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Bardot

Brigitte Bardot was a French movie-star, model, singer, and animal rights activist. She was born on September 28, 1935 in Paris. She was into music and dance at a young age, and at the age of 15 was a model for the French magazine ‘Elle’. After a couple years of modeling, Bardot became an actress, appearing first in ‘Crazy for Love’. Bardot married her first husband, Roger Vadim, at the…   Read More >>

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. His interest in science began at age five, when his father showed him a compass, and young Einstein wondered what made the needle turn. When Einstein was 10, the family invited a college-educated friend to come over for meals. This friend began tutoring Einstein in science. One of the books he showed Albert described a fictional character riding…   Read More >>

Peyton Place

Nuh uh

Grace Metalious is the writer of a famous 1956 novel titled ‘Peyton Place’. She was born on September 8th 1924. ‘Peyton Place’ quickly became a novel that teens loved. They would underline what they thought were the ‘good parts’ and then pass it on to a friend. ‘Peyton Place’ sold over 60,000 copies within the first ten days in print. ‘Peyton Place’ centers on a teenage girl named Allison, whose…   Read More >>

Currituck Beach and Return to Kitty Hawk

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

I am writing a novel about kids traveling in a kayak from Virginia Beach to somewhere in Oregon. I did a lot of research along the Atlantic Coast, and had my kids land on some places that sounded interesting. My family decided to visit some of those places so I could get a better idea on what I was writing about. Our first stop was Currituck Beach. Currituck Beach is…   Read More >>

So, Where Is Your Favorite Place?

Meeting new friends around a table

We get asked this question a lot, and the answer isn’t usually a direct one. Sure, Miranda can name a few of her favorite places right off the bat. But, I think she would agree with me, that there is more to her favorite places than the actual location. My answer is generally along the lines of “We’ve visited really unique places, experienced amazing adventures, and seen beautiful sites. But,…   Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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