Two Ghost Towns for the Price of One: Virginia City & Nevada City, Montana (3)

    2/04/19 •

    During a trip through the Rocky Mountains in Montana, my husband and I stumbled onto two of the most exciting ghost towns we’d ever seen — Virginia City and Nevada City. Located in a remote area of southwest Montana, Virginia City sprang to life after gold was discovered in nearby Alder Gulch in 1863. The…

    Satisfy Your Desire for Sweets at the Highland Maple Festival in Virginia

    4/14/21 •

    The best place I’ve found to satisfy a sweet tooth is at the Highland Maple Festival in scenic north-central Virginia, where you can tour five maple-sugar camps. It’s fun to watch the “sugar making” process from tapping the trees to bottling the syrup. It harkens back to a time when “opening” the trees and boiling…

    Humpback Covered Bridge in Lexington, Virginia: The Oldest of Its Kind

    3/04/20 •

    On a leisurely trip back home from Florida, we drove through the mountains of Virginia and spent the night in Lexington. At a restaurant, we saw a postcard of the Humpback Covered Bridge near Callaghan and decided we had to see it. This is the state’s oldest and most famous covered bridge. Built back in…

    Cass Scenic Railroad State Park: Take a Train, See the West Virginia Mountains (1)

    10/23/15 •

    For an enjoyable ride through the West Virginia mountains, hop a train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Once used for logging, rare geared Shay locomotives now pull open passenger cars through switchbacks, steep grades and unspoiled wilderness to Whittaker Station, a restored 1940s logging camp. A round-trip ride takes 1-1/2 hours. A longer 4-1/2-hour…

    New River Gorge, West Virginia: Some of Most Incredible Views in the Eastern US

    5/23/20 •

    For some of the most breathtaking views in the East, you can’t beat the New River Gorge in the heart of southern West Virginia. The New River — actually one of the oldest rivers in the world–flows north from North Carolina. Over the eons, it has carved its way through the Appalachian Mountains, creating a…

    Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, Virginia: See Restored Vehicles From the 1700s

    7/25/18 •

    Luray Caverns in north-central Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley boasts a host of attractions. But my favorite is its Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, with authentically restored vehicles from the 1700s to just before World War II. The vehicles range from a Conestoga wagon to an 1892 German Benz, one of the oldest operable cars in America….

    Pocahontas County in West Virginia: For Natural Beauty and Rich History

    8/14/19 •

    My family’s favorite fall getaway is Pocahontas County, tucked in the rugged mountains of east-central West Virginia. It’s packed with beautiful scenery, historic attractions and virtually unlimited recreational opportunities. There’s something for everyone! For instance, I love old country general stores, and there are several to browse through here. The Hillsboro Country Store in Hillsboro,…

    Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee in West Virginia (3)

    12/28/16 •

    What started as a small gathering of crafters and musicians more than 25 years ago has grown into one of West Virginia’s finest festivals — the Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee. This exciting 4-day event is held over Labor Day weekend near Weston at Jackson’s Mill, the boyhood home of famous Confederate Civil…

    5 Picture-Perfect Towns Lost in Time

    8/28/20 •

    …you’re here in time for a seasonal festival, you can enjoy the miniature art show in February, balloon festival in June, and Rex Allen days with the Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction in October. Everything is a little slower in Willcox, and the generations past feel just a bit closer while you’re here. Glasgow, Virginia

    Learn Something New at the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Georgia

    3/31/20 •

    Like most people with a casual interest in history, we always thought the Civil War ended in Appomattox, Virginia, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses Grant on April 9, 1865. But as we learned during an accidental visit to the Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site in Irwinville, Georgia, it effectively ended…

    Safari at Duba Plains Camp, Botswana

    10/26/18 •

    …around we were accompanied by another couple from the state of Virginia in the US. I was wondering if our guide would adjust things since there were two new folks i.e. go out to sure sightings that we had already seen, but that turned out to not matter. The “mission” for the day was to…

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    10/19/20 •

    If you live in Northeastern US you don’t have many options for visiting a national park within driving distance. You can head up to Acadia National Park in Maine or down to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. However, for the quintessential national park experience your best bet is to make your way to the Great…

    Aquarium Plant Database (222 Plants and Counting)

    10/19/19 •

    …Easy Medium Not Specific Stem Plantaganaceae Bacopa Stem width 2 inches Fast North America, South America Virginia, USA to Northern SA Bacopa lanigera Moderate High Not Specific Stem Plantaganaceae Bacopa stem width 2 inches (5cm) Moderate South America Brazil Bacopa madagascariensis Moderate Medium Not Specific Stem Plantaganaceae Bacopa Stem width: 4-5 cm (1.5-2 in) Moderate…