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The Fall 2016 Edition of American Roads and Global Highways  



Welcome to the Fall 2016 issue of  American Roads and Global Highways. We  now have a new co-publisher. Someone who had been writing great articles for a long time, Renee S. Gordon. Renee has been traveling the world  for many years and previously wrote for a prestigious Philadelphia newspaper. I look forward to a good partnership with even more great articles for you, our readers.

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As usual this issue is filled with lots of fun places brought to you by some of the best travel writers around. Our guest writer, Kathy Barnett, senior editor of Weekender Magazine, has a great story for you about famous writers who lived in Missouri.

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After Matthew

Kathleen Walls

Here's an emergency post about the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Clay and St. Johns counties. Florida.

Read about Matthew in Florida

Adirondack Trail Mix

All in the Family:
A Summer Outing at Bennett's Riding Stable
By Persis Granger

The annual week-long visit from our youngest grandsons, ages 11 and 8, is always an occasion for us to plan an Adirondack itinerary that is both kid-friendly and septuagenarian-doable. Our week 's adventures usually combine outings that have been popular with the boys before, plus some new destinations. It starts something like this: Hey, guys, you know that neat rock shop we went to last summer? Do you want to go there again? We turn on our  "enthusiometers"' to determine the level of genuine interest they have in revisiting that attraction or activity. And then we plan a couple of treks to sites we have not taken them to before, often places we ourselves have never visited, either, which makes it an exciting discovery time for all of us.

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Agri Lanes

Perini Ranch Steakhouse and More

by Kathleen Walls

Many of you may have heard of Perini Ranch Steakhouse in tiny Buffalo Gap, Texas. It is well recognized even outside its native Texas, for its many awards like Best Burger on the Today Show, 3rd Best Steakhouse in Texas by Texas Monthly, and numerous other prestigious awards. It is one of only five restaurants nationwide to be awarded the James Beard Foundation 2014 America’s Classics Award.


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Ancient Traces

Jerash: Jordan’s Other Treasure

by Kathleen Walls

Can you imagine stepping back to a civilization that flourished back in 331BC? The ancient ruins of Jerash in Jordan were founded about that date by Alexander the Great or one of his generals. When I visited, I could feel the currents of civilization that had flourished in these ancient streets and buildings.


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Art Trails

Art Towns and Rising Stars

by Anne Jenkins

Berea, Ky won the number one spot in the recent 'Top 10 towns for craft lovers' in the USA run by American Craft Week (ACW) beating out stiff competition from the likes of Asheville, N.C. and Burlington, Vt. It is a well deserved win and they are justifiably proud.

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Chuckwagon Roundup

Bountiful Breakfast Bonanza

by Kathleen Walls

Last year Zagat named Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the No. 1 food city in America. Maybe that is why three of the restaurants featured here are in Pittsburgh. Then way farther south, Tallahassee, Florida has its share. As the state capital, it has to serve good food to keep politicos and visitors alike happy. Manocos Colorado may be a small town but it can hold its own when it comes to great breakfasts. Of course, California is known for food innovations so it’s no surprise Palo Alto, California has a great breakfast spot. Naturally there are many others I have not yet visited. When I do they will be another grouping of Beautiful Breakfast Bonanzas.

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Civil Rights Trails

Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers

by Kathleen Walls

After the Civil War ended newly free African American men began searching for a place they could earn a living with dignity and respect, two attributes that were in short supply for African Americans in September 21, 1866 when the first all black regiments of the peacetime army were formed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. They were the 10th Cavalry, 9th Cavalry 24th Infantry, and 25th Infantry regiments. Their main purpose was to protect America’s frontier from Indians.

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Elite Street Eats

La Costanera: A Sunset Dream

By Kathleen Walls

La Costanera, perches above Montara Beach with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant and since its opening on October 2, 2009. La Costanera has rapidly made a name for itself. We met with Eric Canupp, Director of Marketing and events. He told us how La Costanera was born.

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Fork in The Road

Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge

By Kathleen Walls

Dining at Miss Hattie’s Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge in San Angelo Texas is so enjoyable it should be illegal. But since there is no such thing as too much fun it’s perfectly legal. You can munch on appetizers like Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos, which are filled with cream cheese and offer just enough bite in the crisply fried bite-sized morsels to be delicious without scorching your tonsils. Or you can sample a mixed appetizer plate with three different choices from their special Texas Toothpicks, slivers of breaded onion and jalapenos; Fried Zucchini; Hand dipped Onion Rings; or   Fried Mushrooms all served with a ranch dressing.

