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The Summer 2015 Edition of American Roads Magazine  


American Roads is proud to present the Summer 2015  Edition of American Roads Magazine.                  

Ready for summer? We are with a brand new food column. There are just too many great food related places out there for Fork in the Road to cover them all so this issue introduces Elite Street Eats. It will cover the upscale places and the chef stories. "Fork in the Road" will introduce you to the quirky and unusual spot you just have to see and taste to believe.

We're also starting the summer off right with a new journalist. Roberta Sandler will be writing On the Road with Grandma. Roberta is a former travel columnist for 50 Plus Lifestyles and former cruise travel writer for and many other publications. She is  also the author of  two Florida travel books and has won numerous awards in her career. For her premier column, she will be offering a fun romp through Tucson, Arizona with her grandkids. Do visit our contributors page to learn more about Roberta.

The rest of us have put our best foot forward with some great articles and photos to help you plan your dream vacation or just dream about a vacation in some fun places.

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Adirondack Trail Mix  


By Persis Granger

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY, is a natural history museum. Or a park. Or a farmers’ market or art studio. Or an environmental awareness center. Or a sustainability training ground. Or a concert venue, or an Adirondack appreciation center, or….  Actually, The Wild Center is all of the above, and more, all with one theme binding the various facets together – an “enduring passion for the Adirondacks.” What it isn’t is a theme park with characters and rides and such. The Wild Center is the real deal – kids and adults exploring and interacting with the natural environment of the Adirondacks.

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Agri Lanes

The Old Fashioned Way: Homestead Heritage

by Kathleen Walls

Our pioneer ancestors survived and thrived in an untamed land. They did so because they were not dependant on anyone else. They grew their own food, made their own furniture and household items and learned to use what nature provided.

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Art Trails

Grounds for Sculpture

by Anne Jenkins

The tactile nature of sculpture as an art form can be good and bad. The forms are an invitation to touch and feel. Soft voluptuous curves or hard jagged edges provoke different images and emotions. Unfortunately, as recent attacks of vandalism in Italian museums have shown, not everyone touches and feels for the love of art or to understand it. But there are some sculptures that invite you in, encourage you to explore what the artist is saying and can improve the understanding of art, especially for children. And this is the strength of Grounds for Sculpture near Trenton, N.J.

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Chuckwagon Roundup

Recognizing Crème Brûlée

by Kathleen Walls

Did you know July 27 is National Crème Brûlée Day? The origins of this sweet treat are believed to be English in spite of the French name.  Although the English referred to this mouth watering custard as "burnt cream," the name Crème Brûlée just sounds so much more delicious?

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Civil Rights Trails

Art of  Clementine Hunter

by Kathleen Walls

The Northwest Louisiana History Museum explores the unique cultural traditions from early native-American civilizations to the present. The building itself, designed by Trahan Architects, has won international acclaim for its design and is shared with the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. However, even though both of the museums offer a multitude of interesting exhibits, there is one that is unique in that it tells the story of ordinary African Americans during the post slavery period in the South. Their story is told not in words but in images and it is told by an extraordinary woman.

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Civil War Trails

Visiting Louisiana's Civil War Hotspots

by Kathleen Walls

The importance of Louisiana in the War between the States is often overlooked. Since New Orleans controlled the mouth of the Mississippi River it was of vital strategic importance to both sides. Union Captain David Farragut succeeded in passing Confederate-held Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip at the mouth of the Mississippi leaving New Orleans wide open to attack. The city had no choice. They surrendered on April 28, 1862. Both Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip are not open to the public any longer. For the traveler interested in following the Civil War Trail there are a lot of places you want to visit in Louisiana.

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Elite Street Eats  

Kitchen on San Marco

By Kathleen Walls

Jacksonville, Florida has many great eating places so for a new restaurant to raise the standard, it has to be really special. The Kitchen on San Marco does just that. It opened in April 2015 and has been thrilling gourmets and casual diners alike since. A friend and I attended a pre-opening dinner there and were impressed with the quality of food and service.

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Exploring with Eleanor  

Drive through Western Nebraska

By Eleanor Hendricks McDaniel 

The Wild West began in Nebraska. (Who knew?) The Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, Pony Express, pioneers, trappers, explorers, Indian fighters and others heading west moved through Nebraska. Charles Kuralt, the late host of CBS’ Sunday Morning program, called Nebraska Highway 2, that runs east and west, “…one of America’s most beautiful highways.”  With an endorsement like that, it’s time for you to rev up your engine and head to the Cornhusker State.

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Fork in The Road  

The Big Texan or Bust

By Kathleen Walls

It's fun and food wrapped in one gaudy package. If Miss Kitty had a dinner date with Marshal Dillon, The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo is where they would dine.

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Happy Trails

Cornwall Iron Furnace

By Tom Straka
Photographs by Douglas H. Page, Jr.

The ironmaking industry had an important role in America’s technological and industrial development. It was one of the country’s earliest industries. There are many remnants of iron furnaces scattered around the country; most are just languishing stonework, but a few have been preserved as examples of a fascinating industry.

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Historic Trails

Louisiana's Rural Heritage

By Kathleen Walls

Imagine stepping back in time to a rural lifestyle of the 19th and early 20th century in the heart of Baton Rouge. Hard to believe but it's true. I did it when I visited the Rural Life Museum. This is life the way it was in Louisiana.

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Inn Roads

Bourbon Orleans: Hotel with a History

By Kathleen Walls

Of all the historic hotels in New Orleans,  Bourbon Orleans is perhaps the most interesting. It has a unique history and a few spirits of the past that still remain. I had the pleasure of staying there on a press trip for Travel South recently and so enjoyed the décor, atmosphere and comfort. The hotel is conveniently located on Orleans St. between Bourbon and Royal.

