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  • Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and is celebrated each year on May 23 in what is now recognized as National Chardonnay Day.  I’m not sure how National Chardonnay Day came into being, but any grape that is planted on over 400,000 acres worldwide and in more wine regions than any other grape, including Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly deserves it’s own day. It wouldn’t be right to celebrate National Chardonnay Day without sipping […]

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  • Tips for a Vacation that Stays Within Your Budget

    Tips for a Vacation that Stays Within Your Budget

    When planning a family vacation, you can cut costs and avoid being caught unprepared with just a little advance planning. Have fun and remain within your budget by following these steps before you go. 1) Plan in advance what you will do for dining Decide before you leave how many meals you will be eating out. Prepare some food along the way, saving dining out for special occasions. If you pack lots of snacks, easy-to-prepare […]

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  • Learning the Ropes at Tejas Rodeo School

    Learning the Ropes at Tejas Rodeo School

    Rick and Sandi are learning the ropes in this fun-filled behind the scenes look at the Tejas Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas. … just one more thing checked off the Bucket List! 

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  • An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    One of our very favorite summer vacations last August (and perhaps of all time) was a trip aboard the Uncruise Safari Endeavor giving us an intimate look Alaska’s inside passage.
    Uncruise specializes in small group travel. In other words, each ship carries under one-hundred passengers making it easier for them to get in and out of places large cruise ships can’t go.

    On our cruise we got to explore Alaska’s inside passage without ever stopping at a port for the week we were on board. While at first we thought we might lose our minds being unplugged for seven days, we quickly embraced the notion and were able to experience the real Alaska. Life onboard the ship was like no other. The passengers and crew became acquainted quickly and everyone seemed more like friends than strangers.

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  • Panning for Gold in Alaska

    Panning for Gold in Alaska

    As part of Prince Cruises #FollowMeAtSea Alaska Twitter trip, we took an excursion to the Eldorado Gold Mine to do a little panning for gold. Our tour was conducted by a Fiddle playing conductor who entertained us with songs and a wonderful narration of the history of  the Alaskan gold rush. The Eldorado Gold Mine employs a colorful cast of characters who showed us how to pan for gold. Once you see a few of […]

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  • PJ (Pack) McKenna at Sloppy Joe's in Havana , Cuba 1930

    A Storybook Journey: Ancestry Travel

    As a part of Expedia’s Find Your Storybook campaign, we are exploring the theme of Ancestry Travel. My Storybook journey is taking me backwards, through decades of family history. I haven’t traveled a single mile since my search began and yet my Storybook is taking me around the world. Of course that won’t be the case for long. The more research I do, the more interesting stories I read about my kin, about the places […]

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  • Alaska ~ Duck Farts and Saddle Sores

    Alaska ~ Duck Farts and Saddle Sores

    There was no shortage of entertainment on our Alaska Twitter trip sponsored by Princess Cruises.  After returning from an incredible helicopter ride and glacier landing, we attended a fun filled dinner theatre.  The same wait staff who served our BBQ, were the cast members in the musical, “The Music of Denali”. Somehow the cast coaxed me up on stage – thankfully for the audience they didn’t ask me to sing anything. I just had to […]

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  • Popping the Cork  #WineWednesday

    Popping the Cork #WineWednesday

    It’s #WineWednesday and nothing says celebration like the sound of a Champagne cork popping. Wine is fine anytime, but if you want to turn a party into a celebration you’ve gotta bring the bubbles! Barefoot Wines produces a Brut Cuvée and Pink Moscato Bubbly that have been a part of my family’s celebrations for the last few years.  One interesting observation from our celebrations is that most of the guys seem to prefer the crisp Brut Cuvée with hints […]

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