The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was established in 1879 and completed by 1882. Originally used to haul gold and silver, now serves as a scenic ride on coal-fired, steam-powered trains that run from Durango, Colorado to the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado, 45 miles one way.

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One of the many nice things about Florida is that you can meander through the back roads and find wonderful small towns with old Florida charm. I love that laid back, welcoming Florida feel.  Today, we are visiting Dade City, Florida on the Florida’s west coast about 45 minutes north of Tampa (founded in approximately 1884).

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This was my first visit to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio and I wish I had not waited so long.  The museum is highly informative and impressive, but it’s more than that, it will not only open your mind it will open your heart.

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There are still a few places left in Florida that we call Old Florida. Cedar Key is definitely one of those unspoiled spots. No amusement parks or crowds.   Located on the west coast off of Hwy 19 North on the Gulf of Mexico, you will take SW State Road 24, a 20 mile relaxing ride into Cedar Key. I’ve done this trip many times on a motorcycle. It’s an easy ride with usually very little traffic so half the fun is actually getting there.

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