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 …

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 …

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 …

Three Days in Dubuque–Day Two

Even though I hadn’t asked for a wake-up call, I was highly motivated to check out of the room early.  Got some breakfast and did a little shopping before heading to my primary objective for this trip: the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.  It was just after noon, but the museum was already full …

Three Days in Dubuque–Day One

On Thursday morning, it suddenly hit me that the Labor Day weekend was approaching, and I REALLY didn’t want to spend it in Grinnell.  The answer:  a one-tank trip.  Relatively inexpensive and not too far away. I decided on Dubuque because my previous visits there had all been for conferences with no time to play …

The Home Stretch

I got the early start I’d hoped for that Sunday morning.  There were only two stops in Little Rock: the historic Central High School, site of the first effort by nine African American students to attend the all-white school 59 years ago, and the President William Clinton Library.  I still had a ten-hour drive home …

Ghosts of Oak Alley Plantation

During my short drive through Vacherie, Louisiana, on Saturday morning, I wasn’t paying much attention to the green stalks rising from the roadside fields at first because I see so much corn growing  in Iowa, I’d assumed this was more of the same.  Then I noticed that their appearance was all wrong and guessed that …

A Three-Hour Tour,…

(Really, the trip’s only 45 minutes each way, but you get the point of the title–I hope–and if you don’t, you should watch more 60’s television.) Friday was thankfully another glorious day, this one in Gulfport, Mississippi.  And I appreciated this because I’m traveling in an area that can get some very fierce storms at …

Tamiami Loop,… and Tallahassee, Too

One thing I learned from my past visits to national parks is that some are not entirely civilized–or more accurately, near civilization’s accoutrements, such as gas stations, stores or restaurants.  One should not enter these parks or even go near them without a full tank and refreshments on hand.  So, when I saw what I …

Singin’ in the Right Keys

For unintended reasons, I continued to rise early and was on the road pretty early. I left Islamarada and headed west down the Overseas Highway. Fortunately, rush hour traffic wasn’t bad, so I made very good time, reaching Key West around 9 a.m. I didn’t have a specific destination in mind, only knew that I wanted …