January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013

Top 10 Free Things to Do in America
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday. I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

People with chronic illnesses have to spend a lot of their money on healthcare. So that limits other things you can afford to do. But did you know there are a ton of free things you can do? Today I will finish blogging about 10 of these things that I started yesterday.

6: Mount Rushmore

You won't need to pony up admission to gape at this chiseled-in-stone behemoth, but you will have to pay parking costs. Still what a sight! Carved into the granite cliffs of Mount Rushmore are the 60-foot heads of four American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt (Theodore) and Lincoln. It's South Dakota's top attraction.

7: Hana Highway

When do two lanes of curving blacktop become a destination? When the surrounding scenery is as spectacular as that along Highway 36 better known as the Hana Highway on the island of Maui. This corkscrew, 70-mile road follows Hawaiian countryside embroidered with taro fields, rain forests and eye-popping seascapes.

8: Central Park

An oasis for city dwellers, this 843-acre swath of urban green offers plenty for visitors, too. You can kick back on the green grass of the Sheep Meadow, stroll the Literary Walk beneath a canopy of elms and watch summer productions of Shakespeare in the Park all for free.

9: The Alamo

Originally established in 1718, this Spanish mission in San Antonio was the site of a historic battle for Texan independence and remains a spiritual touchstone in the heart of Texans. Look for the Heritage Tree, a mammoth live oak on the grounds.

10: Mardi Gras

Yes, you might spend a few bucks on hooch and a nice bowl of gumbo, and hotel rooms are a whole other high-rolling story. But it costs nothing to revel in the spectacle of the music, plumage and floats of New Orleans' Mardi Gras. Souvenirs are free, too, thanks to the "throws" those beads and doubloons that are flung from parade floats.

Hope these tips help to stretch those dollar and help you still live a full life. Have a beary safe and great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab