Category: Columns

Taking a peek at Indian Creek

By MARK IRLE (digitalBURG) – For years I met with a bunch of friends in Arkansas and camped at Kyle’s Landing on the Buffalo River in early spring. It’s a great time to canoe the river while it’s flowing swiftly. Little did we know that just behind our campsites was one of the premier waterfall… Read more »

A glimpse of India’s Golden Triangle

By SANDY IRLE (digitalBURG) – Three weeks in India is just enough time to get a snapshot of life there. New Delhi is an amazing city full of contradictions. The pollution is horrific, colors are spectacular, traffic is overwhelming and people friendly. Your senses are so bombarded that it can seem taxing just to get to… Read more »

The beautiful sights and secrets of Cuenca

By SANDY IRLE (digitalBURG) – After a week of relaxation in beautiful La Manga del Mar Menor, Spain, it was an easy day trip by train to Cuenca (pronounced KWEN-ka). Our destination was the Cuenca Parador, the former 16th century San Pablo convent converted by the Spanish government into a hotel. Riding in a taxi… Read more »

Potty breaks and leftovers — the holiday culture shock

By SEAN McCARRELL (PILOT GROVE, Mo., digitalBURG) – As is tradition around the holidays, friends and family get together to share in the joyous occasion of awkwardly explaining the last year of their lives to one another in the most positive way possible. The most fascinating aspect of this, other than finding out why cousin… Read more »

The perils of holiday driving

By JASON STRICKLAND (digitalBURG) – At about 3:15 p.m. on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I began the 120-mile journey back to UCM from Fulton, Mo., after fall break. There are two main ways to get from Fulton to Warrensburg – U.S. 50 and I-70. I chose the latter – bad choice. Almost an hour into… Read more »

Lake Superior drive, why limit happy to an hour?

By SANDY IRLE (digitalBURG) – This past summer, Mark and I started a Lake Superior trip by driving to Minnesota to visit a friend I met during a family vacation. Although I’ve known her for 33 years, I’ve only spent 26 days with her, one day a year when Minnesota is on the way to… Read more »

Rome in winter

By SANDY IRLE (digitalBURG) – Not being a fan of big cities, I have to say that Rome is amazing. I could happily live in Rome. We arrived at the end of December and the temperature was mild, jacket weather. We had rented a room online and, upon arrival, entered through a beautiful tiled driveway… Read more »

A great time to visit the river

By SANDY IRLE – It’s always a great time to visit the river. For our anniversary, my husband Mark and I have often travel a short section of the Great River Road. The GRR is more than 3,000 miles long and takes you through 10 states from New Orleans to Minnesota. This section was an… Read more »