longer to reach that point.
We are also remembering Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. The
Colonel died December 16, 1980. We are going to visit Col. Sander's first restaurant in Corbin,
Hope you come along with us.
Trip Release - November 15, 2014
In keeping with our recent military theme, we are headed to the Airborne and Special
Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This museum, located only a few miles from the gates
to Fort Bragg, Home of Special Operations, is packed with exhibits and historical information.
If you visit, please give yourself plenty of time to see all it has to offer.
Trip Release - October 23, 2014
When I think of Arlington National Cemetery, most times it's about the service members buried
or about the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown. Arlington is full of "Americans Fallen"
dating back to the Civil War, but, Arlington has more. One of the surprises, at least to me,
was at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Avenue - a beautiful Memorial
honoring women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, The Women in Military Service
for America Memorial.
Trip Release - October 20, 2014
If you have been reading the newspapers and watching TV, there is a lot of interest in
in the northern frontiers. New prospectors are digging for gold in the north and on TV. There are a
number of TV shows following the new gold rush.
We are going to visit the original gold rush era to check out the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic
Park is located in the historic Cadillac Hotel in Seattle, Washington. The Cadillac Hotel building was
a major point of outfitting and departure during the gold rush stampede.
Trip Release - October 5, 2014
As a long-time military veteran, I always enjoy returning to places I have been to while on
McChord Air Force Base (now called Joint Base Lewis-McChord) is no exception.
They did not have the McChord Air Museum at the time of my first visit, but I do remember seeing
Mount Rainier with its beautiful snow-capped peaks off in the distance.
The Heritage Hill Air Park is artful and delightful - not the usual rowed arrangement of aircraft.
Trip Release - October 1, 2014
We are going to visit another gem we stumbled upon without a lot of
We were headed to Round Top, Texas to see the "Junk Gypsies'" new store. As we were driving
through the area we noticed La Grange and decided to take a detour. Best moved we have made
in a long time. It is a beautiful little country town with a "courthouse square" and beautiful
Trip Release - September 27, 2014
Every once in a while you run across a place that has nothing to do with history or learning
but it is
fun! This is one of those trips.
We are headed to Ozark, Missouri to witness the great American event "The Throwing of the Rolls."
In fact, we are headed to the "Home of the Throwed Rolls", Lamberts Cafe. For the record, Lamberts
has three locations: two in Missouri and one in Foley, Alabama.
Trip Release - September 23, 2014
As we stick with our military theme for a number of recent releases of trains, planes, and things
move, we are headed to Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Fort Eustis has several fantastic museums. We will be visiting the US Army Transportation Museum
on this trip. The museum reflects the Army's progress in providing logistic/personnel movements
from the early horse-pulled wagons to the more modern fixed-wing technology.
Trip Release - September 15, 2014
I love trains. I have always wanted to just jump on one and go. But reality is what it
is. So, I try to
visit places related to trains as often as I can. This trip is no different.
We are headed to Sheffield, Alabama to check out the Old Railroad Bridge that once connected
Sheffield with Florence. This is a double decker bridge with the trains traveling on the top
deck while cars and walkers use the lower deck.
Trip Release - September 10, 2014
We are headed back to a place that we have never been to until now. We, like some of you,
hooked on History Channel's TV series "Pawn Stars", so we figured since we were in the area
again we would at least stop and check it out.
We are headed to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas,
Nevada to check out the filming location of the "Pawn Stars".
Trip Release - September 3, 2014
As a veteran of a number of years in the Air Force, I have been to many military aviation
including Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. But, I have never been to a civilian-run aviation museum
until this trip. I found it to be a little different but at the same time similar.
We are headed to the Museum of Flight, a private non-profit air and space museum at King County
International Airport (Boeing Field), in the city of Tukwila, south of downtown Seattle, Washington.
This Museum is the largest private air and space museum in the world, with over 150 aircraft. Warning!
