If I were to open a new restaurant today, I certainly wouldn’t call it the “Sanitary Restaurant”! I’m sure there are some places that are proud that they don’t get any serious violations by the health department, but I’m also certain they don’t mention it as a reason to eat there. “Eat here because, it’s sanitary” Now some background for this last on-the-road trip to … Continue reading On-The-Road, North Carolina: Part 3 – The Sanitary Restaurant
My North Carolina trip was initially scheduled to be about two weeks long, but due to health issues it was truncated to 9 days. The primary purpose of the trip was to visit my “estranged” younger brother. I can happily say that part of the trip was a resounding success. I finally managed to let go of a contentious past that has separated us for … Continue reading On-The-Road: North Carolina – Part 2
You won’t see much of me this week as I have been on-the-road to North Carolina visiting my estranged brother. Thank the Lord, we have remedied the “estranged” part. It was a VERY nice two day visit. I think some of the North Carolina Walters clan will be joining us here at RJsCorner. It will be nice to keep up with them, especially my brother, … Continue reading On-The-Road
I admit that before I made Rhode Island a primary destination of the recent New England trip I didn’t know much about the State, and what I thought I knew was basically wrong. So, in 500 words or less I will tell you what I learned about the State while I was there and since I have returned. Rhode Island was basically a refugee colony … Continue reading The Mysterious Rhode Island Explained…
I have visited over 40 State Capitals in my travels around the U.S. and this is one of my favorite pictures. It is from the Capital Building of Connecticut in Hartford. I visited there during my recent trip through that beautiful State. I will have much more to say about that in an upcoming on-the-road post. At that time, I will give you a full … Continue reading EPS – Favorites
During my recent trip through upstate New York I came across the Sanborn, Tuscarora Nation, United States. When I did a Wikipedia search of Tuscarora I am told about the North Carolina version. I have read several books about the Iroquois Confederation, but didn’t know that there were still tribes in the Northeast. According to the info below there are only 1152 residents left there. … Continue reading Every Picture Has Story – Sanborn, Tuscarora Nation
I don’t know specifically why Mystic Connecticut got on my life’s bucket list, but I think it has something to do with the 1988 movie Mystic Pizza. I was in my second year of marriage to my lovely bride, and still couldn’t imagine why she loved me as she did. My dating life bordered on tragic. Then she came along and loved me for who … Continue reading On-The-Road: Fall of 2022- Mystic CT
This is my last post on my recent 6,000-mile trip through the South and Southwest. The lessons learned from that trip will last me a lifetime, or at least what I have left of it. I am ready to declare what I discovered, and maybe more importantly, act upon those discoveries. Let’s start with a high-level look back on the trip: I must live more … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 8 – Wrapping It Up…
Now that I am in the closing stages of reporting on my On-The-Road adventure in the South and Southwest. It’s time to talk about my observations and prejudices of that area of the country. Pictures just don’t seem appropriate for this post, so there will be none. Historically, I still have trouble getting past the Civil War and slavery issues. In some ways, I think … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #7 – The Mindset Of The South…
This is the third museum I visited during my recent three-day trip across the Gulf Coast States. I kinda think it was my favorite museum of the trip. 😎 Besides eating lots of oysters on my trip across the Gulf Coast States, I happened onto one of the most interesting museums I visited on this on-the-road adventure. It was the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 6 – The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
It’s about time I finish up my On-The-Road epilogue posts, so I am going to do that over the next four days. Generally when I travel, museums are my main stops. I just think they provide a good history of the area I visit. The Gulf Coast States are no exception. I visited several museums in this trip and will highlight two of them here … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 5 – Gulf Coast Art…
I have spent a lifetime studying American history, and a big part of that has been visiting museums. I dare not even try to count how many I have been in. There are many types of museums, and until recently the American history version has been my favorite. But, it seems in my elderly years Avant-Garde things are the front-runner. I now just seem to … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #4 – The Dali Museum
It’s time for another epilogue post on my recent On-The-Road trip to the South and Southwest. This one will give you more pics and details about one of the most picturesque town I have ever been in. Sedona Arizona is unlike any town I have been in. It is surrounded by buttes. To this old Midwestern guy buttes just aren’t part of my dictionary. Take … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #3 – Sedona Arizona
While on my 3+ weeks on the road, I actually lost almost 4 lbs. That kinda surprised me but in looking back I realized the source of the loss was the absence of local eateries in many of the areas I visited. The Midwest, or at least the part I come from has pretty much unmasked now and things are starting to return to normal, … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue #2 – Stages of the Pandemic & The Death Knell of Local Eateries
My 6,000 mile roadtrip through the South and Southwest had many goals and unattainable expectations. But, I have learned from experience that having unattainable expectations is far superior to having none at all. I have many planned epilogue posts coming that will give you more details of the effect this trip had on me and my future plans. I need time to more fully develop … Continue reading On-The-Road Epilogue # 1 – The Weather And Landscape.
