12 Steps to Great Sand Castles

Janel Hawkins, owner of Sandcastle University in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is the guru of the grain.  Grain of sand, that is. A self-taught artist, the 23-year-old has studied under masters and has sculpted the NCAA volleyball logo for national television. Today, she teaches more than 300 construction classes per year along Alabama’s 32 miles of …

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Winter Break Rocks on Alabama Coast

By Paris Wolfe Alabama may lack the breadth of coastline found in Florida, but it offers an engaging experience for those who want to get away from winter for a few days or a few months. And it’s fairly easy on the budget. We took three days to travel 1,000 miles south in our RV …

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Visiting Cajun Bayou is History Lesson

  By Paris Wolfe The Cajun Bayou – just 35 miles south of New Orleans -- isn’t just a place, it’s a culture.  Here you’ll find a 100-mile stretch of backcountry beauty peppered with small towns and populated by folks of Cajun heritage.  It’s important to note that Cajun is a distortion of the word …

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Dressing Downton Exhibit and More in St. Augustine Florida

If you loved the Emmy-award-winning PBS series Downton Abbey, get yourself to St. Augustine, Fla., before January 7, 2018. The historic coastal city is the last stop on a nine-city tour for the collection of elegant, vintage costumes billed as Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times. It runs now through the beginning of the …

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12 Tips from Our First RV Adventure

Compiled by Paris Wolfe & Gary Mallory In early 2017, the first test spin in our 2006 Tiffin Phaeton took us to southwestern Kentucky. We considered various campgrounds around Mammoth Cave National Park, settling on Nolin Lake State Park because it had improved plots that accommodated our 40-foot motorhome and towed Chevy Cavalier. We didn’t …

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4 Mark Twain Awards from MTJA

I’m excited to share that I took four awards in the Midwest Travel Journalists Association’s 2017 MARK TWAIN AWARDS. I wrote all contest content in 2016. Thanks to everyone who helped facilitate these adventures and contributed to my success. Special thanks to Gary Mallory for traveling with me and supporting my writing habit. NEWSPAPER ARTICLES …

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