Hoofing the Highlands

June 1, 2011

Virginia’s High Country is unlike anything else in the state. Its breathtaking vistas and thickly wooded ridges that suddenly open into lush rolling pastures make Grayson Highlands State Park and adjacent Mount Rogers National Recreation Area a treat for anyone with a fondness for the outdoors. Hiking,... Read more »

Lincoln’s Boyhood Home

June 1, 2011

As presidents go, more parks and memorials are named for Abraham Lincoln than any other. If you add the schools, museums, banks and cars, the name Lincoln is almost biblical in our country. In fact, they tell me here in Southwestern Indiana, where there are several of Lincoln parks — two city, a state... Read more »

Go For Alaska

May 2, 2011

By Barry Zander It’s up there. You know it is. But should you try to make the daunting journey to the famous “Land of the Midnight Sun”? For us, one of our goals as full-time RVers has been to visit all 48 contiguous states, plus the Canadian provinces and, at some point, renting a rig for a Hawaiian... Read more »

Brenham, Texas

April 1, 2011

Paul Kruse runs the “little creamery in Brenham.” His father did it before him, and his father before him. It’s an only-in-America story that began 100 years ago in the outback of Texas, 70 miles northwest of Houston. The farmers here, mostly German, Polish and Czech, raised cotton and corn. They... Read more »

Home on the Range in Florida


March 1, 2011

My education about the West began with  Gene Autry movies, back when matinees cost a dime: Cowboys are a creation of the American West. After all, that’s where the cows are. So I was dumfounded — I even lost a bet — to discover in Florida that the American cowboy originated down here. They called... Read more »

Growing Up on the Comstock


February 1, 2011

Virginia City, 150 years ago, was the richest place on Earth. It was the crown jewel of Nevada’s Comstock Lode. The jewel was silver, tons of it that flowed into our country’s coffers for 30 years. It funded an estimated $400 million of our young nation’s westward-expansion, and paid the Union... Read more »

The Cabin by a Stream


January 2, 2011

Bob knew about such things. And he knew well the rolling, California ranch country around Caliente — at the foot of the mountains, east of Bakersfield. Bob was a student of the Old West. And he had read every book Louis L’Amour ever wrote. I later drove that road to Caliente to see if the cabin was... Read more »

Santa Claus, Indiana

December 1, 2010

Southern Indiana, southbound on Highway 162: I just went by the Nancy Hanks Lincoln School, a reminder that this is the home turf of our 16th president. Nancy Hanks Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln’s mother. She is buried a few miles east of here. The highway makes a turn into Santa Claus and becomes Christmas... Read more »

Miniature Horses, Texas

October 19, 2010

This is Texas, Highway 290. On the western edge of Houston, a place is selling horses made of concrete. They are spread in a yard, on display, along with concrete benches, fountains and some other animals. Lawn ornaments, I guess is what they are. I’m for horses, but I can’t see decorating... Read more »

Yellowstone Reports Record Visitation in 2010

September 9, 2010

It has been a record-breaking summer for Yellowstone National Park. More than 2.5 million people visited Yellowstone National Park over June, July and August, a figure that has shattered previous records for the summer season. Visitation for the first eight months of the year was almost 2.87 million. Yellowstone... Read more »

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