Travel Diaries: Pittsburgh

Two main highways cross Pennsylvania from East to West: I-76 or I-80 from Ohio through Pittsburgh to New Jersey. I drove on I-80, which was pretty rough in some sections, but without much traffic besides truckers and the occasional passenger car. The highway winds through the Pennsylvania Wilds–millions of acres of unspoiled forest. I marveled…

Travel Diaries: New England

The states Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut together make up the area known as New England. Driving through Connecticut to get to Massachusetts, I could see why the early settlers decided on New England. The tree-clad landscape uncannily resembles England of old–at least, from what I’ve seen in movies. Amherst Amherst,…

Travel Diaries: Other Eastern Places

I traveled through a few East Coast cities and states that I didn’t see too much of, so I thought I’d write about them all in one post. Myrtle Beach, SC The stretch of coastline between Charleston, SC and Myrtle Beach, SC is worth a visit. I drove through there at nighttime and didn’t get…

Travel Diaries: New York City

Every time I visit the same city, I try to learn new things about it. This was my third visit to New York City, and here are a few things I learned that I didn’t previously know. With a population of over 22 million in its metro area, NYC is the most densely populated city…

Travel Diaries: Tales from a Campfire

I was in 6th grade when I had my first pseudo-camping experience. My girl guide troop was helping host the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Conference. We pitched a massive tent in a playground so we could attend all the festivities without having to commute from our homes. We weren’t out…

Travel Diaires: Charleston, SC

Prior to my visit, all I had heard about Charleston  was that it was historic and beautiful. Having also read Scarlett, one of my favorite novels, I was looking forward to seeing this city that Rhett Butler’s mother lived in during the Civil War. It is all historical fiction, of course, but it certainly put…

Travel Diaries: Savannah, GA

Georgia has been on my mind since 1996, when I read the autobiography of an author who spent the final days of his life in Savannah. So great was his love for Savannah, and so wonderful his description of this city by the sea, that I promised myself a visit to Savannah in my lifetime….

Reflections at the Halfway Point

Today marks the end of my 4th week on the road and about the halfway point in miles. I’ve covered over 5000 miles so far and I’m almost done with my scheduled stops on the Eastern seaboard. A week from today, I will start my drive back West. It’s been a wonderful trip so far,…

Travel Diaries: Florida

Florida was the stop I was most anticipating on this trip. I am familiar with the panhandle, having been to the Pensacola and Destin areas  several times. I was particularly looking forward to visiting Key West, since I first heard about it years ago. Driving south from Georgia, I stopped at the Official Welcome Center,…

Travel Diaries: Atlanta

I’ve been to Atlanta several times, and I always feel really comfortable there; quite at home. Perhaps because I spend a good portion of my visits there with family. This visit was no different. Coming as it did on the heels of three thousand miles of driving, I was ready to lay everything down and…

Nashville

Nashville is famously known as the music capital of the US, but there is much more to this city. I didn’t get to do much during this visit because I desperately needed some downtime after covering 2700 miles in ten days. The city sits on the Cumberland river and is as beautiful in the spring…

Kansas and Missouri

Kansas As I started driving East from Colorado Springs to Kansas City, it was immediately clear  that I was in America’s bread basket. For miles and miles there was nothing but ranches and farms. I realized I was in the High Plains because public radio told me so. Kansas produces wheat, sorghum and sunflowers. I…