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Guest Column

See the Missouri Areas that Inspired Great Authors
By Kathy Barnett

You don’t have to live in New York to write a best-selling novel. You don’t have to live in Hollywood to have that book turned into a hit movie or television series either. So what is the secret? What is the common denominator? The link is to live the life of a Missourian. When in Missouri, visit the roads to the homes of four famous authors that are open to the public so you can relive their stories. Stand in the same spots where they stood and touch mementos that were woven into the storylines of their tales.  

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Happy Trails

Georgia's Little Grand Canyon, Jimmy Carter and a Boll Weevil

By Tom Straka
Photographs by Pat Straka

Most people don’t know Georgia has a Grand Canyon, albeit a little one. It is a couple of hours southwest of Atlanta, near Lumpkin, and called Providence Canyon State Park. The real Grand Canyon took millions of years to form and is a mile deep; Georgia’s took only a few decades to form and is 150 feet deep. However, just like the real Grand Canyon, Georgia’s is spectacular. And, 150 feet is still deep.

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Historical Trails

The Real Wild West at Buffalo Gap Village

By Kathleen Walls

Buffalo Gap, Texas is a glimpse of the Wild West as it really was. Buffalo Gap was founded at the site of a natural pass through which bison herds traveled. It was a stop for cowboys on the Great Western Cattle Trail.  In the late 1800s it was the spot where buffalo hunters camped. By 1880, it had been named county seat and had a population of 200. It had the usual businesses, hotel, blacksmith shop, a general store and a saloon. Perhaps the most important building in Buffalo Gap was the Taylor County Jail and Courthouse.

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Information Highway ( a different way to promote travel)

Take a Tour

Want to visit fun places but you are not sure what to see there? How about taking a tour that is like having a friend who knows that city well along to take you to the coolest places. You can do that for under $5 now.

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Inn Roads

Retro Inn

By Kathleen Walls

Retro Inn in Cortez, Colorado takes you back in time. You might land anywhere from the 1950s to the ‘80s.  Well, not really but that is how it feels. If you plan to visit the Four Corners area of Colorado, Cortez is the perfect hub and Retro Inn is a fun place to set up your base camp while you explore the Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) sites.  It’s about ten minutes from Mesa Verde National Park.

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Museum Stroll

Who was Andy Warhol?

By Kathleen Walls

When most Americans hear the name Andy Warhol, they think of Campbell’s Soup cans. Those Campbell’s Soup Cans paintings may be his most recognizable work but it is far from the entirety that was Andy Warhol.

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Native Trails

Mesa Verde Country- On the Trail of the Ancients

By Kathleen Walls

Ancestral Puebloans didn’t limit themselves to Mesa Verde National Park. They built dwellings throughout the four corners area. We were trying to see allof the most interesting ones so we headed for Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. It was created to protect these sites. Our guide, Jim Colleran told us to “look for sage and prickly pear cactuses growing on rubble mounds” to recognize unexcavated sites.

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On the Road with Grandma

Ahoy! Enjoy Annapolis

by Roberta Sandler

There's smooth sailing for you and your grandchildren when you visit Annapolis, Maryland. With plenty of water views and water sports, this county seat of Anne Arundel County is an invitation to fun. Annapolis is called the Sailing Capital of the World, no surprise considering that it's situated on the Chesapeake Bay. It's less than an hour from Baltimore and Washington, D. C.

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Overseas Highways

Jordan’s Baker’s Dozen Must Know~Must See 

By Kathleen Walls

There are some things a first time visitor to a special place must see. Likewise there are certain things that are important to know when venturing into a strange environment. Go with an open mind and avoid stereotypes. You will have a much more enjoyable time and learn more about the culture.  For my first visit to Jordan, here are my lists of the most important “Must See” and “Must Know” places and things. 

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Photos from the Roadside

Dam! It’s so close to Las Vegas.
I can’t believe how I missed this side trip in the past.

by Jim DeLillo

Only 35 miles from The Strip it takes less than one hour to drive there.Boulder Dam, as it was once known, is the result of a government work project that took five years to build, $49 million (1931) $777 million (2016) and twenty-one thousand men. Impressive in its stature, standing 726 feet tall and goes from 660 feet wide at the base to a mere 45 feet wide at the top. Holding back the huge volume of water stored in the reservoir weighs so much that it deformed the earth’s crust, causing more than 600 small earthquakes in the late 1930s. The Lake was formed by damming the Colorado River at Black Canyon.The purpose of which is to provide 1.5 million kilowatts of electricity to the surrounding communities in Nevada, Arizona, and southern California.

