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Guide: The OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of my favorite zoos. My youngest three grew up here spending countless days sitting by the glass near the apes or big cats watching, smiling, and waving at the animals just inches away. It’s family friendly, fun, affordable, and has the perfect balance of little-kid play and amazing animals. […]

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Old art and new friends

Facebook is a funny thing. Over two decades ago my husband sat next to a girl on a flight to Germany. A year later he sat next to her on the flight home. Those are the only times they’ve seen each other until today, but they shared a common experience as exchange students in Germany […]

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Annapolis Greek Festival

Lesson learned: Do NOT go to the Annapolis Greek festival overly tired or not-hungry. The point is to eat and eat abundantly. As the brochure says, “Greek food is good and we have the figures to prove it!” I’m kicking myself now. We parked easily at the high school right as the shuttle drove up, […]

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Freefalling from 17,500: A skydiving HALO

I may seem like a normal mother of four, but hidden behind this housewife facade is a girl who loves adventure. Thankfully, my husband knows this, so he arranged for me to skydive for my 40th birthday. This is how I refuse to grow old. From Southern Maryland to Orange, Virginia is just a couple […]

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DC in Pink!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that me and morning are about as friendly as Batman and Joker. Morning is sort of like working out. I like the idea of it, but the reality is just plain ugly. Unless it’s a photo op. Tell me there’s a once in a lifetime event that I need […]

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An Afternoon in Georgetown

Georgetown was one of the first things on Tiara’s “stuff to do before I move” list. She’d only been there twice. Both times it rained. So today, without umbrellas or plan, we headed up to Georgetown just to walk, take a few pictures, and soak up the atmosphere in this neighborhood that predates D.C.  I […]

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Kayak Annapolis – Falling in love with the city and sport

In this area threaded with rivers and inlets, kayaking is everywhere.  In DC you see kayaks cruising near Georgetown and in Solomons they snake in and out of tiny inlets off of the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is no different.  The “sailing capital of the U.S.” is surrounded by boats of all sizes from Navy ships […]

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OBX Trip Day 1: Driving to North Carolin’s Outer Banks

Tifnotes: From Southern Maryland to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it’s roughly a 5 hour drive if you take the 95 route.  There are tolls, but not many and the drive is fairly easy and direct. The Digs:  Thanks to a quick search on Homeaway, I found this amazing house that was available just […]

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The Crime Museum: DC’s Museum of Crime and Punishment

My seventeen-year old wasn’t excited to go to DC’s Crime Museum.  I think, to her, it probably sounded like a punishment for which there was no crime, but I got a Groupon deal and told her that this was her “educational” field-trip for the week and it would include lunch.   Parking: DO NOT PARK at […]

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A Spanish Bull Fight

What do you think of when you think of Spain?  Don Quijote’s windmills, flamenco, guitar, tapas, paella, white-washed towns, dusty streets, color…  toros? You can’t really drive very far in Spain without seeing the iconic bull silhouetted against the cloud mottled sky, standing on a hill aside the highway.  They are scattered along random stretches […]

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