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: http://shareably.net/perfect-road-trip-map-v1.com  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 […]

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.  In Part one, I wrote about my first stop, which was to the iconic Cedar Bridge.  It was the only one still […]

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 Liberty that had been scheduled in favor of a few extra hours of sleep and of keeping our mother company. When we finally […]

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 also didn’t mention that the TSA had pulled my bottle of styling mousse out of my carry-on bag because the bottle was too big to make it through inspection. […]

Headin’ to New York

I reached the Cedar Rapids airport on Thursday morning.  Most memorable about the drive was seeing two different semis stuck in the highway median and a third badly damaged from where it had gone into a ditch on the side of the highway.  They served as a reminder of the severity of the storm that had whipped it way through […]

New York, New York…

Now, this is the kind of trip I like, a combination of business and pleasure. First, business.  I’m scheduled to present during the Harry T. Burleigh’s Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George’s Church on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.  The address is 4 Rutherford Place, New York City.  The program is free and open to the public.  […]

Three Days in Dubuque–Day Three

Busy day started with a stop at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. It seems that I missed much of the gardens, but the trees, shrubs and various decorations were enjoyable to view along the way. Back uptown, I found the Shot Tower a little bit off the beaten path.  The building’s original purpose was literally to make shot during […]