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North America » United States » Arizona » Winslow June 4th 2010

Taking it easy, taking it easy....... Yes, we are in Winslow Arizona, which nobody really knows about except for the song. This is mostly a ghost town and we are staying in the Winslow Inn, a one star hotel, in the smallest room. Bill and I walked to the store and I asked a lady what is the population in Winslow and she replied " well, if you count the prison population, it could reach up to 10,000! Most of the residents must live in the prison because we did not see too many people. We hightailed it out of Winslow early the next morning heading toward the National Petrified Forest. What a gorgeous and unusual place to see. It is one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of ... read more
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North America » United States » Texas » Abilene June 4th 2010

Hello Everyone The last two days have been very busy. Left New Orleans on Monday morning and here it is Thursday, and I am sitting in a hotel room in Albuquergue New Mexico! We drove through Texas in 3 days, stopping in San Antonio and Abilene. Visited the Alamo - I was fascinated by places such as "The Crockett Hotel" and "Crockett St." given that this was my mom's name. The actual site of the Alamo is very large and made up of several buildings that housed a mission which was attacked by the Mexicans. And I am proud to say that it was, most likely, one of our ancestors, who emerged as the "hero"! There are many artifacts from the era and the attack, including letters and other documents written by Davy Crockett. It is ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Sealy June 1st 2010

Hi All It was sad to have to leave New Orleans - could have stayed a month to get to see everything I wanted to. A good reason for another visit. Marcel, we did the trolley, a couple of clubs, not the ice cream. Walked the French Quarter for hours. I really wanted to go to the beaches but did not get a chance. When you are in the city, you would never know about the oil spill, but certainly, it is all over the news and people are very angry about it. And so, we had to leave this wonderful city and we were on the road early this morning. Bill had a hard time, causeway after causeway, followed by high bridges. He lit up a cigarette every time we came to one and so ... read more

Well, second day in New Orleans - There is so much to do here and so much to see, I wish we had planned to stay longer. We took a wonderful tour of the city today and saw so much, the French Quarter (which we had already walked through), 9th ward which was the area hit so hard by Katrina, went to all the levees that broke, the Garden District, a couple of old cemetaries, Sandra Bullock's house and all the houses Brad Pitt and Mike Holmes have built. Went to a couple of areas where the crocodiles hang out, but did not see one which was okay by me. The people in New Orleans are friendly, and despite all the problems, laugh a lot. The city is still vastly impacted by Katrina although you do ... read more

Hi all arrived here early this morning. The trip from Jackson was interesting. Did you know you can smoke in restaurants here??? Strange... We took a longer route and came across the causeway. Probably a mistake, because, Bill is not a fan of driving across any bridge with water underneath and I honestly thought he would have a heart attack. He started to sweat, gripping the wheel, and smoking. The causeway is 45 km. long - he did not think he would make it. At the end, when he finally saw "land" he said, that was worth it, right. LOL The hotel is beautiful (thanks Cecelia) old, great architecture. It is actually 7 buildings put together as a hotel and it was built in the 1860's. The walls are all the original brick with beams in ... read more

North America » United States » Mississippi » Tupelo May 27th 2010

What a great day! After our bit of a fiasco yesterday, today was wonderful. Travelled south on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Native Americans, Kaintuck boatmen, post riders, government officials and soldiers all moved across this trail, creating a link between the Mississippi Territory and the fledgling United States. We travelled through forests, cypress swamps and farmland to meander through the rock-studded hills of Tennessee, cotton fields in Alabama, and Mississippi's marshes. And Robbie, eat your heart out, we went to Tupelo Mississippi, saw the house where Elvis was born, the church he went to etc. It was interesting. Robbie, bought you something. Took lots of pictures but cannot download them yet. Marcel, I tried very hard to get a picture of a wild turkey in flight, tried about 10 times, and so far, only got the ... read more

Second day - we started out early and actually listened to Agnes in how to get from Sidney Ohio to Nashville. By 8:30 we are rolling down I 65 listening to oldies and ignoring highway signs stating the road was closed. Well, all traffic abruptly stopped and we waited, did not move, for one hour. Bill decided to cross a grass medium to the other side of the highway going north - looking for a scenic route or any route. As most of you know, my husband does not trust technology and so he ignored "Agnes" and instead asked two young men, found them in a deserted garage, for directions. They said sure follow us. And we then went through every back road in Alabama - not quite roads - Alabama is a beautiful state - ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Sidney May 24th 2010

Hi All First day and we travelled to Sidney Ohio, just north of Dayton. Had to make a stop in Windsor and walked out up 100 dollars. Our GPS - her name is Agnes - could not find the tunnel to the U.S and we ended up going the wrong way on a road. Yes , with cars coming the other way! Tomorrow our goal is to get to somewhere near Nashville. That's it for now. Take Care. Kiss my darlings for me. ... read more

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