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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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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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Camp Meeting Retreat

Camp Meeting Retreat

 When my husband first mentioned “Family Camp,” I thought he must have been mistaken. To me, camp was a place where kids go and parents rest from kids. It was a definition of camp that I liked.   When my mother-in-law suggested our family attend camp meeting, I was unsure. I liked my old idea of camp. I wanted to be able to ship my kids off and enjoy some solo time at the pool. However my kids started begging…

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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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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City

Located on the northern headland of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies the Village of Mackinaw City. We recently chose to stay in the city to access Mackinac Island and the local hotels, which are cheaper than the hotels on the island. However, we found that Mackinaw City has more to offer than affordable hotel rooms and Mackinac Island ferry access. On the first night in Mackinaw City, we dined at Darrow’s Family Restaurant, which has been in business for 60 years….

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