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The Oregon Trail: The Inspiration for a Wildly ...

The Oregon Trail: The Inspiration for a Wildly Popular Childhood Game

On a business trip to Baker City, Oregon, a sign on the side of the road caught my eye.  It said:  Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. The Oregon Trail brings many things to mind – pioneers, adventure, danger…an immensely popular video game played by thousands of school-aged children from the mid-1980s – mid-2000s…Yes, this included me! […]

Kissing Camels at the Exotic Resort Zoo

Kissing Camels at the Exotic Resort Zoo

Growing up in a small town in central Texas, I never knew that there was a 137 acre Exotic Resort Zoo outside of a city that we drove through almost every weekend on our way to either a soccer match or swim meet. Honestly, I don’t know how this was overlooked!

Memorial Day at the Nimitz Museum

Memorial Day at the Nimitz Museum

First, you might be asking, “Who is this guy Nimitz and why would he have a museum?” Well, Chester W. Nimitz was a man from humble beginnings that ended up as one of our nation’s highest ranking military officers.  Nimitz went to Annapolis to attend the Naval Academy at the age of fifteen…..fifteen!! He then […]

Sleeping in the Sewer in Rome

Sleeping in the Sewer in Rome

After retiring to our apartment early on the first day in Rome, we set out relatively early the next to travel to the Forum. The Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city.  Citizens of the ancient city referred to this […]

Losing My Firstborn in the Colosseum

Losing My Firstborn in the Colosseum

Since we are all friends, let me be honest with you.  Even before becoming a parent, I would imagine the sheer terror of losing a child in a crowded place.  In all of these crazy scenarios, I was thinking of a local grocery market or even a department store…never in a foreign country at a major […]

Planning for Italy | Roots and Wings

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Italy had always been one of those destinations that I knew I wanted to experience with my entire family.  My mom and dad lived in Naples in the late 70s and my sister and I grew up hearing stories about their adventures. After having a very successful family vacation to Ireland in 2012, we decided to […]

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