Linda & Roger Fasteson

Freelance Travel Writing and Photography

Recipients of NATJA Writing Awards for the Best Travel Series, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012; Best Senior Travel, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; Best Historical Travel, 2009; Best Resort Travel, 2011; Best Bylined Column, 2008; Best Travel Article Written for the Internet, 2007. Members of the TJG, NATJA, NETWN & IFWTWA.
Rockford rocks!
March 10, 2014
Rockford was once known as Midway since it was half-way between the mines of Galena and Chicago. It was soon renamed for its ford across the Rock River. It prospered as a center of industry has became a city known for its history, performing arts, a unique baseball team, a grand movie palace, and an exceptional garden. And now Rockford rocks with arts and entertainment along its new Riverwalk.
The Rockford (Ill.) files
February 16, 2014
During the 19th century, in a time of expansion into the upper Midwest, rail- roads brought a group of immigrants with skills, ingenuity and perseverance, along with the hope that hard work would create a better life in a frontier village in Illinois. Immigrants from Sweden planned to settle in Chicago, but a twist of fate changed that and they set up Rockford, Ill., to be a business, government and cultural center.
Sock Monkey Madness in Rockford, Illinois
February 13, 2014
It's a history and toy-lover's delight, and a time to monkey around. Sock Monkey Madness Festival will be celebrated at the Home of the Sock Monkey, Rockford, Illinois. It all happens between 11 am and 5 pm on March 1 and 2 at Midway Village Museum. Have fun discovering more about Rockford's and America’s past.
The Peaches of Rockford, Illinois
February 1, 2014
Rockford was home to a unique era in baseball history. Many of the best players in the men's league were in the military during World War II and to keep up the interest in the sport, gum magnate Philip K. Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, decided to organize the first professional baseball teams for women.
Rockford, Illinois: Swede Town
February 1, 2014
How did a frontier village in Illinois grow to become an industrial and cultural center? It was due, in part, to a group of immigrants from Sweden who planned to settle in Chicago in 1852, were confronted with an plan-altering epidemic, and had the skills to fill a need after a devastating fire.
Nearly destroyed by wind and killer waves more than 100 years ago, the coastal island of Galveston provides some ... Texas-size fun
January 19, 2014
We were on an island with gentle breez- es and shimmering water with the lyrics of the 1969 Glen Campbell hit "Galveston" dancing in our heads. We heard the "sea winds blowing" and watched the "sea waves crashing" and "sea birds flying in the sun," all on this Texas island in the Gulf of Mexico.
Galveston, Texas: A treasure of an island in the Lone Star State
December 10, 2013
We were on an island with gentle breezes and shimmering water, the lyrics of the 1969 Glen Campbell hit dancing in our heads. We heard the "sea winds blowing" and watched the "sea waves crashing", and "sea birds flying in the sun" - in Galveston.
Disney's Main Street USA: Find the Dream Inside of You
January 5, 2013
A musical trip down Walt Disney World's Main Street USA.
National Weather Service & NOAA
March 1, 2012
A visit to the National Weather Building on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma--from Science on a Sphere to the vehicle bay with specialized weather vehicles and instruments. The building houses the National Forecast Center and National Severe Storms Laboratory. Oklahoma is the state with the most declared weather disasters and you'll see "trophies" acquired while tracking storms.
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve
February 20, 2012
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville, Oklahoma was the country home of Frank and Jane Phillips of Phillips Petroleum. It includes a wildlife park and nature trails, a museum of Native American and Western history, and the Phillips' lodge.
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