Visiting Montezuma’s Castle and Well National Monument, Arizona

America is a relatively young nation. So many of our oldest historical buildings are laughed at by the ones in Europe or Asia, being merely children in comparison. Of course, the Native Americans were here before the Pilgrims, but very few of their structures have survived through the centuries. Arizona, however, is a treasure trove […]

Friday Five! – Five Places to Explore the War of 1812 in the US

Every Friday I’ll take on a fun travel related topic in Friday Five!  This week let’s talk about places where you can explore  history by visiting places that were important during the War of 1812. The War of 1812 was somewhat of a second war of Independence.  Benjamin Franklin was said to have stated following […]

Visiting Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is the site of an attack of a Cheyenne village by the US Cavalry. At dawn on November 27, 1868 Lt. Col Custer (remember him?) attacked a sleeping village lead by Peace Chief Black Kettle.  It is located in rural Oklahoma northwest of the town of Elk City. It is […]

Visiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial with Young Children

I remember. I was 15 at the time, and homeschooled, so I watched days of coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. I was old enough to grasp the enormity of the event and the tragedy being felt by the families affected. All those memories started flowing back as we visited the Oklahoma City […]

The Time I Almost Got Eaten By a Bear in Katmai National Park, Alaska

I promised my grandmother before I went to Alaska’s Kodiak Island that I wouldn’t go near the bears.  Unlike most tourists to the area, the bears weren’t really my thing.  There were so many other reasons I wanted to head to Kodiak, the impressive Kodiak bears just weren’t part of the equation I assured her. […]