Family Fun

Beautiful fountain my focus while picking at the Litchfield Picker's Market

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  When out and about, take a minute to look around, you will never know just what you will see! This May, was our first local picking foray this spring and it was a doozey.  The Litchfield Picker’s Market is located in downtown Litchfield, Illinois and is held the 2nd Sunday of the month.  The […]

Santa Barbara Mission, the "Queen of the Missions"

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From the time I read about the Santa Barbara Mission I wanted to visit.  This is so beautiful and so much history occurred here that it is hard to take in all the changes that occurred from the establishment of the Spanish missions.  This historic site is still an active parish and while the purpose […]

The Channel Islands and a whale watching trip!

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Before heading out to Oxnard, California to the North American Travel Journalist (NATJA) conference I picked up a book by Susan Casey titled, The Devil’s Teeth, A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks. While the book didn’t talk about the Channel Islands, but the Farallon Islands, they too were off the […]

Vatican Splendors exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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While I was expecting to see all things Reagan at the Presidential Library, I was not expecting to see the wonderful Vatican Splendors exhibit.  This was a great surprise when I took the tour of the museum and library with part of the North American Travel Journalists during our convention in Oxnard, California.  The exhibit […]

Following the Reagan Trail

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Being an Illinois girl, I have followed President Ronald Reagan’s trail to all the Illinois stops and recently I was able to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley California. With the recent loss of Nancy Reagan it was kind of an end of an era.  A picture of Nancy Reagan […]