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    Welcome to the new 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.

    I have a piece of sad news this issue. One of our great travel writers is gone. Roberta Sandler passed away May 21. I am saddened to lose a friend as well as a contributor. May you rest in peace, Roberta.

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    Adirondack Trail Mix

    A Visit to Trees

    By Persis Granger

    “What moved us to become shopkeepers? We knew that one way David could keep satisfying his collecting impulses would be to have an outlet (a store), so he wouldn’t have to keep bringing everything back to an overcrowded home.”

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    Agri Lanes

    Landmark Park: A Taste of Rural Life in Alabama’s Wiregrass Area

     

    by Kathleen Walls

    Landmark Park is a step back to Dothan’s early farm heritage in the 1890s. It pays tribute to the Wiregrass Area agricultural heritage. Laura Stakelum, Public Relations Director, explained how Landmark Park came into existence about forty years ago. “We started with the white farm house that used to sit on the corner of the circle and Main Street (the heart of town) and was the last standing farm house in the area back in the 1970’s.  The house was built in the 1800s. We had 60 acres and the house. That’s how we got started.”

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    Art Trails

    Art in the Garden

     

    by Anne Jenkins

    Among the world's great gardens, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa ranks way up there. Their location on the eastern slopes of Cape Town's famed Table Mountain is hard to beat, accentuated by the breathtaking flora and fauna of the region, make it a truly glorious experience. The garden was established in 1913 on the estate of the last owner, Cecil Rhodes, a renown industrialist and pioneering figure in South Africa's history.

     

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    Chuckwagon Roundup -- Food

    Down to Earth Food: Buffets and Delis

    by Kathleen Walls

    Nothing says comfort food like a buffets or a deli. These are the spots where the food is plentiful and home style. They are the go-to for filling lunches where the emphasis is on the taste not the presentation. Here are a few I visited lately. All had delicious and reasonably priced meals. Each has their own personality.

     

     

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    Chuckwagon Roundup -- Drink

    Drink Up! –Wineries, Distilleries, and Brewers Abound  

    by Kathleen Walls

    It seems like everywhere I go lately I find a winery, brewery, or distillery. Amazing how much of a back story there is on each one and how different the stories are. Here are some the latest I have visited.

     

     

     

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    Civil Rights Trails

    They Walked Into History 

    by Kathleen Walls

    A visit to The Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee is a lesson in a painful part of American history.  One we should all visit. It’s a simple place where we can all imagine ourselves at the center of a storm of hatred.  Picture yourself a teen boy or girl in August of 1956. You want to go to high school. Seems normal. Should be no problem. No problem that is unless you happen to be a Black graduate of Green McAdoo Elementary School.

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    Elite Street Eats

    Southern Comfort Food: Table and Main

     by Kathleen Walls

    Did you know Roswell, Georgia is one of the newest up and coming foodie destinations?  With over 200 independent restaurants ––let’s not even worry about the other 100 or so chains––on Canton Street alone, it might be hard to choose where to dine. But, hey, we’re in the South and what’s more southern than fried chicken?

     

     

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     Exploring With Eleanor

    Discover Old St. St. Augustine

     By Eleanor Hendricks McDaniel

    Small balconies jut out over narrow lanes designed to thwart pirates and other invaders. Thick coquina walls hide the lush gardens of old Spanish-style homes. The sound of a horse-drawn carriage breaks the silence. From a hilltop, a 17th-century fort, Castillo de San Marco, watches over the citizens. This is St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the USA.

     

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    Fork in The Road

    Just Throw Me That There Roll: Lambert's Cafe 

    By Kathleen Walls

    Lambert’s Café in Sikeston Missouri is known for throwing your food at you. Yes, at least the rolls. The rest of the side dishes, they bring to your table and heap your plate to overflowing. You pay a ridiculously low price for the amount of food and the entertainment of watching those “Throwed Rolls” is free.

     

     

     

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    Happy Trails

    Asheville, North Carolina: The Cradle of Forestry

    By Tom Straka

    Part of the allure of Asheville, North Carolina is the forest that surrounds the city. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes near Asheville and just south of the city through the Pisgah National Forest, offering fantastic vistas of southern Appalachian forest. One of the main attractions in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate, once owned by George Vanderbilt II. The Estate includes Biltmore House, a Châteasuesque-style mansion, the largest privately-owned house in the United States (at 179,000 square feet of floor area), and one of the nation’s most outstanding examples of the Gilded Age. The Biltmore Estate has some interesting American forestry history as part of its lore and the USDA Forest Service manages a large heritage site called the Cradle of Forestry near Asheville that is one of the most interesting side trips out of the city.