I got back yesterday from my 6,000-mile trek across the southern half of the U.S. It was an enjoyable and informative 3+ weeks. As reported in my last post, the final milestone for this trip was to visit a long time blogging buddy. By that time, this 75-year-old body was getting pretty weary and longed for home. I decided to skip re-visits to Mesa Verde … Continue reading On-The-Road Post #11 – I’m Back…
I really did intend on blogging every day during this trip, but just couldn’t manage it with all the other things to take up time each day. If it is any consolation I will be doing more in depth posts when I return, and will also give you some valuable lessons that I have learned from this trip. Three days ago, I went to an … Continue reading On-The-Road Post #10 – Days 16-18 -Cacti, And Sealing A Friendship.
I have spent the last three days in Arizona. In many ways, it is beautiful, or at least very different here than home. One thing I can say it that it is very HOT an DRY. I didn’t expect that so early in the year. Their fire alert is set to VERY HIGH. Except for Flagstaff, it has been in the 100s during the day … Continue reading On The Road #9 – Days 13-15, Arizona
I don’t do this very often, but I am going to give full endorsement to the hotel I spent two days on my layover in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is the second time I have spent multi-day visits to Santa Fe. The first time I came here my wife and I spent a few days at the La Fonda hotel which is just off … Continue reading On The Road #8 – Day 15 – La Posada
Here I am on the final day of my three-day layover in Santa Fe and I can say it has rejuvenated me for the rest of the trip. I spent the first night in a RV park just outside the city and the last two days in a very nice hotel a walk away from the famous town square. My µRV appreciates it too as … Continue reading On The Road #7 – Days 11 -14. It Worked!!
Here I am in Clovis New Mexico on a Sunday morning. Getting ready to check out of my motel in a couple of hours. The sun came up about 5:45 this morning, so of course I, as always, got up with it. Yesterday at this time it was already 84 degrees in Brownwood TX, here it is now 44 degrees. Part of it is probably … Continue reading On The Road #6 – Day 11 – MyFavoriteTexas Town￼￼￼
Here I am at the end of Day 1 in Texas spending another night in a hotel room. It managed to get up to 99 degrees today. I wonder what the temperatures will be in mid-July? It was like being in a bag of popcorn in a microwave oven today. I was literally surrounded by thousands of cars whose frantic drivers were pinging off the … Continue reading On The Road #5 – Day 10 – Texas In Two Days.
