May 2017

Kicking the Splenda Habit

I can’t believe I actually did it. I’ve cut out Splenda from my life…. completely! No, this wasn’t some sort of New Year’s resolution that I made or part of some new diet. I had gradually become more aware of how much artificial sweetener my family and I were consuming. It’s scary to realize that there are artificial sweeteners in lots of foods you wouldn’t expect – like breads, yogurt, crackers, and ice cream. In fact, almost all food products deemed low in sugar are high in…

Visiting a New Orleans Cemetery

A Visit to St. Louis Cemetery #3 3421 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 70112 Hours: Monday thru Saturday: 8am – 4:30pm; Sunday: 8am – 4pm Free street parking  New Orleans has many nicknames: Crescent City; the Big Easy; and America’s Most Interesting City. Perhaps so interesting that their cemeteries even have a nickname: Cities of the Dead. As most people know, cemeteries in New Orleans are built above ground, using vaults, walls, and mausoleums, because of the city’s tendency to flood. Centuries ago, residents learned the hard way that in-ground burial wouldn’t…

Swamp Tours with Cajun Encounters

Cajun Encounters Tour Company Swamp Tour Located at 55345 on US-90 in Slidell, LA GRADING Overall Score: A Cost: B (Without hotel pickup, adults: $29, kids 12 and under: $19) Fun Potential: B Recommended?: Yes…

Hiking Dos Cabezas – Arizona

This is a guest post by Mitch Stevens, founder and lead guide for Southwest Discoveries, a hiking and adventure company based in Tucson. In this article, he writes about climbing up Dos Cabezas, a mountain range known for its twin granite peaks (thus the name “two heads” in Spanish). Read on as he takes us along with him on his journey to the peak of Dos Cabezas, beginning with his exhilaration at the summit.   Dos Cabezas – Hiking a Desert Classic After two hours of steep off-trail scrambling, including climbing underneath a giant chock stone propped…