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Welcome to the Winter 2016 issue of American Roads and Global Highways. It's a fully packed issue as usual with lots of fun places brought to you by some of the best travel writers around.

This issue we again have our guest writer, Kathy Barnett, managing editor of the Weekender Magazines. She takes you on a delicious chocolate trip  Guest Column.

We have another guest writer this issue who is one of the best photo-journalists I have ever met. I think when you check out his article, Monsters at Borrego Springs, you will agree Jim DeLillo is one fantastic photographer.

One of our regular columnists, Renee S. Gordon is writing Wet Roads this issue besides her regular Renee's Route and brings you a fun story about a unique cruise she took recently. Speaking of cruises, it must be something in the air but Roberta Sandler also takes you on a cruise in her On the Road with Grandma column.

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Adirondack Trail Mix

A visit to Lake George Winter Carnival

By Persis Granger

Many summer visitors to the Adirondacks’ Lake George area look around during the summer festivities, and then ask natives, “So what do you do around here in the winter? Hibernate?”

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Agri Lanes

Little Piece of Heaven: Oliver Winery

by Kathleen Walls

What would you call a place that offered great wine tastings, tours, music, a beautiful garden and even some pet friendly events? No I haven’t discovered Nirvana. It’s Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana I’m thinking about. I visited it with Travel Media Showcase and was thrilled with both the beauty and the fruits of the vine found there in equal parts.

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Ancient Traces

Good Bones: Waco Mammoth National Monument

by Kathleen Walls

On July 10, 2015, President Obama created three new National Monuments. One of these sites protect some of the most important paleontological finds in American History, Waco Mammoth National Monument.

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Art Trails

Art Town Tour

by Anne Jenkins

Cold, snowy winter weather provides the perfect time to plan a spring road trip to see some cool local art. Art towns, big and small, around the country are well known. There's a book listing the top 100 best art towns. American Craft Week held a vote-in competition for the best art town during their 2015 event. Some town names keep popping up in all the lists, like Asheville, N.C., Berea, Ky., Sante Fe, NM., Eureka Springs, Ark., Saugatuck, Mich., and as far as States are concerned North Carolina and Vermont  always top everyone's list. These are all excellent choices, Asheville and Berea are among my favorites and Vermont is definitely a wonderland of art. But I am going to give you a few fresh ideas. Get the atlas out and start plotting and planning.

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Chuckwagon Roundup

Delicious Diners

by Kathleen Walls


Diners were the American fast food joints of the early 20th century. They began in the 1870s and were the most popular eatery of the middle class until the 1970s with the coming of the fast food chains that are so popular with younger people who think a McBurger is high cuisine. 

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Civil Rights Trails

Birth of the Civil Rights Movement

by Kathleen Walls

 In 1606 an event happened that was little noted and not long remembered but it was of great historical importance.  The Cathedral Archives in St. Augustine recorded the birth of the first African American child in the continental United States. This was 13 years before the first enslaved Africans were brought to the English colony of Jamestown in 1619. It was the first spark in the fight for civil rights for African Americans.

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Exploring With Eleanor

Ahoy, Annapolis

By Eleanor Hendricks McDaniel

Like the tides, the coastline of Annapolis flows in and out of the country’s largest estuary, Chesapeake Bay. Not only is the city the capital of Maryland, but it’s also “America’s Sailing Capital.” In or out of the water, you’re in for a nautical experience.

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Elite Street Eats

Broussards: A New Orleans Tradition

By Kathleen Walls

Since 1920, Broussard’s has been considered one of the Grand Dames of New Orleans restaurants. Our server, Adam Martinez, told us a little about Broussard’s history.  The restaurant began with Joseph Broussard and his wife, Rosalie Borrello. The owner of Antoine’s was a friend and brought Joseph with him to Paris one summer where the young chef got his classical training. When he returned home and married Rosalie, his father-in-law gifted them with the Borrello family mansion on Conti Street. This allowed Joseph to have his longtime dream, a restaurant of his own. His combination of classic French dishes with his own Louisiana Creole style guaranteed him success.

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Fork in The Road

LeBleu's Landing

By Kathleen Walls

If you’re looking for a real Cajun food experience, you can find it at LeBleu’s Landing in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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Guest Corridor

Chocolate Trail

by Kathy Barnett

 If you are a chocoholic like me, the place to go and satisfy your craving is Richmond, Indiana’s Chocolate Trail. The best thing about this destination is that you can take the self-guided tour any time of the year.  

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Guest Corridor 2

Monsters at Borrego Springs--Photographing the Milky Way 

by Jim DeLillo

    A warm wind blows across me, but I still feel a chill run down my back. I'm alone in the desert. I’m at one of the darkest places on earth according to my map. It's a little scary, especially while visions of coyotes, scorpions, and roving gangs of desert hares dance in my head. I'm here to photograph monsters. It isn't my imagination. I saw them as I drove in during the day. Standing as tall as two stories, I could make out their rust-colored silhouettes against the arid sand.   

