Touring Broken Wagon Bison Ranch

Touring Broken Wagon Bison Ranch

The bison has been named the national mammal of the United States. It’s fitting, since it is estimated that 30 to 60 million bison lived in North America in the 1500s before huge slaughters took place as settlers moved westward. The bison was near extinction, down to about 300 head nationally before a handful of ranchers captured orphaned calves and began raising them. Today the population has grown, with bison found in national and state parks, as well as several private herds being raised for food. I toured the Broken Wagon Bison Ranch in Hobart, Indiana, where I learned more about bison and had a chance to meet the herd up close and personal. Read more

How to Eat Cheaply in Laughlin

How to Eat Cheaply in Laughlin

Some say Laughlin, Nevada, is like the old Las Vegas, with inexpensive hotels and food. It’s true the hotels are inexpensive. The food? Not so much. The 99 cent breakfast no longer exists. Also gone is the $1.50 hot dog with beer or soda. However, there are still lots of ways to save money on food, as we found out during our six-week stay in the area. Read more

Boulder City: Day Trip from Las Vegas

Boulder City: Day Trip from Las Vegas

Planning to tour Hoover Dam while you visit Las Vegas? Afterwards, why not spend the rest of the day in nearby Boulder City, the town that was built for the dam workers? You can easily fill your day with all there is to do and see. Here are some suggestions. Read more

Overalls All Over Cedar Rapids through Labor Day 2016

Overalls All Over Cedar Rapids through Labor Day 2016

It began with Cows on Parade, first in Zurich in 1998 and a follow-up in Chicago in 1999. Since then, cities all over the world have done a similar public art project. Moose in Toronto, Pigs in Cincinnati, the Superlambanana in London, and ponies in Santa Fe all followed suit. The projects involve local artists painting the same subject, each putting his or her own spin on it, and placing them around the city. The most fun of these exhibits, Overalls All Over, is going on right now in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during Grant Wood’s 125th birthday celebration. Read more

Ciao Bella: Northwest Indiana Chic Trattoria

Ciao Bella: Northwest Indiana Chic Trattoria

My meal at Ciao Bella was something I’d expect from a high-end Chicago restaurant. Baby lamb chops, standing bone-end up forming a tepee atop a mound of rapini and beans, topped with delicate purple microgreens, was as pleasing to the eyes as it was to the taste buds. Read more

8 Oklahoma City Districts to Explore

8 Oklahoma City Districts to Explore

Like many large cities, Oklahoma City is comprised of many neighborhoods. In OKC the neighborhoods are referred to as “districts.” There are fifteen Oklahoma City districts, each with its own distinct attributes. During our 48-hour stay there, it wasn’t possible to visit all of the districts, but Skip and I did explore several of them. Read more

Seward Johnson Sculptures in Crown Point Portray Real Life

Seward Johnson Sculptures in Crown Point Portray Real Life

Last summer I was driving through the town square in Crown Point, Indiana, when I noticed two men in suits standing on a corner deep in conversation. It took me a few seconds to realize it was a sculpture. In the next few minutes I saw a man holding an umbrella and a photographer taking a picture of the courthouse. When I stopped in at Carriage Court Pizza, there was a woman sunning herself on a chaise lounge in their courtyard. These sculptures were all part of the Seward Johnson collection of sculptures on display as part of Crown Point’s public art project. Read more

8 Surprising Things I Discovered at the Oklahoma State Capitol

8 Surprising Things I Discovered at the Oklahoma State Capitol

State capitol buildings are more than places for lawmaking and other state business. Many of them are also museums, open for the public to tour and learn about a state’s legislative process and its history. While many features of capitol buildings are similar, each is unique to its own state. The first unique thing I noticed about the Oklahoma State Capitol on my recent visit was the oil derrick standing in front of it. Read more

Gailey’s Breakfast Café: Award-Winning Breakfast, Nostalgic Atmosphere

Gailey’s Breakfast Café: Award-Winning Breakfast, Nostalgic Atmosphere

How much more patriotic can you get with breakfast than the Freedom Waffle? That’s what I ordered the first time I dined at Gailey’s Breakfast Café in Springfield, Missouri. The thick Belgian waffle, topped with loads of sweet strawberries and blueberries and striped with whipped cream, was made to resemble the America flag. It was as delicious as it looks. Read more

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: Exploring Life in the American West

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: Exploring Life in the American West

Life in the American West conjures up images of cowboys and homesteaders, cattle drives and rodeos. The Western way of life was romanticized and popularized in early 20thcentury books by Zane Grey and later in cinema movies. Today the story of the American West is told in Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum through world-class art galleries and exhibits. Read more