Chez’ works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Good Housekeeping, Rachel Ray Every Day, Family Fun, Fatherly, Yahoo Travel, Family Vacation Critic, Elevation Outdoors and many others. He also does periodic travel segments for the morning show of his local FOX affiliate and on American Forces Radio.

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Dry Tortugas National Park: A Delightful Day Trip from Key West

The moat wall around Fort Jefferson

Aug 28, 2019

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the least-visited, but surely one of the most unique, gems in the U.S. National Park tiara. For most, the highlight is a massive sentinel red brick redoubt, Fort Jefferson, that stands resolute and in stark contrast to the bright blue skies and crystalline Gulf of Mexico waters that surround it.

The 100-square mile Dry Tortugas National Park as a whole is 98% water so the primary ways to access the fort are either via float plane or the more accessible Yankee Freedom III ferry from Key West. Experienced sailors can pilot their own vessels there too, or you could charter a boat. The ferry crosses the 70 miles to Fort Jefferson in just over two hours. During that time, a simple but hearty breakfast is served, and a guide preps the passengers with a history of the park’s evolution, from fort constructed between 1846 to 1875 to designation as a national park in 1992… 

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A Museum Holding Millions of Comics & Cartoons Awaits You

A close up of the character Joe Dope by Will Eisner from 1955

Jul 1, 2019

300,000 original cartoon strips…
67,000 serials and comic books…
45,000 books of, on, or about cartoons…
2.5 million comic strip clippings and newspaper pages…

Together, this massive collection of comic artworks comprises the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and it’s all just up the road in Columbus.

The 30,000-square-foot museum of archives, located on Ohio State University’s (OSU) campus, contains collections of work by Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit comics and the man credited with popularizing the format of the graphic novel), Pulitzer Prize-winning political Washington Post cartoonist, Nick Anderson, Walt Kelly (creator of Pogo), and Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin and Hobbes). There’s also an extensive collection of Japanese manga comics and an online blog just for that particular collection…

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The Woodturner’s Guild Teaches Local Women to Create Masterpieces

A young woman works the lathe

Apr 18, 2019  

The women of the Kennedy Heights-based Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild (OVWG) are turning out beautiful works of art, all while helping to turn around some traditional gender stereotypes about woodworking. The number of women within the 31-year-old Guild has risen over the years, with 36 female members currently, ranging in age from 12-year-old girls to women in their 70s.

“Each [female member] is very unique in their approach to turning,” notes Nancy Bowman, the guild’s Vice President of Programming and liaison to the national Women in Turning initiative. “The normal path that turners take in turning is to learn to do spindle turning, then move on to bowls, and then often pens. The women have a more open approach to turning. You’ll find women in our group doing mixed media, jewelry, teapots, and other unique projects.”

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The World’s Largest Children’s Museum

The Chocolate Slide in the museum’s Sunburst Atrium looks like a river of chocolate

Apr 5, 2019  

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis […] is the largest children’s museum in the world. Its 29 acres of fun-filled exhibits engross and engage your budding scientist, race car driver, athlete, acrobat, historian, or explorer.

The museum’s accolades are almost as impressive as their five-story tall Brachiosaur that welcomes visitors at the entrance. The museum was named by The New York Times as one of the ten coolest museums in the world (placing fourth), while Lonely Planet, MSN.com, Reader’s Digest, and USA Today all listed it as a must-see attraction. In 2017, USA Today’s readers ranked the museum as the very best children’s museum in the world.

It’s no wonder families enjoy visiting so much.

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