Bodie, California

In a world of rapid growth, sharp declines, and precious little that’s permanent, the town of Bodie, California, never changes, because …

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Wind, Waves, and Wild Ponies

Did you get a chance to read my recent book review of the childhood classic, Misty of Chincoteague? If so, I’d wager you’re ready to hop aboard as I set out on an island adventure!

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Missouri Ho!

You know I’m a sucker for small-town America. Give me a hardy little burg that thrives on the fruits of agriculture and community spirit, and I’m in heaven. So this week, I’m making tracks to Mansfield, in the heartland of southern Missouri. Never heard of it? Well, you might just be more familiar with Mansfield than you think.

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  1. Linda J. Crain says:

    I will put the Mansfield area on my next week-end trip list. Thanks for all the great information.

  2. Michelle Parker says:

    My parents and I took a genealogy trip in late October and I talked them into going to Baker Creek and the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes and museum. I would encourage anyone to take a side trip and see both. Rural America at its best!

  3. Roxana Argast says:

    Lucky you! I have had the pleasure of visiting several Laura Ingalls Wilder sites – Walnut Grove, MN, Pepin, WS, De Smet SD and just last month Burr Oak IA but not (yet) Mansfield MO. Someday soon I hope to get there and will also add Baker Creek to the list.

  4. I love road trips and I love Laura Ingalls Wilder… read all her books as a child before they ever became a TV series… Loved them all over again on TV… I live in Oklahoma not real far from Mansfield… someday I may make it when my life settles down a little. Sounds like a great trip to make with friends.

  5. Betty Stone says:

    I will give you my hometown of Alliance, NE. It is the county seat of Box Butte county. There are approximately 9000 souls in that town. My grandfather farmed near there and I can remember going to town with my grandparents on Saturday. Each of them was dressed in their Sunday best. What wonderful memories those were.

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There’s an App for that! (including delicious recipe)

Much to my vicarious delight, vacation and work commitments recently took Alyson Oüten to Europe for a month; from Spain to Portugal to Italy and Israel. (If you read my magazine or CLUCK newsletter, you’re already familiar with Alyson.)

For some of my Geography Journal entries she’ll take you to each of those stops (and more), but today she begins with her business trip to Italy where her travels spanned from Milan to Rome … and from pizza to Puttanesca.

Take it from here. It’s all yours, Aly!!!!!

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  1. Patty says:

    This is Great! I’ll probably never get to Italy but the photos and taste of their culture was so fun!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennifer Russell says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Alyson! Thanks for sharing this great story, recipe and photos. I am excited for this blog.

    Mary Jane – do you have plans to push out emails to subscribers once you load new blog updates?

    • Jane says:

      We do plan on some email alerts once we get all the kinks worked out. Thanks for visiting!!!! Come back real soon. We’ll leave the porch light on.

  3. Christie says:

    Awesome. Love the article. I don’t know if I will get to visit many countries like that, but I sure enjoyed sharing your experience. The recipe looks good. I will have to try it one of these days!
    Thanks so much!

  4. Shannon says:

    Amazing! You made me feel like I was there and the mushroom pasta looks amazing!

  5. Linda says:

    LOVE the photos, story, recipe, and looking forward to more of the same. Maybe sometime you can take me on your adventuresome trips. — Alyson’s Mom 🙂

  6. Judy Jones-McCown says:

    Thank You so much for sharing that with us. I can still smell and taste those mushrooms! I would love to go to Italy someday! How wonderful would that be?

  7. Dee Ritter says:

    Love this.
    I am 1/2 italian but have never been to Italy yet. Some day. True Italiano.

  8. Gabrielle says:

    This is really good… I use raw zucchini noodles and it was wonderfully carb free. Thanks for the recipe. BTW, I have a huge tarragon bush if you ever need any. 🙂

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Under an Abruzzan Sun

As I sit here cradling my cup of tea and watching dawn tickle the fringed edges of pine trees outside my window, I can already see that this morning might be another day of rain. Mind you, I’m never one to pick a fight with the weather (naturally, weather always wins). Still, I can’t help thinking about places where I might find sunshine drizzled like honey over rolling hillsides. You know the sort of destination I’m dreaming of…

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  1. Michele says:

    Saw your blog and wondered if you regularly travel to Abruzzo. We have a small house in the Guardiagrele area and enjoy connecting with other English speaking adventurers. We are from Toronto Canada.
    Let us know if you are interested in getting together….we fly there today!

    All the best,

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Hit the Road, Jill

Few things are as all-American as the old-fashioned family road trip. So here’s my friendly nudge: five places to take your little ones before they “un-little.”

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  1. Deborah Mcclure says:

    My spot is the Great Smokie Mnts. What a place to see and be, next to heaven.

  2. Lisa Rose says:

    One of my favorite places in the world is Washington State, you can start on the coast work your way up to the breathtaking Puget Sound and watch Orcas, camp on a beautiful island and then head on up the mountain, any mountain they are all beautiful, especially Mt. Rainer, camping there is splendid.
    Go on over the mountain and enjoy the beauty of eastern Washington, a whole different world.
    I had my granbabies there three times now, never get enough.

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First Lady

Hitch up your buggies, gals—today I’m taking you away to the historic town of Galena, Illinois.

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  1. Lorraine says:

    I love Galena. Its about 3 hrs northwest of my home. It has so many fun shops and restaurants. Also, the historical society does a great job of keeping history alive and interesting. We love visiting the museum.

    Another great small town is Morris, IL. It is located ~ 60 miles SW of Chicago – and it has it all. Fun shops, hiking and biking along the I & M Canal, great restaurants, and an active historical society museum – located adjacent to the I & M Canal. Its definitely worth the trip.

  2. Marlene says:

    I spent my honeymoon in Galena . It is a beautiful town in all seasons. Also, went to a ski lodge there years ago and still savor the memories.

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