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North America » United States » Florida » Satellite Beach August 18th 2019

Back home. Ahhhh. Sleeping in my own bed, sitting in my own chair. Home cooking (by Steve). Warm temperatures and sunshine every day. Feels so good. It is fun to travel, but the best part, after all of the exploring and new experiences, is coming home. We spent the last 12 days visiting with family and friends. Thank-you, Betsy, for the use of your wonderful camp on Pear Pond. So here are a few statistics… We visited 29 states, two Canadian provinces, six American National Parks, two National Monuments, and three Canadian National Parks. We stayed in hotels 25 nights and 12 nights with friends and family or places that they own. We were on the road 37 days and ate food from many, many restaurants. We consumed 387 gallons of gas, covered 11,789 miles, and ... read more
Camp
Camp
Camp

North America » United States » New Hampshire » Salem August 5th 2019

Another travel day. And we are now in our old backyard. We left the hotel this morning at 7:40 and 58 degrees and headed east on I-90. And the further we went, the more it looked like New England. Much of our drive was through country roads, where the trees are thick and lush and form a canopy over the byway…maple, birch, oak, sometimes elm, and an occasional white pine…feeling very familiar. The roads got better when the tolls ended…did I say this boggles my mind? We followed the Mohawk River for a while and we skirted the south end of the Adirondack Mountains. We even saw what I will call a bridge to nowhere. This was weird. This bridge was built over the river but there was no way to get up onto it. Each ... read more
Vermont
Green Mountains of Vermont
Green Mountains of Vermont

North America » United States » New York » Batavia August 4th 2019

Another moving day. I feel like the Energizer Bunny…go go go. Still have a date with a camp in Maine and we need a respite from all of this traveling, so the sooner we get there, the better. We left the hotel at 7 AM and 63 degrees. Our first stop, Notre Dame University. I had been there in 1966 on a cross-country road trip with my family while I was in college, and I had photographed the Jesus Wall on the library building. It has always stuck in my head. So I wanted to show it to Steve. It was only 20 minutes from our hotel, so we drove there first before hitting the road. This is a spectacular, iconic image that cries out Notre Dame. We spent some time admiring it and taking photos ... read more
Notre Dame Jesus Wall
Notre Dame Jesus Wall
Notre Dame Jesus Wall

North America » United States » Indiana » South Bend August 3rd 2019

Today was still another moving day. We put a lot of miles on, but we had good weather, so that was a plus. We left the hotel at 7:25 AM and 66 degrees and pointed the car east on I-90. We drove through four states today, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. We drove beside Lake Michigan. We crossed the Mississippi River again today at the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, where it flows into Lake Onalaska, and this will be the last time for a while. And we also crossed a couple of other rivers, the Wisconsin River, the Chicago River. We drove through more farm land, more corn fields, where the plants have begun to bloom and are leaving a yellow haze across the fields, and some very industrial areas, like Gary, IN. I have ... read more
Chicago

North America » United States » Minnesota » Rochester August 2nd 2019

Today was a moving day…a big time moving day. We were on the road at 6 AM and 56 degrees and did not land until almost 5 PM (with a time change of one hour). We did not visit anything or take many photos…if you have seen one corn field, you have seen them all. First let me tell you about yesterday and last night. Have you ever heard of Sturgis? It is a small town off I-90 in South Dakota, just 30 minutes west of Rapid City. Every year they have a motorcycle rally that draws upwards of a million riders. It lasts for 10 days and in that time there are activities going on like concerts. There are 2-4 concerts each day for 10 days straight. Now Sturgis has a population of a whopping ... read more
Sun trying to burn through
More fog
Even more fog

North America » United States » South Dakota » Rapid City August 1st 2019

Big day, today. We had Devil’s Tower on our agenda, but mid-day we decided to add Badlands as well. We left the hotel at 8:10 AM and 63 degrees. The weather was promising rain for a good part of the day. The skies were cloudy and we had a low ceiling hanging heavy over us all day long. The cows were lying down in the pastures and, according to my mother, that means rain is coming. It only took us a little over an hour to get to Devil’s Tower National Park. The scenery was familiar, with rolling green hills, cows and horses in pastures, and occasional faces of gray rock poking out at us along the side of the road. Miles before we got to the gate, we caught sight of the top of the ... read more
Road to Devil's Tower
Road to Devil's Tower
Road to Devil's Tower

North America » United States » Wyoming » Gillette July 31st 2019

We were up at 5:30 AM today because we had a long drive to make. And I have to add, I really have little of note to write about. Moving days can be boring, because we are not touring anything and these days are usually chosen through uninspiring areas. We left the hotel before 7 AM and 56 degrees and said good-by to Shelby, MT. We spent two days in a town with no restaurants, two hotels and one casino. I was glad to be moving on. The drive took us through lots of flat farmland again today. And before we got the Wyoming, the topography did change somewhat, but not a whole lot. We made a pit stop in the middle of nowhere, at Eddie’s Corner in Montana, at the intersection of routes 87 & ... read more
Montana
Montana
Montana

North America » United States » Montana » Shelby July 30th 2019

Today we set out to visit a park that we have visited four times before. Glacier National Park. We left the hotel in Shelby at 8 AM and 59 degrees. It promised to be a chilly day in the park, but did not turn out that way at all. At Logan Pass it was 65 degrees. The sun was shining all day and the air was clear and bright. The drive to the park took us almost two hours. On the west side of the park is a town called Kalispell, and it is relatively close to the west entrance. But on the east side, there really is nothing much closer than Shelby. So we made the drive, through more construction and all, and got there around 10 AM. We saw a lot of farms with ... read more
Road to Glacier NP
Free range cows
Horses running wild near the roadside.

North America » United States » Montana » Shelby July 29th 2019

Today was little more than a moving day. We left our hotel at 8:30 and 53 degrees and headed south to the great old USA. There was no plan for the day except to land in Shelby, MT so that we could make another visit to Glacier National Park. This will be our 5th time. We decided to begin with a tour of the city. Calgary has a big city center, with lots of glitzy high-rises in glass and stone and shiny metal. And it turned out to be a lot bigger than I had imagined. Last time we were here, we stayed in the outer part of Calgary and never did see the city. Everything there looks new and shiny and modern. Even the condos and apartment buildings are ultra modern in architecture and design. ... read more
Calgary, AB
Calgary, AB
Calgary, AB

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 28th 2019

Today promised to be a feast for sore eyes, and it didn’t disappoint. Having a long drive ahead of us, and knowing that we would lose an hour when we crossed the time line on the border of British Columbia and Alberta, we were up at 5:30 AM and out the door by 7:30 and 60 degrees. (Seems we could do this faster, but with the dog and a required routine, that is about the best that we can do.) We drove from Kamloops, the “Tournament Capital of Canada” to Calgary through the Canadian Rockies. We even crossed the Columbia River once again. And that had me scratching my head, but I discovered that the Columbia River begins in the Columbia Lake in British Columbia. Makes sense to me, I guess. I just never thought about ... read more
Canadian Rockies
Valley Lake Chateau
Valley Lake Chateau




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