“Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.”                  Ronald Reagan During December, 2002 we received an email asking for us to shuttle a backpacker from Montebello to just above the north entrance to Shenandoah National Park, about 150 […]

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All the Best Fest

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Henry David Thoreau   Noticing a slight temperature differential this morning between home and Punta Cana, we braved the early morning lows […]

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To the Beach in Punta Cana

“Oh, island in the sun Willed to me by my father’s hand All my days I will sing in praise Of your forest, waters, Your shining sand”      Harry Belafonte Usually we travel to experience different cultures, to explore nature, to meet people with completely different backgrounds, to learn history. This trip, however, will […]

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John Prine

“I caught an aisle seat on a plane And drove an English teacher half insane Making up jokes about bicycle spokes and red balloons So I called up my local DJ and he didn’t have a lot to say But the radio has learned all of my favorite tunes” John Prine     As we […]

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“I’m judged in your airports Each time that I fly I’ve been locked in your jailhouse Oh, but I’m getting by Just hoping that heaven Is happy and high And everyone’s running On rock and roll time” Kris Kristofferson The Atlanta Airport, ATL, the busiest airport in the world, hosts 104 million passengers annually, three […]

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Parkway Southern End

“If you drive to, say, Shenandoah National Park, or the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll get some appreciation for the scale and beauty of the outdoors. When you walk into it, then you see it in a completely different way. You discover it in a much slower, more majestic sort of way.”       Bill Bryson […]

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Heading South

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain   On this journey we will spend time with an AT […]

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Yes Santa, There is a Virginia

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.”    George Carlin While preparing for the holidays and our final journey in 2019, we found some time to enjoy the fall in our adopted home state of Virginia. With friends from Texas visiting, we showed them our […]

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Boys on Bikes

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein Lois dropped me off at the Deal Trailhead, just west of the highest elevation on the Great Allegheny Passage. While waiting for the arrival of the other Arnolds, I would walk ten miles to Meyersdale, where the real biking […]

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