What is the best backpack for day hiking? There are many choices but we think a few key features will make you the happiest with your gear. Every so often, we take a break from profiling a travel destination to share with our readers a piece of gear that we have come across that, in … More Gear Review: Best Backpack for Day Hiking
There are many great locations to get out and cycle through the autumn foliage. One that we really like is close to home. We were recently in Raleigh, North Carolina on a quick weekend getaway. We brought our bikes and explored a small section of the Capital Area Greenway system, which consists of 112 miles of … More Best Autumn Cycling Trips in the Southeast
The country now known as the Czech Republic has weathered many political storms over the centuries. From Bohemia to WWII to the communist era to the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution, this area has been the center of a tremendous amount of history. We began our visit at the center of the old town, … More Highlights of Prague, Czech Republic
Oxford is perhaps best known as home to the University of Mississippi, aka “Ole Miss.” But we were more interested in tracking down the history of a famous past resident of the town who was not associated with the University; that person would be William Faulkner, the American author and Nobel prize laureate. Perhaps you, like … More Finding Faulkner in Oxford, MS
Long live rock, indeed! This past summer we had the pleasure of touring the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Why Cleveland? As we read on this marker, it is the “Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll” due to the efforts of disc jockey Alan Freed. The building itself is stunning, designed by … More Long Live Rock!
We recently took a European cruise on the Danube River with AMA Waterways, and would like to share our impressions with you. If you are curious, many great pictures and additional information can be found on the AMA Waterways website. Company: AMA Waterways Tour taken: Melodies of the Danube Overall: AMA Waterways is just … More Company Review: AMA Waterways
River cruising in Europe has become quite popular, with multiple companies now offering a myriad of itineraries. This past September, we took a river cruise on one of the more established routes, on the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary to Prague, Czech Republic. Our experience with AMA Waterways will be reviewed in a separate post. … More Cruising the Danube River
A while back, we had the pleasure of stopping in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a short exploration. Chattanooga is set in a bend of the Tennessee River in the southeastern part of the state. Google maps gets us oriented. We rolled into town on a windy and overcast day. Although the weather wasn’t cooperating, we forged ahead … More Chattanooga, Tennessee
In the southwest corner of Virginia, not far from the Tennessee state line, is a cluster of outdoor adventure opportunities that makes for a great long weekend. We spent 3 days hiking and biking there a few weeks ago. First up, a bicycle ride on the renowned Virginia Creeper Trail. A rail trail along the … More Southwest Virginia: A Great Destination for an Active Weekend!
We were in Budapest in September, hoping for sunny weather but getting a mixture of sun and clouds, as you will see in our photos. Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary, with a population of about 1.7 million. The co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire until the empire was dissolved in 1918 at … More Hello, Budapest