There and Back Again

We had breakfast at Cracker Barrel.  The Cracker Barrel.  The first one ever opened in Lebanon, Tennessee.  It should have been more impressive than it sounds, but it wasn’t.  The only interesting thing was that they serve syrup in mini-bottles. We were in a hurry to get home.  Apparently traffic and construction were going to … Continue reading There and Back Again

Last Night on the Trail

Kansas City seems like a nice city.  St. Louis seems like a nice city.  So what happened in between?  I’ve been none too impressed with what I’ve seen along I-70.  Blue Springs seemed like a loud, rude town, and it seemed like this attitude continued eastward.  We saw more billboards along this route, particularly for … Continue reading Last Night on the Trail

Flat as a…

If some railroad official hadn’t driven a spike into a railroad tie 140 years ago about 600 miles west of here, we might have gotten more sleep last night.  Our motel seems to be right across the road from the Transcontinental Railroad.  We had seen lots of trains yesterday, bu we heard even more during … Continue reading Flat as a…

Fly Over States

If the settlement of the West had been left up to yuppies in fancy convertibles, the Sioux, Apache, Shoshone, and others would have had little to fear.  Planning to make a life in, or ever crossing this harsh environment, must have taken a determination I can scarcely fathom.  Today our route took us along more … Continue reading Fly Over States

Lone Roaming

I wonder if I’ll ever be able to take a vacation without contacting or being contacted by work.  I guess I could leave the cell phone and laptop at home. Our plan was to catch a ferry to the San Juan Islands today.  Plans change.  Laura woke up with a terrible pain in her back, … Continue reading Lone Roaming

Holding Still

We’re not planning to drive anywhere today.  It will just be a lazy day relaxing on the island.  I’ve taken the time to make some changes to this web page.  The comments are now visible on this page without having to click on an additional link.  You will see them in italics below the log … Continue reading Holding Still

Crossing the Cascades

We awoke this morning much later than any other day on our trip.  I guess knowing that we don’t have that far to go has made us slow down a bit.  The day was clear and beautiful, and we could hear the low hum of milions of megawatts of power being generated just across the … Continue reading Crossing the Cascades