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Today we are taking you to Olympic National Park located in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  We spent two full days there on our trip to Seattle this past year.  We honestly would have spent another day there if it hadn’t taken so long from Seattle each day.  Between the ferry ride and the time spent driving to different parts of the park, 4 hours a day were wasted without really seeing much.  On our next visit, we need to spend a night closer to the park in one of the small towns on the outskirts rather than in Seattle.    You live and learn.

With so much to see and only two days, we barely scratched the surface.  Did you know that Olympic National Park is made up of several smaller ecosystems?  They have the rainforest area, the coastline, the mountains, and the areas around the river valleys.  We tried our best to pop into each area if only for a few minutes to get a full sense of the park.  It was tough but we think we made the most of our days there.  We could have spent a week, but a couple days gave us a nice overview of just ONE of the national parks in Washington.

These are our favorite photographs from our visit.

Olympic National Park

 waterfall at olympic national park

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Salem is most well known for the Salem Witch Trials.  And the city today definitely takes that to heart.  Everywhere you look there are pictures of witches, stores related to Wicca, and a memorial to those “witches” who perished during the height of the hysteria.  As you wander around, it is clear to see that Salem loves their strange history and it is what bring visitors to this otherwise “any town” USA location.

It is what brought us after all.

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beaufort national cemetery in south carolina

Beaufort National Cemetery in South Carolina

 

During our road trip to the South, we specifically stopped in Beaufort, South Carolina for one reason…to visit the National Cemetery located there where John has a relative buried.  After finding out the number placement of the gravestone, we searched the grounds until we found one Richard Sullivan of Ohio.  But even if you don’t have a relative buried here, it is a beautiful military cemetery and worth a stop if you in the area.

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wigwam motel in arizona

the vintage cars add to the nostalgia of the wigwam motel

Last year we had the chance to spend some time driving Route 66 and seeing some it’s most famous funky sites.  Among them was the Wigwam Motel, a fun vintage motel that is still operational.  Don’t you think it would be fun to stay in one of these enclosed teepees for the night?

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tree in the amazon jungle

a tree stands tall in the Amazon jungle

During our visit to Brazil, we were fortunate enough to visit an eco-lodge in the Amazon jungle.  We spent a couple days there and did a variety of activities, including a jungle walk.  Turns out that it is super easy to lose your way, so we had to be vigilant to make sure we didn’t fall behind while taking our photos.  After the start of the walk, it was understandable why, the trees are so dense and tall you lose track of people only a few yards in front of you.

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The Oklahoma Aquarium is located in Jenks, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa.  We were in Tulsa for a wedding and decided to stop by the aquarium on our way home to Kansas City.  We roamed the wide variety of exhibits they have on display and got lost for a couple hours in the wonders of the water world.

beaver at the oklahoma aquarium

a beaver snacks of fruit at the daily feeding

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prison bed in cambodia

a dented prison bed in Cambodia

Welcome to Tuol Sleng Genocide Musuem, where during it’s prison days it was simply called S-21.  Located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, it was used during the Khmer Rouge reign to house Cambodian citizens that the Khmer Rouge considered criminals.  Criminals like teachers and monks.  Anyone with an education was considered disposable and put here at the prison where they were tortured and killed.  Out of about 17,000 prisoners, only 12 are known to have survived their stay.

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Cities around the United States tend to be famous for different reasons.  For instance, in Kansas City where we live, the city is famous for it’s fountains.  They are everywhere.  But in Chicago, it has to be the deep dish pizza, the magnificent mile, and the public artwork.  While we love the pizza, it is the art that we are sharing with you today.  Wander down any street in the downtown area and you will find art installations on nearly every corner.  From small pieces to large, the city of Chicago is proud to share it’s art with locals and tourists alike.

These are just a few that we saw during our visit.

leg art installation in chicago

she’s got legs, she knows how to use them

 

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