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    Heritage Highway

    A Piece of Americana Frozen in Time: Red Oak II 

    by Kathleen Walls

    The U.S. is full of deserted ghost towns, small places abandoned when jobs ran out and residents moved to larger cities in search of work. This was common during the post WWII years. Farmhouses aged and succumbed to weather. Old gas stations hovered near the crossroads, their out-of-date pumps dusty and rusting.  But sometimes ghost towns can be reincarnated. Such is the case in Red Oak II near Carthage, Missouri just off Route 66. 

     

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    Information Highway ( a different way to promote travel)

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    Inn Roads

    A Visit to Mother Earth 

    By Kathleen Walls

    It’s so easy to just tear down the old and throw up a new building nowadays. With lodging, the result is usually a cookie-cutter hotel just like multiple other places. I find it so exciting when someone revives the old and creates a refreshing new image for an old icon. Such is the case with Mother Earth Lodge in Kinston, North Carolina.

     

     

     

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    Mountain Trails

    "Oh God for one more breath.”--Retelling Anderson County’s Mining History

    By Kathleen Walls

    The words “I owe my soul to the company store” didn’t originate with Tennessee Ernie’s iconic song Sixteen Tons. A recent visit to Anderson County Tennessee brought the coal miners struggles to life. Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top (formerly Coal Creek), Tennessee tells the miner’s story in pictures and artifacts focusing on three major crisis in the area’s mining history, The Coal Creek Wars and two mine disasters; the Fraterville explosion in 1902 was the worst mining disaster in Tennessee history, then just nine years there was an explosion in Briceville's Cross Mountain Mine that killed 84 workers.

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    NW Georgia Trails

    15 Places in NW Georgia to make you skip Atlanta

    By Kathleen Walls

    Take a road trip to discover there’s more to Georgia than Atlanta. From the mountains of northwest Georgia to some classy cities that lie just north of Atlanta and are often overshadowed by their big sister city, you will visit some of the quirkiest attractions and some of Georgia’s best places you’ve never heard about.

     

     

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    President's Path

    A Different Kind of President

    By Kathleen Walls

    Once before we had a president who was involved in real estate. This one didn’t build using other people’s money for his own profit. This one build, with his own hands, homes for people who would not have a home of their own otherwise. Jimmy Carter was a different kind of president and a different kind of person than the average politician. I recently visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. It brought back my nostalgia for those times.

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    Product Review

    Product Review: Strap Pack Adjustable Utility Pouch

    by Kathleen Walls

    Sometimes the simplest products are the handiest. I recently sampled a Strap Pack Adjustable Utility Pouch. In case you hadn’t heard of the convenient little gadget, it’s a small (6”H x 3.5”W X 2”D) heavy duty waterproof 1000D nylon with adjustable elastic band to securely hold items up to 8+ inches. Their ads promote it as useful for carrying radios, rechargers, GPS, remotes, etc on your backpack strap or belt.

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    Renee's Route 1

    American Treasure Tour

    by Renee S. Gordon

    Philadelphia is so filled with museums, historic houses, restaurants and entertainment venues that people often forget that there are a staggering number of things to do in the communities and villages that are within thirty-minutes of the city. One of the most prominent areas is Montgomery County (Montco) just northwest of Philadelphia. The land was deeded to William Penn in 1681 for the purpose of Quaker settlements but during the late 1700s it first came to national attention when George Washington and the Continental Army encamped there for 6-months during the winter of 1777-8. It was part of Philadelphia County until the 1780s. A number of structures from that time are sprinkled throughout the region and several offer tours and special events and there are more than 58 historic markers throughout Montco.              

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    Renee's Route 2

    El Paso, Uniquely Texas

    by Renee S. Gordon

    El Paso has, for thousands of years, been an important site for human settlement and trade routes due to its location at the juncture of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Rio Grande River. The area was inhabited by a number of tribes prior to the 1535 arrival of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca followed by Francisco de Coronado in 1540. In 1598 Juan de Oñate began colonization efforts by claiming El Paso del Río del Norte for Spain.

