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The Winter 2015 Edition of American Roads Magazine  


American Roads is proud to present the Winter 2015  Edition of American Roads Magazine.                  

It's the start of a brand new year. No reason not to start the year off right wiht a winter vacation .We offer you a glimpse of some of them here at American Roads. It's always fun to explore these and other great destinations no matter the time of year.

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Adirondack Trail Mix  

The Glen Lodge and Wild Waters Outdoor Center

By Persis Granger

Travelers to the Adirondack find a wide range of lodging choices, from nationally known chain motels, to posh hotels, or, for those who like the more homey, friendly touch, bed and breakfasts. B & Bs abound in the region, nestled in the woods, along creeks or on hilltops. Each has its own character and special allure. Each has a unique story of how it was started, and of the people who poured their dreams into it.

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Agri Lanes

The Farmer in the Big Easy

by Kathleen Walls

New Orleans is famous for many thing but until recent years agriculture was not one of them. That is changing. Since Katrina, community gardens have become a part of the Big Easy. Food has always been an important part of New Orleans culture but a disaster like Katrina reminded people how fragile the link that connects us with the far away markets. I recalled the scene in "Gone With the Wind" where Scarlett returns home to the ruined fields of Tata and grubs in the garden to find a few tough greens that survived the devastation. She pulls up a handful and holds them to heaven and cries "As God is my witness, they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again."

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Art Trails

Intriguing Ponce and Puerto Rico

by Anne Jenkins

As the colder weather settles in, Puerto Rico's hot  weather, warm people and good art sounds very inviting. Once you arrive in San Juan, rent a car and drive straight out of town to the Southern shore of the island and get settled in Ponce before exploring. There's nothing wrong with San Juan, you can spend a couple of days there before you leave. It's the big city, so to get a taste of the real Puerto Rico head on out of town and prepare to be delighted.

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Artisan Trails

Made in Southeast Tennessee  

by Kathleen Walls

 In a time when so much that we buy has a label reading "Made in China" it's refreshing to visit a state with a "Made in Tennessee" travel campaign. If you enjoy watching talented crafters create useful, artistic or edible products, Tennessee fills the bill.

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Chuckwagon Roundup

Dining  Cajun Style  

by Kathleen Walls

As my favorite Cajun cook, Justin Wilson,  once said "There`s no place in the whole world that has food as good as us Cajuns down in South Louisiana."

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Civil Rights Trails

Lorraine Motel: Death Brings Forth New Life

by Kathleen Walls

Sometimes, new life springs forth from death. For years the very name Lorraine Motel conjured up images of hatred and bigotry. The events of April 4, 1968 link Lorraine Motel forever with the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, the old motel tells a different story. It has metamorphosed into the National Civil Rights Museum. The former boarding house where James Earl Ray stayed and from where he fired the fatal shot is now the Legacy Building. The entrance is a timeline up until Dr. King's assassination and provides a detailed timeline of the movements of both Dr. King and James Earl Ray in the days leading up to the assassination until Ray's capture.

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Cowboy Trails

Scout's Rest

by Kathleen Walls

Western historians generally  agree that the most recognizable celebrity on Earth at the turn of the 20th century was Buffalo Bill Cody. His larger-than-life career linked two centuries. He was born in Iowa Territory in February 26, 1846  and died in Denver. Colorado on January 10, 1917 He was the stereotype of the wild west: Indian scout, buffalo hunter, gold prospector, Civil War soldier, pony express rider, rancher: William Fredrick Cody was that and more. He  also was many of the things that we think of as "20th century ": his career included Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, showman, entrepreneur, town founder, owner of a dude ranch and big game hunting preserve and even environmentalist.

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Exploring with Eleanor  

Top 10 Reasons “Foxes” Get Away to the Fox Cities

By Eleanor Hendricks McDaniel 

We all know that attractive, fabulous women are known as “foxes.” But did you know that the Fox Cities of Appleton, Menasha and Neenah in eastern Wisconsin are the favorite destinations for a Midwest Girlfriends Getaway? Why? Because they offer what gal pals love.

