Rebirth of a Nation: Appomattox Court House

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

With malice toward none, with charity for all… Abraham Lincoln Sometimes short stops on this trip can also be the most memorable. Such was the case to a small village in a Virginia County whose motto is, “Where our nation reunited.” The American Civil War effectively ended at the village of Appomattox Court House on […]

Fun Facts About Texas

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 4 Comments

There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else. Pete Hamill We spent ten days in Texas, the former republic that my friend Kim called […]

Homes for Vagabonds: The Airbnb Life

Home is where the heart is. Pliny the Elder When we let our apartment lease expire a year ago and committed to a lifestyle of traveling, we knew we’d want places to call “home” for extended periods of time. We have friends who do the RV lifestyle and enjoy it, but that’s not for us. […]

Wild Florida

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

There are no other Everglades in the world. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Up until this journey our experience with Florida has been limited to Key West and Disney World—two places that are in many respects nations in themselves. But on this trek we’ve had a chance to experience a more wild Florida—wild as in natural, not […]

Manatees in the Murk

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 9 Comments

A full-grown manatee, which can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, looks like the result of a genetic experiment involving a walrus and the Goodyear Blimp. Dave Barry One of Laurie’s goals on this Journey Across America was to swim with the manatees. We did that last week in Crystal River, Florida. It was fun, even though […]

Building a Ladder out from Poverty

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 4 Comments

“A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.” Anonymous Discussion on a Habitat for Humanity site: Me (Dennis): “Have you talked to anyone interesting?” Laurie: “They’re all interesting.” Habitat for Humanity is one of our favorite organizations. This international charity helps people lift themselves out of poverty by partnering with them to build or renovate homes […]

American Icons: Pepper Sauce and Texas Beer

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | No Comments

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien Our journey across America gives us an opportunity to get to know more about iconic American businesses. Recently we had a chance to tour and taste at two. Shiner. Our friends Rich and Cathy took us to Shiner, Texas, home of the Spoetzl Brewery and their […]

The Queen of the Missions

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 6 Comments

“…in point of beauty, plan, and strength…there is not a presidio…that can compare with it.” Father Morfi, 1777 I expect that most people don’t even know that what is probably the most famous Spanish missions, was even originally a mission. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Laurie and I have visited our share of churches […]

Walking into History: Fort Bowie, Arizona

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kanas anymore.” Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz A roadrunner, spooked by our Subaru, started racing us down the dirt road. He pulled ahead and after about 35 yards ducked under a barbed wire fence and disappeared across a field. A match against a roadrunner may be common […]

Our Classroom on the Road

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi On our journey across America we spend many hours in the car—and have cooked up some ways to use that time wisely. One thing we like to do is keep learning. Fortunately for us, our library system has an […]

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