Smoky Mountain High

It’s been a while since I’ve visited my home state of North Carolina because the family has tended to gather in Washington, DC, for the Christmas holidays these past several years.  A...

Utah, Ho?!?

Since I moved out here, I’ve tried to take advantage of the opportunities to see the western half of the United States.  I traveled through Utah with my mother just four years ago, but we only ...

A 1-Hour Tour.  A 1-Hour Tour…

(If you don’t get the reference, you really need to watch more 60’s TV.) Saturday morning of the Memorial Day weekend, and I wanted get out of town for a couple of hours.  So, I grabbed m...

Taking a moment to Check a List

This page claims to have the perfect road trip to see the most sites in the continental United States: http://shareably.net/perfect-road-trip-map-v1.com  Well, my journeys have been far more circuito...

Tiptoe through the Tulips

Unfortunately, the forecast of cold, rainy and windy weather for most of Saturday was absolutely correct.  Since Sunday’s forecast was for more of the same, and I really had no interest in deal...

See the Tulips at Last?

I’ve lived in Iowa for nearly 12 years and only visited Pella twice, neither time when the town’s famous tulips were in bloom.  A library colleague has reminded me that this is tulip seas...

Historical Destruction

One of the last posts I posted on my Iowa?!? travel blog was a recounting of my trips last May to the six Bridges of Madison County–yes, the ones upon which the book and 1995 movie were based. ...

They Say the Neon Lights Are Bright

Between the late night before and the day’s cold weather, my mother, sister and I got a slow start on Saturday morning.  My sister and I had already decided to forego the tour of the Statue of ...

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on Ma Head

I didn’t mention previously that, in preparation for this trip–during which I expected to present publicly, I’d gone to the trouble having my hair done just before I left Iowa.  I a...