We spent the day touring amish country around our friends home. There is a very large population here in northeast Ohio ( I made a terrible mistake originally here in that I said northwest instead of northeast. Sorry about that). Almost every house we came to had clothes out on the line and all in typical amish colors. So that made discovering which farms are … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 7 If It’s Monday It Must Be Wash Day….
Since we have been walking so much the last few days we decided to take it a little easier today. We drove the mile to the center of the city instead of walking. Our fatigue and the fact that it is still in the 30s and 40s here enticed us to take the easy way. When we got close to the Tower City Center we … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 5 Downtown
We spent today with some old-time high school friends of mine who are near-Cleveland residents. We spent the majority of the day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History but before that we got a thorough driving tour of the Cleveland Clinic. The scale of the clinic is almost unimaginable. There were at least twenty huge buildings in the complex. The Cleveland Clinic is thought … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 4 Museums
We are now situated in our home for the next three days. It is in a DoubleTree Hampton on the 15th floor overlooking Lake Erie. It will be nice not having to pack for the next few days. Nice views from the 15th floor. We spent the day at the Cleveland Zoo and Rainforest. It was an interesting time. Of course photos are attached here. … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 3 Zoo
As noted in yesterday’s post we spent the day at Youngstown. It was everything I expected it to be. The Youngstown Historical Center was of course all about steel. I took about forty pictures of the exhibits and will give you a few of them here. I didn’t realize that there were actually seven mills running here during their heydays in the 1960’s. They started … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 2 Youngstown
Yes, we decided to visit the Cleveland Ohio area for our April vacation this year. As expected we spent most of the day in the car. I don’t know why even after 27 years this Friday of being married I haven’t learned to lie about the time I want to leave. I told Yvonne we need to be on the road at 9:00am so of … Continue reading On The Road, Cleveland — Day 1
Starting tomorrow we will finally be on the road again. These last six months seemed longer than most. Cabin fever was really getting me down. I know several of you really enjoy my “On the road reports”. I thought about not doing them this time and instead taking a hiatus from blogging but I realized that I really do enjoy writing the reports. They allow … Continue reading On The Road Again….
Mesa Verde National Park Yes, starting today my wife and I are on the road again. This time we will be traveling by car to the great State of Colorado. The majority of our time will be spent at Mesa Verde National Park so expect many photos in the next few weeks. We will be staying at the park lodge for six days of R&R, … Continue reading On The Road Again…..
I wanted to let you know that starting tomorrow I will be doing a series of “On The Road” posts here. For those of you who are not familiar with them they will be end-of-day posts about our trip to Washington DC and Baltimore. Except for a one day trip in 1998 this will be the first time we have taken a tour bus. This will be … Continue reading On The Road….Again
A rather boring day today. We left Omaha about 10:00am and made almost 400 miles of Interstate driving before settling down near St. Charles MO. But given that there was little walking it was good for my aching knees. Tomorrow we will visit the picture puzzle super-store and then likely make a dash for home. Since not much happened today I thought I would give … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha (Day 6) More on Boy’s Town…
It was a very interesting day today. We spent the first part of it at Father Flannigan’s Boys Home and then went to the Spirit of Nebraska Wilderness Project in the downtown area. It is nice to see that the Boys Town is still a thriving mission and that they have been welcoming girls for over thirty years. The story of the place was quite inspiring and … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha (Day 5)
I want to say out front that I am very impressed with Omaha. It seems like the quint-essential city to me. It is probably the cleanest city we have visited during our twenty-six years of April road trips. Today, at least so far, we have browsed through the Old Market area and spent several hours at the Durham Museum. Here are some pictures of that. … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha/Durnam Museum (Day 4)
We didn’t have much of a drive today; just across the river to Omaha and then north to our first sightseeing venture. But we did make some new friends today while visiting the Wildlife Safari Preserve. My wife being a super animal lover that she is insisted this be our first stop. We are now settled down in the Magnolia Hotel for a quick nap … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha (Day 3)
Here I am sitting in our hotel room in Council Bluffs Iowa. But unlike last night I am sitting here alone. No my wife didn’t get mad and leave me; she is instead in a casino about 100 yards from our hotel room. Unknowingly I chose a hotel for the night in a casino complex. Gambling is just not my thing but Yvonne does like … Continue reading On The Road – Council Bluffs Iowa (Day 2)
Here we are at the end of day one; well at least the traveling end of it. We are in Quincy Illinois which is right on the Illinois/Missouri border. Today was mainly a travel day but we did take the majority of in on State roads instead of InterStates. Going the entire width of Illinois, which is about 225 miles, on local roads brought to … Continue reading On The Road – Quincy Illinois
We will be on the road again in about a week and I am going to do my usual “on the road” daily blog posts giving you my observations and experience of what we visit. This time we will be visiting Omaha Nebraska. We were there during our month long vacation in 2009 and decided to save the city for its own vacation. What we … Continue reading On The Road Again…..
Made another 500 miles today so should be home sometime tomorrow. Usually I don’t spend a lot of time on the Interstates. I prefer State roads and a more casual drive. In the last three days I have driven more than 1200 miles of interstates and have refined my opinion of them. When I used to drive them about fifteen years ago they were mostly … Continue reading On The Road — Interstate Driving is Tiring…..
