Thursday, October 18, 2012

Canyonlands National Park
Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
The Four Corners Area of the United States is home to many National Parks and Monuments.  Among them are Canyonlands, Arches, Zion, Bryce, Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Monument Valley,  Glen Canyon and Lake Powell.  They can be visited in a circle of the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. 
Bryce Canyon





Glen Canyon Dam



Zion National Park

Mesa Verde
Monument Valley

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spotsylvania
Manassas










We continued our quest to explore Civil War battlefields to coincide with a trip to Washington DC to experience the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Manassas

Fredericksburg
video

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Civil War History - March, 2012.


The 150th anniversary of the Civil War beckoned us to discover more of the history.  We began in early March to visit some battlefields in Tennessee and Mississippi.   
Fort Donelson

Shiloh 
  Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River in Tennessee was our first stop.  Here is where the Union General Ulysses S. Grant would accept nothing but "unconditional surrender" and thereafter was known as US (unconditional surrender) Grant.


Chickamuaga 

Stones River
There were more Union than Confederate casualties at the Battle of Shiloh, however it resulted in a tactical victory for the North.

Most Civil War battles were fought in open fields.  Chickamauga was an exception.  It took place on wooded terrain.


Chattanooga 
The charge up Missionary Ridge at the Battle of Chattanooga is considered one of the greatest charges of the Civil War.

There were 23,515 casualties at the Battle of Stones River.








Friday, January 20, 2012

Las Vegas - 2012




January 20th was our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We celebrated with a trip to Las Vegas. It has been many years since our last visit. We are not big time gamblers...but we enjoy the "glitz & glitter" and love the entertainment. Las Vegas sure has changed since our last trip. The "old" hotels and casinos are gone...making way for more. We stayed at the MGM Grand - Signature Suites.

It has been a anniversary tradition for us to visit a Hard Rock Cafe. This year was no exception.