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Therese Boyd
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I heard the name Josephine It came to me in a dream —Frank Turner (Not really, but these days I’ll use pretty much any excuse to quote Frank Turner.) Husb and I are hitting another anniversary and so wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at T's Travels
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Sometimes even just a few days at the beach makes a difference. Maybe it’s not enough to get a real break from the daily onslaught of reality and unreality, but staring at the ocean for a couple of hours over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at T's Travels
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Ever start out headed somewhere only to end up somewhere else—and it’s not a bad thing? My sister and I made plans to meet at Way-Har Farms in Bernville for lunch and then go see Roadside America. Then we found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at T's Travels
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The Hotel Belvedere in Apollo, PA, burned down a couple of nights ago. I have driven past it many times without giving it a thought beyond "boy, that building is huge!" It was a commanding presence even though it's been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at T's Travels
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The road not taken . . . On the road again . . I’ll take the high road . . . The road beneath my feet . . . or, actually. the road we like to drive. Husb and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at T's Travels
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I don’t usually do this, but I want to get this on the record soon and my work schedule will not allow a leisurely description of my (most recent) three days in Washington. So we’re going to take the trip... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at T's Travels
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Picture it (which should be easy because it’s what we’ve been living): Days and days of gray and white—clouds and snow, snow and clouds, slush, ice, snow again. Never all that deep but definitely persistent. Cap it off with a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at T's Travels
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Show of hands—how many of you Penn Staters from the east have been to Boalsburg? I do not mean driving through on 322, I mean actually going into town. Okay, how many of you have been to Duffy’s Tavern in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at T's Travels
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Tis the season . . . for chocolate, yes? Thanks to my friend Violet I now know of a little place tucked away in a Harrisburg, PA, neighborhood that creates the best chocolate I have ever eaten. Ever. Let me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at T's Travels
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Who doesn’t love a good brunch? Mixing breakfast foods with lunch foods, a little cocktail, a little coffee—genius! And if you add in a little shopping and a visit to a museum, it’s perfection. No, I was not in Philadelphia... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at T's Travels
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It’s a gorgeous late spring/early summer day. You decide to take a drive, maybe through Lancaster County. It’s strawberry season so everywhere you go signs pop up STRAWBERRIES! ONIONS! LETTUCE! You stop, you shop, you drive on. Getting on to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at T's Travels
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Before people had hot tubs in their backyards . . . before beauty salons advertised “day spa” facilities . . . even before many people had indoor plumbing . . . the only way to sit and soak in hot... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at T's Travels
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We checked out of the hotel and headed west on 285. Our goal was Gunnison by nightfall but otherwise we had no plans beyond following the dotted (scenic) line on the map. Route 149 ran right through Creede and so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at T's Travels
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The next morning—the big one! I strapped on my hiking boots and we arrived at the dunes at 9:30 ready to go. To get to the dunes everyone must cross Medano (pronounced MED-a-no) Creek. During June and July the creek... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at T's Travels
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Some people plan their vacations down to the minute—they create an itinerary, make reservations for every night, choose their restaurants in advance—and then don’t deviate from that plan. Other people are more freewheeling, maybe knowing their route in advance but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at T's Travels
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“. . . the prettiest place on earth is Baltimore at night” —Bobby Bare I fell in love with that city just after I got married and found a job at Hopkins. I have always loved Philadelphia and so Baltimore,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at T's Travels
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Over the years I have seen the monuments on the National Mall again and again as we took guests to visit our nation’s capital. I’ve seen new monuments come to fruition and old ones get a facelift (or, sometimes, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at T's Travels
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Unusually warm November weather brings the temptation to play hookey from work (winter is out there somewhere!) and get out on the road. Mary the Photographer, of course, is retired so for her it’s just taking advantage of a gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at T's Travels
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This is what “local” is all about. Linglestown (outside Harrisburg, PA) is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015 and the main event is happening this weekend. I’ve seen volunteers put their hearts and souls into the effort, working for over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at T's Travels
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Much as I wanted to, I couldn’t go see Pope Francis in Philadelphia, so I settled for St. Boniface in Ephrata. Well, maybe “settled” isn’t quite the right word. I would have loved to see Francis in person (not on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at T's Travels
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And we're back to Harrisburg for this one. According to my research this massive hotel sat on the northeast corner of Second and Strawberry streets--yes, right where the Harrisburg Hilton is today. I found this hotel through an unusual route.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at T's Travels
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More than my interest in history, my love of travel, my fascination with the offbeat, my entire travel writing career has grown from a driving passion (pun intended) for new experiences among the everyday, especially when dining. Okay, regular readers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at T's Travels
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Searching the Web for pictures of old Pennsylvania hotels I found a blog with a long, detailed, and fascinating piece about the Hotel Walton in Philadelphia. Looks like I'm not the only one who likes to collect these histories. And... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at T's Travels
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Some of the best places I’ve ever been I have found by word of mouth. Cameron Conaway, warrior poet and friend of mine, once recommended Horn O Plenty in Bedford. Then Dan at Buckland Farm did the same. I’ve been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at T's Travels
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Harrisburg, our dear state capital, has always seemed to have a dearth of downtown hotels for some reason. There was a time, however, when hotels dotted the streets and innkeepers had to compete for business from those wanting to stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at T's Travels