Cemetery Safari

Guest writer – Emily Wilberg If you ask me, visiting cemeteries is wonderful! (If you ask my kids, you may get a different answer.) Often, there is beautiful landscaping, interesting tombstones, a solemn sense of history, and occasionally, even a glimpse of humor. One of my favorite tombstone inscriptions was found in a cemetery in…

Turkey Side Trip: Gallipoli

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours … You, the mothers who sent their sons…

Turkey Side Trip: Troy

If you plan to make it to Gallipoli, or are in Izmir with some extra time, then a trip up the coast can be fun.  Make sure either trip includes a stop at the ancient city of Troy. Sometimes we forget that the ledges we hear and the movies we hear have roots in reality. …

AT Packing List

When most people think about hiking the Appalachian Trail or other long distance trails, they think about taking six months off and hiking end to end – otherwise known as thru hiking.  Only a small percentage of people ever start this hike and even fewer are able to finish it. Another way to go is…

Turkey Side Trip: The 7 Churches

It is not commonly known the Seven Churches from Revelation were in Turkey and can still be visited today.   Whether interested in the religious, cultural or historical, this is a wonderful 3-4 day excursion that you can do with a tour or on your own. To visit on your own, I recommend flying into Izmir…

Turkey Side Trip: Cappadocia

I hate to call Cappadocia a side trip.  But, to get there from outside of Turkey, you really have to first go through Istanbul.  And while it is an amazing spot unlike any other, two days is the right amount of time for a visit that doesn’t involve a lot of outdoor excursions.  You can…

Merrell Shoes – Magic Shoes (Review)

In the Spring of 2008, my mom and I were planning a cross country road trip from Montgomery Alabama to Utah.  We had plans to stop along the way in Savannah, Charlottesville, Washington DC, New York City, Chicago and then every place that looked interesting as we headed west.  I needed a new pair of…