• Mark Sedenquist

      by Published on 05-03-2014 02:40 PM

      The journey described in Peter Thody’s travel memoir Yellowstone Roadtrip really began forty years ago in Leeds, England. Thody first dreamed seeing a wild wolf in its natural habitat when he was ten years old. By 2013, in spite of numerous road trips all over North America, Thody had still not realized his boyhood aspiration. Deciding it was high time to achieve his goal and see a wolf in the wild, Thody and his wife headed to Yellowstone National Park in the dead of winter. ...
      by Published on 09-21-2013 04:19 PM

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      This is just one of the waterfalls that blocked the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and led to the naming of this city. In recent years the falls were civilized in the construction of this power plant known as the Black Eagle Dam. It took a month for the expedition force to portage around the falls of the Missouri River. The most spectacular part of the falls is also known as The Great Falls Portage, a National Historic Landmark. Unfortunately it is privately owned, although there is a Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Giant Springs Heritage State Park in Great Falls, Montana. ...
      Published on 06-19-2013 01:28 AM

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      Nestled between the Pensacola Naval Air Station at Sherman Field and the Bayou Grande is a very unusual store and bamboo garden. Unlike traditional nurseries, the plants here tend to be full-grown plants and they can found on curving paths. The owner originally created this garden as memorial to his wife and mother and the property features over 350 types of bamboo plants and several hundred types of tropical plants including gingers, ear plants, banana plants and ornamental grasses. Visitors are encouraged to wander the paths at their leisure. The garden also attracts a diverse group of birdlife and visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras. ...
      by Published on 05-16-2013 07:08 PM

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      There are three lodging options in the Shenandoah National Park. Big Meadows Lodge, Lewis Mountain Cabins and the Skyland Resort. The Skyland is located at mile 41.7 and features a very nice dining room, bar and guest rooms. There is a children's playground in the lower part and ample places to hike and explore. One of the interesting aspects of this location is that view from most of the guest rooms is that of Luray, Virginia and the surrounding countryside. As a result of this location, 4G Internet service is available in most rooms. Skyland was first created as summer retreat by George Pollack in 1894 and there are a number of historical photos in the lodge. Musical entertainment is available most evenings and the lodge also has horseback riding. DNC acquired the concessionaire rights for the first time in 2013. ...
      by Published on 04-25-2013 01:37 AM

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      The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located along the southwestern edge of the Tidal Basin. There are a number of waterfalls incorporated into the design of the memorial. It takes about 30 minutes to wander around the memorial. ...
      by Published on 04-22-2013 01:35 AM

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      This overlook of Roanoke boasts the world's largest human-made star. It was erected in 1949 as symbol of city of Roanoke. It's located adjacent to the zoo and provides an outstanding view of Roanoke and the surrounding countryside. The overview is only a mile or so from the Blue Ridge Parkway. There's a web cam mounted on the star which provides a nice view of the area. The star is illuminated each night by 2000 feet of neon tubing using a variety of colors. ...
      by Published on 04-17-2013 01:31 AM

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      Frankie Rowland's is a very, very good restaurant in Roanoke. Set in the historic and now trendy City Market area of downtown, this is place to enjoy incredible steaks and seafood and drinks. The main dining room is relatively small, dark and complemented by mahogany wood designs. We had the "Tomahawk" cut steaks -- 38 ounces of perfectly seasoned beef with the rib still attached, so it is big enough to club any lurking vegetarians senseless... Be sure to try one of their amazing pineapple martinis. The service is great and the desserts are divine. Side dishes are sized to share. ...
      by Published on 04-14-2013 01:27 AM

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      Every spring, hundreds of Yoshino Cherry Trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC bloom nearly at once. It is an astonishing event to witness. The timing can be tricky because the peak bloom lasts only a few days. In 2013, the pink blossoms erupted into color on April 8th. The city of Washington, DC hosts a festival that lasts roughly three weeks. There are parades, special art exhibits, tours by NPS park rangers and a host of family-friendly programs. It's free and magical and heralds the start of spring in the Northeast. Visitors can tour the area on foot, in paddle boats and by bus. In addition to the pink blossoms, dozens of other trees burst into color. ...
      by Published on 02-13-2013 02:07 PM

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      The San Antonio Winery has been creating wine at this location since 1917. The grapes are pressed in locations in the Napa Valley, Paso Robles and the Ontario area and then the wine is created here. Dominic Menton is the store operations manager and fount of information about the winery and the area. Tours are available on the hour. The Maddalena Restaurant serves a great lunch with live music. What really sets this location apart are the wine classes conducted throughout the year. Oh, and the wine is very nice too! The wine store is chock full of memorable gifts. ...
      by Published on 12-21-2012 01:03 AM

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      "History is to be shared"....One of the most amazing pioneer museums is found in Randsburg. J. Bart Parker is Randsburg’s historian and curator of the Rand Desert Museum in the center of town. The museum web site is an extraordinary treasure trove of information about the five towns in the mining district which collectively generated nearly a billion dollars or ore. Great selection of artifacts, documents and rocks from the area. ...
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