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The Lees of Old Virginia

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What do football players Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning have in common with Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States? Answer: an ancestor, Richard Lee, originally of Shropshire, England. Lee was a 22-year-old lawyer when he landed in … Continue reading

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James and Mary in Fredericksburg

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I was touring the Virginia governor’s house in Richmond five years ago when I came across a painting of James Monroe, hanging in the center of the state dining room. He was there because, we were told, it was the … Continue reading

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A Three Hour Tour

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Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale — a tale of a fateful trip,                                               that started … Continue reading

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I was a bit leery of Zion National Park, because it’s was the 5th most visited US national park in 2016 and I have more than a touch of enochliophobia (fear of crowds -yes, I had to look it up).  … Continue reading

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Bryce Canyon

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The National Park Service map of Bryce Canyon National Park says that the Queen’s Garden trail, the most popular trail at Bryce, is an easy to moderate hike with “gentle grades & minimal elevation change.”  Don’t you believe them. It’s … Continue reading

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Capitol Reef

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“It looks like a spaceman eating fries,” said more than one child, looking at the petroglyph, below. There were petroglyph panels throughout Capitol Reef National Park, and this one was along State Route 24, in the five miles between the … Continue reading

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Flying Over Moab

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“I hate you all,” screamed Mr. History Tourist (who is not a fan of heights) at our tour group as he went down a 1240 foot zip line, 75 feet off the ground. We were on the tour with Raven’s … Continue reading

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