Public House Gathering Place in Springfield, Oregon

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As you may have seen from some of my posts on my blog here, as well as on other social media sites, Gene and I enjoy trying different craft breweries when we travel. One such place we really enjoyed is called the Oregon Public House in Springfield, Oregon. Not only did we enjoy some local brew, but the place is quite unique in itself. A little bit more about that in a bit. This place was one of the closest places to the Airbnb we were staying at during our visit in September of 2021. As it was the closest, we decided to check it out the first night we were there. We enjoyed it so much that we went back several times while in the area. Continue reading “Public House Gathering Place in Springfield, Oregon”

Rapid City Restaurants – 4 Unique Restaurants in South Dakota

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Living in Denver, we have now been to Rapid City, South Dakota several times to visit such landmarks as  Mount Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial. and the Badlands National Park. While visiting these attractions are always exciting, another fun part of traveling is trying new restaurants. Thus, we always like to try some non-chain restaurants or at least chains that are not in our area. Of course, we had to hit a few of those while out and about but we were able to find a few unique restaurants. Here are four Rapid City restaurants that I decided I would like to share from some of our visits.  Hope you enjoy reading about these and try them the next time you find yourself in the area. Continue reading “Rapid City Restaurants – 4 Unique Restaurants in South Dakota”

Casper Museums – Best Museums in Casper, Wyoming

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Gene and I have enjoyed many long weekend trips to Casper, Wyoming, and enjoy this little city a lot. Quite often we are there during the hotter time of the year or the cooler time of the year. For some reason, it just seems to have worked out that way. Thus, we have tried to do some museums and such when it is really hot out. If we are not at a museum, we are often at Frontier Brewing, or Backwards Distillery, lol.  Hey, you have to support the locals, right?  In all seriousness, we have enjoyed a few outside attractions such as the amazing Ayres Natural Bridge, and the beautiful waterfalls at Rotary Park. However today, I wanted to share a little about some of the best Casper museums in and around Casper, Wyoming. These are in no particular order:

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Unexpected Travel Expenses and How to Avoid Them

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I heard this expression once, and it has stuck with me – When you travel most people pack twice as much as they will need, and spend twice as much as they had planned. While you may do an unexpected tour/adventure or purchase that perfect painting for the living room, those types of things should have hopefully been panned in your budget.  While these things may be unexpected, they are not unplanned and hopefully won’t mess up your budget too bad in the long run. What can wreck and stress your budget are those unexpected travel expenses that you can sometimes avoid before you even leave home.

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Coney Island, New York – Playground of the World

Gene and I were just in NYC last month and had an amazing time. We were able to see and do some of the things that we hadn’t been able to on previous trips, including a tour of Yankee Stadium as well as a game at Citi Field. However, another thing that was high on our list to do was to check out Coney Island. It has always been fall or winter when we had been there, and it was just a little too cold to spend the day running around Coney Island. However, May was a perfect time to visit for a couple of reasons. First, it was scorching, which is extremely important for me as I am NOT a heat person. Secondly there usually aren’t a lot of people and tourists there yet. We also quickly learned that the rides and such weren’t open for the season yet (the park opened the following weekend 🙁 ) which also cut down on the would-be traffic.

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Bayside Marketplace Entertainment Experience – Miami, Florida

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For New Year’s Eve of 2020-2021, we were in Miami Florida and had a great time. I will never forget our experience at the Sawgrass Everglades Boat Tour. Truly an amazing experience.  However, one of the places we kept coming back to visit was the Bayside Marketplace. It was a great place to hang out, do a little shopping, people watch, and see the several Christmas trees that were still up. One of them even included an Island Santa, lol. Thought that was really funny but fitting for the area. We enjoyed walking around, grabbing some lunch, and just enjoying the beautiful views of the ocean. Man, I miss that being in a land-locked state.

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Money Saving Secrets For Planning Vacations on a Budget

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Nothing says “vacation” like a trip to the beach. Mountains, lakes, and big cities all have their charms, but nothing beats dipping your toes in the sand while sunshine and ocean breezes wash your cares away. You can have the time of your life for less than you might think by using the money saving secrets in this post. Continue reading “Money Saving Secrets For Planning Vacations on a Budget”