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My favorite Lighthouse

Lighthouses on the Lake

While visiting Lake Havasu City AZ, one of the most fun ‘touristy’ thing you can do is take an open-air boat tour of the Lighthouses around Lake Havasu, the Island, and lakeshores. Lake Havasu is created from the Parker Dam on the Colorado River, which serves as the border between western Arizona and eastern California. […]

Some of the cars in the JGR shop.

Making it fun at some NASCAR tracks

In the spring, we made a trek across the southeast to visit family in Virginia. (You can see our visits on other blog posts at) Washington DC Williamsburg VA But one of our favorite reasons (besides family) to be in the southeast US was to attend not one but TWO NASCAR races! If you aren’t […]

Dressed to attend the Ball!

Living history abounds in southern Virginia

It could be the cheesiest tourist trap in the world. Or the Disneyland of American history. But it isn’t. It really is an amazing living history museum that is an entire town, recreating what history shows was one of the most influential communities of the early pre-United States of America. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, is a […]

Obligatory Monument photo

We walked the Mall. And a bunch of other places too.

Recently, we visited rural Virginia and some of Marc’s family, and also took a weekend to go into Washington DC to see our niece. We had such a great time in DC with Autumn and her beau, Dave. We walked a lot and ate a lot! We rode the Metro into DC, after driving more […]

The Speedway offices.

It’s Bristol Baby!

When we started traveling, we didn’t actually put together a ‘bucket list’ of places we wanted to go, but knew from all the conversations we had over the years there were a few places we would definitely go. Bristol Motor Speedway was one of those places. We have been NASCAR race fans for many years, […]


Sea turtles stole my heart

I fell in love with sea turtles. I’ve never actually touched one, but when we visited the Sea Turtle, Inc nonprofit organization on South Padre Island, I couldn’t resist their cuteness! It was the one place on SPI that I really wanted to visit while we were staying in Harlingen for the winter of 2018-2019. […]


Goliad Texas: history, shopping and beer

While we are in Victoria Texas for January, we took a Saturday and went full-on tourist, to a place we had read about last winter but didn’t have the time to visit. Goliad, Texas is the home of the not-as-famous Texas battle for Independence . The original cry of Texicans fighting for independence was “Remember […]

Even in the fall the small waterfalls run.

October Journal: Zion National Park

Abandoned 3

Abandoned buildings

Why are we always fascinated with old dilapidated buildings, run-down, abandoned and left to rot and fall. Perhaps it is a curiosity about what causes a person to leave a structure they worked so hard to create? After all, most old, abandoned buildings were hand built, using whatever materials might be available where the builder […]

When is a cafe better than a Storybook?

It truly was a delight to have lunch at a charming little cafe in Glen Rose Texas, called the Storiebook Cafe. It is housed in an old gas station and converted garage. The cafe is a mixture of eclectic tables, chairs and knickknacks, but the real treasures are the bookshelves that line the walls. Every […]