Gettysburg creeped me out

The only place I can definitely say I felt an otherworldly presence was in Gettysburg.  There were two incidents. My son and I stayed at the Quality Inn at General Robert E. Lee’s headquarters (which is now closed and I believe torn down.  The Civil War Preservation Trust acquired the land to preserve and restore […]

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September 4, 2015

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Haunted Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern, landmark building Fraunces Tavern is Manhattan’s oldest tavern.  Originally built as a house for a wealthy merchant in 1719, it has had several reincarnations, from home to boardinghouse to office of the U.S. back in our nation’s infancy (Department of Foreign Affairs, War and Treasury), and a few other things in between.  The […]

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Interview with Kilimanjaro climber

In May of 2012 Nick Carter decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, pretty much on a whim.  He’d never climbed a mountain before or been to Africa, but has traveled quite a bit around the world (Caribbean, Europe, Asia).  The mountain is 19,340 feet high.  I asked him about preparations for the trip, the climb itself, […]

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Key West Ghost Tour

“Yes, we are the doomed!” everyone on the Ghosts & Gravestones trolley tour yells out whenever a person on the street yells to us, “You are doomed!”  This was a fun ghost tour. Visiting Key West for the first time, I was surprised there seemed an acceptance of all types of people but no Pagan […]

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October 22, 2013

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Salem shopping bargains

Ouija boards, spell kits, herbs, talismans, pentacles.  These are not the normal items one sees when they go souvenir shopping.  However, Salem, Massachusetts (or Witch City, as it is also called) is not a normal type of town.  It is for sure a touristy place and many establishments (hotels immediately come to mind) seem to […]

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August 10, 2013

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The devil’s footprint in Munich

When I traveled to Munich I expected to see the beauty of Bavaria, touch the Berlin Wall, taste some awesome beers at the Hofbrauhaus, and gaze hourly as the famed Glockenspiel struck the hour – while drinking some more awesome beers.  I did accomplish those things, but didn’t expect to find some other unusual sights […]

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April 8, 2013

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10 good and bad ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is traditionally a day for gluttony – eating, drinking, smoking and partying before giving up bad habits for Lent.  This day of celebration has turned into many days of frivolity down in New Orleans, Rio and other cities that hold Mardi Gras festivals. Ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday […]

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North Korea: Vacation destination

Imagine a vacation filled with history, culture, international cuisine, dinner cruises, golf and hiking amid views of mountains and waterfalls. Sounds like a nice way to spend a week.  Now imagine that vacation in North Korea.  Yes, the nuclear-armed police state is open for business and looking for your tourist dollars. North Korea, really? I […]

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January 25, 2013

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