11 Feb

Jean Lafitte Swamp Stroll

Jean Lafitte National Preserve Hike

While in New Orleans we went for a walk in the swamp. The video makes it look like it was all fun and games but the girls were really timid, especially our youngest. The walking path we chose through the Jean Lafitte National Preserve was about 4 miles long. We had no close calls but the first mile was a slow tiptoe down the path. The path was soft at points and would give pretty significantly when we walked over it but it was safe. It took a couple of miles but the girls did finally become comfortable walking the trail past the snakes and alligators.

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16 Dec
My Emerald Coast Experience at Topsail Hill

My Emerald Coast Experience at Topsail Hill

  • by ntershel

Topsail hill is a state park located near Destin Florida. It has a nice campground with full hook-ups new the beach. My family and I stayed here a week ...

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26 Nov
Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades

Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades

  • by Garrett Tershel

Our second favorite thing to do was explore the historic trades and talk with the trades people.

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08 Nov
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

  • by Garrett Tershel

A welcome elephant, everyone should have one.

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02 Nov
Finishing the Freedom Trail

Finishing the Freedom Trail

  • by Garrett Tershel

We missed the U.S.S. Constitution last time we were in Boston, it made me sad. But not this time.

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12 Oct
Bar Harbor, Low Tide Hike #2

Bar Harbor, Low Tide Hike #2

  • by Garrett Tershel

This is not a hike that is listed on the REI Trails app but it was a great walk and a very educational day.  The tide in Maine ranges almost 12ft from high tide to low tide.  During low tide great tide pools are created and available to explore.  We highly recommend the day walking along the shore of Bar Harbor. 

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10 Oct
Acadia ME, Hike #1: Beech Mountain Fire Tower

Acadia ME, Hike #1: Beech Mountain Fire Tower

  • by Garrett Tershel

This was our first hike in Acadia, Beech Mountain Fire Tower Trail. It was an easy start and inspired us to 12 more hikes Acadia!

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03 Oct
Lake George, NY and Prospect Mountain Hike

Lake George, NY and Prospect Mountain Hike

  • by Garrett Tershel

Lake George is a beautiful town and rich with history. We enjoyed walking around the lake and visiting Fort William Henry. At the visitor's center we heard about hiking Prospect Mountain. So we had some lunch and headed over.

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01 Oct
Low bridge, everybody down ... Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal

Low bridge, everybody down ... Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal

  • by Garrett Tershel

As our quest to see amazing sites in America continued, we stopped at the Erie Canal.  An amazing feat, dug mostly by the Irish with the incentive of whiskey, in 1820's and completed in 1825.  This canal allowed goods to be transported through the Great Lakes out to the Atlantic Ocean or vice versa. It created an economic boom for New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. And was the inspiration of for "Low Bridge, Everybody Down".

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01 Oct
“Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch.”

“Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch.”

  • by desiertog

“Where to next?” has become one of my favorite questions and it all started in Dayton, Ohio. We originally planned on heading to West Virginia and south from there. But, as you may recall, there was some crazy weather and a barrage of hurricanes were hitting the south and southeastern parts of the country.

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28 Sep
Niagara Power Company Visitor's Center

Niagara Power Company Visitor's Center

  • by Garrett Tershel

This was a great little place we found on a brochure.  The Niagara Power Company generates the largest amount of hydroelectric power in the country.  The damn has a visitors center and museum.  It is very well done.  I wasn't expecting much and was very surprised.  I was so busy playing with the exhibits I didn't take many pictures. Oh and it is FREE, yep!

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26 Sep
Niagara Falls 2017

Niagara Falls 2017

  • by Garrett Tershel

Blessed with a beautiful warm fall day we headed to Niagara Falls. We took the boat trip on the Maid of the Mist.  We went for a walk. I am going to let the picture speak for themselves.

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