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1 Apr 2015

Exploring the Big Island

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Sheryl and I had our first anniversary approaching and so we set off for the Big Island of Hawaii to celebrate. I had lived on Oahu, at Schofield Barracks, as a kid aged 7-10, and have returned to that island several times over the years. But I had not been to the Big Island or, … Continue reading Exploring the Big Island

25 Feb 2015

A South African Journey

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In April 2013, Brian and Sheryl had the magnificent opportunity to explore South Africa for two weeks. The following article, along with many of Sheryl’s photographs, was pushlished in Destinations Travel magazine in a three-part series. South African Exploration April 16-20, 2013 Brian DeToy & Sheryl Rankin Shafer South Africa. Few countries … Continue reading A South African Journey

25 Feb 2015

West Point “Point of View” Article Featuring Brian

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The following article discusses the end of Basic Training (“Beast Barracks”) for incoming West Point Plebes in August 2012. Brian was privileged to give the address at the end of the difficult Timothy Steele Challenge, named in honor of one of Brian’s former students who had been killed leading his troops in battle in Afghanistan … Continue reading West Point “Point of View” Article Featuring Brian

9 Jan 2015

Extreme Preparation: Pre-Expedition Reconnaissance

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Extreme Preparation: Pre-Expedition Reconnaissance January 9, 2015 Before every Essential History Expedition trip, one or both of us conducts an extensive visit to the sites where we will guide guests on the expedition. The purpose of the extreme reconnaissance is to ensure the entire experience will highly complete and enjoyable for all guests. Some trip … Continue reading Extreme Preparation: Pre-Expedition Reconnaissance

9 Jan 2015

Essential History Expeditions Featured in Notre Dame Magazine

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Here is a nice start to our New Year with Essential History Expeditions ! Notre Dame Magazine just published a short article on our company in today’s Winter issue. It is called “Adventures in History” and is in the “Short Stories” section on page 68. Adventures in history Forget taking it easy. When Brian DeToy … Continue reading Essential History Expeditions Featured in Notre Dame Magazine

9 Dec 2014

Great Article Featuring Brian in the West Point Magazine Summer 2012 Edition

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Check out this great article about Brian in the West Point Magazine Summer 2012 edition!

13 Nov 2014
18 Oct 2014

Mississippi 50 Years On – A Journey Through The Soul of the South

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In February 2014, Brian and I took a journey through the South to discover the emergence of the Civil Rights era 50 years ago in the United States. Following is an article we wrote regarding that memorable trip. Mississippi 50 Years On – A Journey Through The Soul of the South Nineteen sixty-four was a … Continue reading Mississippi 50 Years On – A Journey Through The Soul of the South

21 Aug 2014

Greetings History Travel Enthusiasts!

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Greetings History Travel Enthusiasts! August 21, 2014 Greetings, fellow History Travel enthusiasts! Welcome to our website and, more importantly, welcome to the adventure that is Essential History Expeditions! This blog-site will incorporate many different themes over time and we hope you come back to it for ideas, inspiration and smiles. Some of the ideas we … Continue reading Greetings History Travel Enthusiasts!

20 Aug 2014

From Chef Rick …

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I felt the best way for me to convey the food prepared and served for everyone in France was to type out with notes. I don’t feel that simply providing ingredients and amounts is very personal. I learned a lot from this trip and the recipes weren’t ideal in some cases. For many of you … Continue reading From Chef Rick …

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