Black Hills National Forest, Presidents and Lakota

I could have stayed in the Badlands, exploring, for days, but on the morning of August 29th I set out on the scenic route to the Black Hills National Forest, home to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Wind Cave. Two hours later I arrived at my first stop. Mount Rushmore was put on the agendaContinue reading “Black Hills National Forest, Presidents and Lakota”

Welcome to South Dakota

On August 27th I crossed into South Dakota. I made it through what people described as the most tedious part of my drive. Iowa is very flat, and the roads are very straight. After excessively exceeding the speed limit a couple times, I learned how to use my cruise control in Iowa. My first stopContinue reading “Welcome to South Dakota”

If You Build It, They Will Come

On August 25th, I crossed the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. It was such a milestone for me as a new driver, and someone on a road trip, I fired up the dashboard camera and captured a video of me driving across. My first stop for the day was the Field of Dreams Movie SiteContinue reading “If You Build It, They Will Come”

So Many Beautiful Cars

I woke up the morning of August 23rd at the Sandusky / Bay Shore KOA. I drove over to Cedar Point, not realizing it was a theme park. Research, before you visit a place, is very important! I spent $20 to access the parking lot, look at the theme park, and drive away. A fewContinue reading “So Many Beautiful Cars”

So Much Fame, All in One Day

When I was just about done planning my trip, I started seeing promos for the Hall of Fame game on the NFL channel. For anyone who doesn’t know me, football is life. In my planning, I included a trip to the LA Coliseum to watch my Redskins play the LA Rams. But when I sawContinue reading “So Much Fame, All in One Day”

Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish

I’ve been home a few days now, and I realize the last time I wrote anything I was on the west coast. I have stories from my trek across I-40 back east, but today I want to tell you about the very first lesson I learned. Listen to the Locals Rest assured, this is notContinue reading “Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish”

The City of Angels, Time to Head East

I took today off. I had breakfast, and I made an appointment for a neck and shoulder massage at my hotel (known as the tech massage). No plans for site seeing today. I saw quite a bit of LA yesterday, it was great. So it’s time to start heading east, back toward home. Am IContinue reading “The City of Angels, Time to Head East”

The Pacific Coast; Washington and Oregon

One thing I neglected to mention in my previous post, about my spot at the Kalaloch Campground, was just how close it was to US-101. When I pulled into the site, I noticed a little opening that looked perfect for the tent. As I went to inspect it, I realized it was maybe 100 feetContinue reading “The Pacific Coast; Washington and Oregon”

Seattle… Where the Smoke Broke and the Clouds Hung Low

Around 4,500 miles, over 44 different sights, 3 weeks of driving, and two days ago, I arrived in Seattle, WA. First things first, after being on the road that long, the most fantastic discovery was my “hotel” was actually an apartment building, and my apartment had all the amenities of a home including a washerContinue reading “Seattle… Where the Smoke Broke and the Clouds Hung Low”