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Happy Trails

Pennsylvania Dutch Village and Farm Museum

By Tom Straka

Photographs by Pat Straka

Southeastern Pennsylvania brings to mind Amish country, but it is just as much Pennsylvania Dutch country. The German word for “German’ is Deutsch and from that is how the Pennsylvania Germans came to be called the Pennsylvania Dutch.  The late 1600s and 1700s was a time of European turmoil and waves of German-speaking immigrants came to the region, making up 40% of its population by the late 1700s. Around places like Lancaster the German-speaking population was about 70%. Today, Lancaster is one of the best places in the country to learn about the Pennsylvania Dutch culture and history.  

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Information Highway ( a different way to promote travel)

Wild About Florida

When you visit Florida, there is so much natural beauty to see. Wild About Florida by Kathleen and Martin Walls gives you a glimpse of all of the fun and natural places in Florida everyone would love to visit but doesn't know that they exist.

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Inn Roads

Stay and Play

By Kathleen Walls

Planning a vacation to Louisiana in the future? When you are choosing a hotel consider staying at a casino. You say you don’t gamble. Still casinos are a good choice for several reasons even for family vacations. They offer reasonable prices and all the advantages of a resort.  There are always restaurants for every taste and budget. Shops and entertainment abound in casino. The ever important swimming pool is usually offered in several versions. For those who do wish to indulge in the gaming the opportunities are limitless. You will have a confortable visit, you can bet on it.

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Museum Stroll

Time Tripping at the Mayborn Museum

By Kathleen Walls

Mayborn Museum in Waco, Texas is filled with interesting things for young and old alike: a place for the scholar or the fun seeker. It's a fun trip back in time, It has indoor exhibits and great outdoor historical village. It opened in 2004 as a blending of the former Strecker Museum, a Children’s Discovery Center and the Outdoor Village all situated at different places originally.

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Music Row

Cajun or Zydeco?

By Kathleen Walls

Is it Cajun or Zydeco? That’s the most common question folks ask when they hear Louisiana music. Well, Cajun music is the “folk music” of the Arcadian people exiled from Canada who settled mostly in southern Louisiana. It will usually have fiddles along with an accordion, and guitars. Modern Cajun music has borrowed some from County and Western.

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On the Road with Grandma

On the Road to a Family Cruise

by Roberta Sandler

When it comes to vacations, nothing excites my grandchildren as much as getting on the road and heading for a cruise port for a vacation at sea.

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Renee's Route

Alexandria, Virginia

by Renee's S. Gordon

There are cities older than Alexandria, Virginia and cities that have witnessed as many of America’s major historical events but there are no other colonial cities that experienced history in such a personal way and none that can as readily evoke the sense of historical immediacy. Archeology has proven that humans existed in the Alexandria region for at least 13,000-years. The earliest Native Americans hunted and eventual developed settlements near the Patawomeck Flu, Potomac River. In 1654 the first documented patent for 700-acres of land belonged to Margaret Brent, a Maryland resident and first colonial woman to become a landowner.

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See the USA with Warren


by Warren Resen Photos by Jeanne O'Conner

If you found yourself on an island in the Gulf of Mexico 70 miles west of Key West, where do you think you might another country, or perhaps another state? You would still be in the USA and in Florida and on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas visiting Ft. Jefferson.


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Street Party

Party Like it's 1565

by Kathleen Walls

When it comes to throwing a big birthday bash, nobody tops Saint Augustine. Then, no other city in the country has been around for 450 years. For the big 450 Celebration they pulled out all the stops. When the planning started they asked all the usual questions. Bands? Let’s get some of the best names. Stage?  How about five? Weekend festival? No let’s carry it over for four days from the Friday of Labor Day Weekend until Tuesday, September 8, the actual birthday.

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Tibbs Tastes and Trails

Follow the Film Trail in Louisiana North

By Christine Tibbetts

Movie travel offers way more than peering at some places where a favorite film launched, or so I discovered in Louisiana

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Wet Roads

The Anthem of the Seas, A Technological Wonder

by Renee S. Gordon

Cruising has provided a popular escape for thousands of years, think Caesar and Cleopatra, but historians tend to trace the history of passenger, ocean cruising for personal enjoyment, to an imaginative article penned in the early 1830s by Arthur Anderson. Almost concurrent with its publication steamships were introduced and ocean cruising took on an aura of the ultimate in glamour and wealth. Cunard, the most famous of the early cruise lines, established a reputation for sophistication that lasted until their allure was surpassed by the ability to take a transatlantic flight. World Wars I and II made cruising difficult for the obvious reasons and because many of the ships were conscripted for the war effort. It was not until the late 1960s that the popularity of passenger cruising surged, spurred by the growing number of activities offered onboard and some believe the fun and frolic depicted on the 1970’s sitcom “The Love Boat”.

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Wild Roads

The Bear Facts

by Kathleen Walls

The American Black Bear has a wide range. They are found along the eastern seaboard of North America from Alaska to Northern Mexico and in parts of western United States. They are very adaptable so they have learned to survive in closer proximity to humans than many other wild creatures. This very trait that helped them survive for millions of years, now is putting them on the path to extinction.



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 A little something extra just for you. From trolly rides to Europe and beyond.  Check it out. 


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