Travel Tips

Fun Board & Card Games

I find a lot of people my age that like to use electronics when they are bored to play video games, watch video games, other YouTube videos, or binge watch television and movies. These things get more attention than board or card games you can play in real life. Listed below are some games that require at least one opponent but don’t require any electronic to play that I still find to be fun today:

  • Checkers / Chess – Grab an opponent and play one or the other to either win or checkmate! When I was younger, I wanted to play checkers a lot until I learned chess which I have a special interest in. It helps you be a smarter person and use your brain more which is why it is so beneficial to play and learn more about the game. Checkers is also another fun game anyone can play without too much thought. Either prevent your opponent from moving at all or eliminate all of their colored checkers!
  • Uno – Play until you have no cards to match the number or color with the last played card laying in front of you! There is more than one version to this game, but I prefer the original version. I have learned the game Uno Flip most recently which gives more variety to the sets of cards. Multiple people can play the game at one time. This can even be up to as much as 10 players.
  • Sorry – Simply escort all your colored pawns to Home before anyone else and you win! There are also many versions to this game. I have personally played the original Sorry game with a little bit of Sorry Slide, and some of Sorry Spin. A family of four can play any of these versions at one time.
  • Game of Life – Get a job, get married, have kids if you wish, retire, and be the richest player at the end of the game! Use action cards to get everyone involved even if it is your turn. This game also has a limit up to four players at one time.
  • Clue – It is pretty cool to see that this game actually originated from a movie and that it has multiple endings to it. It is satisfying for me to check boxes and eliminate suspects, objects, and locations as the game progresses. It feels good to accuse correctly at the end of the game if you get the chance! Up to six people can play the game.
  • Monopoly – This is in my opinion the most well-known board game out there. Gain properties to build houses and hotels on to become the richest player or the only player that doesn’t go bankrupt. Many people play really long games that go on for hours or maybe even days. A way to reduce the time is giving players less money to buy properties or pay rent or adding a time limit to later find the richest player at the end of the round. I still find the longer version to be more fun because it is how we learned it and the fun lasts that much longer. There are eight special characters for each player who wishes to play the game with others.
  • Bonus: Just playing with a normal deck of cards is sometimes fun. Solitaire, Slap Jack, Go Fish, Old Maid, and Poker come to mind. Each game has a different limit to how many players can participate. I find Solitaire and Go Fish to be fun, but go ahead and take your pick on it.

Popular Lakes to visit in Kansas, USA

Clinton Lake

This reservoir is located near Lawrence, Kansas. K-10 used to end right at the lake, but it now bypasses the city of Lawrence and ends at the Kansas Turnpike aka I-70. You can still travel here off an exit at the southwest side.

El Dorado Lake

This reservoir is located near El Dorado, Kansas east of Wichita. The Kansas Turnpike goes over its north side and you can exit via US-77 or K-177 to visit this lake to take pictures of nature. If you are coming from the south end, you can also follow US-54 east of Wichita and El Dorado and find it to the north.

Cedar Bluff Reservoir

There are very few lakes on the west side of Kansas, but if you are willing to take the trip, you can find this lake located south of I-70 and north of K-4 via K-147. If you look out west, it is very hard to spot lakes that exist in Western Kansas. An honorable mention is Lake Scott State Park that is north of Scott City and is probably one of the only lakes like Cedar Bluff that exist in this region of the state. Cedar Bluff Reservoir is probably one of the biggest lakes in this part of the state and is worth visiting sometime.

Wilson Lake

Lake Wilson Kansas
Lake Wilson Kansas

This lake is located in west central Kansas south of K-18 and north of I-70 via K-232.  K-181 meets up with K-232 here and is another way to get to Wilson Lake. K-232 goes an extra mile south of I-70 to get to Wilson, Kansas in which the lake or the city was named after. Although a very big lake, there appear to be even bigger lakes in Kansas than this one. It is still a great place to visit nonetheless like all the other ones mentioned and like some other big lakes, there are houses near the lake to give people inside a great view day and night.

