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60-Day Airstream Maintenance

When we first got our 2016 Airstream International Serenity nearly three years ago I spent a few days pouring over the manual. When I reached…

United States Supreme Court Building

Congress let 146 years pass before providing the US Supreme Court with its own building in 1935. Prior to its current location, the court moved…

The United States Capitol

The United States Capitol is possibly the most architecturally impressive building I've come to witness. The grand 19th-century neoclassical architecture invokes the ideals set forth…

Statue Of Liberty National Monument

In honor of the Union's defeat of slavery and the Confederate south, France gifted the United States with a colossal neoclassical statue. Her real name…

Other Islands of Acadia National Park

I well knew Acadia National Park's core resided on Mount Desert Island through several travel articles and nature documentaries. I discovered the Schoodic Penninsula district…

Best Cave Tours of Mammoth Cave

After writing a lengthy article on "How to Visit Mammoth Cave National Park," I feel that I should make suggestions as to which cave tours…

Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park

Before we arrived at Acadia National Park back in the Summer of 2017, I sat at a pretty little cafe just outside of Yarmouth researching…

Quiet Side of Acadia National Park

For our next foray into Acadia National Park, we set our sites to the west side of Mount Desert Island. Also appreciated as the Quiet…

Eastside of Acadia National Park

I once read a quote about Acadia National Park: "You can fish with one hand and sample blueberries from a wind-stunted bush with the other."…

Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller National Historical Park

All our knowledge of Vermont came from fleeting passages in a lengthy lecture series of American History. I think 30 minutes in total was covered…

Boston National Historical Park

Boston. Beantown. City on a Hill. The Athens of America. The Cradle of Liberty. So many nicknames for this one city in the state of…

Airstream Gifts for $30 or Less

So its time I fessed up: I'm behind on my blog posts. I wrote this particular post ages ago and revised it for this coming…

Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist

Before I see Niagra Falls, I hear a deep distant roar. We make our way to the railing and my mouth drops open to let…

Airstream Kitchen Basic Tools for the Foodie

Cooking in an Airstream kitchen is about as small as they come. But that won't stop me because I'm also a bit of a foodie…

Lathrop State Park: Walsenburg, CO

Traveling south toward New Mexico, we decided to take a chance with Lathrop State Park at Colorado. I knew going in that we'd only have…

Chatfield State Park: Littleton, CO

Colorado State Parks have some of the best reservable RV sites I've seen. Granted that there are only six that have all my milestone amenities…

Goodland KOA: Goodland, KS

I have a love-hate relationship with KOA. Some KOA parks go above and beyond expectation, while others deeply disappoint, but nearly all of them make…

Triple-J Camper Park: Russell, KS

Triple-J Camper Park is one of those older parks that needs a bit more love and a lot of elbow-grease but makes up for its…

Deer Creek Valley RV Park: Topeka, KS

When I called Deer Creek Valley RV Park on the phone, I was a little worried about the manic and terse manner they took my…

Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Hale Farm & Village

In 1810, Jonathan Hale arrived in Bath Township as the first legal settler on the Western Reserve. Like many settlers, he came to build a…

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

I've always believed that a fun way to learn history is through the experience of riding a train. There’s something antiquated yet charming about riding…

Driving Tour of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Cuyahoga River burned 13 times since 1868. Before Cuyahoga Valley became a national park, numerous industrial plants occupied the area, and for a hundred…

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Near the junction Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee and within the Appalachian Mountains, lies an area well-traveled by Native Americans centuries before European settlers arrived in…

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Following part of the Lincoln Heritage Trail, we drive two hours to Abraham Lincoln's third home in Indiana. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial marks the…

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

When we're on the road our choice for entertainment isn't music, but history lessons from Audible.com. So when we visit a National Monument or National…

How to Visit Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park offers over 20 Ranger-led tours, most underground and a few above ground. Selecting which tour to go on can be a…

Stories of Mammoth Cave National Park

I must be honest although Mammoth Cave National Park holds the title of longest cave in the world, it is not as dramatic or as…

Easy Hikes of Great Smoky Mountains

During our stay in the Great Smoky Mountains, I had the unfortunate luck of getting sick with some kind of stomach bug. I was down…

Waterfalls of Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains is blessed with two essential ingredients for the creation of waterfalls: abundant rainfall and elevation gradient. An average of 85 inches…

Cades Cove of Great Smoky Mountains

Amid the Appalachian Mountian Chain and Blue Ridge Mountains area, we have decided to visit that famed region of America known as the Great Smoky…

Dry Tortugas National Park

When Juan Ponce de León landed at Dry Tortugas islands in 1513, he and his crew caught hundreds of giant sea turtles, in addition to…

Everglades National Park

If there was a tract of land in desperate need of protection, Everglades National Park is it. In 1947, that's what Congress did; by establishing…

Manatees of Crystal River, Florida

I could not leave Florida without seeing a wild manatee. From early November to late March, the West Indian Manatees gather in numbers when water…

Sailing in Biscayne National Park

One early morning in late March of 2017, I urge Hitch to wake up with a nudge, "Get up. It's sailing day!" My excitement feels…

Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Cane River Creole National Historical Park was our first foray upon entering Louisiana. Right along Cane River Lake, reside two French Creole cotton plantations both…

Birding in the Rio Grande Valley

Down in the most southern tip of Texas, near where the Rio Grande exits out into the Gulf of Mexico, there exists a land where…

Padre Island National Seashore

Off the coast of Texas lies the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world: Padre Island National Seashore. Just over 70 miles long…

Big Bend National Park: East Side Trails

For the remainder of our stay at Big Bend, we pushed toward the distant eastern side of the national park. As we drove toward Rio…

Big Bend National Park: Chisos Basin

At the heart of Big Bend National Park resides the Chisos Mountains. They extend nearly twenty miles from the Punta del la Sierra in the…

Big Bend National Park: Western Desert

Big Bend National Park is a magical place for the outdoor lover. Avid hikers will find a paradise of trails within the borders of this…

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Within the northern boundaries of the Chihuahuan Desert of western Texas resides an underrated gem of the National Park System: Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Do…

Carlsbad Caverns: Left Hand Tunnel

Crisis in the Caves, 1979 On a hot July day in 1979, four men entered the elevator leading down into the Big Room of Carlsbad…

Carlsbad Caverns: Slaughter Canyon Cave

Tom's Missing Goats Tom Tucker went searching for a group of missing goats back in on hot July day in 1937. Eventually, he found his…

Carlsbad Caverns: Lower Cave

Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers a series of Ranger Guided tours that take you through caves off the beaten path. Some are called "Wild Cave"…

Carlsbad Caverns: The Big Room

Young Jim White's Adventure Imagine it's 1898, and you are a young boy of 16 years old. Your father sent you out with your trusty…

Natural Entrance Trail in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Ancient Inland Sea Like many natural geological formations of Southwest America, Carlsbad Cavern's story starts over 280 million years ago, during a time known as…

Trail’s Favorites from 2016

Whew! 2016, what a year. As South Korea and Brazil impeached their presidents, America elected a one-percenter with a powerful brand name, and the Philippines…

Airstream & RV Humidity Management

Our 2016 Airstream 30-foot International Serenity comes with a manual entitled, “Recreation Vehicle Owner’s Guide to Moisture Management.”  When an Airstream becomes too damp, it…

White Sands National Monument

Millions of Years in the Making White Sands National Monument is the culmination of a process that started over 250 million years ago when the…

8 Free Things to Do at Balboa Park

Back in the 1800s, it was a common practice for the Spanish and Mexican governments to set aside large tracts of land for common use…