About Jeff & Crystal

We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”. Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit. We hope you are enjoying our website and will consider sharing it with your friends. Please come back often, as we post new articles three times per week.

Judge Parker’s Court – Facing The Hanging Judge

Real life is often more sensational than make believe. Being a fan of westerns, I was excited to finally visit Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was in this city that a real life legend held court during the Wild West days. While many are unaware of Judge Parker's court, it left an indelible mark on the history of the American West. Our visit to Fort Smith included a wide range of experiences, but learning more about facing "the Hanging Judge" was high on our list of must-dos. We want to thank Experience Fort Smith and the Fort Smith National Historic Site for hosting our visit. Rest [...]

By |2022-07-01T06:52:56-06:00July 1st, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|2 Comments

Wisconsin Historical Museum – A Power Peddling Past

History is a series of stories told by many voices. While each community will have its historical collections, we find the capital cities will usually be the location of the state museum. Here we can gather a better representation of what has transpired, on a grander scale. Our only previous Wisconsin visit had been to Kenosha, so this stop would give us a better grasp on the entire region's past. Making our way toward the Wisconsin Historical Museum, in Madison, had brought us directly in front of the state capital. With the glistening white dome for a backdrop, we were ready to explore [...]

By |2022-06-24T04:04:21-06:00June 27th, 2022|Madison, Midwest, Wisconsin|0 Comments

Colorado National Monument – On Top Of The World

Have you ever felt like you were standing on top of the world? After a day of exploring Arches National Park, we couldn't imagine anything matching its wonder and beauty. The evening had found us relocating to our next city, Grand Junction, Colorado. Our plan was an early morning excursion into the Colorado National Monument, which lies just south of the city. It would be our last chance to do some hiking on this trip, so we wanted to soak up every minute of it. After grabbing our morning coffee, it was into the park for a morning of adventure. Time in Grand [...]

By |2022-06-20T10:55:26-06:00June 24th, 2022|Colorado, Epic Road Trips, Southwest|2 Comments

Dells Boat Tour – Wisconsin’s Slot Canyons

Nature has a way of supplying an endless amount of surprises. Many friends have recommended to us a visit to the Wisconsin Dells. Having seen a parade of photos from the area, we were excited to add it to our journeys. Located in the southern half of the state, it lies along the path of the Wisconsin River. While many slot canyons are formed over ages of erosion, the Dells have a shorter period of creation. To get a better understanding of this anomaly, we hopped on the Dells Boat Tour for an up-close look. We want to thank the Wisconsin Dells CVB [...]

By |2022-06-16T04:18:54-06:00June 21st, 2022|Midwest, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells|0 Comments

Glore Psychiatric Museum – Facing The Past

There are some subjects that people tend to shy away from during conversation. Mental illness is one that can leave people feeling uncomfortable. During one of our outings, we stopped by the St. Joseph Museum Complex to learn more about the history of treating mental disorders. What we discovered inside reminded us that those struggling with unbalanced minds were often treated harshly. The Glore Psychiatric Museum is housed in part of the actual hospital and it feels like it as we wandered through the exhibits. It is the biggest of the six museums that are housed in the complex. Join us on this [...]

By |2022-06-17T06:40:45-06:00June 17th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|0 Comments

Our Date With History – Club Arcada

In 1926, Ford was inventing the 40-hour work week, while Author A.A. Milne introduced the world to Winnie-the-Pooh. Prohibition was at its peak and had been in place for over 5 years. Bootleggers had created an extensive network for the distribution of their products. Our lessons at past museums told us that there also existed a plethora of speakeasies. While removing the 18th Amendment was a death blow to bootlegging, there is still nostalgia for those days. A visit to Club Arcada, in St. Charles, Illinois, would be a good way for us to step back in time for our date with history. [...]

By |2022-06-14T06:13:09-06:00June 14th, 2022|Illinois, Midwest, St Charles|0 Comments

Bricktown Brewery – Fort Smith First Tastes

It seems to me that I'm always hungry when we arrive at a new destination. While this could be tied to the length of time spent in the car, often it is more about getting to know the culinary vibe of the city. We always hear about the importance of first impressions, but what about first tastes? Our visit to Fort Smith was focused on the downtown region, which is filled with enticing eateries. The compact nature of the area makes it easy to navigate by foot, so we ditched the car and headed off toward Bricktown Brewery for our first meal. We [...]

By |2022-05-21T05:59:51-06:00June 10th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|2 Comments

Arches National Park – Hiking In Wonderland

Planning a long road trip requires finding plenty of balance. The required driving time has to be offset with some enjoyable stops. I have found that the longer the drive, the bigger the reward should be at the end. Since this road trip was somewhat of a circular route, I had strategically placed a couple of the biggest hits on the way home. After our morning at Shoshone Falls, we were back on the road for another seven hours of drive time. Our day's excursion had brought us through Salt Lake City and deposited us in the Green River Valley. This would allow [...]

By |2022-06-08T03:44:33-06:00June 7th, 2022|Epic Road Trips, Moab, Southwest, Utah|0 Comments

Fantastic Finger Foods – Felix Street Gourmet

It seems that every destination holds at least one surprise for us. Our return visit to St. Joseph gave us a chance to not only update some previous articles but also add a new eatery. Since we love focusing on downtown areas, we headed to Seventh and Felix to see what we could find. The area is a blend of commercial businesses, boutique shops, and an assortment of public art. After taking in a few of these features, we were ready to nosh on some fantastic finger foods. Sitting on the corner of Eighth and Felix, we found our destination, Felix Street Gourmet. [...]

By |2022-05-27T05:33:27-06:00May 27th, 2022|Midwest, Missouri, St. Joseph|2 Comments

3 History Lessons From Fort Smith Museum Of History

The story of Fort Smith begins with the Louisiana Purchase. Before this, the lands along the Arkansas River were used by nomadic Native Indians. A military post, erected in 1817, signaled the beginning of the town, which sprung up along the eastern shores of the river. The fort, and subsequent city, were named after Thomas Adams Smith, a brigadier general in the War of 1812. Since we were about to embark on the exploration of the city, we felt it was wise to get some historical context. A stop at the Fort Smith Museum of History would help. While the city is filled [...]

By |2022-05-21T05:59:15-06:00May 24th, 2022|Arkansas, Fort Smith, Southeast|0 Comments
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