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The slave history of Charleston

Before I get into the heart of what I chose to experience as a tourist in Charleston I want to say that we had a lovely time here. Our hosts were wonderful, the architecture is stunning, the people are kind, and the food was delicious. It's a charming city and I recommend it highly. But… Continue reading The slave history of Charleston

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The Great Sentinels of South Carolina

Our travels have brought us to South Carolina, where we've been for the last week. The weather this time of year is just about perfect even if the mosquitoes are still out in force. And the hospitality is everything you've heard about for the South. It's "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Ma'am" and "Y'all come back… Continue reading The Great Sentinels of South Carolina

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Museum of African American History and Culture

You guys, this place is incredible. It sits just steps away from where the 1963 March on Washington began, at the base of the Washington Monument. The building itself is a work of art - three inverted bronze tiers evoke the crown sculpture motif of Yoruba - a beautiful and wonderful contrast to the uniformly white buildings so… Continue reading Museum of African American History and Culture

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“Only fly as high as you are willing to fall”

This statement graces a large display of gliders at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. In context it is meant to be taken literally, which is what makes it so morosely funny. But as I walked through the two massive hangars filled with every kind of flying machine ever invented the quote started to feel like… Continue reading “Only fly as high as you are willing to fall”

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A little bit o’ Boston

Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution, purveyor of the one true chowder, eschewer of the letter R. Oh, how you never cease to delight. In this, our semi-regular visit to Boston, we played board games with good friends, drank a lot of this, and ate delicious, delicious oysters. But there was also something extra special to be… Continue reading A little bit o’ Boston

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The delights of small town Minnesota

If you ever find yourself passing through Southeastern Minnesota, take a few hours to stop in the small towns of Wabasha and Kellogg. They sit roughly six miles apart along the Mississippi River, so you'll be able to get in a quick visit to both towns without too much effort. Should you have a little more… Continue reading The delights of small town Minnesota

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How to create a Google map of your roadtrip

R just created this cool map of our RV trip using data he downloaded from Google. If you have an Android, the location tracking that Google offers is both creepy and cool. I mean, Google knows where you are every second of every day, but they give you unfettered access to that data...so, you know,… Continue reading How to create a Google map of your roadtrip

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The RV Trip by the Numbers

With the RV portion of our grand adventure wrapped up, R and I took up the fine art of reminiscing. We present here a brief list of our trip in the form of numbers. It was wonderful (literally: full of wonder), even when things seemed to be falling apart, and we have great stories to tell... Where we… Continue reading The RV Trip by the Numbers