Louisbourg Nova Scotia and its Fortress

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The town of Louisbourg is notable primarily as the 18th-century site of the largest (4,000 to 5,000 people on almost 15,000 acres) French military fortress and thriving fishing town on the Atlantic coast. (A fortress, as we learned is a military base that includes a town within its walls.) The Fortress of Louisbourg served as [Read more …]

The Natural Splendor of Cape Bretton Island

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As mentioned in our previous post, Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island (primarily the section of the trail that is in Cape Breton National Park) was our primary [Read more …]

A Day in Shenandoah National Park

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  We have driven the park’s Skyline Drive a few times. And now that we have discovered Staunton (see our July 13 post), we will certainly do so again–probably the next time we visit the historic city of Charlottesville. This 115 mile Skyline Drive is lined with pastoral scenes and overlooks that [Read more …]

Revisiting the Southeastern U.S.

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It had been a number of years since we were in the southeast (excluding Washington, D.C., which we visit every couple years. A return trip was long overdue. This trip covered parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and, of course, D.C. It was bookmarked by two of our favorite cities: Charleston, South [Read more …]

Continuing in the Serengeti

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As we continued in the Northern Serengeti, we wanted to see many of the animals that we had seen on previous safaris, as well as some of the animals that we had not previously seen in the wild. Visiting the Big Cats After experiencing the wilderbeests, the big cats were our second priority. Although we [Read more …]

Serengeti National Park

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After four days in Rwanda, our next stop in Africa was Tanzania and the Serengeti. Our Coastal Airlines 14 passenger Cessna prop plane took us from Kigali Rwanda, over the large, irregularly shape Lake Tanganyika, making 2 short stops en route on dirt runways (one for us to get our visas and one to pick [Read more …]

Retirement – Another Great Adventure

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I (Joyce) first retired in 2006 when Tom and I sold our company. That lasted a mere 4 months until I became a COO-for-hire and—to my amazement—found numerous firms that wanted to pay me to do this job. Although I worked for multiple companies between then and now, I ended up spending the majority of [Read more …]

Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park

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As part of our week in Colorado, we flew into Denver and, after lunch, drove to Boulder, where we met and stayed with friends. Although we did take a little time to stroll along downtown’s fun Pearl Street pedestrian mall, most of our time was spent on hikes and exploring one of the town’s newer [Read more …]

Sedona Area Historical Sites

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Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Although it is particularly famed for red rock cliffs, buttes and eerie formations, there is much more to Sedona than staring at the views and hiking the areas numerous trails. The area is loaded with historic sites, art galleries and, even wineries. And [Read more …]

The Best of the Texas Hill Country—in Two Days

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We have always wanted to visit the Texas Hill Country during springtime, when the wildflowers were in bloom. Despite a number of business/leisure trips to Austin (and one previous visit in San Antonio), none of the trips seemed to correspond with wildflower season. So, not only did we lose out on the flowers, but also [Read more …]