Washington DC – A Walk on The Mall

Washington DC  – A Walk on The Mall

The Washington National Mall is one of the best organized, and most encompassing and colossal of all the forums of the world that I have ever witnessed. If you’re in town for only one day, which we find many people doing on road trips along the east coast, then there is a walk along the National Mall which we feel is mandatory to get a good experience of the city. Time of year does matter,…

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Hiking Shenandoah, Nicholson Hollow/Corbin Cabin Cutoff

Hiking Shenandoah, Nicholson Hollow/Corbin Cabin Cutoff

“Or, How to tell you’re the Old Dude in the group!” Last Tuesday we hiked Nicholson Hollow Trail from Skyline Drive (mile marker 37.9) through Nicholson Hollow (1350 feet elevation loss) to the intersection of Corbin Cabin Cutoff. This hike is one that takes you down and back through layers of history with many relics of past residents. It’s a fairly steep descent following what starts out as a dry stream bed and soon becomes…

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park, Rose River Loop

Hiking Shenandoah National Park, Rose River Loop

Where We Live   Living in Sperryville, Va., just three miles outside Shenandoah National Park gives us access to some of the most beautiful places in the eastern United States. This small village is just amazing. Galleries, antiques, fine restaurants and artists and craftspeople all producing some of the best art, crafts and furniture you’ll see anywhere. There are two great bakeries, an espresso/wine bar and a coffee roaster that have spoiled me for life…

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Hershberger Ranch – Shenandoah National Park

Hershberger Ranch – Shenandoah National Park

Written by Tony Lavato   The air is getting chillier, hints of woodsmoke can be detected when the breeze is right. Is there a more nostalgia inducing smell than woodsmoke? One whiff and you’re back forty years around a campfire with those old friends you vowed to keep up with but never see anymore. (Call them!) Or snug in a cabin while snowflakes fly outside the window and the fire is warm and cozy. Here…

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

We pulled up to the Grand Canyon on our way from Las Vegas to Austin, Texas – a little over 20 hours between the two destination, we almost passed by all together, thinking “we can save it for another trip.” I expected to see something magnificent, but after nearly two weeks on the road, and after having been to the Rockies National Park and to Arches in Utah, I figured it would be unique, but never…

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Semana Santa, Easter Week – Antigua, Guatemala

Semana Santa, Easter Week – Antigua, Guatemala

I had no idea it was Easter week. I’m not a religious sort, and had no idea Easter was coming around. I suppose it had been a while since I’d been to a mall or grocery store in the States, and missed all the chocolate eggs and bunnies. I was in Antigua, and in a country where Catholicism has a strong influence, the event is taken seriously. They call it Semana Santa, commemoration of the…

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Travel at Home – Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Travel at Home – Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah, The Piedmont, The Blue Ridge; names that conjure visions of wilderness, log cabins and the old Frontier. All these are true but there is so much more to see and explore here. Walk a path into Shenandoah National Park and you hike into wilderness and history, natural wonders and relics of the past. The Park Shenandoah National Park (The Park) lies west of the Nation’s Capitol, about an hour and a half removed from…

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Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee – Walk Across America

Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee – Walk Across America

Dmitry left Sperryville in July, on his way to New Orleans, intending to cross Texas on his way to Los Angeles.  At the time of this posting, he had made it to Austin, Texas! About 1,535 miles. You can support Dmitry, raise awareness, and help develop applications that address the issues of missing children here. Here is a selection of his shares from Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee: Me and a Vietnam War Veteran (1967, 180’th…

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Halfway on the Walk Across America

Halfway on the Walk Across America

Dmitry has made it half way across the country. We’re following him on his Walk Across America. When we wrote last, he was just getting onto the Appalachian Trail, still within 350 miles of his walk. When he left Sperryville initially, I told him that he should write more, take more pictures, and share more. The drain on battery and lack of time – he’s on the road generally walking from sundown to sunrise and averaging…

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Little Devil’s Stairs – Outskirts of the Shenandoah

Little Devil’s Stairs – Outskirts of the Shenandoah

I enjoy hiking, but I am not a hiker. Living among the mountains, getting up onto a lookout or sitting by a creek and tiny waterfalls reminds me of the times I lived by the ocean – in those cases sitting on the surfboard just past the breaking of the waves. So far I’ve only hiked with family and friends. We’ve come upon so many hikers walking the entire trail – 2,200 miles – between…

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Road Trip USA – Honky Tonk and Truck Stops

Road Trip USA – Honky Tonk and Truck Stops

The bohemian trail is a slow road across America – one that I appreciate, knowing the beauty of the country that offers such a depth of Americana and artistry if you’re willing to slow down and give it a chance. I live in such a place – the places that every country has, but often few outsiders see. But we had a long way ahead of us, and knew we would see a lot of country…

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Road Trip Across America – Mile 1

Road Trip Across America – Mile 1

We packed light. The Honda Accord had just gone through a $1400 investment – most of the parts on it dated back to the original, and after 16 years, belts, tubes, and tires needed to be replaced. The car had exactly 140,000 miles on it (we timed when we took the reading because the number was a good one to start on), which was pretty low for a 2000. It was 8 am on August 1st,…

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