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    There is cuban food and dolphins in Naples??? Ohhh you mean Florida, not the real Naples... nevermind.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    The steel mill part of the tour was the best. You would be led up a narrow catwalk above a cauldron of molted steel. they would stretch out the group so everyone would have a front row view then they would let the lava vill a form where is was hardened and steam would rise. You would then see them roll the steel into a giant coil. The next stop was the stamping plant. At one time they wanted to be able to do everything to build a car at Rouge. The earlier tour guide told us Ford tried to have a rubber tree grove incorporated, but that would not take the climate.

    The current building has the largest grass roof in the world. They even have a bee-keeper on staff to ensure that the flowering grasses are properly pollenated.

    Since the 1990's the new exhibits include "and liberty and justice for all", this ties together all sorts of things that were previously oddities. This includes Washington's trunk and cot, Lincoln's death chair, Rosa Park's bus, slavery, women's sufferage movements. Also a new addition is the aviation area, and possibly the Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion house. The BF house is in the Museum, not the village. There are also really schlocky things like an IMAX and an expanded gift shop.
    Thanks again DP. Sounds like they have updated since the last time i was there. Growing up in NI, we went to the Village, as well as Holland, Deer Park and the other touristy things in Michigan.
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    We are having the Pure Michigan ads run down here. I'm one of the very few people who has actually seen the places they show on the ads.
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    What would you say about having to

    take vacation time to attend any conference to earn AICP CM credit ?
    pay your own way including travel, registration, hotel, & food ?
    use your own car ?

    I would still spend the time and money leaving town anyway.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    What would you say about having to

    take vacation time to attend any conference to earn AICP CM credit ?
    pay your own way including travel, registration, hotel, & food ?
    use your own car ?

    I would still spend the time and money leaving town anyway.
    aka - tax deductable vacations
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    What would you say about having to

    take vacation time to attend any conference to earn AICP CM credit ?
    pay your own way including travel, registration, hotel, & food ?
    use your own car ?

    I would still spend the time and money leaving town anyway.
    Sounds good to me. Especially since you're single. Next year is Chicago Nat APA and then Atlanta in '14.

    If I go to Chicago APA next year, the whole family's going.

    And I hear Columbus, OH is nice in late September.

    It's been about two weeks since our Smoky Mtns vacation and it went beautifully. Our boys (4, 3, 2) are not as much work now and had a good time. Plus the Smokies are gorgeous and the weather was very nice.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    We're going to the UP for a week again this summer, and then also take a few (too many) weekend trips - went to Chicago last week, Marquette in May, Detroit in June, South Haven in July, Petoskey in August, maybe Mackinac Island for a race in September, and then Madison WI in October (for WI/State football game). It's ridiculous really.

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    We scored Capitol Tour Tickets for next Monday through our congressman's office. Unfortunately, the White House was no longer accepting reservations during the time of our visit. Either we started too late or something big is happening. In any case, we're really looking forward to next week.
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    This summer the plan is at some point to go West. I want to see for myself a few of the old western towns. Any suggestions?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    This summer the plan is at some point to go West. I want to see for myself a few of the old western towns. Any suggestions?
    My favorite western town is Logan, Utah.
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    India, Bangkok, Moscow, Seoul. All in the next 7 months. Then maybe back to San Diego for two weeks.

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    Quote Originally posted by Huck View post
    India, Bangkok, Moscow, Seoul. All in the next 7 months. Then maybe back to San Diego for two weeks.
    Jealous! We went to Singapore (among other places) last summer and I so want to go back. Probably won't happen for quite some time though. Boo.

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    The weather forecast is not looking good next week in DC and its environs. Nevertheless, we'll be troopers, get through it all, and hopefully post picks upon our return.
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    We're in Alexandria, VA; it's cold, raining all day, and very windy. It was no fun walking to the main drag for dinner, tho we did have an excellent meal at a tapas place. Tour of the Capitol in DC tomorrow, but cold again.

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    I have to take off 20 days over the next two months or lose them. I run into this scenario far too often!!

    The best way to avoide this in the future is to probably take off as much time as I can over the next year, but with fewer staff more work is getting piled on me!
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    ZG took me on another Death March today. Took Metor to the Capitol building. Took the tour of the Capitol. Headed over to the Library of Congress. Walked the mall to the Lincoln Memorial. Then up to Foggy Bottom. From there we4 took Metro back to Alexandria. Weather has been windy, cool and off and on drizzle.

    The Natl Mall is all dug up as is the Reflecting Pool.

    I think I have some decent pics to post...

    EDIT: went thru the air and space thingy, too...
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    Natchez Trace?

    Doing the annual trip (TX-MI-TX) in mid-to-late June. I'm thinking about driving the Natchez Trace Parkway on the return trip. Anybody here that has made that trip? Suggestions? Observations? Warnings?
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Doing the annual trip (TX-MI-TX) in mid-to-late June. I'm thinking about driving the Natchez Trace Parkway on the return trip. Anybody here that has made that trip? Suggestions? Observations? Warnings?
    Where are you getting on it at-in Natchez?
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    Where are you getting on it at-in Natchez?
    Not sure at this point but the higher probability is that we'll do it on the return to TX so we'd be getting on at the Nashville end.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Not sure at this point but the higher probability is that we'll do it on the return to TX so we'd be getting on at the Nashville end.
    The ride is nice and there are historical sites to see along the way. Spend time in Natchez, which is a nice, historical town. Stop at Port Gibson, which is very scenic. As for warnings-don't speed.
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    We finally had some great weather today! Unfortunately, I popped something in my left knee the other day, and today got a blister on that foot. owee.

    Today we went back to the White House (both porticos), Jefferson Memorial (loooooong hike around the infamous Tidal Basin -probably the windiest place in D.C.), bus over to Georgetown where we found the Exorcist steps and trotted around some residential areas, then back to Alexandria.

    RJ will post pics when we get home this weekend.

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    We're going over to Foggy Bottom tomorrow morning; the George Washington University area. Looks like an interesting neighborhood. Then back to the King Street area in Alexandra.

    We're having a great time and eating wonderful food. The best part: we are 1-1/2 block away from Trader Joe;'s so we're drinking lots of 2-buck Chuck!!!

    I think I''ve taken some decent pictures, including the snipers on the roof of the White House.
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    We had a great time in Old Town Alexandria VA yesterday (King Street area). Walk in any direction and you'll find something interesting. Walkable, historic, beautiful people, wonderful food. Took lots of pictures.

    Foggy Bottom in DC, not so much unless we missed the good areas.

    Tonight we're in a hotel in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore getting ready to go out for dinner.
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    Sounds like RJ and ZG are having a fun trip! Enjoy Baltimore.

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Doing the annual trip (TX-MI-TX) in mid-to-late June. I'm thinking about driving the Natchez Trace Parkway on the return trip. Anybody here that has made that trip? Suggestions? Observations? Warnings?
    I drove north from Vicksburg (I-20) noth to just south of Nashville (I-65).
    Not a drive for speed or time.
    Vicksburg and Shiloh are worth the side trip if you are into Civil War history.

    The Tenn-Tom waterway Baysprings Lock & Dam
    Lift of 84 feet, is the 4th highest single lift lock in the nation
    and lake are interesting - http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/TennTo...baysprings.pdf and
    vistor center: http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/TennTo...ffices/bso.pdf

    There is the NPS website:http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

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