Milford Lake

 Milford Lake is the largest lake in the state of Kansas with an area of 64 square kilometres. This lake is located north of I-70, west of Junction City, and west US-77 via K-57. K-244 meets up with K-57 from I-70 and is another way to get to Milford Lake. If you draw a line of symmetry on US-81, Wilson and Milford Lakes almost appear to fold on one another on a map. Even though looking similar in that way, out of all the lakes in Kansas, this is probably one of the more special ones since it holds a record for the state. I am sure you can do all sorts of things like you can with all lakes: Ride a boat, camp, fish, hike, and most importantly, relax.

Five things to do while Stuck at Home or in Quarantine

Having fun at your own house can be fun, but after a long time, I think most people can agree it can get quite boring. Whether it is a normal day or if there is COVID-19 in your area, here are five things I recommend you do so you can stay at least somewhat productive with your time:

Courtyard by Marriott, Kansas City South (Kansas City, MO) USA
Courtyard by Marriott, Kansas City South (Kansas City, MO) USA
  • Rest up. If you have nothing to do, it is not a bad idea to catch up on some hours you missed the past few nights. That way, when you are busy, you will feel more capable of completing your task. At night, it is easier to go to sleep when you are bored because when you have lots of thoughts going through your mind, it is harder to sleep because your mind is distracting you. No one likes being tired, so if you have the chance, you can relax and take a nice afternoon nap so you can finish the day strong.
  • Playing video/board games. I know video games is something we tend to do too much already, but the reason why this is a good suggestion is because time will pass by faster than you will think. Anything fun like this will entertain you for the time being until you can (safely) get back to normal activities you have planned throughout the week. There are also plenty of board or even card games you can play that are not on the internet such as Monopoly that you can play for hours and hours. This leads into my next suggestion.
  • Have fun together as a group. If there are a group of you that have nothing to do, you might as well try to play something that you can’t do by yourself. Even playing games online with others is a great choice. Whether it is friends of family, or the same group over and over again, it should be more fun than trying to do something by yourself. This is a highly recommended thing to do if you are bored because you can do a lot more multiplayer activities than single player, and even in single player games like minecraft, Roblox, Fortnite, etc., it is always nice to have a friend play with you on your side.
  • Take a short drive. If it is legal and you have your own vehicle, getting out of the house for an hour or two is a way to take a break from living in your house for a long time. You can take some snacks and refreshments and drive to somewhere like a lake and come right back. The experience is even better if there is less traffic and your destination is quiet and peaceful. If you know somewhere like this, going to it every once in a while is a nice way to give you a break before resuming your normal schedule.
  • Increase your skill level with your hobbies. Whether it is music, drawing, writing, reading, or running, you can take the time to get better and better at it and use it to impress others. If you have a very long time to spend on something like this, you can plan out a project and use your skills to create something big. You get bonus points for making money off of what you create. Whatever you do, make it something you or others will enjoy, have fun doing it, and be very creative with what you make!

Working Remotely due to Coronavirus

Some travelers who are either self-quarantined or unable to make it home may consider using technology described in the link shared below. Thank God we have technology that allows us to communicate during this difficult time. Borders may be closed but if you have Wi-Fi or smartphone you can still work and communicate with your family and co-workers.