If you go, please allot yourself enough time to see the whole museum. It is large, but it is worth the time.
Trip Release - August 27, 2014
Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to live just before the turn of the 20th Century?
So, we have decided what better place to check this time period than the "Old Alabama Town"
in Montgomery, Alabama. Old Alabama Town is filled with historical things from that time frame.
Trip Release - August 22, 2014
Over the past few years as we have developed our travels, we try to research the areas we are
going into to
get a better perspective of interests in the area. And I believe we have done a good job.
On occasion we just seem to find that special golden nugget due to no fault of our own. We simply fall into it,
so to speak. And so it was at mile marker 100 on Interstate 85 in North Carolina on a cold January morning.
We hope you enjoy this adventure as we see how the people in one location of North Carolina honored their veterans.
Trip Release - August 13, 2014
Ok, it is time for another trip to the past. We are headed back to Fort Hood, Texas to revisit
Cavalry Division Museum. We visited the museum last year, but the main indoor part of
museum was closed.
The 1st Cavalry Division Museum tells the history of 1st Cavalry Division, both regimental and units,
with its vast collection of military artifacts from 1855 to present. Its exhibits feature a wide
selection of historical equipment, whether it's an armored vehicle or aircraft, it has touched the
division in a unique way and has added to the historical significance of the First Team.
Trip Release - August 4, 2014
We are headed to Guthrie, Oklahoma to take a look at the Oklahoma Pharmacy
the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum's Silver Anniversary Project.
This project consisted of a spectacular Apothecary Garden on the west side of the Oklahoma Frontier
Drugstore Museum. This is as a fitting memorial to those pioneers and a welcome addition to the historic
flavor of Downtown Guthrie and the State of Oklahoma. A formal dedication and ribbon cutting was held
on May 18, 2006 with dignitaries and visitors from throughout the country.
Trip Release - August 1, 2014
I had a small dilemma on choosing the date to release this next trip. On one hand, I have
of the release of the book "Fried Green Tomatoes" by Fannie Flagg on August 12th and on the other hand
there is the Annual Whistle-Stop Festival of Irondale coming up on September 27th. Such a pickle to be in, right!
So, I chose to release it a little early for both events.
On this trip we are headed to Irondale, Alabama, a quiet little place just over the mountain from Birmingham.
Irondale is famous for two things: the Catholic radio/television broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network
(EWTN) and the Irondale Café made famous by Irondale native Fannie Flagg in her book (later a film) Fried Green
Tomatoes. The book is loosely based around the town and the landmark Irondale Cafe, known as The Whistle-Stop
Cafe in the book & film.
Irondale's Annual Whistle-Stop Festival is coming
up the last Saturday in September
so we thought we would release this a little early to give you time to pack up and head out to Irondale for the FUN!
Trip Release - July 25, 2014
We are headed to Sylacauga, Alabama to check out the Isabel A. Comer Museum. The museum
is a great
treasure located downtown on Main Street. It was opened in 1982 and named for its founder, Mrs.
Isabel Anderson Comer, who conceived the idea in 1977.
This visit brought back pleasant memories. I grew up about 20 miles from the museum in a neighboring town.
While on my high school track team, I remember attending a number of track meets at the stadium across
from the museum. At the time, I believe the building was called the B.B. Comer Library.
Trip Release - July 13, 2014
We are headed to Beaumont, Texas to see the Fire Museum of Texas. I just love to roam around
This museum, opened in 1984 in the historic Central Fire Headquarters Station, built in 1927 in downtown Beaumont,
and is considered the "Official Fire Museum of Texas."
The Fire Museum is home to an extensive collection of fire engines and firefighting equipment dating back to 1856.
It is also home to one of the world's largest fire hydrants. It would be any dog's dream to visit.
Trip Release - July 2, 2014
For you history buffs, we are headed to Cusseta, Alabama, a small town near the Alabama
Georgia state line.