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Pot Luck

Kitchen Canisters with a Story

By Mary Emma Allen

Many of the items in your kitchen either tell a story, because they are hand-me-downs used in earlier days or are something you've collected as you've traveled.  Canisters, either as matching sets, or odd ones you've accumulated or saved because you like them, may contribute to your story or bring memories of travels.

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Rendezvous With Renee's

South Dakota's Treasures of I-29

By Renee S. Gordon

People around the globe tend to be most familiar with the western region of South Dakota, famous for the Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore and the rugged scenery of the Badlands. Visitors who confine themselves to the region west of the Missouri, the boundary between East and West, miss not only the expansive prairie but also a plethora of sites and attractions that are culturally unique. 

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Renee's Route

Lexington Kentucky Getaway

by Renee's S. Gordon

By all accounts, Abraham Lincoln visited Kentucky four times, but most significantly, it was in Kentucky that he experienced his first vacation. In what we would now term a guy’s getaway he visited his best friend Joshua Speed in 1841 and obtained his first taste of a life of luxury. The components that make up a successful deluxe getaway have not changed much in the ensuing 175-years and Kentucky is still an ideal location to spend some time with friends and Lexington is just the right size and has such a plethora of culinary, shopping, arts and entertainment venues that everyone is bound to be pleased.

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Renee's International Route

Mexico’s Playa Mujeres Excellence Resorts

by Renee's S. Gordon

Nearly 5000 years ago Mayans migrated into the Yucatan region of Mexico and between 500 BC and 900 AD they constructed large commercial, ceremonial and religious centers. The first documented Europeans to sail into the area, although they did not land, were part of the 1513 Ponce de Leon expedition. Four years later Francisco Hernendez de Cordova, while seeking slaves, landed. Encountering indigenous people he asked where he was in Spanish. They responded in their language, “ Tetec dtan. Ma t natic a dtan,” basically, “What are you saying?”  Cordova believed they were answering his question and, hearing their words as “Yucatan”, named the land accordingly.


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Tibbs Trails and Tastes

Navigating Cultures: Odyssey to explore Mexico City

by Christine Tibbets

When UNESCO says a place is special -- paying attention pays off.  Perhaps your list of want-to-go-there World Heritage Sites is as long as mine. 

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Traditional Trails

Mission San Luis: Tallahassee's Secret Treasure

By Kathleen Walls

Mission San Luis takes you back into Florida’s early history. Not just the Spanish settlers but the Native Apalachee. Museums sometimes seem to forget that long before the Europeans arrived on this continent the natives had thriving cultures. Here, the customs, sports and a sustained lifestyle. They planted corn, beans, and squash, to complement their hunting and gathering. When the Spanish came, both groups were influenced by the other. Mission San Luis tells the story of that meshing of cultures. It’s done by docents in traditional costume who remain in character so no point talking about your smart phone or camera. Those things don’t exist here.

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Traveling Beyond Borders

The Joie de Trois-Rivieres

by Roberta Sandler

It's not that I'm squeamish about staying in a centuries-old jail. It's just that I'd rather enjoy the comforts of a hotel.

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Vagabond Traveler

The Lure of Scenic Waterfalls  

By Mary Emma Allen

Waterfalls, wherever they are in the world, seem to capture the attention of travelers.  They go out of their way to travel to these cascading tumbles of water, whether the falls are long narrow streams or a wide expanse like Niagara Falls.  Some falls may simply be a tumble of water over a dam, while others are famed and draw visitors from far and near.  

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See the USA with Warren

Touring Historic Savannah, Georgia

by Warren Resen

Pre-Civil War Savannah was called the most picturesque and serene city in America.  Today it is a reminder of what many consider to have been the epitome of a society in gentler times as portrayed by Hollywood.  


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Wild Roads

A Visit  to Abilene Zoo

By Kathleen Walls

In the wild west of Abilene Texas, you expect to find a lot of wild. The Abilene Zoo doesn’t disappoint. It is filled with wild life. One of the first stops in the zoo has to be Wetlands of the Americas.

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