Other Montana Places of Interest

Gardiner town steet

In our last several blogs, we wrote about numerous places to visit in Montana. These included: Ghost towns such as Virginia City and Nevada City Billings Montana; and Side trips around Billings Montana This blog talks about some of the other places we visited in Montana. Gardiner Montana Gardiner Montana is a small town that [Read more …]

Montana Ghost Towns

Virginia City handing eplica

Virginia City—Ghost Town Modernized Virginia City Montana was founded in 1863, after the discovery of gold in Adler Gulch. More than 10,000 prospective miners and suppliers flooded the area. Virginia City grew rapidly from settlement to boomtown to a full-fledged city of 5,000 permanent residents and more than 1,200 buildings within a few years. It [Read more …]

The National Parks in Wyoming

Jackson Wyoming town

Jackson Wyoming Jackson Hole is the valley encompassed by the Teton Range to the west and the Gros Ventre Range to the west. Fur trappers originally inhabited Jackson, followed by homesteaders. Today this 10,000 person town, is (along with the neighboring Teton Village ski resort) the entertainment, cultural and culinary center of Jackson Hole. The [Read more …]

Idaho: Rafting, Hiking and Exploring

Hells Canyon road view

Amazing but Joyce had never been to Idaho before. Tom’s only time there was on a very short business trip to Boise. This trip provided a very different insight for him into the state. We briefly explored a few of the state’s “major” cities and natural and historic sites. Our first, and primary motivation was [Read more …]

Monterey California

Green Gables PAcific Grove

Monterey is a 2+ hour drive from San Francisco. We periodically travel to Monterey and nearby Pacific Grove to take in the beautiful scenery, and of course, to visit some wineries in Carmel Valley. Oh yes, and to eat at nice restaurants (not the San Francisco’s restaurants aren’t great!) Our summer 2019 trip was no [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 …]

Chicago Restaurants

We always come to Chicago with a full schedule of restaurant plans, combining explorations of places opened since our previous visits with returns to some of our old favorites. Our 2019 trip was no exception. This trip combined an exploration of new restaurants (new, at least to us, from the three years since [Read more …]

Chicago Architecture

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Changing Face of Chicago Architecture Every time we return to Chicago we are amazed by the amount of new high-rise construction and the beauty of many of its buildings. On one hand, this is not surprising. Chicago, after all, has been at the forefront of American architecture since 1884, when William Le Baron Jenney built [Read more …]