Sneaking Into Shenandoah National Park

Video 44 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

After leaving the Capitol Mall at Washington DC (pre-Covid 2019), we opted to beat the heat, going to the Shenandoah National Park up in the Blue Ridge Mountain range. But without making reservations, coming in on a Fall Saturday afternoon with an oncoming rain storm… well, check out or story with a happy ending and learn who built many of our awesome National Parks and the surprising real reason “WHY?” and how it reshaped America!

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Top 8 things to do at Valley of Fire

Regardless of whether you’re looking for day trip near Las Vegas, into seeing great sights or overnight camping, be sure to put Valley of Fire on your “bucket list.” After finally having the opportunity to spend several days within Nevada’s first state park, In this video are our TOP 8 things to see and do during your visit.

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Rails to Trails 35 mile Mountain River Loop Trail – We did it!

Serendipity Rides Again Before leaving the house on our Valentine’s get-a-way I grabbed the latest issue of Rails-to-Trails magazine. I thought perhaps we would dig in somewhere for a few days and I would actually have time to read it. Now I think that perhaps it was fate mixed with a little serendipity that led us here. As we vegged and relaxed in Valley of Fire (next video) I read about the River Mountain Trail near Las Vegas and directly on our route home. We had to go!

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Red Rock Canyon, cool Hollywood filming location and Campground

Wow, here’s a great place to relive Hollywood movie film set locations for over 150 major motion pictures with awesome views of the Red Rock Canyon and under pristine night skies to view the Milky Way in its glory! Movie Clips: 0:32 Intro 1:44 Jurassic Park 3:46 Lost in Space 4:38 Beneath the Planet of the Apes 7:16 Westworld 9:03 Law and Order 10:07 Four For Texas 11:22 The Lone Ranger 12:33 Capricorn One 14:48 The Long, Long Trailer 16:10 The Mummy 19:43 Andromeda Strain Continue reading “Red Rock Canyon, cool Hollywood filming location and Campground”

A Day at the National Mall – Washington DC

Video 43 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

For several months now we have been bringing you our series, “90 days around the USA’, in our last video we released, in a world prior to Covid-19 we had taken public transportation into our Nations Capitol, Washington DC to visit The National Mall. One of the things we’ve built this channel on is the hope that we would provide content that is, “Entertaining, Educational and Enlighting” in lieu of the events that took place this week none of this has changed.

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How to Get Into Our Nation’s Capitol Using Public Transportation

Video 42 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

How to Get Into Our National Capitol Without Your RV by using Washington MTA and Uber. While travelling South from Maryland (pre COVID-19 days Sept 28th 2019), we decided to spend a day in Washington, D.C. So during the end of hot summer days, we checked into the Washington DC / Capitol KOA located in Millerville where or Siberian Husky could enjoy our A/C hookup to say cool. We took an Uber ride from the KOA to the New Carlton where we pickup up the Metro Sub and go into the Washington DC Capitol.

How We Ended up at Valley Forge National Historic Park

Video 41 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

It has been said, “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never change the goal”. After already traveling more than 3,000 miles we had developed a mind set that life will take us where we are supposed to be. Our last evening in New York was spent at Schodack Island State Park. A fabulous campground (as so many in the state of N.Y. are) nestled along the Hudson River. One goal when traveling is to always see as many friends and family as we can along the way. Encouraged by a family member to visit her at The Philadelphia Museum of Art we went to bed that night believing that was our plan. When that didn’t work out, we turned to our handy Garmin, “Attractions features” and found, Valley Forge National Historical Park located less than 20 miles west from us. A quick review on Goggle told us bike riding was also available, so we quickly decided, that is where we were headed. In this video we explore the parks 3,500 acres and learn more about American History on the east coast. The price of admission to the park is FREE! Be sure to visit their website regarding current conditions at: https://www.nps.gov/vafo/index.htm In our next video from the “Around the world in 90 days” we are headed to Washington D.C.

 

Hudson County Rails to Trail Review

Video 40 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

The history of rails to trails began in the mid 1960’s as a project to convert unused and abandoned train rail tracks, to trails that could be repurposed and used by bike riders as well as walkers, runners, skaters and hikers. Currently there are more than 2,000 trails through-out 50 states providing more than 24,000 miles of rail-trails! There continued dedication has given us many wonderful places and provided scenic trails for tens of millions of people to visit each year. You can find out more about Rails to Trails in the link below. https://www.railstotrails.org/ In this video (taken Sept. 2019) we explore Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail Located in New York States Capitol Albany, A great start place to reach the trail can be found at 722 S Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202 The trail stretches 9 miles along the old Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad between the Port of Albany and Voorheesville. The entire length of the Rail Trail, from Pearl Street in Albany to Grove Street in Voorheesville, is fully paved and open for public use during daylight hours. Check current hours as well as any restrictions here: https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/recreation/albany-county-helderberg-hudson-rail-trail For those of us who love the history, Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad originally opened the tracks in 1863 and included stops from Albany to Central Bridge, Delmar, Slingerlands, and New Scotland. By 1864, one could purchase a 20 cent ticket and hop on the steam train in Adamsville (now Delmar) at 8:45 AM and arrive 15 minutes later in Albany! Commuters began to use the D&H for daily travel between their quiet country homes in Delmar, Slingerlands (and later Elsmere) and their offices in Albany. Suburbanization had begun. Incidentally, the use of the word “commuting” to describe this travel activity sprang from early railroad riders getting their fares “commuted,” or reduced, because of how often they rode the trains. Passenger service on this section of the D&H line ended in the 1930s. Freight service continued through the 1990s In our next video we are headed back to Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania

Bennington Battle Monument, The Real Story

Video 39 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

Wow, let’s learn about Bennington Battle Monument and the real stories of Patriot Colonel John Stark and British General John Burgoyne. Bennington and Saratoga might be a best kept secret if they didn’t have the prominent obelisks towering over the skyline. And we had twice as much content about Benedict Arnold and other stories to share but limited ourselves to the best 15 minutes that we hope you will enjoy. Happy Trails!

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Norman Rockwell Story and Paintings, Rutland and Arlington, Vermont

Video 38 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

If you like the charm of Americans between the 1920s and 1980s, you will love Norman Rockwell’s stunning paintings portraying the times, lives and relationships of everyday Americans and their stories.