Oct 18, 2014

Hungarian Revolution

In October of 1956, the Hungarian people had had enough of Soviet rule. Having watched Poland become essentially free in acting, the Hungarians wanted freedom. On October 23, students and workers gathered in the streets and protested Communist rule. The protesters demanded that Imre Nagy be promoted to Premier of Hungary, which The Communist party did. However, Nagy pushed the Revolution too far, declaring Hungary was withdrawing from the Warsaw…   Read More >>

Oct 18, 2014

James Dean

James Dean was a movie actor who starred in movies with big names such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe in ‘Elvis: Return to Tupelo’, and with Ronald Reagan in ‘The Dark, Dark Hours’. James Dean was born on February 8th, 1931 in Indiana. When he was very young, his father left farming to become a dentist, and moved to Santa Monica, CA. Also, Dean’s mother died when he was…   Read More >>

Oct 15, 2014

Great Dismal Swamp 2/2

Cypress and Tupelo Gum Trees in Lake Drummond

After doing a bit of research it looked like a great way to experience the Great Dismal Swamp would be to use our kayaks. We could launch into the Canal, get to the very attractively-named Feeder Ditch, and paddle 3 miles in either no or a small current up to a dam where a small portage would gain us access to Lake Drummond. Lake Drummond is a 3100 acre lake…   Read More >>

Oct 15, 2014

Great Dismal Swamp 1/2

The Great Dismal Swamp Canal

Sometimes while looking at the map places just jump out at you. This is our 3rd time through the Virginia Beach / Hampton Roads area of Virginia and each time through I noted this green space on the map called The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Seriously? Our tax dollars support such a thing? And why in all of our travel-blogger following had we not seen anyone visit it?…   Read More >>

Oct 10, 2014

How Do You Decide Where To Go?

How Do You Decide Where To Go?

We get asked this question a lot, and the answer is usually “it depends.” As a way to illustrate how this process sometimes happens let me see if I can walk you through the process we took today. We are in a county park in Lorton, VA. We have only electric hookups so are running on our tanks for fresh water coming in and gray/black water going out. Our site…   Read More >>

Oct 10, 2014

Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev was born on April 17, 1894, the son of a coal miner. His first job was at age 15 as a pipe fitter, which kept him out of the military. He joined the Communist Party in 1918 during a worker’s organization struggle. He opted to join the new Communist army, and was assigned the job of a junior political commissar, which was the equivalent of a minor officer,…   Read More >>

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Howdy! We are the Boyinks - a family of four who left Holland, Michigan for a one-year family roadtrip around the USA and ended up with a new life. We sold our house, gave away most of our stuff, and are now full-time 'technomads' - traveling while still working and schooling. Read more about us, view the map of our travels, or read entries from our travel journal.

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