All Aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RailroadThere is nothing like a train trip, except a scenic fall train trip in October for your birthday. Gene and I went to Durango, CO one year and took a train trip on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. It was phenomenal and breathtaking. I couldn’t believe the amazing views around every turn. The best part was that the tickets were a gift from a customer at my former company.  That just made it even sweeter.  Continue reading All Aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Explore the Intriguing Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry

We had a fantastic time in Chicago, and saw so many wonderful things, but one of the more unexpected places we visited was the Museum of Science and Industry.  While it was on our list of things we would like to see, it wasn’t on our lists of things we HAD to see, like the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Navy Pier, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park. However, after hearing other guests talking about how much they enjoyed their visits, we decided we would check it out one day. We were both so glad we were able to spend a few hours exploring this intriguing museum.   Continue reading Explore the Intriguing Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago

Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center – Team USA

 Colorado Springs Olympic Training CenterOn a three day weekend trip to Colorado Springs, we spent some time at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. It was eye opening to see their phenomenal center and all they do to train for their specific Olympic event. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when we first decided to visit, but I have to say I was quite impressed.  Continue reading Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center – Team USA

The Space Needle in Seattle – “The 400 Day Wonder”

Space Needle 2

Many moons ago I lived in Seattle for a couple of years. Regrettably, I never had a chance to do many attractions like Pike Place Market, Microsoft, Boeing, or the WA State Capitol in Olympia. Sadly, I was never able to take a ride to the top of the Space Needle, however I was finally able to on our list visit to Seattle. I was so glad I was finally able to do this, as it was truly amazing. Continue reading The Space Needle in Seattle – “The 400 Day Wonder”

Park City Utah – Venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games

2002 Olympic Winter GamesWhile in Salt Lake City, we drove up to Park City and went to Olympic Park. This is one of the cities that hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This area served as a venue for ski jumping, nordic combined, bobsled, skeleton and luge. It also features the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which houses both the Alf Engen Ski Museum and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Parking and admission to the museums and venue is free. It was a real thrill to be there and remember what happened. I felt like I was a small part of it. The area itself I beautiful and has the small town feel even though it has grown in the last decade or so.  Continue reading Park City Utah – Venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games

Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery – Home of the Yellowhammer State

 A few years ago while in northern Florida to see the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Florida State Capitol, The Budweiser Brewery and a few other attractions, we took a couple extra days and went up to Montgomery Alabama to meet some friends that live in Tennessee (read my post about our visit to the Jack Daniels Distillery), and tour the Alabama State Capitol Building. Continue reading Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery – Home of the Yellowhammer State

Feel like a Kid Again at Hammonds Candies, Denver

Hammonds Candies - Candy CanesI must have been hungry today when I was working on my blog because I decided to share a company that has been here in Denver since 1920. According to their website: Over the past 90 years, the “Mile High” city of Denver, Colorado, has seen a number of fine chocolate and candy manufacturers come and go, but one special company is still very much in business. That business is Hammonds Candies. I have to say that I am very glad they are still here today. Continue reading Feel like a Kid Again at Hammonds Candies, Denver

Trafalgar Square in London – The Heart of the City

London - Trafalgar SquareWhile on a trip to London we had to stop and check out Trafalgar Square. It was really amazing, even though it was cold and we got rained on quite a bit. Lol It is an interesting little square with a lot of history. The square contains a large central area with roadways on three sides and a terrace to the north, in front of the National Gallery. The roads around the square form part of the A4, a major road running west of the City of London. The square was formerly surrounded by a one-way traffic system, but apparently in 2003 some work was done which reduced the width of the roads and closed the northern side to traffic.  Continue reading Trafalgar Square in London – The Heart of the City

Navy Pier, Chicago – Over a 100 Years in the Making

Navy Pier - Building2We had a great time in Chicago, and really enjoyed visiting some of the sights like Willis Tower, the Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry and Millennium Park.  However one of the more relaxing and enjoyable things we did in the windy city, was checking out the Navy Pier. It is quite a unique place and I am so glad we spent a few hours roaming around and seeing what there was to see.  Continue reading Navy Pier, Chicago – Over a 100 Years in the Making

Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience – Chicago

Willis Tower - BuildingDuring our travels we have been to the top of a few tall buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Space Needle and the Vancouver Lookout Tower at Harbour Center in Vancouver. Thus when we were in Chicago, we had to go up to the top of Willis Tower. I will continue to call it by that name on this post, but not without saying first that it will always be the Sears Tower for me.  All right, , now that I got that off my chest, I wanted to say, we had a great time on our visit.  Apparently we are not alone in wanting to see the phenomenal views, because it was stated that approximately 1.5 million tourists visit the Skydeck each year. Continue reading Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience – Chicago