Smoky Goodness – Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse

Throughout our travels, we have discovered that barbecue is a language understood by most people. The smoky goodness of this cuisine brings people together. Even in bayou country, which is known for its Cajun dishes, we uncovered a world-class BBQ joint. Traveling the backroads of the Louisiana River Parishes landed us in some delectable settings, including this stop at Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse & Restaurant. We could tell from the packed parking lot that we were in for an enjoyable experience. We want to thank Louisiana River Parishes and Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Local Life [...]

By |2021-07-21T03:57:54-06:00July 27th, 2021|Louisiana, River Parishes, Southeast|0 Comments

Carving A Space In The New World – Fort Conde

Nearly three-quarters of a century before the Revolutionary War, the city of Mobile sprang to life. At that time, the lands were claimed by France. Time would find this ownership tenuous, as they struggled to ward off enemy advances. With this being our first Alabama visit, we wanted to get in touch with the history of the city. A tour of Fort Conde is a "must-see" since it is so integral to the founding of the city. Here we would get a glimpse of how the early players were carving a space in the New World. The current structures are reproductions of the [...]

By |2021-07-20T05:56:08-06:00July 20th, 2021|Alabama, Mobile, Southeast|10 Comments

Being Childish – Scott Family Amazeum

It has been said that we grow old when we stop playing. If this is true, then we should remain young forever. Visits to science-based play zones have become a popular all-ages experience. In Bentonville, the Scott Family Amazeum offers a fun way to learn while you play. We will sometimes get a sideways glance at these places, but these days most people figure that we are doing research. It's kind of funny to think of it as research, when in reality it's just having a great time. There is something to be said for having an opportunity to keep being childish. We [...]

By |2021-06-30T03:54:56-06:00July 16th, 2021|Arkansas, Bentonville, Southeast|2 Comments

Crown Jewel Of The River Road – Houmas House

The Mighty Mississippi River snakes its way through the River Parishes of southern Louisiana. Each twist and turn drags a bit more mud into the murky waters. Along its path, landowners carved out their segments of land that would grow into massive plantations. The use of enslaved labor would eventually be the downfall of the wealthy sugar barons. These days visitors can retrace the history of this region. Each plantation tells the story from a different perspective. We began our education at Houmas House, which is considered the crown jewel of the river road. We want to thank the Louisiana River Parishes and [...]

By |2021-07-12T06:41:53-06:00July 9th, 2021|Louisiana, River Parishes, Southeast|10 Comments

Party In The New World – Mobile Carnival Museum

When Mardi Gras is mentioned, most people picture the revelry that revolves around Bourbon Street in the French Quarter section of New Orleans. To be honest, we were in that group for way too long. It would take a trip to Mobile, Alabama to help us learn the true origin of this party in the New World. Among our planned stops was a visit to the Mobile Carnival Museum. This would be the place that opened our eyes to a tradition that has surpassed the 300-year mark. We want to thank Visit Mobile and the Mobile Carnival Museum for their hospitality. Rest assured [...]

By |2021-06-25T06:13:12-06:00June 25th, 2021|Alabama, Mobile, Southeast|4 Comments

Tastes Of The Land And Sea – B&C Cajun Restaurant

Travelers make their way to the Louisiana River Parishes for a variety of reasons. Tourism swirls around the plantation homes, sportfishing, and outdoor adventures. No matter what the main purpose of your visit, everyone will find themselves enjoying some local eateries. In fact, the dining scene was one of the largest draws for us. Before our arrival, visions of all kinds of southern dishes danced in our heads. We had memories of meals we enjoyed in New Orleans.  When we finally arrived, we were greeted by the tastes of the land and sea. We want to thank Louisiana River Parishes and B&C Seafood [...]

By |2021-06-18T06:28:48-06:00June 18th, 2021|Louisiana, River Parishes, Southeast|12 Comments

Smoky Mountain Road Trip Part 2 – Pancakes, and Mountains, and Bears. Oh My!

When we began our Great Smoky Mountain Road Trip, we were welcomed by the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Our itinerary had included a couple of days of indoor activities, so we moved those ahead to save the outdoor fun. Fortunately, the rain moved away in time for us to enjoy more pancakes, mountains and bears. It seems that vacation days pass much more quickly, so we planned to make the most of our remaining time. (If you haven't seen Part 1 of our trip, you can find it here.) Keeping Our Rhythm We were hitting our stride for visiting pancake restaurants. This morning, [...]

Smoky Mountain Road Trip Part 1 – Rainy Days and Fun Days

For years, Crystal has wanted to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. In her youth, she passed through the region on a road trip, but had not visited as an adult. Being mountain lovers, we felt it was time to remedy this oversight. We were experiencing a warm September, as we headed off on our Smoky Mountain Road Trip. The weather in Kansas City had been filled with sunshine and lots of yard work. The Appalachian Mountains were preparing for the inflow of the remnants of Hurricane Florence, which had made landfall in the Carolinas. Knowing what was coming, we were able to plan [...]

Oddities Galore At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

If you have traveled to some of the touristy destinations you may have seen one of unique structures that house Ripley's Believe It or Not attractions worldwide. The outside of these oddity museums are designed to draw the attention of people passing by. What is found on the inside is just as unusual and startling. Ripley's coined the phrase "Odditorium" to describe their entertaining collection of artifacts and exhibits. We dropped by their Gatlinburg, Tennessee location to check out the oddities galore that are found inside. We want to thank Ripley's for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. People Person [...]

By |2019-05-22T06:47:51-06:00May 22nd, 2019|Gatlinburg, Tennessee|2 Comments

America’s Best Free Attraction – Cades Cove

A trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is an opportunity to get back to nature on a grand scale. Our visit required catching breaks between days of showers, which were coming from the remnants of a recent hurricane. By shifting our schedule around, we were able to enjoy a couple of days of exploring in one of the most visited parks in the nation. During our planning stage for the trip, we identified Cades Cove as a "must see" section of the park. With a full day of sunshine being forecasted, we were not going to pass up this opportunity to [...]

By |2019-05-15T06:27:35-06:00May 15th, 2019|Gatlinburg, Tennessee|12 Comments
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