Kinkaider Brewing Co. in Broken Bow, Nebraska

A very filling agritourism progressive meal from the Plains Safaris conference

I went on my first agritourism progressive meal today. Let me just say, I’m now a big fan. Ann and I are attending the Plains Safaris: A conference on tourism and conservation in the Great Plains in Kearney, Nebraska, this week.  When I saw that one of the pre-conference field trip options was an agritourism […]

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The Blue Whale of Catoosa

Our Route 66 stop at The Blue Whale of Catoosa near Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sometimes when I travel, something catches my eye and an obsession is born. It usually doesn’t take long to convince Ann to go along when I explain what we’ll be doing. For instance, one of these obsessive desires took us to Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica where we could sit, surrounded by the beautiful rainforest, […]

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April Fool's blog post

Our crazy flight from Miami to Houston blog post: How we did it!

Last week, we shared THIS POST about a horrible flight Ann and I had from Miami to Houston. If you have not read it, click on the link and check it out. I’ll wait. . . . OK, now that you’re back, you realize that the whole thing was a hoax! But if you’re like […]

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This week marks our fourth blogiversary.

At least for us, blogging is more about relationships and not just the numbers

This week marks the fourth year of our travel blog, Postcard Jar, and we can’t thank you enough for following along on our journeys. Since we wrote that very first blog post from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, we’ve been collecting all kids of data and analytics to gauge the success of our blog. […]

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Swimming in a Cenote at Ik Kil

Our swim in Cenote Ik Kil in Mexico

I had no idea what a cenote was before our cruise to Mexico. In fact, I don’t even think I’d ever even heard the word. But I signed up to swim in one, anyway, because travel is about adventure, right? After leaving Chichén Itzá, we made a short drive over to Cenote Ik Kil. On […]

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Our first wonder of the world: Chichén Itzá

It may surprise you that despite spending most of my career as a public school administrator, I was actually an anthropology major in college. Yes, that’s right, I majored in anthropology and am not ashamed to admit that I’m an archaeology geek. I loved the semesters I spent studying the Mesoamerican cultures and their histories. So, when […]

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How we spent our Valentine’s Day

We love being home together on Valentine’s Day. Typically, we spend the evening cooking together while listening 80’s love songs and then enjoy a nice dinner by candlelight. This year, our Valentine’s Day celebration started a bit earlier in the day, as we were invited to give a lunch presentation to the PEP (People Encouraging People) […]

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What I love most about The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK

It’s Valentine’s Day and that gets me thinking about all the things I love. My incredible family. Our fantastic church. The privilege of blogging about midlife travel. My electric mattress pad warmer. And yes, Edna Mae’s pancakes at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. I fell in love with them last summer when we visited The Mercantile […]

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Crete High School language arts class

Why we went back to school this week!

For the first time in about nine months, I went back to the front of the classroom. No, I didn’t revert to my old middle school principal self, but Ann and I did spend a day working with all of the ninth grade Language Arts students at our town’s high school. It was an interesting […]

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Carnival Cruises Valor

Five things that made our first-ever Carnival Cruise so much fun

When you quit your job after 21 years, the first thing you want to do is get away and have fun. That’s why the morning after my last day as a middle school principal, we were in the car headed south to the Port of Galveston for our first-ever Carnival Cruise. While we are big […]

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