June Midwest Twitter Chat – Chicago #MWTravel

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Travel With Sara and The Walking Tourists are so excited to share the fun at our June Midwest Travel Chat using #MWTravel.  Our featured destination will be Chicago, IL. Our co-host Travel With Sara recently went to Chicago with some of her fellow #NorthIowa bloggers for a quick getaway.  She has some great posts about their experiences… Continue Reading …

Tampa American Victory Ship tour gives look at World War II support

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The SS American Victory Merchant Marine vessel played a key role for the United States during World War II and beyond. The vessel now stands as a memorial to the men and women of that era. The ship is now known as the SS American Victory Memorial and Museum. The Tampa-based ship is one of… Continue Reading …

The Florida Aquarium looks at international ecosystems

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When Lisa and I planned our Tampa trip, we both zeroed in on The Florida Aquarium. After all, shouldn’t it be a great place to see all kinds of sea and fresh water animals? Manatees? Dolphins? Sharks? Gators and crocs? You will see a lot of different water animals than you will in the Midwest.… Continue Reading …

Vino van Gogh paints a fun evening

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Lisa asked me once if I would be interested in attending a wine and painting event. I quickly flexed and in my best Arnold impression, said, “Nein! That’s a girly thing to do.” Of course, it sounded more like Hans and Franz of Saturday Night Live. Also, my body hurt after doing that flexing. So,… Continue Reading …

‘Superheroes’ at Omaha baseball; next flight to O Comic Con May 29-31

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What’s that stirring up the night? Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Is it Superman? Nope, it’s the Omaha Storm Chasers. The Chasers teamed with Omaha Comic con for “Superheroes Night” at Werner Ballpark. The AAA minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals – and the two-time national champion – hosted the… Continue Reading …

SAC military history lives on at Nebraska’s Strategic Air and Space Museum

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Anyone who has served in the US Air Force knows where Offutt Air Force Base is. The Bellevue, Nebraska, base is synonymous with the Strategic Air Command. SAC served as the United States’ strategic defense mainstay for more than 40 years. SAC was formally started in 1947 and lasted until 1992, when times changed and… Continue Reading …

Tampa’s Columbia Restaurant maintains greatness after more than 100 years

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The Columbia Restaurant in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa is Florida’s oldest restaurant. If the food and service is indicative, it will be around for a long time to come. Founded in 1905, Columbia has grown from a small 60-seat corner café to taking up a city block. The restaurant has expanded over the… Continue Reading …

Omaha Caffeine Crawl brews up fun

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  I cannot lie – I had a caffeine buzz going by the time we finished visiting our sixth place during the Omaha Caffeine Crawl Saturday. We participated in the second Omaha Caffeine Crawl, along with about 23 other people in our group. We visited coffee houses around the city: Beansmith, The Tea Smith, Aromas,… Continue Reading …

Tampa’s Ybor City is a look into history, culture

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Why did the rooster cross the street in Ybor City? Because he can. Ybor City (pronounced EE-bor), a neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, is home to the area’s Cuban culture. This was our first stop in Tampa during a recent visit. We looked forward to seeing a Cuban flavor in architecture, business and food. Our first… Continue Reading …

It’s easy to see why Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is among the best in the US

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo combines the best of zoos with theme park rides. It’s easy to see how people can spend hours there. The zoo, with almost all outdoor attractions (duh! It’s in Florida), has been rated the top zoo in the United States by “Parents” magazine. It’s easy to see why people like it. You… Continue Reading …