Sunshine and Social Distancing – Ha Ha Tonka State Park

As I sit and write this article, we are currently under self-imposed isolation called "social distancing". While the subject is near and dear to everyone at this stage, I have to wonder what readers will think when they return to this particular article in two or three years. How will our daily interactions change, once this quarantine period ends? We are only a couple of weeks in and people are already becoming anxious to return to some semblance of normal life. Knowing that we wanted to limit human interaction, we chose a day trip to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This excursion would [...]

By |2020-03-31T06:29:20-06:00March 31st, 2020|Daytrips, Kansas City, KC Fun, Midwest, Missouri|16 Comments

Upper Town In Quebec City – The View From Above

Visiting Quebec City offers some unique opportunities not found anywhere else in North America. Canada's oldest city is a tale of two cities, where the old meets the new. Much of our visit was spent in Old Quebec City, which had its earliest beginnings in 1608. Split into Upper Town and Lower Town, each of these sections offers a slice of the past. We began our visit by exploring Upper Town, in Quebec City, which is home to the original walled portion of the city. The notable French influence is obvious in much of the architecture and makes Upper Town a romantic destination [...]

By |2020-03-24T07:20:33-06:00March 24th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|12 Comments

Friendship And Food – Ristorante Il Matto

Friendship and food just seem to go together. Whenever we work with a tourism bureau, we try to share a meal with our hosts at least once. During our first visit to Canada, we met up with Paule Bergeron from Quebec Cite Tourism. She had assisted us during our planning phase and suggested meeting up for dinner at Ristorante Il Matto. This is an upscale eatery that serves home-cooked Italian cuisine. Housed in a 19th-century bank building, the restaurant can be found inside Hotel 71. We want to thank Quebec City Tourism and Ristorante Il Matto for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are [...]

By |2020-03-18T06:08:05-06:00March 18th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|10 Comments

24 Hours in Weatherford, Oklahoma

Picture yourself cruising down the highway. A warm breeze blowing in the window as the miles of pavement roll by under your tires. Each new town and city brings another chance to explore the wonders of Americana. This is just the kind of experience you get when traveling along the path of the old Route 66. We have chosen to digest this 2448-mile path a little at a time, which allows more freedom for in-depth study. During our 24 hours in Weatherford, Oklahoma, we found educational attractions, delectable dishes, and plenty of friendly locals. First Taste of Weatherford, Oklahoma Cruising the road can [...]

By |2020-03-16T06:25:33-06:00March 16th, 2020|Guides, Oklahoma, Southwest, Weatherford|0 Comments

Sailing Through History With AML Cruises

Water is the essence of life, which is why humans find it intriguing. Whenever we visit a city with a river-walk or other watery feature, we find ourselves drawn to it. There is something calming about the quiet force of this life-sustaining liquid. Discovering that there are tours along the St. Lawrence River, meant that it was a no-brainer for us to sign up. Seeing Quebec City from a new perspective was something we knew would be memorable.  A gorgeous Fall day would find us sailing through history with AML Cruises, which is one of the premier cruise tour companies in Canada. We [...]

By |2020-03-11T06:07:19-06:00March 11th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|0 Comments

6 Reasons To Visit The Stafford Air & Space Museum

For centuries people dreamed of taking flight. Watching the birds soaring through the air seemed to offer the freedom to explore life from a new perspective. While the invention of hot air balloons and gliders allowed glimpses into this new world, it was powered flight that would forever change the way that humans travel. During an excursion along Route 66, we made a stop in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Who would imagine that this town of 10,000 would be home to an impressive air travel museum? Being eager to learn how it ended up here, we stopped in and discovered 6 reasons to visit the [...]

By |2020-03-09T06:05:19-06:00March 9th, 2020|Oklahoma, Southwest, Weatherford|12 Comments

Life Below The Boardwalk – Rue du Petit Champlain

High above the river's edge visitors can stroll the Terrasse Dufferin. This wooden boardwalk runs for nearly 500 feet along a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. From this vantage point, you can see for miles in almost every direction. What many fail to focus on is what lies at the foot of this fascinating structure. Almost 200 feet straight down you will find Rue du Petit Champlain. This is one of the oldest commercial streets in North America. Let's see why so many flock to this pedestrian road every day of the year. Breakneck Steps There are a few staircase choices to [...]

By |2020-03-04T07:21:05-06:00March 4th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|14 Comments

History In The Heartland of America Museum

Cruising along Route 66 will lead you to some unique destinations. While the names on the map roll by like tumbleweeds, the people found in the cities along the way will plant themselves in your memory for years to come. A prime example was our visit with Nedra, who was happy to share a slice of the past with us. We were about ready to get a lesson of history in the Heartland of America Museum. Actually, that is the name of this out-of-the-way museum that we found in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Holder of the History One thing we have learned during our years [...]

By |2020-03-02T07:12:40-06:00March 2nd, 2020|Oklahoma, Southwest, Weatherford|14 Comments

Changing Of The Guard – Plains of Abraham Museum

The history of Quebec City is longer than many destinations in North America. When we planned our visit to Canada's first city, we knew that we would be immersing ourselves in all of this past. One of the most memorable, and decisive events, was the famous battle for control of Quebec. Nearly two decades before the United States became a country, Quebec was experiencing a changing of the guard. We dropped by the Plains of Abraham (named for a farmer who owned the land) to see the battlefield site firsthand. After strolling through the park that was once a battlefield, we made our [...]

By |2020-02-26T07:21:33-06:00February 26th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|0 Comments

Calling All Route 66 Lovers – Lucille’s Roadhouse

The Central United States is filled with a mixture of amazing destinations, although there can often be miles between stops. For decades, travelers have cruised the back-roads and highways that crisscross the country. One of the most iconic American highways was Route 66, which carried travelers from Chicago to Santa Monica. We love exploring the remnants of this historic road, as it provides ample opportunities to find a blast from the past. A prime example is Lucille's Roadhouse, which is calling all Route 66 lovers to visit Weatherford, Oklahoma. We want to thank Weatherford Tourism for hosting our lunch. Rest assured all opinions [...]

By |2020-02-27T19:37:41-06:00February 24th, 2020|Oklahoma, Southwest, Weatherford|0 Comments
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