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Museum Stroll

B. B. King: Gone But Never Forgotten

By Kathleen Walls

The Blues might be considered the soul of American music. It was born in the dark soil of the Mississippi Delta and came of age at juke joints and small bars  where the field hands by day, musician by night preformed. It grew to adulthood in an era where a African American musician could entertain white patrons but nor sit in the same bar with them after a performance. It was more than a style of music. It was a cry for justice and a part of each singer's soul. If one man could be said to have brought this genera to the world's attention, that man is B. B. King.

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Music Row

Birth of American Music

By Kathleen Walls

The music of America was born in the Mississippi Delta. It was firmly rooted in the alluvial topsoil that the "Father of Waters" spewed across the land as it regularly overflowed its banks wreaking havoc on anything in its path. After mankind learned to tame the mighty river with levees, they realized the bounty the rampaging Mississippi had given them.  This land is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world. Almost anything will grow here; cotton, soybeans, corn and vegetables of almost any kind. Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, the Mississippi Delta ran on a system where the richest people in the country owned the land and the crops and some of the poorest worked the fields to produce their bounty. In that era, cotton was king. But this system produced one other important product, American music.

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Off the Beaten Path

McAllen: A Different Kind of Texas

by Kathleen Walls

When people think of Texas usually the first images are cowboys and rodeos. McAllen and all of Hidalgo County is a different  kind of Texas. It's filled with subtropical beauty and natural attractions but in recent years it has developed into a vibrant sophisticated city.

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On the Road with Grandma

Perusing Tucson’s Past

by Roberta Sandler

Taking my grandchildren on trips teaches them about the world around them while reinforcing the loving bond we share. They’ve heard enough about 19th-century Indian uprisings, outlaws and shootouts to know that there once was an untamed Old West, but I wanted to show them the actual remnants and symbols of our country’s long-gone Wild West. That’s how Alyssa, Samantha, Andrew and I ended up on the road to Tucson. (It was easy. They live in Phoenix and I was visiting them.)

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Wild Bounty of Spring

 By Mary Emma Allen

With the coming of warmer weather, the greens growing wild add appeal to your meals. Many of these today are available in the supermarkets when you can't find them in the wild around your home, as we did when I grew up on the farm.

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Renee's Route

Cambridge, Maryland: Heart of the Eastern Shore

by Renee S. Gordon

From the first European sighting of the Chesapeake Bay area, believed to have been Spanish explorers in the 1520s, the region was lauded for its beauty and abundance of wildlife and fish. Mid-16th century maps show that they called the bay Santa Maria. The earliest documented foreign visitor, Captain John Smith, arrived 82-years later and it is from his journals that we gather information on the geography, native population and culture. The Native Americans referred to the water as the “great shellfish bay,”  "Tschiswapeki," which to English ears became Chesapeake. The major tribes in the region were the Nantaquak (Nanticoke), Pocomoke-Assateague and Susquehannock. You can follow the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

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Tibs Trails and Tastes

Nebraska Pioneer Trails

by Christine Tibbets

  Sandhill cranes can’t be wrong, not if 80 percent of the half million of them swoop in to central Nebraska’s Central Platte River Valley to catch their breath before continuing what Jane Goodall calls one of the world’s ten most splendid migrations.  

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Traditional Trail

A Tale of Two Sodas

 by Kathleen Walls

While Coca Cola and Dr Pepper have a lot of things in common; both were created by pharmacists, both were developed in the South just about a year apart and both were developed as a soda fountain drink, they each have a unique history.

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Scenic Roads

The Grand Canyon of Texas

 by Kathleen Walls

Want to explore the most beautiful spot in Texas? Look no farther than Palo Duro Canyon. As we drove the perfectly flat lands from Amarillo to the canyon I found it hard to believe there could be any drastic change in elevations. Boy was I wrong.

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Street Party

Juke Joint Festival

 by Kathleen Walls

Step out anywhere in downtown Clarksdale during the Juke Joint Festival and you will have a bounce to your step and a  swing to your walk. You can't help but feel the music. The music is in the air. Better still it's at every street corner and under ever store awning. This is not canned. It's for real and it's coming at you loud and strong.   Bands of every gender and ethnic mixture and every age group are playing straight from their heart. This is the sounds that make the Mississippi Delta so special. It's the Blues.

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See the U.S.A. with Warren

Georgia's Historic Antebellum Trail

by Warren Resen
Photographs by Jeanne O'Conner

Which would you think generates more passion in Georgia, the University of Georgia’s football team or the Civil War?  It’s probably a tossup up depending on the time of year and one’s ancestry.

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Vagabond Traveler

Seagrass and Simple Pleasures

by Mary Emma Allen

Whether you're traveling long distance or only on local jaunts, take a child exploring.  Enhance you knowledge and stretch your imagination as you look at the world through their eyes.

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Wet Roads

Cajun Pride Swamp Tour

By Kathleen Walls

Oh what fun to glide down a shady bayou and watch the alligators swimming around your boat. Alligators? Fun? And what about snakes? Not so sure of that? Well if you are gliding down that bayou with  Captain Tom Billiot on his Cajun Pride Swamp Tour you can relax and enjoy the wildlife. Even those huge alligators are fun to watch.

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Wild Roads

Cameron Park Zoo: The Happiest Surprise in Texas

By Kathleen Walls

Cameron Park Zoo bills itself as "The Happiest Surprise in Texas." That is so true, Not only for you the visitor but for the animals living there. Cameron Park Zoo is the direct opposite of that old time zoo with cramped cages and restless bored animals who paced back and forth in their tiny spaces. No indeed! At this zoo, the animals are the first consideration and that makes it a much more interesting place to visit. There is an enrichment program for all the animals.

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