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I started this blog on February 10, 2006 at the recommendation of journalist friend and tech expert Dwight Silverman;  I was retiring from the Navy and planning to be a writer, and he said, “If you’re going to be a writer, you need to have a blog.” Hmmm, well alrighty, […]

It’s been a great run, but it’s time to go


Looking for a local place to get some Western-style boots for the kids during your visit to Austin? Try Allens Boots on South Congress Avenue; the area is often referred to by the trendy term SoCo and when you’re ready to kick up your boot heels, there are fun, funky and […]

Shop local in Austin and Round Rock: Allens Boots




My first (short) visit to Las Vegas was to help run the Tourism track at BlogWorld and New Media Expo, but I tried to scope out a few family travel angles in Sin City while I was there. Here are my thoughts about this surprising place: 1)  Even though the campaign […]

8 tips on taking the kids to Las Vegas


Welcome to the December 2, 2010 edition of the Carnival of Cities, where we tour the world in a single blog post.  We were supposed to publish yesterday but ran into some technical glitches; thanks for your patience. Thanks as well to the host of the previous edition on Byteful Travel, […]

Carnival of Cities for 2 December 2010


A gaggle of some of my dearest travel blogging friends run a dynamite fundraiser every year – it’s called Passports with Purpose and oh by the way, the BootsnAll Travel Network (which hosts this blog) is a Platinum PwP sponsor. So what’s with the “build a village” thing? How can […]

Build a village and win cool travel stuff: Passports with ...



The teacher’s voice was clear and firm:  “No, sir, I’m afraid that is incorrect. You may step down and take a seat.” It was a spelling bee in progress at the Rose Hill School, an historic one-room schoolhouse built in 1895, but now located behind the small Cherokee Strip Museum […]

History class is in session at the Cherokee Strip Museum’s ...


Over 500 different kinds of soda (pssst….the staff told me to get the Dang! Butterscotch Root Beer.) Pick out a sampler six-pack (or more) of cold sodas. Great burgers in the diner. The shake that I got with my burger was spoon-thick. Ridiculously futuristic and cool architecture, with a giant […]

A real sugar shack: POPS on Oklahoma’s Route 66


Although I’m from a Navy family and feel as though my home is “anywhere on Planet Earth,”  I was actually born in Key West, Florida. Therefore, as an official Conch, I do feel an affinity for the Sunshine State. This is where I recommend taking kids in Florida if I […]

Things to do and see in Florida besides Walt Disney ...