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North America » United States » Utah July 9th 2019

More rocks, more national and state parks ... My nephew has spent a lot of time in the Utah/Grand Canyon area, and he recommended these parks. They are some of the lesser-known parks ... but definitely worth the time to explore. Kodachrome Basin State Park - “67 monolithic stone spires ... accentuate multihued sandstone layers that reveal 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome, after the popular color film, in 1948” https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/kodachrome-basin/. Burr Trail was especially cool. “The Burr Trail takes the adventurous traveler into some of Utah's most beautiful and extraordinary country. Views of the Henry Mountains, the colorfully contorted Waterpocket Fold, red Circle Cliffs, and Long ... read more
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Burr Trail area


Day 11 Fedrick Md – Lewisburg WV - mileage 305 We woke to massive thunderstorm which apparently caused lots of flooding in nearby DC. Our phones were screaming flash flood warnings every couple of minutes. We took our time eating and getting ready to let the storms pass so that we could pack the car without getting drenched. When it finally let up a little, we quickly packed the car and headed towards Harpers Ferry. It was still raining at Harpers Ferry, so we went onto Shepherdstown since we would have to head back thru Harpers Ferry anyway. During the trip, Claire worked in the back seat anytime there was cell service. The road to Shepherdstown was our amusement ride for the morning – a narrow roller coaster type road thru the country side. They apparently ... read more
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North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 9th 2019

I know the overly used saying, 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas', but I had such a blast in Las Vegasthat I just had to share it with all my readers. So, I visited Vegas on a weekend and had just two days to experience the world's largest casino cultured city. My itinerary was jam-packed with things I have wanted to do always in Vegas. I was traveling solo as I knew the city was safe to travel and I had done a thorough study of places to go and the ones to avoid. I was on a budget trip, so I had to pre-plan my finances so that I do not miss any fun. A friend of mine who had visited Vegas a year before suggested that the cheapest way to do a nice ... read more
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North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville July 9th 2019

The first thing that we had to get right was the pronunciation of Louisville. It is not as it is written but shortened somewhat to something that sounds like Lureville. It was great to be in a big buzzy city again although the architecture was similar to the small towns we have been in, just higher. We were berthed a long way out of town as there was a large music and food festival downtown so all the berths there were taken. And of course ours was a late booking. We heard there was a hotel that had contemporary art in it. It was easy to pick as there was a huge gold statue of David outside. Even larger than he is in Florence. Rows of large red penguins adorn the pediment above the door as ... read more
Unique Limo with glass beads
You too can have a giant animal
Photo of workers commuting


Maybe it was one too many mountains to ride. All I know is when I reached the Utah border near Grand Junction, CO, I didn't want to go further west with the thought being that the farther I went, the farther I would have to get home. I didn't reach the point of no return because it was closer to home to turn around. I called Jan and told her how I felt and she agreed, telling me to head for home. So I turned around and rode along the Gunnison River and Black Canyon back to Gunnison, CO, where I spent the night. I'm disappointed that I didn't have what it takes to complete the whole trip, as ambitious as it was, but I did get to ride all over the state of Colorado, and ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria July 9th 2019

Astoria, Oregon We settled in to an RV and Golf Park for 2 days. Mom said she had never stayed in Astoria, so we went sightseeing. Since Buddy and I have to be separate, I got to tag along. The sky was overcast, so it was cool In the rig. I even got to smell some new smells and greet new people friends. The Lewis and Clark Park was the first day, Fort Clatsop. This was home during the winter of 1805. Named after the Indian tribe. While America purchased territory from France as in the Louisiana Purchase, this part was claimed. So when Congress sent Lewis and Clark to explore the land west after the Louisiana Purchase...this area was not owned by any nation. It was claimed after they went through, but not by them. ... read more
Maritime Museum
Coast Guard Boat
Fort Clatsop

North America » United States » Maryland July 8th 2019

Day 10 – July 7 – Dover, DE to Frederick, MD (188 miles) If you’ve been following our travel blog, then you know that we call the lady spitting out directions from Claire’s Google Maps, Dorothy. Well, today, Dorothy had real problems. From the get-go, she was lost. It’s not a good thing when your GPS is lost. Uncertain where we were, Claire had to restart her phone to get Dorothy to reboot. Dorothy still had glitches all day. Who knows, maybe Dorothy went out and partied last night. She kept repeating herself (for example, on a 1 1/2-mile stretch, she must have told us 8 or 9 times to stay on that road heading toward a road that we had no clue where it was located)??? Then, we figured she was paying us back for ... read more
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North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville July 8th 2019

Yesterday (Sunday) was a very busy travel day so I didn’t get a chance to update the blog. As such, everyone gets a doubleheader blog post encompassing Day 6 in Nashville and Day 7 on the road and in Georgia! We woke up on Saturday morning in our awesome Airbnb apartment on the outskirts of downtown Nashville. We had a corner apartment on the 5th floor and the views were incredible. We had purchased groceries the night before on our way in, so breakfast was en-suite as Heather scrambled up some eggs and made bacon and hash brown potatoes for all. Livy slept through and had her breakfast bowl later while Heather, Diego and I went to check out the pool situation. The building has a rooftop pool on the 2nd floor of a six-story building. ... read more
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Family shot
Heather Livy and Diego with the Parthenon

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 7th 2019

As we begin a new year, I want to focus a little more on reflection than solely on travel. To broaden the quotes is to broaden one's horizons, so to speak. So, any quote is open for saving, discussing, or discarding. Trying something new is always a great adventure, right? This might be a great way to start the new year. And there is always room for some good lyrics: Simply, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" by Aretha Franklin “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all” – Helen Keller “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”--- Martin Luther King, Jr. “Life is meant for good friends and great adventures” – Anonymous (I like this one) ... read more
UC Berkeley is the best!!!!
Groucho knows!

North America » United States July 7th 2019

Day 8 – July 5 – Paramus, NJ to Trenton/Ewing/Princeton, NJ via PA (172 miles) A weird noise and then no lights. What?? There was no power. Yes, that’s how our morning started. At least we were already up and could put on some clothes in the dark. Showers would have to wait. This was our first time in a hotel without power. Using the emergency lighting, we navigated the long hallway to the lobby where other early risers had congregated wondering what was happening??? Since it had just happened, the food out for breakfast was still fine to eat. Anything that needed power didn’t work – juice dispensers, pancake and waffle makers. What?? There was a waffle maker!! Susan and Claire have been wanting a waffle the whole trip and nowhere has had a waffle ... read more
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