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Fork in The Road  

Great Western Dining in the Heart of the South

By Kathleen Walls

You don't have to travel out west for some great western dining. I recently visited Bald Headed Bistro in Cleveland, Tennessee and found the best of the west right there. I felt like I had arrived at a plush lodge in Jackson Hole.  That could be because the signage and lighting  that greet you as you step inside the door was designed by award-winning Jackson Hole artist John Mortensen. The booths, furnishings and décor are an artistic blend of hand crafted woods, hides, and leather done by Rocky Mountain artisans. The light fixtures are showplace quality. Throughout there are unique touches like mounted wildlife on the walls, 55 million year old fossils are embedded in the walls and floor. The doors feature an "etched" snow elk that was created using "electrochemical etching."

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Happy Trails

In Concrete Wonderland

By Tom Straka
Photographs by Pat Straka

A good roadside attraction will usually draw us in; the more unusual the better.  And the Wisconsin Concrete Park is highly unusual, even by our standards. If you are from Wisconsin, you’ll know what I mean when I say it looks like it was hijacked from the Wisconsin Dells.  It is artsy enough for a museum, while still being gaudy enough for the Dells, and with enough history and folklore to be fascinating at the same time. It is easy to get to, if you happen to be in the middle of Wisconsin’s Northwoods; it is located only a half-mile south of Phillips, the county seat of Price County.  It definitely will not be a problem noticing it on the left side of the road if you head south on state road 13 

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Historic Trails

Battle of New Orleans

By Kathleen Walls

Who hasn't tapped their toes to Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans?" Realistically, the actual battle occurred on the outskirts of New Orleans in Chalmette, Louisiana 200 years ago, January 8, 1815. There had been several earlier battles and skirmishes where the British tried to take New Orleans but none were decisive. Not until The British army led by General Edward Pakingham tangled with General Andrew Jackson's ragtag army at what is now known as Pakingham Oaks, so named for the majestic oaks there and the attacking general.

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Inn Roads

Ashton's Bed and Breakfast

By Kathleen Walls

When visiting a city with the history and heritage of New Orleans it's important to pick a lodging that fits your needs and mirrors the city's personality. I stayed at Ashton's for a short trip before I went to Lake Charles for Travel Media Showcase this year. As a travel writer, I have stayed in lots of great places but Ashton's ranks up near the top of my list. It is gracious old New Orleans at its best.

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Literary Trails

Visit an Author in the Big Easy

By Kathleen Walls

No  city in the South has had such an impact on the literary figures that molded the twentieth century as New Orleans.  Next time you visit New Orleans, take yourself on a "Writer's Tour"  and visit some of the places made famous by the greatest literary minds of their time.


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Mountain Roads

Blue Ridge Scenic Byway in Virginia

By Kathleen Walls

The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles of mountain beauty connecting Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive in Virginia, with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee.  

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Museum Stroll

Mardi Gras World

By Kathleen Walls

Say "Mardi Gras" and everyone thinks of New Orleans, parties and fun. Not many people think of the work and effort it takes to put on a world class spectacular event each year. One place represents that year round part of Mardi Gras more than any other in the world, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. This is where you can see Mardi Gras in action year round.  Since 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has built those stunning parade floats for Mardi Gras and lots of other events as well.

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Native Trails

Visiting the Chitimacha: Louisiana's Native People

by Kathleen Walls

Few native Americans managed to retain their ancestral lands so when I visited the Chitimacha Museum in Charenton, Louisiana and found that the Chitimacha still retained some of their original homelands in Louisiana, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about these little known people. Tahra Demarco, Museum Services Specialist, led us through the museum and was willing to tell us about her people.

