August 20, 2019

Thrifty Travelers Trek to Thailand for Touring, Retirement


Even with all of its break-through success in recent decades, Thailand remains one of the best travel bargains in the tourism industry. Suitable for indie backpackers and luxury travelers alike, the Kingdom of Thailand boasts beaches, ancient architecture, affordable spa services, lush scenery and a low cost of living. What are some of the other [...]

Restaurant Review – Charleston’s


I had never heard of this restaurant ’til a recent visit to Phoenix.  I had been hearing from a friend about an amazing salmon dish included on their menu.  He couldn’t use enough positive words to describe it. So, when I was in Phoenix, we included dinner at Charleston’s, and being a big fan of [...]

Restaurant Review – Manuel’s Phoenix


It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Phoenix. When it comes to food, first thoughts lean toward Tex-Mex or Mexican. Decisions are not easy.  However, having a local help with the picking makes all the difference. My first meal in Phoenix was at Manuel’s on Cave Creek. Manuel’s is a mid-priced restaurant, has 7 locations [...]

Save Money at Cedar Point


I grew up in Ohio, which has a surprising number of summer amusements. My favorite, of course, was and is Cedar Point, home to some of the finest roller coasters in the world! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); As with most amusements, proximity is the best solution to money saving.  There are options available that [...]

Mt. Washington Auto Road


Hiking Mt. Washington is a popular thing to do for outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Mt. Washington Valley. Getting to that summit is an attainable goal and the view from the summit is an apt reward. If, however, you happen not to want to execute that climb to get those views, there is an alternative. (adsbygoogle [...]

Fireworks in Maine 2010


What a great way to finish a great day in Maine!  Because of the more rural nature of Maine, the skies are dark and the fireworks are brilliant as a result.  We love our fireworks up here, and there are many displays planned throughout the summer. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The State Fire Marshall [...]

Scribner’s Mill Back to the Past Celebration


This annual event is the major fundraiser for the Scribner’s Mill Preservation group.  They pull out all the stops and it is a great historical event.  The Back to the Past celebration is always the first weekend in August.  The efforts of dozens of volunteers and exhibitors help make this a great experience for the [...]

Yarmouth Clam Festival


It’s July in Maine and time for the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival, an event which involves about 3000 volunteers united to earn funds for Yarmouth’s non-profit organizations, school groups, and churches.  This event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday with a parade which is as much fun for spectators as it is for parade participants. [...]

Maine State Parks: Cheap Day Trip Options


Maine has a lot of outdoors for vacationers to enjoy.  Parks abound.  There is one National Park (Acadia), a piece of the White Mountain National Forest, and 31 or so parks managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks that charge fees. The Appalachian trail passes through or near several of these. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || [...]

Texas Roadhouse


As a rule, I don’t tout chain restaurants.  There’s too much room for inconsistency from store to store.  I believe I’ve found an exception.  I recently had the opportunity to dine at Texas Roadhouse in two different states.   The quality was consistent.  It was fun…unlimited peanuts in the shell and an invite to drop those [...]

Lakeshore Park – Ashtabula, Ohio


I grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, next to a town park right on Lake Erie.  On a recent visit home, my sister and I took several walks through this park, as one of its entrances is only a couple hundred feet from our mother’s front door. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); With the help of [...]



I went to Italy in 2000, a great year to be in Rome.  The Sistine Chapel had just been restored; much of the sculpture in public had been given a facelift; the city was alive.  So, What made the biggest impression on me?  Besides the Sistine Chapel, that is… The Colosseum.  The movie Gladiator was [...]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

This is an amazing venue. Anyone who’s listened to the radio any time between 1950 and today will know someone in the Hall of Fame whose music s/he holds dear. But the Hall of Fame in the peak of this building designed by I.M. Pei is just the beginning of what’s to see here. The [...]

Shelburne Museum – Americana by the Acre


Located near Lake Champlain, the Shelburne Museum houses a pretty spectular collection of Americana.  Included is the steamship Ticonderoga, pictured above, which, in an amazing feat of engineering, was moved overland the two miles from Lake Champlain.  There is also a lighthouse from Lake Champlain that was disassembled and moved to the museum and a [...]