Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

National Memorial and MuseumA couple of year ago we spent an afternoon and evening in Oklahoma City on our way home from a week in Texas. We were there a short time but had a nice visit. We also did something that touched our hearts. We went to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial Park. This is where the old Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was before it was bombed on April 19, 1995.  Continue reading “Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum”

Up, Up, & Away at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

A few years ago we finally got to do something I had wanted to do for quite a long time, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The fiesta is a yearly nine-day event festival of hot air balloons which takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico each October. The event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and has over 500 balloons each year.   Continue reading “Up, Up, & Away at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta”

All Aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

There 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

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 2Many 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”