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Off the Beaten Path

Hard Work University

by Kathleen Walls

College of the Ozarks, gives a whole new meaning to "working your way through college." The college is also known as "Hard Work U" because of its work instead of pay policy. Students work at places that are part of the campus to earn tuition and room and board. The unique structure of the institute make it a wonderful destination as well as a place to learn. The college has its own inn, restaurant, gristmill, farmer's market, museums and other places of interest you can enjoy touring. The 1,000 acre campus overlooks Lake Taneycomo at Point Lookout, Missouri. Most of the attractions are free of charge and all are staffed and operated with student labor.

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Blizzard Weather, Cooking Weather

 By Mary Emma Allen

Cold, snowy weather, "blizzard weather, "often mean delicious aromas in the kitchen when we came inside from snow clearing tasks, skiing, and sledding.  This might be a lunch, snacks, or cocoa and goodies as you warm before the stove or fireplace.

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Renee's Route

Deep into Detroit

by Renee S. Gordon

The first multi-million dollar industry in the New World was the fur trade and as early as 1608 Champlain began to form alliances with Indians to trade furs to Europe and in 1682 La Salle claimed for France all the land drained by the Mississippi and its tributaries. All of the early American settlements were established in locations based on their proximity to transportation to facilitate trade. Waterways and native trails were the first highways and no region had better access than that of an area in Michigan Territory. Lake St. Clair flows into Lake Erie there and the French traders referred to it as “the Strait,” or “Le Detroit.”

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Traditional Trails

Little City with a Big Heart:
The Story of North Platte Canteen

 by Kathleen Walls

“What happened in North Platte is a miracle. It was a love story between a country and its sons.” This is how Bob Greene, author of Once Upon a Town, a book about the North Platte Canteen, sums up what the canteen accomplished. The North Platte Canteen is one of America's little known World War II stories. I first heard of it on a recent visit to North Platte. You  know you are going to have an authentic experience when you enter the museum through three doors that are preserved from the original North Platte Canteen. Inside, we were greeted  by James Griffin, the museum curator.


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Tibs Trails and Tastes

Choose four Colorado towns to access Rocky Mountain National Park

by Christine Tibbets

Time to change that old notion about all roads leading to Rome.  Update it to talk about all the roads leading to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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See the U.S.A. with Warren

AMELIA ISLAND  - 400 Years and 8 Flags

by Warren Resen
Photographs by Jeanne O'Conner

Florida’s AMELIA ISLAND, at 13 miles long and 2 miles wide, is approximately the same size as the Island of Manhattan. Over the course of its 400 years of modern history, Amelia Island has had eight different flags flown over it, some multiple times, as the major powers gained and lost their ascendency over the land.

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Vagabond Traveler

Journaling Your Travels

by Mary Emma Allen

Organizing your photos, postcards and other travel collectibles  can be enjoyable and enable you to relive your various trips.  Journal writing also adds to the  memories for you and other family members.  These are items you can pass along throughout the years as you share your adventures.

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War Trails

World War II Remembered

 by Kathleen Walls

The bombing of Pearl Harbor on  December 7, 1941, dubbed by President Roosevelt, "a day that will live in Infamy,"  created a sense of patriotism the United States unequaled ever since. Then on June 6, 1945 there occurred a day that will live in triumph.


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Wet Roads

High Plains Drifting: Kayaking and Tanking on Nebraska's Rivers

 by Kathleen Walls

If you hadn't thought of Nebraska as a great water sports destination think again. The rivers of Nebraska's Sandhills offer unique opportunities and some spectacular scenery. 


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Wild Trails

Louisiana's Wetlands: Wild and Wonderful

 by Kathleen Walls

Are you in search of exotic birds, elusive mammals and reptiles from the prehistoric era?  Do you think you need to travel to foreign lands to find such wildlife? No way! You can find all that in Louisiana's wild and wonderful swamps and wetlands. These are precious and endangered places. Each year they face more dangers from natural causes such as hurricanes and salt water incursion and even worse from human causes such as development and waste dumping. Visit them while that still exist in their primal states and do all you can to help to preserver these natural treasures.


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