Wednesday, 21 October 2015

America’s Best Beaches

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America’s Best Beaches

Summer beach vacations are some of the best times you’ll have with your family. Almost everyone I know has been on at least one beach holiday trip with their family with great memories and funny stories. So which beaches are the best in the US?  We start off in San Diego at Coronado Central Beach. Great for families with its almost […]

America’s Best Beaches
Summer beach vacations are some of the best times you’ll have with your family. Almost everyone I know has been on at least one beach holiday trip with their family with great memories and funny stories. So which beaches are the best in the US?
 We start off in San Diego at Coronado Central Beach. Great for families with its almost constant sunshine and warm water, there’s also a tidal pool filled with all manner of creatures from the sea. The beach is non-smoking too. 
 Heading towards Massachusetts is the Coast Guard Beach along the Cape Cod National ShoreYou can get information on free family entertainment at the Salt Pond Visitors Center and learn how to surf on the gorgeous shore. Staying in Massachusetts is the historical Martha’s Vineyard where we find the locally known Moshup Beach. This small beach is far up the Eastern side of the island and is perfect for those wanting to be away from the crowds.
Next up is Clearwater Beach in Florida- famous for its sandy beaches and clear blue water. There are so many activities to keep you busy here such as dolphin watching, beach volleyball, sunbathing and para-sailing. 
 East Hampton in New York is home to Main Beach and is an annual getaway destination for the city’s elite. The charming town is home to pristine white beaches and delicious lobster rolls, you may even spot a celebrity there.
Santa Cruz Beach in California is where you’ll find one of the greatest seaside parks along the Beach Boardwalk. There is loads of family-orientated fun on offer from rides to music events in the summer. North Beach in Wisconsin is on the shores of the stunning Lake Michigan. Geared for family entertainment with pirate ships and rope swings at Kids Cove, you can also rent a kayak or volleyball net for some family fun.

Lincoln County, New Mexico


We just returned from a week-long trip through New Mexico and I have so much to write about that I don't know where to start!

We drove through Lincoln, New Mexico, 57 miles west of Roswell, where Billy the Kid became involved in the Lincoln County War and the Battle of Lincoln, a historically important range war that took place between July 15 and 19th in 1878.

The buildings and houses look much smaller than I had imagined--Lincoln County was once the largest County in the United States. The historical buildings line both sides of U.S. Route 380 and the town itself is a treat for tourists--the area was meticulously preserved by local residents.

The home of James Dolan still stands in Lincoln. Dolan was a participant in the Lincoln County War. He was Lawrence Murphy's business partner. Both men were Civil War veterans, originally from Ireland, and well-known in the area for their unethical business practices.

The Tunstall and McSween store is also still standing, in spite of the fact that both men were killed during the conflict. Alexander McSween was a lawyer who partnered with John Tunstall, an English cattleman and banker. The two men competed for business with Dolan and Murphy. The business practices of McSween and Tunstall were ethical and honest. Unfortunately, and in contrast to Murphy and Dolan, McSween and Tunstall lacked the support of corrupt politicians from Santa Fe.

There is an odd-shaped building on this street that I've never seen or heard of before this trip. It is called Torreon. It is a large, circular, brick building constructed in the 1850s. The Torreon was used to protect Spanish-Americans from attacks by the Apache. It was also used by Murphy's sharpshooters during the Lincoln County War.

Books and films, such as Young Guns, portraying the life and experiences of Billy the Kid are interesting, but it is a completely different experience to actually walk down the sidewalks where these small, yet historically important conflicts took place.http://www.suite101.com/content/aoudad-or-barbary-sheep-in-the-american-southwest-a362070

While in Lincoln County, we also encountered a small herd of
 Barbary Sheep. These sheep look more like the "Wild West" than many cowboys I've seen with their woolly coats and long, curved horns. They were first imported into zoos in the United States from their native homes in Northern Africa in the 1950s, but they have acclimated so well in New Mexico, Texas, and other areas that their population in New Mexico alone is estimated to be around 20,000!