In search of railroad information for a magazine article, I stopped at a passenger depot in Bessemer, Alabama, just outside Birmingham. Today the depot serves the community as The Bessemer Hall of History and, although I found very little train history, what I did find was an excellent local collection pointing to the wonderful history of this city of 30,000.
As a passenger on Galapagos Eclipse Genovesa Cruise with AdventureSmith Explorations, I visited six islands including Genovesa, or Tower Island. The northernmost island allowed to be visited by naturalist cruises is home to millions of birds belonging to many different species, many unseen anywhere else in the world. The ship accommodates 35 to 40 passengers. Divided by three, groups have
San Diego is known for its zoo, wide sandy beaches, Coronado Island, del Coronado Hotel and rich history dating back to 1769 when the first Europeans arrived. Its Old World charm and contemporary amenities make San Diego the perfect getaway destination. Day 1 – San Diego Zoo Although 3.3 million residents call this southern California city home, it is very
The positive part of checking luggage is you can take more to your vacation destination and bring back more souvenirs. The negative side is the addition fees for domestic flights and some international flights, collecting luggage for customs on internationals flights when connection times are tight, and the possibility of your luggage being lost or delayed. So what’s the solution?
Whether you stay a half hour or half day at The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch, there is something magical about the acres of colorful blossoms overlooking the Pacific Ocean. More than 50 acres feature Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers with smaller flower beds of snapdragons, roses and other colorful blooms. The Southern California fields are a direct result of more
I jotted down the names of gems and minerals that can be found at Mason Mountain Mine near Franklin, North Carolina, as Tom Johnson steered his pickup truck up a steep incline toward their source. “Rhodolite garnet, pyrope garnet, smoky quartz, moonstone, kyanite, cordierite, surface copper ore, ruby, sapphire and small traces of emerald,” he ticked off as he pulled
I love a road trip and this one had all the components to be great: wonderful friend, Cacinda Malony; awesome car, 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited; and fantastic scenery along I-40 as we drove through Arizona on our way east to New Mexico including the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. The car, courtesy of Drive Shop, was perfect
Just after sunrise it started to snow. Big fat flakes floated down making the holiday surroundings of Sedona even more festive. During the morning I took a Pink Jeep Tour up on the red rocks along the Broken Arrow trail. Expertly, our driver Doug drove up and down steep inclines bringing our group to the tops of otherworldly formations and
Grapevine, Texas, is just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport; a gem in an otherwise rush-rush world. Along Main Street, charming shops and family-owned restaurants welcome visitors like family. Christmas carols are dancing on a winter breeze and old-fashioned decorations are stretched over the street. At one end of the street is Grapevine Vintage Railroad that is transformed during the
Hotels, churches, museums, the plaza and downtown streets are decked out for the holidays in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As the oldest capital city in North America and the oldest European city west of the Mississippi, Santa Fe is steeped in tradition and respect for the Christian faith which is reflected in its Christmastime charm. Originally occupied by Pueblo Indians,