Here it is 6am and I am sitting in a hotel room in Houston Texas watching a thousand cars go by every minute. Welcome to the big city, I guess. I spent the last three days traveling along the Gulf of Mexico coastline from St. Pete Florida to Beaumont Texas. I’m in a hotel room because it is just too hot to be camping or … Continue reading On The Road #4- Day 9 -The Gulf Coast
I have been taking this month-long vacation much too seriously. It’s as if I expect it to solve all my life’s problems. With these kinds of expectations, how can it be anything but a disappointment? I know that I overthink everything and this is no exception. I have seen a couple of retirement communities now, but nothing that would lure me away from my current … Continue reading On-The-Road #3 – Day 7 – Just Have Fun…
What can I say about “The Villages”? It is the world’s largest retirement community. Here is a little about what they say about themselves: The Villages® community in Florida is one of the largest age-restricted active adult communities in the state. What started as a small neighborhood in 1978 became a sprawling community that will eventually be home to an estimated 70,000 households of 55+ residents. The … Continue reading On-The-Road #2 – Day 3. About “The Villages”
Here it is 6:00am on day 4, and I am sitting in my first hotel room after boondocking at Walmart locations for the first two nights. Those two days were primarily travel days and nothing much to report except about 700+ miles of roads driven. About half the time was Interstate and the other State highways. About the only observation about Kentucky and Tennessee is … Continue reading On-The-Road #1 -2 Getting To Florida
Continuing on from yesterday’s post, want to explore what I want to get from the upcoming extended roadtrip. Two things come immediately to mind. The first is, “Are extended roadtrips even possible for me at this time in my life?” The second thing I hope to get from the trip is to get out of my comfort zone. That is to challenge some of my … Continue reading Is It Even Possible??
A few posts ago I tried to convince you to do a roadtrip instead of getting on an airplane. I will soon be going on a roadtrip that is sixty years in the making, so I decided to refresh my knowledge on this subject. To me, preparation is the road to success. This post will give us some of the “how-to’s” of having a successful … Continue reading Roadtripping, The How-To’s
Yesterday, I talked about the John Steinbeck book Travels with Charlie – In Search Of America and how it has affected me for all my travel life. I have always dreamed of making a similar trip and that is about to become reality. The trip itself will start on May 2, but I will spend much of April giving you stories about my preparation for … Continue reading 60 Years In The Making…
I am now starting to plan for my farewell tour, but let me explain. I am taking my µRV on a “John Steinbeck – Travels with Charlie” type trip. I read that book for the first time as a teenager, and it thoroughly hooked me on Steinbeck novels. Before I left my teenage years I had read all his books. As I mentioned in a … Continue reading My Farewell Tour?
This is another OTR from my blog RJsTravels which is in hiatus while I try to bring it back to RJsCorner. The next report will be originated here. This was one of my most pleasant trips I have taken. Day 11 I watched the sun come up this morning over the St. Lawrence River. It was 5:00am here when that event occurred. It turns out … Continue reading On The Road Canada – Day 11 -13: St. Lawrence River, New Brunswick
This is day 10 of our Canadian adventure, and we are in Old Quebec. This is the last major city we will see in Canada. While Old Quebec was much more enjoyable than Montreal it was still a hectic time. But we did find the major stopping point we were looking for and that was Place Royale. It was part of the very old Quebec … Continue reading On The Road Canada: Day 10 – Old Quebec
I guess I must tell you up front that this trip was taken in 2011. That was a time in the infancy of GPS map apps so that explains all the problems when we used Google Maps for guidance. Things have changed drastically since those early years. Day 8 – Canada Agricultural Museum & On The Road To Montreal Here I am sitting in our … Continue reading On The Road Canada: Day 8 – 9 – Thoughts, Montreal, Quebec, Sunday Morning
Day 4 We went to the Canada Science and Technology Museum before trying to check into our hotel. They had a lot of neat exhibits there and a wall of fame that had about thirty pictures and related bios there. I recognized a few, but not many, names on that wall. Of course one thing they did invent here was the snowmobile. Here is a … Continue reading On-The-Road Canada: Day 4-7 Ottawa
Most of these first posts in the new category On The Road (OTR) originally appeared on RJsTravels and is now being moved to their home here on RJsCorner. All OTR posts started from my personal daily journal entries during the trip. The trips have taken place over a thirty-year period, but I kind of think the date doesn’t matter, so there is no mention of … Continue reading ON-THE-ROAD CANADA: DAY 1-3: SUDBURY, WOULD YOU LIKE GRAVY WITH THAT?
Clifty Falls State Park in southern Indiana is one of my favorites. The campgrounds are well laid out and maintained and the hiking trails are manageable for this senior. And of course, the park is a mecca for photographers. As is my custom on my micro-RV trips I had breakfast at the inn after a night in the campgrounds. Being close to Madison Indiana, the campground makes … Continue reading On The Road – Clifty Falls State Park