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Whitney Plantation

If you’re visiting New Orleans and have access to a car, don’t miss the Whitney Plantation on River Road. It’s a powerful, beautiful place – the only plantation museum in the U.S. that focuses on slavery.

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Oklahoma City National Memorial

I’m now in Tennessee, but two states ago I visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial that remembers the 168 people (including 19 children) who died in the 1995 bombing.

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My New Favorite National Park

I’m interrupting the Ireland Series to talk about last weekend’s Colorado Scampabout, which is a more traditional Scampabout since Sadie actually got to go. Plus, I have a new favorite National Park, replacing last year’s spectacular Chiricahua National Park, and I wanted to share it with you.

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I Couldn’t Even Put Its Name In The Title

Let’s get the giggling out of the way right now, shall we? Say it with me: Dingle, Dingle, Dingle. Feel better? One more, just in case. I’ll wait. Okay. It’s a relief you can’t hear me giggle every time I type it, because then there’d be no denying my inner 12-year-old.

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You haven’t experienced real love until you and your significant other stand together, watching your shit pour onto the ground at your feet. No, this is not a metaphor.

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Law & Murder

On my trip to Hawaii in March I saw all seven national parks. (Read more about my adventures here, here, here, and here.) The most fascinating of the bunch was Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Park on the Big Island, and no, I can’t possibly pronounce it. When you get that many vowels involved I just throw up my hands and order a margarita. What’s fascinating […]

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Where Hawaiians Went to Die

What better way to follow up my maudlin Pearl Harbor experience than a visit to Molokai, land of fatal disease and forced isolation. Fun! Turns out it actually was fun. And fascinating. Sad, definitely. Also, beautiful.

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Crying on Oahu

Despite wondering if a giant wall of water might kill me, the Hawaii trip was fabulous. I visited four of the seven islands – Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and the Big Island – and saw all seven of Hawaii’s national parks. It was a relatively complicated trip to plan, what with all the island hopping and a weekend trip to Guam. (More about that later, but […]

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No British Rock Gods Anywhere, But a Good Stop Regardless

On this last scampabout I saw four Arizona national parks – the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Chiricahua (I’ll write about that one soon – it’s gorgeous), and Ft. Bowie. I’m sorry to tell you that Ft. Bowie is not, in fact, a monument to David Bowie, but is actually where the Chiricahua Apaches fought the U.S. military in the late 1800s and were (surprise!) defeated.

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Tripping Down Memory Lane

I spent junior high and high school in Point Loma, an upper-middle-class suburb of San Diego that sits between Shelter Island and Ocean Beach. Some of my friends’ parents had sailboats, and most of my friends got cars for their 16th birthdays. (I didn’t, and to this day I’m glad because I surely would have been arrested for drunk driving or worse.)

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