Hotel Hacienda Update


5621 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Back on February 1st, I wrote about the restoration/renovation of Hotel Hacienda in New Port Richey, Florida. At that time they were planning a grand opening in March. The latest article on the hotel in the Spectrum Bay News 9 now says May. Since they have not hired any management for the hotel, that may be an optimistic guess. I know that to have a grand opening, full staff must be hired and trained.

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Camping In Northern Michigan

Fayette Historic State Park is the state park of the historic town of Fayette, Michigan. It is located on the Big Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan on the southern side of the Upper Peninsula.

Photos by James Murphy



In July my nephew and his wife spent time camping on Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula close to Historic Fayette, Michigan.  I thank James for his beautiful photographs of the lake and woods. Read More

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Photos are from my nephew’s (James Murphy)  Washington visit in March 2018

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20245


Today I’m sharing photos from the archives. Back in 2018, my nephew and his wife drove to Washington D. C. during spring break. They are both teachers and this was their first visit to the nations capitol. Unfortunately, this spring isn’t a time to travel, and instead they were going from store to store a couple of weeks ago to find cat food. Luckily they found some at the 5th store. Thanks Heather & James for sharing your photos. Today we’ve visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Read More

A Visit to Greenfield Village & America’s Ingenuity

Greenfield Village

Henry Ford Museum

20900 Oakwood Blvdat The Henry FordDearborn, MI 48124-4088

Tickets and Hours




Henry Ford said of his museum:

I am collecting the history of our people as written into things their hands made and used…. When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived, and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition…


The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex and a National Historic Landmark in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan. The Henry Ford Museum opened in 1929. It is based on Henry Ford’s efforts to preserve items of historical interest and portray the Industrial Revolution with the property, homes, machinery, exhibits, and Americana of historically significant items as well as common memorabilia. It is the largest indoor-outdoor museum complex in the United States and is visited by over 1.7 million people each year. Read More

Redford Theatre

Redford Theatre

17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit, MI 48219

Free parking in fenced lots with security


During the early 20th Century, movie palaces were built to show movies in glamorous settings with rich architectural details. Most were built in the late 1920’s. Years later many were left to decay and then torn down as the modern world changed. Luckily there are some palaces that have been lovingly restored.  I love beautiful old movie palaces and have visited several in various cities. Today I’ll share one of my favorites, The Redford Theatre in Old Redford section of Detroit. Read More

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts, known affectionately as the DIA, is a world renowned art museum. Founded by prominent Detroit citizens in 1885, the museum opened on September 1, 1888 in a building on Jefferson Avenue. In 1927 the museum moved to its current location on Woodward Avenue, just north of Warren Street.  The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the “temple of art.” Two wings were added in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007. Read More