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Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge Wyoming USA

Topeka, Kansas USA

Topeka is the capital of the state of Kansas. It lies in the eastern part of the state. You can get there multiple ways. For example, you can get there via I-70, I-335, US-75, or K-4. Since it is the capital of the entire state, there surely has to be something cool there right? Here are some cool places I have been to in Topeka so far:

  • Historic John and Mary Ritchie House.
    This was just the beginning of our field trip to Topeka. I did not know that the Underground Railroad was in Kansas before we arrived at the house. It was all real, which is why the experience was so cool. If you’re a fan of the Underground Railroad, this is a place to go. You will most likely learn something while you are there!
  • Brown v. Board of Education.
    This was our second stop on our field trip. Since we had learned about the civil rights movement in history, this was a nice addition. It was like a review for what we were learning about in school. For people interested in learning about the civil rights movement or you just like the topic, this is a must. Maybe you might learn something you didn’t know before!
  • Kansas State Capitol.
    This was the last stop on our field trip. We were able to explore the huge area. It was very cool to ride down the elevator because you could really tell how tall the building was from that perspective. The place was nice and fancy, as you would expect. I can’t name just one favorite moment there because the whole experience was the best part of our visit there. 
  • Kansas Museum of History.
    I went with my family here and there was a lot to learn and explore about the place which is why it is interesting to go there. And yes, there is a gift shop included for any shoppers out there interested.
Kansas Museum of History
Kansas Museum of History Topeka Kansas

For more information about these places, the links provided for each of them are above. Thank you for reading! Be sure to read more articles on the website!

Salina, Kansas USA

Here are some places you can go to while you are visiting Salina, Kansas:

Kenwood Cove Salina Kansas

Kenwood Cove.
This water park is around the center of town and next door to the Tony’s Pizza Events Center. Since it is outdoors, it is only open during the summer.

The Alley.
This is not just for bowling. There is also an arcade center, laser tag, sports grill, billiard tables, etc. It just opened recently and is near the Fieldhouse and the library on the northwest side of town.

Sky Trampoline Park.
As you would expect, the place is full of trampolines! Purely for entertainment, the place is on the west side of town on Ninth Street.

The City.
Mostly for teens, the place is full of games! You can do a number of things there. You can find it downtown just south of the library.

Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
This is where a number of things happen. There will be events every once a while here. The events center is next to Kenwood Cove or west of Ohio Street.

Salina Public Library.
The county building is on the south part, the library on the north part. Feel free to check out books or even play games on the computers if you feel like it if you have a card. It is south of Elm Street and east of Ninth Street.

If you go to the center of town just south of Kenwood Cove, the YMCA is a place to workout. If you live closeby, it will be worth it to get a membership there if you would like.

Sunrise Lakewood Park Salina Kansas
Sunrise Lakewood Salina Kansas USA

Salina Municipal Golf Course.
If you are a golfer who lives closeby, this is where the city golf courses are located. It is on the very east side of town south of Crawford Street and west of Markley Road.

Salina Fieldhouse.
Next to the Alley in downtown Salina, you can do a number of sports. It also opened fairly recently, so go check it out for yourself!

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness.
If you have membership with GreatLIFE club, it’s another place to play golf, use the gym/physical fitness center, and go swimming in the summer. In the southeast part of the city, it is located right at the south end of Marymount Road.

GreatLIFE Golf Salina Kansas
GreatLIFE Golf Salina Kansas

What are you waiting for? There are so many options to choose from. For more info visit Saline.Com.
Please feel free to do any of these activities in town! 

Atlantic Coast Vacations

The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean on Earth (Pacific is the largest) covering about 20% of Earth’s surface. It has a surface area of over 100 million square kilometers. It separates what is called the “Old World” (Africa, Asia, and Europe) and the “New World” (North and South America). 

There are a total of 14 states that border the Atlantic Ocean from north to south: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Traveling to any of these states are places you can go to see the Atlantic Ocean. There is no right or wrong place, it is whatever you desire. I liked going to both North and South Carolina because you can have both mountains and beaches.

Myrtle Beach South Carolina USA
Myrtle Beach South Carolina USA

Here are some cities you can visit along the shoreline: Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, Virginia Beach, Long Island, Boston, and so much more. I personally liked Myrtle Beach because it is a fun family destination.

Pacific Coast Vacations

The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth covering more than 30% of the Earth’s surface. Its surface area covers more than 150 million square kilometers. This is bigger than the landmass of all of the continents combined.

