Randall Soules

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The Total Solar Eclipse – Be There!

The Total Solar Eclipse – Be There!

"Before you die, you owe it to yourself to see a total solar eclipse." David Baron is an umbraphile. He is an eclipse chaser. Many years ago he was advised by a total stranger to see a total solar eclipse before he died. Although he thought this an odd demand from...

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Abingdon, Virginia – A Hidden Gem

Abingdon, Virginia – A Hidden Gem

Abingdon Virginia - A Hidden Gem My wife and I have stopped at Abingdon, Virginia every time we travel to and return from our favorite vacation spot - Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. Abingdon is at the halfway point between our home and Snowshoe. For over 15 years...

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Great Lake Trip – Day 15 – Michigan

Great Lake Trip – Day 15 – Michigan

Covington Kentucky The drive down to Cincinnati and across the mighty Ohio River into Covington, Kentucky was safe and uneventful. We stayed at a Holiday Inn just over the bridge which was pretty unimpressive. Once again we got a choice room on the opposite side from...

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Great Lake Trip – Day 13 – Michigan

Great Lake Trip – Day 13 – Michigan

Dearborn Michigan The Henry Ford Museum The Henry Ford Museum is in Dearborn, Michigan. The Henry Ford opened in 1929. It is a collection of people and things that Henry Ford considered the real history of the United States. It is the most incredible museum I have...

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Great Lake Trip – Day 12 – Michigan

Great Lake Trip – Day 12 – Michigan

Ann Arbor Michigan We left Bay City and arrived in Ann Arbor late in the afternoon. Ann Arbor was named after the names of the founder's wives, both named Ann, and the many stands of Bur Oak trees. It is consistently voted one of the best cities to live in the US. It...

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Great Lake Trip – Day 11 – Michigan

Great Lake Trip – Day 11 – Michigan

Bay City, Michigan Heading south to our next destination, we stopped on the way to explore the town of Alpena, Michigan. Our first stop was at the Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau at 235 W. Chisholm St. The friendly lady there supplied us with a map of this small...

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Great Lake Trip – Day 10 – Michigan

Great Lake Trip – Day 10 – Michigan

Mackinaw City, Michigan The next morning we got up, had a good breakfast at our hotel, and headed to our northernmost point on this trip - Sault Ste. Marie. The Soo, as Sault Ste. Marie is called, means Rapids of Saint Marie. The "Mighty Mac" is right by our hotel. It...

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Great Lake Trip – Day 9 – Michigan

Great Lake Trip – Day 9 – Michigan

Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island We head out early from Petoskey, Michigan, taking the short drive north to Mackinaw City. On our agenda for the day is to catch the 11 AM ferry from Mackinaw City to the scenic Mackinac Island. We chose the Star Line as our transport....

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Great Lake Trip – Day 8 – Michigan

Great Lake Trip – Day 8 – Michigan

Petoskey, Michigan The next morning we traveled a little bit further North to Petoskey, Michigan. Petoskey is a lovely old town situated on the Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. It is a popular stop for those on their way to Mackinac Island. Since it was so close...

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