5 Top US National Parks to Visit

lava_park_textThis is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service whose centennial birthday was August 25, 2016. The National Park Service is part of the National Park System (NPS) which is charged with preserving the natural and cultural resources of protected areas of the United States including national parks, national monuments and national conservation areas.

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Hoover Dam, Hot Damn!

hd_damSome things really are awe-inspiring as is the case with Hoover Dam in Nevada. This cement wall holds back enough water to irrigate roughly 2 million acres…impressive!

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St. Olaf, The English Church, in Balestrad, Norway

olaf_sideOlaf from the Disney movie Frozen is one of my favorite movie characters. His unfaltering optimism is refreshing in a world where many lean the other way. So, when Spaceman and I were in Balestrad, Norway, I couldn’t believe our good fortune to stumble upon the church where Olaf came to life, St Olaf’s Church – also known as The English Church.

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Santa Barbara Day Escape

garden_groundsEscape to Santa Barbara? Yes, please! This “laid back” beach town is anything but, especially during the summer months, so let me share with you a secret hillside hideaway that will keep you out of the frantic State Street crowds.

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Best Moments of Perast, Montenegro

perast_windowThe Bay of Kotor gently knocks on the rock walls of Perast, Montenegro. Now a quiet seaside town, it shows few bruises from a past fraught with battles by invading countries to control its borders.

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Church Services & The Plague

crowd(photo by Steve Wheeler)

There are few times in history when such a huge proportion of the world population has been killed so quickly. One of those times was during the Bubonic Plague or the “Black Death”.

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Goofy in Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii_GoofyIt’s my birthday and I am feeling a bit “goofy” which brought me back to a delicious spot to eat on the island of Oahu in Hawaii near Honolulu, Goofy Cafe & Dine.

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