In Search of Lobster

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 6 Comments

[Maine] is the exact opposite of New York. When you walk through my small town to get a cup of coffee, you bump into five people you know. Elizabeth Strout When Maine is mentioned, I think of moose, cold winters, L.L. Bean, and Stephen King. Laurie thinks of—lobster. She had a short list of must-do […]

The Riddle Behind the Statues

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 6 Comments

On we go. David McCullough I love learning the story behind places and monuments. And in this case, a few of these stories make fun riddles. The University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. During a tour guided by a UVA senior we learned that the clock in the rotunda was the […]

Sampling the Appalachian Trail

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

For a walk to do you any good, you ought to move along as though you mean it. Harry Truman Much of our Journey Across America has been a chance to sample different places and activities. This week we chose to backpack a small section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The Appalachian Trail may be the longest […]

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 […]

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