The More Things Change…

A lot has happened since I last posted.  Most significantly, my mother passed away in March, and I admit I’m still touchy about her loss.  Still, I’m very grateful we had the last chances we got to spend time together, including the drive through North Carolina to see the Outer Banks last July. As for the plans I mentioned in […]

Black Hills Revisit

It’s hard to believe that next summer marks the ten year anniversary of my first big trip since I moved to Iowa “four score and seven years ago.”  So, instead of making the Utah national parks trip I missed last summer, I’ve decided to retrace most of the route one of my nieces and I took to the Black Hills […]

Yosemite on Fire!!

In 2014, I had the thrilling opportunity to drive through the northwestern United States, a tale shared in pictures and words on my old The Singin’ One on the Road blog. Though time was running short at that point in my trip, I made it my business to stop at the Yosemite National Park. I took the bus tour of […]

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.  And I had many reasons to look forward to this return visit. First order of business was a stop at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on my drive from […]

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 had time to visit Salt Lake City and Zion National Park.  The following year, I took RB onto the Salt Flats International Speedway as […]

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 my camera and laptop and was going to drive to the state park about ten miles away. I plugged in the latest adapter (RB […]

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:  Well, my journeys have been far more circuitous over the years, but seeing the list has inspired me to compile form it a list of places I have not visited for future consideration. Here goes: 2. Bryce Canyon National Park, […]

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 dealing with the anticipated crowds of the following weekend’s Tulip Time festival, I decided to just go and hope for the best. Pella, Iowa, is a town that […]

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 season there, and she found on her visit there yesterday, they are, indeed, in glorious bloom. So, I’ve decided to further delay the completion of the book […]