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Goddard Space Flight Center – Greenbelt, MD

A stalled storm system has kept Maryland inundated in rain for the past few days and Hurricane Florence is inching closer to the Eastern Shore. Many things I hope to see and do on the Chesapeake Bay are taking a back seat. I do, however, decide to crawl out of my bunker and check out the Goddard Space Flight Center. Goddard is the largest of six NASA organizations of 10,000 scientists and engineers dedicated to increasing knowledge of Earth, solar systems, and the universe via observations from space. The Visitors Center is much more compact,[…]

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Maryland Seafood Festival

Sometimes I just get lucky.  When heading to a new destination, I do very little research. I just like to let things unfold.  I plan to explore Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay area but I don’t realize until I get here that this weekend is the Maryland Seafood Festival. The Pregame The festival is being held in Sandy Point State Park.  I  see there are some beaches and a lighthouse there. I arrive well before the festival start time to check these out and hopefully get a jump on an approaching rainstorm. Sandy Point  Lighthouse[…]

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Green Bank Telescope at Monogahela Forest, WV

Look, it’s a Byrd! Traveling along Robert C. Byrd Expressway, I see references and signs to Robert C. Byrd bridges, commerce centers, health centers and on it goes. I wonder if I’m in West Virginia at all as there are over 50 buildings, science and technology centers, a dozen roads, bridges and dams, another dozen health, community, and commerce centers named after the late Democratic senator, deemed the King of Pork, Robert C. Byrd. Supporting your constituents and state I find admirable but tacking your own name on everything is a bit too much self-aggrandizing. I am curious, however, to[…]

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Gateway Arch, St. Louis

Is there anything more iconic Americana than the Gateway Arch in St. Louis?  Along with the Statue of Liberty and Mt. Rushmore, the Gateway Arch is a truly unique destination.  At 630 feet tall, the Gateway Arch is the tallest manmade monument in the US.  Formerly designated as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and redesignated as the Gateway Arch National Park in 2018.  The park is 91 acres and includes, the Old Courthouse, the Mississippi Riverfront, and green spaces. Though truly American the arch is a world-renowned masterpiece of modern architecture. A competition is[…]

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Onondaga Cave – Leasburg, MO

Hi, my name is Craig and am a Cave Snob. That’s hard to admit ’cause I didn’t even know I suffered from the affliction until recently. I see signs touting the spectacular Onondaga Cave in Missouri. But hey, I’m from Kentucky, home of Mammoth Cave. The largest cave system in the world and one of  the 10 Natural Wonders of the World.  Like I invented the darn thing or something. Nonetheless, I’m totally prepared to be unimpressed with this cave,  you’ll have to Show Me Missouri, Besides I’m here to see the bats[…]

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Hannibal, MO

“I am a border-ruffian from the State of Missouri” Mark Twain once surmised that he was the 101st person born in Florida, Missouri. He thereby increased the population by 1% and in doing so did more for a town than any one other person.  He is correct in premise but wrong on town.  What he has done for his boyhood hometown of Hannibal, is beyond measure.  The town is a living monument to his works. There is the Mark Twain Motel, the Mark Twain Diner, the Mark Twain Cave, The Mark Twain Brewery, the Mark Twain Riverboat.[…]

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