Archive for the USA Category


The Kids’ View: Forts and Casinos

[Today Sons #1 (10) and #2 (8) give their reactions to our recent weekend trip to Atmore and Fort Mims. It’s remarkable how much they prove willing to write when doing so gets them a day off from their regular writing homework!] Son #1: We had a fun trip to Fort Mims. We stayed in […]

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A Blistering Bicentennial at Fort Mims

Where: Fort Mims (Tensaw, AL) Who: The Whole Clan When: August 31, 2013   You think I don’t understand what you’ve told me–what you’ve been through? Well, I understand very well. When I was about your age I was in the Creek uprising, right after the Fort Mims massacre—yes.  Grandma Fontaine to Scarlett, Gone with […]

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The Legend of Railroad Bill

On March 7, 1896, a famous outlaw was shot dead while eating crackers and cheese in a general store in Atmore, Alabama. The outlaw, Morris Slater, was better known as “Railroad Bill.” He was an African-American train robber who had murdered two men, including the sheriff of Escambia County. Authorities had been hunting him since […]

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An Independent Nation Inside Alabama

Where: Atmore, AL Who: The Whole Clan When: August 30-31, 2013 Not every group of American Indians in Alabama was forced to walk the Trail of Tears in the 1830s. One tribe was allowed to remain in its ancestral home on a reservation to this day. The Poarch Creek Indians are the only federally recognized Indian […]

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A Weekend in Downtown Music City

Where: Nashville, TN Who: Jason and Vickie When: August 22-24, 2013 I don’t suppose many people get treated to a weekend getaway by their insurance agent, but that’s essentially what happened to us last weekend. Thanks to the generosity of Rebecca Rice, we enjoyed great food and greater conversation over three days in Nashville. Our […]

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The Kids’ View: Horseshoe Bend

[Today we introduce the Kids Corner category of our website. Here you will find our children’s observations on our travels, their homeschool activities, and life in general. In this post, Son #1 (age 10) and Son #2 (age 8) share their recollections of last weekend’s trip to Horseshoe Bend. Please note that although the posts below […]

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This Place Made Andrew Jackson Famous

Where: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Who: The Whole Clan When: August 17, 2013 When you get the rare pleasant day during an Alabama August, it’s hard to resist going on a spur-of-the-moment day trip. With cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s last Saturday, we decided to take a drive to Horseshoe Bend, about […]

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The Largest Cast Iron Statue in the World

Where: Statue of Vulcan (Birmingham, AL) Who: The Whole Clan When: March 17, 2013 Nothing says “Irish” like a giant statue of a Roman god, so on St. Patrick’s Day we visited the Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham. I had seen the statue from I-65 dozens of times over the years, but this was […]

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Oak Mountain State Park: The Trails

Where: Oak Mountain State Park (Pelham, AL) Who: The Whole Clan When: March 15-18, 2013 Oak Mountain State Park is a big place. According to the official website, it covers nearly 10,000 acres. It also contains about 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. People from all over Alabama go to the park to […]

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Oak Mountain State Park: The Cabin

Where: Oak Mountain State Park (Pelham, AL) Who: The Whole Clan When: March 15-18, 2013 During our recent trip to the Birmingham area, we stayed a pleasant three nights in Cabin 4 at Oak Mountain State Park. Even though it’s still early in the season, we were lucky to get a reservation. This was a […]

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