Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]

Sierra Mountain Area

Murphys hotel

We were on the way from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. To get there, we took a break from the long drive from San Francisco with a few stops along the way to some beautiful mountain towns, Murphys California Murphys California is a pretty, historic, gold mining town. Many of its business district buildings [Read more …]

Sierra Foothills of El Dorado and Amador Counties

Nevada City National Hotel

We recently spent a few days exploring Sierra Foothills of El Dorado and Amador Counties in California. The trip took us through some of the area’s prettiest and most historic gold Rush boom towns. Sierra Foothill Boom towns We explored three gold-based boom towns in the Sierra Foothills. Two of the boom towns continue to [Read more …]

Mendocino and Fort Bragg California

Mendocino shore line

We recently spent a few nights in Mendocino California. We always enjoy the town’s 19th-century town’s character, its water towers, gardens and lovely residential streets. While we rarely visit most of the touristy stores, we never seem to tire of strolling through the headlands or the town’s streets. And as a bonus, during our stroll [Read more …]

Traverse City and Baldwin Michigan

Traverse City

Traverse City Michigan We only made a quick stop in Traverse City Michigan for lunch. We took  quick tour but can’t say much about the city. But  can talk about our lunch at Harrington’s By the Bay. The meal was fast and very good . We had meal sautéed [Read more …]

Mackinaw Island Michigan

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Mackinaw island was first Europeanized in 1670, when a French Jesuit priest, Father Marquette, opened the first, albeit temporary mission. By 1781, the British took control and established a trading base. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Fort Mackinac, a military fort was the subject of the first land battle of the War of [Read more …]

Spring Green Wisconsin

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We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our main reason to visit Spring Green Wisconsin was to return to Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) primary home, studio and school. Taliesin is Welsh for “Shining Brow”. The site is accessible via a range of tours. We chose the two-hour Highlights Tour, which includes interiors [Read more …]

Madison Wisconsin

Madison State Capital building

We had never been to the Madison Wisconsin and were anxious to explore the state capital/college town. We began in the state capital with its lovely, domed rotunda and exhibit touting the state’s role in pioneering women’s suffrage and its being the first state to ratify the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, we were visiting the city [Read more …]

Door County Wisconsin

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Door County Wisconsin Door County Wisconsin is on a peninsula between Green Bay Wisconsin and Lake Michigan Wisconsin. It has 19 communities and 300 miles of shoreline around a laid-back resort peninsula that protrudes into Lake Michigan. While its initial economy was based on fishing and shipbuilding, it is now focused on artists and tourism. [Read more …]

Galena Illinois

Dowling House

We had been to this lovely Western Illinois home town of Ulysses S. Grant briefly, once before. We made a brief return visit on our way to the Wisconsin Dells. Galena was a lead mining and transportation center on a tributary near the Mississippi. It was a boom town in the early 19th century, when [Read more …]