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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Golden May 14th 2014

We left Lewistown Montana early yesterday anxious to visit the Glacier National Park only to find out that the route we chose, which was the east side near the town of St. Mary’s was closed. Evidently this road through the park does not open until late June or July. (Their website did not say this) and so, we took another fork in the road. We travelled north on Hwy 89 which is a road from Great Falls, Montana to Browning. The entire road is in the Blackfoot Tribal Reservation and it actually follows the park and runs into Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. The road is close to the mountains and again the scenery is unbelievable. The area is vast and sparsely populated. Small towns dot the landscape such as Babb, Heart Butte, Star School. ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Lewistown May 12th 2014

We have travelled a lot of miles in the past two days, (about 900 miles) unfortunately most of it was through heavy rain. Late this afternoon, we finally saw some sunshine. Yesterday was mostly a travel day and we stopped earlier than we wanted to because the time had changed without us noticing it!! . Ended up staying at the Cowboy Inn, in Belfield, North Dakota which is where the Theodore Roosevelt National Park begins. We got up early today and were at the park by 8 am to do the scenic route which is about 36 miles long. The landscape was absolutely breathtaking. The park was created by Teddy Roosevelt who had a ranch called the Elkhorn located in the North end of the park. The park itself is 102 square miles and is filled ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Alexandria May 10th 2014

Spent our fourth night in Alexandria, Minnesota just west of the Twin Cities. Interesting fact is we all know St. Paul and Minneapolis as the twin cities but actually, there are many in this region. For example, the twin city to Green Bay is DePere and the twin city to Fargo is Mandan. They are all separated by large rivers. We managed to miss the tornados which hit Minnesota on Thursday, not my favorite part of the trip so far. Unfortunately, it is really hard to do any sightseeing while dodging the lightening and Bill trying to keep the car going straight with the high winds! Friday, the 9th was a much better day. Arrived in Fargo early in the morning, yah. Do you know that Fargo is still capitalizing on the movie. Everywhere you go ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Wausau May 8th 2014

Left Chicago yesterday to make the three hour trek to Green Bay. You may be wondering as my daughter was when she texted "What the hell is in Wisconsin?" My response was the Packers at Lambeau field and cheese. We did both. Lambeau Field was under construction, as is most everything else here. However we did manage to get some photos and Bill could scratch this place off his list. The visit to the Cheese factory was more interesting. We went to Belle Plains (just a fork in the road) and visited a family run, small cheese factory. In the dairy, the cheesemaker also does taxidermy, so along with the cheese, you stare into the eyes of wolves, coyotes, otters, bears - you get the picture! Bought a couple of pounds of fresh curds, so cheap ... read more

North America » United States May 8th 2014

First day of our road trip was uneventful. Traffic was great and we arrived in Chicago at about 1:30 pm. Leaving the house today was typical with me sitting, ready to go with my coat on and Bill running around saying “Do we have everything?” and me answering, “check the list, check the get the point. I have been to Chicago before so this was our chance to visit places we have not been to. We decided to do the “tourist areas” and left early Tuesday to visit the Willis Tower (previously known as the Sears Tower), which is the tallest structure in the world. We decided to take the scenic route to Chicago from Joliet and a 30 minute drive took us an hour and a half. Interesting to see how many Latino areas ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago June 19th 2010

Spent the day in Chicago - Navy Pier, Soldiers Field, Sears Tower - this is the first time I have been here except for a layover at O'Hare's for a few hours. Chicago is one beautiful and very big city. It is the third most populous in the U.S. The waterfront area is clean, picturesque and there is lots to do. Bill was fascinated by the size of Soldier's Field and of course, wondered where everyone parked! The skyline is worth photographing with Sears Tower "towering"above all other buildings. Needless to say, I could not convince Bill to visit the Skydeck! Well, this was our last stopover on a trip that began four weeks ago and included touring the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisianna, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Kansas, ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Kansas City June 16th 2010

Well, we made it safely to Kansas City, Missouri. I am ashamed to admit I thought we were going to Kansas City Kansas! If you look at a map of the area, you can drive around the Missouri river and be in Kansas one minute and Missouri the next. Kansas City, Kansas is actually a smaller city than Kansas City, Missouri and it is actually a suburb of Kansas City in Missouri (or Missoura, if you were born there). As one of the pit bosses was telling me, Kansas City is sistered with Seville Spain and their mall is designed after the one in Seville. We spent two nights there and left the morning of the 17th. People we taled to convinced us to drive straight through to Chicago. Our sightseeing that day consisted of visiting ... read more

North America June 14th 2010

Well I lost the coin flip and ended up driving through the Rockies! When I got down to about 7,000 feet, I went into a road side restaurant and had a drink! The people there were laughing at me and when they said we had reached a valley, Bill offered to drive. Yesterday was a rainy, cold day in Colorado - mid 50's. We stopped at a couple of sites in the mountains, one in particular was stunning- Treasure Falls. Spent last night in Limon, Colorado after driving many hours on route 71 which has to be the longest, most boring drive we have had. Also, I think I was suffering from altitude sickness (its real!) or just pure fright from the driving. Today we decided to change our route and instead of heading north east, ... read more

Hi Left Vegas and drove straight north to Utah. The mountains are absolutely breathtaking. Driving through them can be a little intimidating. I am still wondering why Bill said, (before we hit the mountains) if you want to drive, I could use a break. And so silly me, got behind the wheel and drove through 11 miles of the highest mountains I have ever seen, on the most narrow and curved road. Boy, was I nervous. Really annoyed me watching Bill snapping all the pictures (which Tonya asked for) while I was gripping the steering wheel, with sweat pouring down me. As we are heading into Arizona, the Rockies shoud be a piece of cake! We travelled across Utah into Arizona again, pretty much hugging the border between New Mexico and Arizona. In about 3 hours ... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas June 10th 2010

Hi All The excitement of Vegas is behind us as we left on Thursday. Vegas has changed a lot in the past few years. There is a monorail that takes you up and down the strip which is so different than years ago when people got on the bus or walked with their bucket of money in one hand and a drink in the other. On our last night we drove the bus to the downtown area which I recalled as a bunch of "less than luxurious casinos and hotels" Now, the area is like a street party all under cover. Every hour they do a light show which is fun to see. Picture this - 100's of people on the street, when suddenly, over very loud speakers the song "American Pie" is played and everyone ... read more

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