Pacific Coast USA
Pacific Coast California USA

California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii are U.S. states that border this massive ocean. There are too many great places to name, but just for example, in California, you need to check out the Pacific Coast Highway 1 which you can find with the previous link. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of many places in Oregon next to the ocean you can go to. For Washington, the Olympia National Park is also one of many.

Please click here to read the article for Alaska and Hawaii. If you would like, remember to read some more about the great Pacific on this website.

What Are Mile Markers?

Highways and Interstates
What is interesting about highways or interstates is that usually, there will be some sort of a small green sign that has a number on it which will occur every mile. It is probably the most helpful if you are traveling to the end of that highway, or if you are traveling to a new state. It gets even better than that when you are traveling south or west. 

End of the Road Sign
End of the Road Sign

If you notice the highways, you can see that there are exit numbers and they either count up or count down depending on the direction that you are going. The numbers relate to the mile marker that is at that spot. The reason for that specific number comes from how far you are from the end of the road or the state from the south or west side. If you know the mile marker number at the point where it goes to another state or where it ends, the cool trick can work any direction. 

Do the math!
The cool trick is that you know how far it is from that end point to where you are, thanks to the number on the green sign. The engineers building the road have already done that math for you. It just gives you a better idea of how far you have to go if you are traveling to that endpoint and why the number on the mile marker sign is that specific number.

Are we there yet?
Also, mostly on interstates, you might notice that there are smaller, white signs on the side of the road that appear a lot more frequently. They represent every tenth of a mile. You know this because after ten of those white signs, the next green mile marker sign pops up indicating that you have traveled one mile from the last one of those same signs you saw. Another fun fact, on some interstates, most likely in urban areas, there will be some signs in the middle of the road on a mini barrier that indicate you have travel every fifth of a mile, possibly with the interstate you are on with the direction you are going. After five of them, there will be yet again an indicator that says you have traveled yet another mile along the long highway.

Thank you to those who have read this fun article over mile markers and what they are all about. This was written for anyone who was curious about this topic and took the time to read a little bit about them. Now you probably know a lot more about them than you did before!

Beautiful Patagonia!

Some of the world’s most beautiful places are located in Patagonia. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan called the Southern region of Chile and Argentina “Patagonia” which means “big feet”. This region is sparsely populated and offers miles and miles of pristine beauty.

Parks to explore
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina
Perito Merino Glacier, Argentina
Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile
Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile

How to get explore Patagonia
You can fly into Santiago International Airport, Chile (SCL) or Buenos Aires International Airport, Argentina (EZE) to start your journey to Patagonia. You may wish to fly into one country and fly out of the other. If you can spare the time, fly into Santiago, Chile. Go down to the Valparaiso, Chile on the Pacific Coast of Chile. Enjoy some time on the beach and then get on a Patagonian cruise down to Punta Arenas in the Straits of Magellan (which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean). If you do not have the time, fly from Santiago,Chile to Punta Arenas, Chile. You can make Punta Arenas, Chile your base in Patagonia. Take your time to to discover the Chilean side of Patagonia. Cross the border over to Rio Gallegos, Argentina and take Ruta 40 that runs along the Andes Mountain Range to explore the breathtaking Patagonian region of Argentina. You can make your way North to Buenos Aires, Argentina if time permits.

Do you know that Chile has its own Chilean Antarctic Territory? Chilean Antarctica is a territory claimed by Chile across from Patagonia. Puerto Willams (Cabo De Hornos), Chile would be your starting point to Antarctica. You can also cross from Puerto Willams, Chile over to Ushuaia, (Tierra Del Fuego) Argentina which many consider the end of the world. You are pretty much in the bottom of the world here! It is an experience of a lifetime! You can fly from Ushuaia, Argentina to Buenos Aires, Argentina to connect to your international destination.

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