The fourth Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York, sits at a spectacular spot on the shore of the Great Lake that shares its name. Today visitors can explore life at the Fort as it was in 1868, when it was home to Company F, 42nd Infantry, of the U.S. Army. In the mess room at… Read More FORT ONTARIO STATE HISTORIC SITE: encountering unique history in New York
You don’t often see monuments to Benedict Arnold. But Saratoga National Historical Park is one place where such a thing makes sense. The Battle (or Battles) of Saratoga in 1777 comprised two primary confrontations: the (First) Battle of Freeman’s Farm on September 19 and the Battle of Bemis Heights (also known as the Second Battle… Read More SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: exploring Revolutionary history in New York
Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. It is one of the most meaningful areas in American history, where citizens have lived out the freedoms protected by the First Amendment amid statues of the men who won our independence from Great Britain. The Park and its surrounding… Read More Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park spans the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The roughly 40 miles that I drove up and over the range, part of the Blue Ridge, were among the most peaceful of my entire cross-country road trip. In Springtime, the differences stand out between this most visited U.S. national park and… Read More Tennessee to Virginia: Cross-Country Road Trip, Part 7
One of the first things you have to decide before taking a road trip around America is which way to go: clockwise or counter. For my trip, counter-clockwise made better sense. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. I expected that the D.C.–Chicago portion would contain the worst traffic, and I wanted to… Read More Virginia to Wyoming: Cross-Country Road Trip, Part 1
“A body would think the whole south had broke loose and are coming into Pa.” Rachel Cormony wrote in her diary on June 27, 1863. “It makes me feel too badly to see so many men and cannon going through knowing that they have come to kill our men.” Mrs. Cormony worried most about her… Read More Gettysburg National Military Park
It was hard to believe we were in the desert. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. With its lush trees and flowing waters, Utah’s Zion National Park looked more like Maine‘s 2,000-miles-away Acadia than Nevada’s two-hours-away Valley of Fire, where we’d hiked the day before on the first stop of our… Read More Zion National Park in Utah
Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada makes for a fabulous day trip from Las Vegas or a side stop on the way to Utah. … Read More VALLEY of FIRE STATE PARK: delighting in the Nevada desert