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10 Things I’ve Learned – May 2012

1. Gatlinburg, TN is a lot like Las Vegas. The city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee is one of the easternmost cities in the state, and either serves as the gateway or receiving ground for those traveling through the Smoky Mountains, depending on which way you’re going. Over the years, the growing number of visitors has transformed [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – April 2012

Apologies for the delay, but here is another list of things that I’ve learned from life on the road. As always, knowledge is power. 1. Lightning can be red. As detailed previously, the rain in New Orleans is no joke. Not only in quantity, but also with the addition of wind, thunder, and lightning. As we [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – March 2012

1. South Florida should really be underwater. This sounds like it’s my own personal opinion, but it’s actually a matter of science. Before people starting moving into the area, damning up and creating waterways, pretty much everything south of Lake Okeechobee was under water. It might have been a shallow “river of grass”, but underwater [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – February 2012

1. Missouri is not hooked on phonics Southeast Missouri has a few internationally-named cities that have acquired some not-so-usual pronunciations. First is Cape Girardeau, where we jumped into a frozen lake for our Polar Plunge. Instead of the understandably tough French pronunciation of “Gee-rar-doo”, locals went with “Juh-rar-doh”. Not quite that bad, but it’s definitely [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – January 2012

1. The business names in Okoboji are incredible.  All over this great country of ours, small businesses are making our economy work. We often wonder how many of them got their name though, as they can sometimes be interesting, weird, or even head-scratching. Nowhere was that more evident than in Okoboji, Iowa. Nearly every business [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – December 2011

1. The Highland Flinger hates roundabouts I thought that I had had my fill of roundabouts when I lived in Scotland, but they’ve made their way across the pond and into some of our favorite cities. I generally don’t mind them, although Americans haven’t quite figured them out yet, and treat them as stop signs [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – November 2011

Another month in, and another list of things that I’ve learned. This month saw us enter only 2 states (Nebraska and Colorado) and only have 1 official event. The winter months will be a little lighter in states and events, but we’ll still find the interesting aspects of states that we’ve never been to, visit [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – October 2011

1. National Parks stamps are addictive. At the beginning of 2011, Jackie and I took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park, as well as Grand Canyon National Park. Joshua Tree was our first visit to a National Park, and we were inspired by the landscape as well as perturbed that we had seen so [...]

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10 Things I’ve Learned – September 2011

We’ve been on the road for one month now, and there’s definitely been a steep learning curve. Not only with the various sports and places that we’ve experienced, but also with the RV itself and the general RV lifestyle. On average, we’ve banged our heads on something in the RV once per day, and have [...]

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Friday Night Lights – Seattle, WA

This is America. It’s education. It’s community pride. It’s camaraderie. It’s teamwork. It’s competition. It’s entertainment. It’s America. The memories of days past gone by flood back into my consciousness, which is triggered by the sights, smells, and sounds around me. The sight of a Jesuit high school, its brick buildings, clean classrooms, and courtyard [...]

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