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    Renee's Route

    Made in Georgia, The Hollywood of the South

    by Renee S. Gordon

    Have you ever noticed the Georgia logo at the end of a movie or television program or listened to the line, “Made in Georgia”, and wondered what was their deeper significance. Georgia, the Film Capitol of the South, second only to California in the nation, was the scene of more than 245 productions and generated $7-billion in 2016. The industry exists throughout the states 159 counties but really flourishes within a 50-mile radius of Atlanta due to film union regulations. There are numerous tours that take visitors to actual locations, places visited by celebrities and immersive activities that make you feel part of the film world and this is the “Year of Georgia Film” and the state is truly ready for its close-up. 

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    Renee's International Route

    Los Cabos, Mexico, Where the Desert Kisses the Sea  

    by Renee S. Gordon

    Baja California Sur refers to the lower portion of California, a peninsula amid two bodies of water, the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Mexico has more coastline than any other nation and 1,234-miles of it are in the Baja. There are two major resort cities located at the peninsula’s southern end, San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, joined by El Corredor, a 20-mile scenic road that links all the sites and attractions.

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    Renee's International Route 2

    Imerese Yourself in Cuban Culture 

    by Renee S. Gordon

    In 1492 Christopher Columbus “discovered” an island he named Juana on his first voyage, Cuba, a variant of Cubanascan, is the name given by the indigenous people. Four-million US citizens rediscovered the 42,815-sq.mile island 525-years later. Cuba is actually a 776-mile long archipelago set amidst thousands of smaller islands. Geographically it is 112-miles from Florida and 50-miles from Jamaica, is comprised of beaches, marshes, mountains, plains and tropical forests, and is situated between North and South America at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. While the dominant culture is Spanish, evidence of African, Chinese and other Europeans profound cultural impact on Cuba’s art, architecture, cuisine, religion and music is pervasive.

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    Theater Trail

    Behind the Scenes at Sight and Sound

    By Kathleen Walls

    When you say “Branson” most people thinks of shows. Music shows, Legends performers, and plays of all kinds come to mind. The average playgoer in Branson, Missouri doesn’t think about all the behind the scenes activity it takes to bring an epic like Jonah or Moses to the stage.  Massive sets must be built; lighting and equipment are related to a specific play and must be created for that play. Since Sight and Sound uses animal actors, habitats for the animal actors must be created.

     

     

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    Thunder Road

    The Sunny Side of Moonshine

    By Kathleen Walls

    Fans of the old movie “Thunder Road” will be right at home visiting Raymond Butler at Dalton Distillery in Dalton, Georgia. He and his family have been producing real Georgia moonshine for more than 100 years. Southern moonshiners are inventive. They don’t let the law stop them and they get creative about ingredients. Raymond has made liquor from many different things over the years. As he tells it, “Any kind of fruit, if it will ferment, I can make you drunk.”

     

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    Tibbs Trails and Tastes

    Southwest Georgia: Link history with human rights
     

    by Christine Tibbets

    Coffee connects well with construction in Americus, Georgia. Think globally here as in fair trade farming and homes for people in debilitating poverty.  Brass footsteps embedded in the sidewalk in Albany, Georgia provide a path for singing while walking--songs of immense Civil Rights meaning still presented by Freedom Singers from the early 1960s in the former Mount Zion Baptist Church.  Those steps are in sight of Albany’s Civil Rights Institute

     

     

     

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    See the USA with Warren

    Snorkling: Florida vs Australia


    by Warren Resen

    During her last moments in OZ, Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby red slippers together as she repeated the words, “There’s no place like home.” I had the same thought while anchored over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

     

     

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    War Roads

    A Different Kind of War: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

    By Kathleen Walls


    For me a visit to Wilson’s Creek Battlefield was like déjà vu. I had never been there in real life but in my mind I spent many days there as I worked on my book, Under a Black Flag.  For those not familiar with the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, it was the first battle between the Union and Confederate forces in Missouri and the second battle of the Civil War.  It was one of the most unusual battles fought during the Civil War as it involved three separate entities, Union forces under General Nathanial Lyons, Confederate forces under Brigadier General Ben McCullough and Major General Sterling Price commanding the Missouri State Guard. The reason for this, Missouri wanted to stay neutral. No way was that going to happen.

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    Weekend Explorer

    Festival Time in Indiana

    By Kathy Barnett

    It’s always festival season in Indiana. Festivals are a time of celebration, marked by a special observance or program of events which have a specified focus pertaining to the area of origin. They are usually held annually and locals start preparing for the next one as soon as the current event is over. You can find something on the calendar to attend any week of the summer. There are actually so many events and festivals that happen every year throughout Indiana, it be impossible to include them all in one article. So here are a few of my favorites:

     

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