On a trip to Las Vegas we decided to get away for the hustle and bustle of the city and casinos. We ended up taking a drive out toward the Henderson and Boulder City area. While we were driving around, we accidentally found the most amazing park called Hemenway Park. This park is comprised of approximately 10 acres and includes playground equipment, gazebos, basketball courts, horseshoe pits and 2 lighted tennis courts. Plus, the 2 lighted softball fields in the adjoining flood control basin make this park a favorite in Boulder City. Continue reading Bighorn Sheep at Hemenway Park in Boulder City, NV
While in Amarillo on a 3-day weekend we were able to tour the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum. It is an amazing museum which honors people and horses who contributed to the growth of the American Quarter Horse. It is also the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. Continue reading American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum – Amarillo, TX
While on a fall trip to take a ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, we took a short ride to check out Mesa Verde National Park. The park has some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we decided to visit, but it was definitely more interesting than I have envisioned. Continue reading Step Back in Time at the Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado
As we head into summer most people are not thing about vacations and where to go. With that in mind, I was inspired by the vacation rental site Tripping.com and want to share the following top 10 friendly dog parks and dog beaches in Florida. After all, Fido wants to join you on your vacation too. I know our dogs Dolly and Belle love to go and explore new places with us. Above is a picture of them at a dog park here in Colorado. Continue reading Top 10 Dog Parks and Dog Beaches in Florida
I love art (as you can probably tell from various other blog posts) and had to visit the Walker Art Gallery when we were in Liverpool, England. I had never heard of it until we were talking to some locals in Manchester who told us we had to visit if we liked art. Thus, we took art of a day and explore the museum. PSA, make sure to talk to locals when traveling. They have the best advice! Continue reading Walker Art Gallery Museum – Liverpool, England
On a trip to watch the Angles play the Royals, we explored the area when we weren’t at the games 🙂 One of the most enjoyable things we experienced while in Kansas City, Missouri was the Hallmark Visitors Center. Hallmark is an exciting company which has been creating greeting cards and many other products in 30 languages that reach 100 countries around the globe for over a 100 years.Apparently the company started in 1910 with a shoebox full of postcards by Joyce C Hall, an 18-year-old entrepreneur from Nebraska. It was so interesting to follow the timeline through the years. It’s also amazing to see the creativity and innovation that go into making Hallmark products.When I think of Hallmark, I immediately think of Christmas ornaments, and their commercials. Thus, I was really looking forward to seeing their collection of old ornaments. I wasn’t disappointed. They have many Keepsake Ornaments and ornament series on display, along with a video featuring “Four Decades of Magic: Hallmark Keepsake Ornament”. It was fun to look and see how they had changed through the years. We had actually bought our first house a few years earlier and saw the ornament I bought that year to hang on our tree. It was silly, but it was really cool to see it there.The amount of greeting cards on display was shocking. I walked around and ran quite a few, but there we so many, lol. Some of them were hilarious, and very entertaining. We had a blast, but the kids around us even had more fun. They enjoyed pushing the button on the bow machine to create their own star-shaped bow. It was fun to watch it being made, and after they were done playing, I had to make one of my own, lol.I left there feeling like I wanted to move to Kansas City just to work in the factory. It was entertaining watching the workers do what they do. I really felt the spirit of Hallmark as we were walking around reading the cards. You should definitely add this to your to-do list while in Kansas City, especially if you have kids. They will have a lot of fun, and your wallet will get a break. The Hallmark Visitor’s Center is completely free! Here is a link to their website with hours, etc.Hope you are able to enjoy a visit the next time you are in the area.
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While on one of our trips in Northern California we were lucky enough to drive the breathtaking 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. It is absolutely beautiful and follows the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions, including Spanish Bay Cove, the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees. Before we went I knew it was 17 miles. duh, but I didn’t know it had four primary entrances, the main highway entrance at California State Route 1, and entrances in Carmel and Pacific Grove. Continue reading Our 17-Mile Drive in Scenic Pebble Beach, California
While visiting family in St Louis, we all went to visit the Saint Louis Science Center with my aunt and uncle. It is a complex with over 300,000 square feet, 750 exhibits, it is among the largest of its type in the country, and according to the Association of Science and Technology Centers, is one of the top 5 science centers in the United States. Continue reading Mysteries Uncovered at the Saint Louis Science Center
While in New York we were able to see the New York State Capitol in Albany. It was great and we enjoyed our visit. Then later that afternoon, we were also able to see the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. I thought it was fun that we were able to see two capitol buildings in the same day 🙂 Then again, they are only about 100 miles apart.
My niece Alex and I had an incredible time in the Phoenix area, especially our visit to the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale. It is wonderful and full of wonder. 🙂 Neither of us had been there, so I did a little research on their website before we left and found out about their prices, hours, etc. I was excited when I read about all their exhibits. Continue reading OdySea Aquarium, Phoenix – An Oceanic Adventure