Don & Jill


Don & Jill

Hi, We're Jill and Don

Whether we're driving, biking, or hiking in search of a hidden waterfall or the world's largest ball of string, we're excited to have you join us.

We invite you to follow us via our blog. We promise to update our electronic travel journal as often as we can and we promise to upload as many pictures as we can so you can enjoy our trip too (only without the mosquito bites).

Please feel free to leave comments . . . we love hearing from you.

July 5 Ok so sometimes you just have to do things because you can. We set the alarm and rolled out of bed at 4:30 am to watch the Formula 1 race from England. After a crazy start and weather issues, Jill’s guy, defending champion, and current points leader, Lewes Hamilton, pulled into 1st place after a long struggle to move up, but crossed the finish line first. After some family time, we began cooking for Sunday-Funday brunch! As guests arrived, we choked down on tasty breakfast treats and sparkling mimosas. This was followed by more conversation, jokes, and crazy games. As 4:00 rolled around, it was time to get out the red white and blue again . . . World Cup soccer! We cheered the USA Woman’s team to victory and their first World Championship ... read more

July 4 Today we woke up to Dean pouncing on our bed. He wanted to wish us a happy 4th of July! After a quick bagel we were off to the Mr & Ms Muscle Beach competition at Venice Beach. The parking situation was as you’d expect at any other All-American beach town on any other All-American Holiday – awful. We found a parking lot with a few spaces left and pulled in, however, after we were told the fee was $40.00 we promptly drove out again. We finally found a space on another lot for a mere $25.00 and took it. When we came back, the sign had been changed to $35.00. After a short walk down the “boardwalk” (it was concrete), we found the small stage and bleacher arena where the event was to ... read more
Mr. Venice Beach competitors
Venice Beach skate park

July 3 Today we said good-bye to our AirBnB with the fancy bed/bath room and headed to Emma’s in Los Angeles for Breakfast. Although the GPS said we were about an hour outside LA, we discovered the LA tradition of sitting in traffic. Two hours later, we found Emma and a parking spot! Emma and Andrew live on the 6th floor of a six story building in a nice two bedroom apartment that they share with Dean, the masked wonder dog. They are in North Hollywood, a friendly neighborhood where they can walk to get most of what they need: groceries, pharmacy, pubs, and most other necessities of Southern California life. After feasting on yummy treats from a local bakery, we headed out to fight more of LA’s infamous traffic. We drove to Griffith Park along ... read more
Don, Jill, and the LA skyline
Choices at the Grand Central Market
Grauman's Chinese Theatre

North America » Mexico July 20th 2015

July 2nd Our Air BnB room was billed as “A room with a view” so naturally when we got up this morning we expected to see the San Diego skyline, and maybe even the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, today was a very rare day in SD. It was foggy, so foggy we couldn’t see past the back yard fence. Cool and dampish was the order of the day. Rodrigo, our host for the night, had already left for the day and we were alone in the house – trusting fellow. We locked the door behind us and placed it in the predetermined hiding place. After stowing our luggage we headed off in search of breakfast – and we hit a gold mine! We drove to the main street of Lemon Grove and found a small diner in ... read more
The Blue Whisk Diner, Lemon Grove, CA, you wont find a friendlier place.
The world's largest (?) lemon, in Lemon Grove, CA

North America » United States » California » San Diego July 5th 2015

July 1 Up Bright and early for day two of the adventure. Ok…truth be told bright, but not too early! The sun was blazing and the temps were high. Our 7:00 am departure time quickly became 9:00 am but we are on vacation, so no worries! Our first stop on this amazing adventure . . . Sam’s club. Yes we are the adventurous ones! We were a bit early for their “regular” shoppers as only Business or “Plus” members were allowed in early. However, the vacation gods provided us with a lovely greeter, Miss Shirley. This older, grandmotherly lady let us slide in to buy the case of water we needed. Shirley was a sweet, pleasant lady, the kind of person that gets the day off to a good start; she even let us use her ... read more
Solar farm in the distance
We parked our rental Focus along Rt 95 as we searched for a Geo-cache
Roy's Motel

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 2nd 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 We started this year’s adventure on a dubious note. At 2:30 our flight from Baltimore to Las Vegas was pushed back from the original 5:45 to 6:40. OK, no big deal, that’s fine. Once we got on the plane however, we were told that weather along our route was going to delay us a bit more. Because of heavy weather in the mid-west, they had to change the route we were going to take. Once the powers-that-be got the safe new route mapped out, they realized we did not have enough fuel on board to safely fly the longer distance we had to go to avoid the storms. So, we then waited for the ground crew to add additional fuel. We finally pushed away from the gate at 7:40, an hour after ... read more
Look! Its New York!
Neon everywhere.

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Reading June 27th 2015

Today's torrential rain put a quick end to the outdoor activities I had planned; you know the usual Saturday stuff, pulling weeds, putting down mulch, and other such mundane chores. It's not all bad however. Today's weather gave me the opportunity to start packing. Packing for almost three weeks takes a delicate balance between things that you want to take, things that you need to take, and things that you's liketo take but know that you probably never use anyway. So, there it is - spread all over my bed - the wants, the needs, and the likes. That's why I like to start early, there's a lot of wrestling (with myself) over the three combatants. Unfortunately, the likes win more battles than they should and I end up with a suitcase of stuff that won't ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls July 21st 2013

Day 15 - July 11, 2013 We awoke to a brilliant Thursday morning in Canada. A big difference from the weather we became accustomed to over the last few days. This was going to be another of those BIG days, sightseeing in Niagara Falls then driving through New York and back to Reading all before our heads hit the pillows again. We checked out of the hotel and went down the street about a block to the IHOP. It wasn’t too full, but for whatever reason, the service was very slow. It took us an hour for breakfast, we were not happy. Since we’ve been here before and had a full day of sightseeing at that time, our plan today was to take the trip behind the falls and have lunch in the Syklon ... read more
Skylon Tower
Horseshoe Falls
Jill Enjoying the View at Lunch

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls July 20th 2013

Day 14 - July 10, 2013 Another day of driving and seeing the world. We left our happy hotel a bit later than we had hoped, but we had a relaxing breakfast so it was worth it. We headed out from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and crossed the International Bridge into Ontario, Canada. We were able to see the locks and rapids from above as we crossed the bridge. The driving went well and the scenery was beautiful. Just before our turn south in Sudbury, ON, we saw a sign and had to stop. How can you come to Canada without eating Tim Horton Donuts? We stopped for two, but were told by a very persuasive sales lady that it is cheaper to buy a half dozen, so with a box of six tucked ... read more
St. Mary River Rapids
Parry Sound
Float Plane

Day 13 – July 9th We awoke to fog as heavy as or perhaps heavier than we had in Duluth; we couldn’t see much out our hotel window. We thought the weather might cause us to change our plans, but we decided to give it a shot. After a breakfast of self-made waffles in the hotel’s breakfast room we fired up the faithful Caravan and headed south on I-75 for about 50 miles through national, state, and privately owned forests and marshlands. In about an hour we reached our destination, St. Ignace, MI. St. Ignace is a town of about 2,400 people and the county seat of Mackinac County. It also hosts the northern terminus of the Mackinac Bridge. This bridge is worthy of so many superlatives that I can... read more
Taking a step back in Time
Typical Delivery wagon on Mackinac Island
People mover

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