Here I am banging on the keyboard in Bangor Maine. We made about 500 miles today which is the most for one day on this vacation. Unfortunately I had to do almost all the driving. My wife started feeling poorly yesterday so we cut our time in Nova Scotia short and started heading back this morning. She wants to rest and try to get a … Continue reading On The Road — Bangor Maine
Since I had a laid back few days of letting my wife savor her view I thought I would pen some of my closing thoughts about Canada and the people we have met here. Canada has a complicated history – It is hard to believe that Canada was not Canada until almost 1860. Before that they were just a conglomeration of territories. They seemed to … Continue reading On The Road –Thoughts about Canada
Not much to report today. We did wander into town for about four hours yesterday for lunch, shopping, and picking up food for our in-room supper tonight. Lunenburg is a very picturesque town as shown in this picture I bought. It was set up by the British in the early 1700s so establish an English foothold into the French dominated territory. Spent the rest of … Continue reading On The Road–More about Lunenburg Nova Scotia…
I am sitting in a small motel room in Lunenburg Nova Scotia writing these words waiting for my wife to wake up to tell me what she has planned, or maybe doesn’t have planned for the day. Lunenburg is on the “South Shore” of this province. Two days ago I told my wife that she was going to be in total control of our time … Continue reading On The Road–Hello from Nova Scotia…
Here we are already beginning our third week of our Canadian adventure. Today we did something that we don’t often do and that is take a tour bus. We decided instead of driving the 100 or so miles around the island we would let Graylines do it for us. It was a very pleasurable trip. Our driver/guide is a lifelong resident of Prince Edward Island … Continue reading On The Road — Day 14 – Here is to you Anne…
Today we spent the day meandering around the city of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The island is much bigger than I thought. I expect it is 50 miles or more long and 20 or so wide. It is a separate province (State). We spent quite a bit of the day walking its mile long boardwalk along the bay and collecting a few souvenirs in the … Continue reading On The Road — PEI and the Canadian Federation….
We had a wonderful day at the Acadian village yesterday. We got there just as it opened at 10am and spend the next four hours experiencing the Acadian life of the 19th century. We had a little rain but not enough to put a damper (pun intended) on the day. There are about fifty building in the village and most of them had an interpreter … Continue reading On The Road — Oh Those Acadians….
We Moved from our hotel this morning about 180 km to Riviere-du-Nord to visit a historic Acadian village. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with us today. We spent most of the morning and afternoon in constant rain. We found a motel close to the village and checked in. It is another pretty inexpensive motel so I did check out the bed before making the … Continue reading On The Road — Day 11 – Those Ornery Acadians…..
This will be a short post as I have already done one today. Here we are at the end of day 10 of our Canadian adventure and we are now in New Brunswick Canada. As I had hoped Yvonne agreed to skip the rest of the peninsula trip and to move on to another English speaking province. Coping with french only was becoming tiring to … Continue reading On The Road — Goodbye Quebec Province…
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 that the bed in our little motel room just proved to be too hard for my bursitis so I spent most of the night in a chair waiting for the aforementioned event. It was worth it. The only other person arousing … Continue reading On The Road – Day 10 – Oh What a Beautiful Morning…
It seems every day in our visit to Canada is not without its challenges. But, then again that is what makes life interesting I guess. It is kind of like in 1987 during our first vacation as a married couple I lost my wife in a WalMart store in Bozeman Montana. I don’t remember too many other details about that vacation but I do remember … Continue reading On The Road — Day 9 — Another Interesting Day….You Can't….
This is day 8 of our Canadian adventure and we just left Quebec City. That was the last major city we will see in Canada. While 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 that … Continue reading On The Road — Adieu Quebec…
When I made the post this morning I commented that since it was Sunday morning our trip through Montreal would be a leisurely one. I was sooooo WRONG!! We did get to the two sites on our agenda but it took almost four hours of driving to get there. At first I decided to try to navigate using just the atlas. I found Mont Royal … Continue reading On The Road — Au revoir Montreal….
Here I am sitting in our hotel room on a Sunday morning blogging again. Somewhere along my long life path I became a morning person; I do my best thinking then. It would be nice to read a paper, I mean the actual paper kind, that just seems to be more soothing for Sundays but since we could only discover the french version that isn’t … Continue reading On The Road — On a Sunday Morning…
Here it is at the end of day seven and we are now fully immersed into the providence of Quebec. It seems that everywhere we went in Ontario there was always an English sign followed by one in French. Now that we are in Quebec the English signs seemed to have all but disappeared? When we checked into the hotel for the night close to … Continue reading On the Road — Parlez vous français?
We spent a good bit of today at the National Art Museum here in Canada’s capital Ottawa. In some ways the building was more impressive than the art it contained. I would say about one-third of the exhibits were for modern art which is really not so much my taste. I picked out my favorite one in that area and I called it “Big Black”. … Continue reading On The Road – Day 6 — Here's to the Arts
As expected today was an exciting time. We spent most of the day around the Parliament complex. Here are some pictures of that. We also toured much of the area around the complex and went to the Museum of Currency. It was also a very beautiful day here in Ottawa, sunny and in the 70s. I forgot to take a hat along with me so now I … Continue reading On The Road – Day 5 — My Canada Adventure
Here is another post on my experiences in our current trek through eastern Canada. I know I have only been in Canada for four days now but I am ready to come to at least one conclusion. That conclusion is that Canada is not famous for food. Maybe they just take the “eat to live” mentality pretty seriously here. We went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner … Continue reading On the Road — Some Initial Conclusions…
Last night since we were on the road most of the day we ended up staying at a small motel without internet. It was clean and cheap so I guess I should be grateful and I am. We made the last trek through the pine trees this morning and into Ottawa. My first impression was that there was a lot of traffic for 9:30 on a Wednesday … Continue reading On The Road – Hello Ottawa….