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Museum of Appalachia 

Museum of Appalachia 

On our numerous I-75 road trips from Flordia to Kentucky, we have passed the Museum of Appalachia billboard and asked ourselves repeatedly, “I wonder if that is any good?” We finally decided a few months ago to give the museum a try. We were blown away with the museum and the breadth of the history we learned. Founded in 1969 with one log cabin, the museum has grown to include exhibit halls overflowing with authentic artifacts and dozens of historic…

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The Manhattan Project National Historical Park

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park

 A hidden city sounds like the setting for a movie. Yet, a secret city did exist in the mountains of Tennessee. In 1942 residents of the Oak Ridge area were forced to leave their property. Unknown to the area’s residents and most of the world, the area had been chosen for the site of the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for developing the atomic bomb. The secret compound did not appear on any maps. Employees of the three plants were…

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Wycliffe Discovery Center

Wycliffe Discovery Center

Our world is a diverse place filled with over 6,000 languages. Unfortunately more than 1,600 languages are still waiting for the Bible to be translated in their heart language. That means many people around the world are not able to read God’s word for themselves. However, Wycliffe Bible translators exist to ensure that all people groups can read God’s word in their own heart language. Recently, our family visited the Wycliffe Discovery Center in Orlando, Fl. On our trip with…

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The First KFC

The First KFC

No trip to my parents’ home would be complete without a visit to the Kentucky Colonel, Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of KFC. My parents live in Corbin, Ky, the home of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken.    The Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum is not only a restaurant, it is also a museum showcasing the history of Colonel Sander’s original restaurant. Colonel Sanders began his culinary career when he opened a service station in 1930. Located across from the site…

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Exploring Mexico with My Father’s World

Exploring Mexico with My Father’s World

This year we have been using My Father’s World Exploring: Countries and Cultures curriculum. Along with the packaged curriculum, our family has enjoyed supplementing our curriculum with trip’s to Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. Our first destination: Mexico!   Our favorite stop in the Mexico pavilion is always the pre-Colombian pyramid, which sits in the midst of a Yucatán jungle. Inside the pyramid, visitors can journey through Mexico with Jose Carioca and Panchito as they search for their amigo, Donald…

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Free visit to Disney World?

Free visit to Disney World?

When we moved to Central Florida six years ago, our family was excited to explore the tourist hot spots. However, moving expenses and the cost of tourist traps put a damper on our plans. Our solution was Disney World. While Disney World may not seem like an economical outing, our family turned Disney into an almost free excursion. The secret? Disney Springs!   Since our boys were young and inexperienced Floridians, they never realized that their visit to “Disney World,”…

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English Tea in Mt. Dora

English Tea in Mt. Dora

A visit to England has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Yet, something always gets in the way, like house payments, braces for one of my kids, and buying groceries. Even though I’m stuck here in Central Flordia, I recently had the opportunity to experience England without even crossing the pond. Thanks to the Windsor Rose Tea Room in Mt. Dora Florida, I was able to briefly immerse myself in English culture.   Since 1991, the Tea…

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Fried Green Goodness

Fried Green Goodness

Located in the small town of Juliette, Georgia, the Whistle Stop Cafe is a hidden gem. Since I am a fan of the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, I was eager to visit the restaurant that served as the backdrop for much of the movie. However, the Whistle Stop Café did not begin its life as a restaurant. The building was built in 1927 and served the town as a general merchandise store for 45 years. When the town was chosen…

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Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

Evening Fun at Universal’s City Walk 

A visit from out of town guests provides a great opportunity to meet up at new locales. A few weeks ago we met some old friends at Universal’s City Walk. Unlike the theme parks, admission to City Walk is free, as is parking after 6 PM. However, we decided to beat the evening rush and pay the before 6 PM parking fee of $20.  We met our friends at NBC Sports Grill and Bar. With over 100 high definition screens,…

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Escape from the Heat 

Escape from the Heat 

With summer nearing the end and the outside temperature still set on sweltering, affordable inside activities can be hard to find. One of our favorite activities during the summer months is to take advantage of the air conditioning at the Florida Mall. From browsing the colorful and tasty merchandise at M&M’s World to sampling the products at the Beef Jerky Outlet, the Florida Mall provides an opportunity for all ages to have an enjoyable and cool outing. Stores and experiences…

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