On The Road Again….

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….

On The Road – Omaha (Day 6) More on Boy’s Town…

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…

On The Road – Omaha (Day 5)

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)

On The Road – Omaha/Durnam Museum (Day 4)

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)

On The Road – Council Bluffs Iowa (Day 2)

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)

On The Road – Quincy Illinois

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

On The Road — Interstate Driving is Tiring…..

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…..

On The Road –Thoughts about Canada

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 ‚Äď 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

On The Road–More about Lunenburg Nova Scotia…

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…

On The Road–Hello from 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‚Äôt have planned for the day. Lunenburg is on the ‚ÄúSouth Shore‚ÄĚ 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…

On The Road — Day 14 – Here is to you Anne…

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…

On The Road — PEI and the Canadian Federation….

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….

On The Road — Oh Those Acadians….

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….

On The Road — Day 11 – Those Ornery 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…..

On The Road — Goodbye Quebec Province…

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…

On The Road – Day 10 – Oh What a Beautiful Morning…

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…

On The Road — Day 9 — Another Interesting Day….You Can't….

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….

On The Road — Au revoir Montreal….

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….

On The Road — On a Sunday Morning…

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…

On the Road — Parlez vous fran√ßais?

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 fran√ßais?

On The Road – Day 6 — Here's to the Arts

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

On The Road – Day 5 — My Canada Adventure

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

On the Road — Some Initial Conclusions…

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…

On The Road — Would you like gravy with that?

Here we are at the end of day two of our trek through Canada. Today was another road day for us. We made it from upper Michigan to Sudbury Ontario and are settled down in our hotel for the night. ¬†I don’t know how many miles that is as I had to convert the car to metric when we got here so we would know … Continue reading On The Road — Would you like gravy with that?

On The Road — Canada here we come…

We got the great-nephew married yesterday and will be heading north in a few hours. It was an interesting few days visiting with the out-laws, I mean in-laws,but I am more than ready to get this vacation officially on the road. One thing I had forgotten about was the ferocious mosquitoes they have here in northern Wisconsin this time of year! I suppose they will … Continue reading On The Road — Canada here we come…