Vermont – Boot Hill and Prayer

I have done a lousy job documenting our travels.  The apostle Paul had a scribe capturing his travels through the Mediterranean.  I have a phone full of photos, and six more states of stories, (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin) I’m anxious because now I'm sure many won’t make it to print.  Gosh,… Continue reading Vermont – Boot Hill and Prayer

Quoddy Head – Most Eastern Point

Eastport, Maine was just across the bay from our campground, but it took over an hour to get there.  Supposedly it had a fantastic bakery, and we wanted Blueberry Pie.  We never found the fantastic bakery, and settled for a lame Blueberry turnover.   We learned Eastport was the setting for the Fox Television’s filming of… Continue reading Quoddy Head – Most Eastern Point

Sightseeing in Gloucester, MASS

Tides It was in the Cape Ann, Gloucester, Rockport area where I started to appreciate ocean tides. Seeing the vast area and height with which they affect the seascape, helped me to appreciate being by an ocean shore.  The Perfect Storm novel also went into great detail of how tides and currents come into play when… Continue reading Sightseeing in Gloucester, MASS

Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center After World War II, a renewed sense of optimism coupled with relatively cheap and available gasoline put Americans in their cars and on the move.  Automobile designs such as the station wagon held growing families.  The Blue Ridge Parkway opened the region to recreational driving as more people than ever… Continue reading Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

The Biltmore Estate – Ashland, NC

While in Ashland NC we toured the Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt. George’s dad, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt started the family business by borrowing $100 from his mother and piloting a passenger boat on Staten Island in 1810. He expanded into steamboats and then went on to build railroad empire New York Central. Biltmore was the first professionally managed… Continue reading The Biltmore Estate – Ashland, NC

The Gatlinburg Surprise

From Elkmont campground we drove to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I was really surprised by what we found.  My expectations were based on a hodge podge clump of public education I picked up in fourth grade – “Fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, and then there was "One-ith by land, two-ith by sea, and… Continue reading The Gatlinburg Surprise