Travel

Gathland State Park, Maryland

Located near Burkittsville, Maryland Gathland State Park is the home to the former estate of Civil War correspondent George Alfred Towsend.

Assateague State Park, Maryland

Thanksgiving On Eastern Shores

An adventure to be thankful for. Exploring Assateague Island, Native American Methodist churches, and the quiet simplicity of the Mid-Atlantic shores.

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 – September 7 – 10

Excited to finally be on my way to Seattle, I spoiled myself with a delicious breakfast at the Leavenworth Golf Club before hitting the road. The trip to Seattle was a blissfully short one, with just one stop at a place called Deception Falls, and I arrived around 1:30 in the afternoon. Deception Falls runsContinue reading “Seattle – September 7 – 10”

Leavenworth, Washington – A Pleasant Surprise

When I last left you, readers, I was cranky because I woke up in Steamboat Rock State Park believing I would end the day in Seattle. I was tired of cold food (due to the campfire restrictions caused by the wildfires) and ready for a couple days of no driving. But instead, I needed toContinue reading “Leavenworth, Washington – A Pleasant Surprise”

New Orleans – I Miss You Already

We arrived in New Orleans on Friday, March 16th as a belated birthday present to my apprentice traveler. While I’d only briefly visited the city years before, it clung to me like the swamp moss that surrounds the Crescent City, the Big Easy, Nawlins. In the hustle and bustle of the airport, we picked upContinue reading “New Orleans – I Miss You Already”

September 5, Part 2; The Most Extreme Grilled Cheese

After spending an hour amongst the Buddhas I continued west to my first real taste of mountain driving in the tiny stretch of Idaho between Montana and Washington. I suppose I’d been meandering up in elevation without too much thought, but as soon as the “Welcome to Idaho” sign appeared it was straight downhill alongContinue reading “September 5, Part 2; The Most Extreme Grilled Cheese”

September 5 – Part 1; Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

September 5th was a long day. I wasn’t going to leave the area without going to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, an hour north of Missoula. Through some research, I found my breakfast spot; Paul’s Pancake Parlor in Tremper’s Shopping Center in Missoula. I was amused by the decor; all decked out in JamaicanContinue reading “September 5 – Part 1; Garden of One Thousand Buddhas”

Missoula, Montana

Before leaving the Towsend / Canyon Ferry Lake KOA, my new friend recommended I stop at the Avon Family Cafe on my way to Missoula. She said they took good care of her and the food was delicious. A warm home cooked breakfast seemed like just the right thing since this is what I wokeContinue reading “Missoula, Montana”

Yellowstone on Labor Day Weekend

I woke up the morning of September 3rd to my first chilly morning. It was 50 degrees when I woke up, and I was delighted to have packed warm sleepwear. On the agenda for the day was a drive back through the Grand Tetons into Yellowstone to see Old Faithful. When you’ve been on theContinue reading “Yellowstone on Labor Day Weekend”

Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park

When I initially planned The Great Roadtrip, Thermopolis, WY was not on the list of destinations. As a matter of fact, I expected to drive down from South Dakota to Colorado and Utah. However, once I got to Iowa, I knew I needed to make some changes to my route. I learned on that first legContinue reading “Thermopolis, Wyoming and Hot Springs State Park”

Pausing for Cunningham Falls

I’m taking a break in my journaling of the Great Road Trip to talk about a more recent adventure. 2018 started out in the middle of nearly 3 weeks of subfreezing temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic, a place that generally has mild winters. To top it off, I started 2018 with a massive cold (maybe theContinue reading “Pausing for Cunningham Falls”

Jo-Bawb’s and Bighorns

August 30th was a relatively uneventful day. Thermopolis was a two-day drive, so I set out from the Blue Bell Campground to make my way into Wyoming. I stopped at a Walmart in Gillette, WY to buy a 14″ charcoal grill to replace the propane grill I’d all but given up on. Thanks to myContinue reading “Jo-Bawb’s and Bighorns”

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 long, Frank Lloyd Wright

Oak Park is the home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses and buildings.

So Many Beautiful Cars

On August 23rd I visited the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum and the Studebaker Museum, ending my day at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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”

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”

A Little Rough Around the Edges

It’s been almost two weeks since I left home. It will take a long time to describe all the beautiful things I’ve seen since my last post. I’ve driven through the flatlands of Iowa and eastern South Dakota. I camped in the Badlands and traveled 200 feet underground in the Wind Cave. I navigated hairpinContinue reading “A Little Rough Around the Edges”

Week 1 – The Great Road Trip

I don’t know if this will be a long post or a brief one. I’m currently at a hotel in Sioux City, Iowa. I’ll start with what I’ve learned so far. 5 hours of driving daily is a bit excessive. So, I’ve cut out the Colorado sites and set up a more relaxed trip acrossContinue reading “Week 1 – The Great Road Trip”

Where is she Going?

It’s almost time! In a few short days, I’ll be packing my car up with (what I hope to be) everything I need for this epic journey I’m about to take. While doing my research for this road trip, I found a great way to plot out my path. Of course, because I’m the secretiveContinue reading “Where is she Going?”

It’s not the end, it’s the beginning…

First, let me start by saying it has been a long time since I’ve written for myself. I’ve spent almost 20 years writing for work in some capacity or another, so writing like this, it’s going to be challenging. But I have to do it because, for the first time in 12 years and 7Continue reading “It’s not the end, it’s the beginning…”

Why Do You Go Away?

So that you can come back.

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