Cusseta, named after the ancient Creek village of Cusseta, is famous for two things: the
make-shift fort built in 1832 to protect its citizens against the nearby Creek Indians and
the legendary western lawman, Pat Garrett, who is known for killing "Billy the Kid" was born nearby.
Trip Release - June 20, 2014
On this trip we are headed to Fort Lee, Virginia. Fort Lee has numerous museums
the US Army and its personnel have made in the defense of the United States. Today, will take a
close look at the U.S. Army Women's Museum.
This museum, the only museum in the world dedicated to Army women, honors women's contributions to the
Army. From Bunker Hill to a bunker in Iraq, women have always been there. The museum depicts these
contributions through interactive exhibits and videos throughout the gallery, as well as film
presentations in the museum theater.
Trip Release - May 30, 2014
If you are a sports fan or a history buff, you have got to love the Babe Ruth Childhood Home
and Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
The house and museum, showcasing every Babe Ruth exhibit you can imagine, is stocked to the brim with
memorabilia like the bat from his best season in 1927 and the catcher's mitt he originally used when he
first started learning how to play the sport. By the way, have you ever wondered how he got his nickname "Babe"?
Trip Release - April 3, 2014
For you history buffs, today April 3rd marks another anniversary for the start of the Pony Express.
you think your mail is expensive now, you should see what they were charging to send a letter
cross country. For a business that lasted less than a year, it had a fantastic impact on American history.
So, we are headed out west to St Joe, Missouri to look at the historic Pony Express Museum.
Trip Release - March 24, 2014
For you history buffs, March 27th marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is the site of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the last battle
of the Creek War on March 27, 1814. This park, located just east of Alexander City, Alabama, is
one of the four dedicated ‘War of 1812' parks in the National Park System.
Horseshoe Bend Park conducts reenactments of different phases of the battle on the forth Saturday
of each month. These activities are fun and educational.
Trip Release - March 11, 2014
For all of you country music lovers, I have a treat (I hope). We are headed to Georgiana,
visit the Hank Williams' Boyhood Home and Museum.
This museum has an excellent collection of country music and Hank Williams memorabilia. Across
the street from the Home is a two story building with a large sign announcing it is the "Hank Williams Fan Club".
Trip Release - February 9, 2014
Today's trip is very important to me as an American and veteran. We are watching the "Changing
the Guard" at the Tomb of the Unknowns, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
This monument is dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being
identified. The Tomb is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Trip Release - February 8, 2014
It's that time of the year again. Football has ended and Mardi Gras is just beginning! If you live on
near the Gulf Coast you are already seeing some of the festivities.
If you do not live near the coast, we hope you get a change to come down and experience the excitement
of the season.
We are headed to Mobile, Alabama "Home of the Mardi Gras" to check out the history and fun of MARDI GRAS!!!
This visit has a number of videos at the end.
Trip Release - January 22, 2014
A few weeks ago, we published an article about how we wanted to take a trip back in time, to
slower paced atmosphere when railroad travel was a way of life and just relive the romance
of the rails when vintage trains provided an escape from the everyday routine.
Well, this release is about a town that was built specifically for the railroad but is now a
ghost town lost in the southeastern California desert. We are headed to Kelso, California to
see how time has taken over this once beautiful place.
Trip Release - January 11, 2014
To all of you military museum lovers, we are making our annual pilgrimage to Fort Irwin,
We are headed into the mountainous desert to discover another hidden treasure. For you that do not know,
Fort Irwin, located off Interstate 15 about 35 miles north of Barstow, California, is home of the National
Training Center & the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
Trip Release - January 6, 2014
We are headed to a well-kept but pleasantly surprising place -- we are headed to the "Mural
about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, California.
The City of Lompoc is located just a few miles outside the gates of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
During my time in the Air Force, I had become familiar with the base but never had the opportunity
to visit the area until now. This is one of those places that has so much going on you just have
to go back to really get the whole picture. Look forward to returning soon.