Joe & Cindy Gerdes

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Joe & Cindy Gerdes

Traveling is not a hobby, it's our life now!

North America » United States » Texas » Waco December 4th 2015

Our last stop before making it back to San Antonio was Waco, Texas. We both had something there we wanted to see. I wanted to see the Magnolia Market from the HGTV show Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines live in the area and renovate older homes. Chip is the construction guy and Joanna is the designer / decorator. The Magnolia Market is where Joanna has her store and staging facility. Joe's grandfather was a Texas Ranger so he wanted to see the Texas Ranger Museum. The Rangers are such an important part of Texas history and they continue to serve the state today. Our last stop was the Dr. Pepper museum. Pretty cool stuff that brought back memories for both of us.... read more
Magnolia Market
Original Magnolia sign

North America » United States December 2nd 2015

We left Memphis and spent one night in Jackson, Mississippi on our way to Shreveport, LA. We stayed at Barksdale AFB for two nights. The bomber planes flew over head during the day, but thanks goodness they were in their hangers at night. On our way to Shreveport we took a side trip to West Monroe, LA where we went to the Duck Commander shop where Duck Dynasty is filmed. We ran into Willie Robertson and we took our picture with him. He was really nice. While in Shreveport we went to a place called Herby K's for some shrimp po' boy sandwiches. It was in an interesting part of town, but the food was pretty darn good. Then it was off to one of the casinos. Joe won a little, but I didn't do as ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis November 30th 2015

Today's tour was both inspiring and heart-wrenching. All though we saw plenty of children who were obviously fighting the cancer battle they were playing and most seemed upbeat. The atmosphere we uplifting and the hallways cheerful. In 1962 Danny Thomas opened his beloved St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His goal was to end childhood cancer and St. Jude is well on their way to doing just that. There is a form of leukemia called ALL that in 1962 was basically a death sentence to a child. Today St. Jude has an incredible 94% cure rate for this form of cancer. St. Jude's research and treatment center is known worldwide. The motto at St. Jude is no child will be turned away for any reason. The other awesome thing about St. Jude is when they find something ... read more
Statue of St Jude at entrance
Founder, Danny Thomas
Marlo Thomas & friends

North America » United States » Tennessee » Memphis November 27th 2015

Our day was spent visiting Graceland. While I have never been a person to go gaga over Elvis his Graceland and contributions to society were amazing. I hope you enjoy the pictures I took along the tour.... read more
Elvis' Care Museum
1955 Fleetwood Cadillac

North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville November 24th 2015

We hit Nashville last week going from North Carolina over the north side of the Smoky Mountains. The bummer was it rained the whole drive and it was a horrible day for photography.. Boo. We survived a couple of days in the low 30s in Nashville and were just glad we did not see any snow. Time to head south... We spent one day in downtown Nashville and saw the Country Music Hall of Fame. Another day we spent in Lynchburg where we visited the Jack Daniel's Distillery. It's was a very interesting place and the honey whiskey was pretty darn good. The locals suggest using the honey whiskey instead of vanilla in recipes. Christmas dinner is going to be good this year.. Wink, wink!! The town was a fun little place to shop, too. Next ... read more
Great Smokey Mountains

North America » United States » Virginia » Williamsburg November 16th 2015

After a quick drive through the rest of Maryland and then Delaware we finally made it to Williamsburg, Virginia. We had decided we would explore Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown and Virginia Beach. We visited Colonel Williamsburg which is a replica of things from the past. In Jamestown there is the archaeological site where they are digging up artifacts. It was interesting to see the real spot where things were. Then there is Jamestown Settlement which is like Colonial Williamsburg. Fun things to see and do there. We did the driving tour of Yorktown so I really didn't get any good pictures from there. The day we went to Virginia beach is was sunny and warm. The boardwalk and beaches are gorgeous. I can see why people go there in the summertime. I hope you enjoy the pictures. ... read more
Wonderful brick bridges
Capitol Bldg
Church steeple

North America » United States » Maryland » Upper Marlboro November 8th 2015

We were able to spend a few days with my best friend from high school, Diane. She and her husband have a farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and it was awesome. We were able to check out the chickens, goats, turkeys and genies. We spent one day in Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry. The fort was very interesting and it was amazing what the soldiers went through to save their city. One day we went kayaking up and down the river behind their house. It was fun just to paddle along and be in the peace and quiet of the river. It was great catching up with an old friend. Thanks Diane and David for the wonderful time and hospitality you showed us while we were there.... read more
Welcome to Maryland
Balt 1

North America » United States » New Jersey » Eatontown November 2nd 2015

Today was our last adventure in New Jersey. We are hoping to get our washer fixed tomorrow so we can head out of here on Wednesday. We headed to the beach in Asbury Park and walked the boardwalk for the last time. All of the shops and restaurants were closed and it was nice to not have any crowds. The foliage pics were taken around the campsite. The leaves seemed to have changed last week and this week they are all falling off the trees. We say goodbye to the east coast for now, but I am sure we will be back.... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 27th 2015

Joe decided he wanted to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge so that is what we did. It was another adventurous day in the NYC subway system. After we did the bridge we took another train to Grand Central Station. It was an amazing thing to see. People and trains going in every direction. Once again the building architectures fascinated me so more pictures of them, too. Finally we headed out to the Bronx to see Yankee Stadium since my grandson is such a big fan. We wanted to get down on the street to see the whole stadium, but all of the elevators were out of service. Not really a good thing for someone who can't do the stairs anymore.... read more

North America » United States » New Jersey » Atlantic City October 26th 2015

We spent the day in Atlantic City. It was cold and a little windy but we still had a good time. I even took some $$ from the Caesar Palace Casino. They say it's a city that is dying and we totally believe that is true. Several of the hotels and casinos have closed or are not looking so good inside.... read more
Green tree on a building that's been closed for a long time. WOW.

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