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While National Park sites shape the course for us and the trusty 'Tima on our cross-country trip, Parks and Monuments, Historical Sites and Battlefields aren't the only stops.
Every month or so we compile the best (and sometimes worst) of what we have seen and done and share them here with you.
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Where have we found the tastiest burgers? Best campsites? Where are the best sporting experiences? The most helpful roadside stops? Where can you find the best American Kabuki and who is the most elusive mascot? The answer to all these questions and more are just a click away.
Victory lap? Do-Over? An excuse to take a few weeks off work? Whatever you want to call it, our return trip to several Mid-Atlantic and New England destinations was fantastic. Some places we saw for the first time; others we saw with entirely new perspectives. We even remembered to take pictures this time around. Look for new and improved reviews of New Bedford Whaling NHP, Boston NHP, Minute Man NHP and Saratoga National NHP in the coming month as well as loads of brand new reviews. In the meantime, here is our totally biased assessment of the summer months.
This edition of our Best Ofs includes highlights from Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and of course, PA. Best Weather Day – Hard to choose, but probably May 4th, in and around Washington D.C. We had nothing but sunshine and pleasant warmth, a perfect day to play hooky from work.
Ah October, ‘tis the season for “newlyweds and nearly-deads.” Retirees and honeymooners know that autumn months are just about perfect for traveling and day trips. As we try to digest our multiple Thanksgiving meals and get ready to get back on the road, we reminisce about our warm October days spent in Virginia and the Carolinas and hope that winter won’t come too soon to Washington D.C., our next destination.
This Month in Review (actually 2 months) stretches from coast to coast, through our favorite time zone (Mountain) and even stops for a visit back home in Harrisburg. A pancake syrup spill almost wiped out our notes, (Note to Gab: waffles are perfectly ok without syrup, especially when eaten in a moving car) but they were recovered. We hope you enjoy this double dose of sticky fun!
Songs from Pearl Jam and Nirvana wafted out of every shop, storefront and car window, making us nostalgic for our college dorms in the early 90s. Where are we? The Pacific Northwest: Home to hundreds of coffee shops, birthplace of grunge music, final destination for both Lewis and Clark and thousands of settlers who set across America on the Oregon Trail.
June was a month of firsts on the USA-C2C trip. We sighted our first starfish and first mountain lion on the same day – June 9 at the Fort Ross State Park. We saw our first whale (we think) from the Point Reyes Lighthouse on June 20. And Michael ate his very first s’more at the Butano State Park on June 3. June was a stellar month. Here are more highs and lows (mostly highs) from our second C2C June.
“Spring is just around the corner, trust us” Heard in every high desert city from Flagstaff, Ariz. (in mid-March) to Torrey, Utah (mid-April) as we walked through snow and shivered our way through campground nights. Spring finally came when we hit the low altitudes of Zion NP, Utah and Las Vegas, Nev. Or did we just find spring ourselves?
Somewhere west of San Antonio, Texas. The sky gets bigger and bluer, there are more cacti and less traffic. The roads are straighter and the gas stations rare. The rolling hills get higher and you are in the West. It is not a specific place or view; it is a feeling, a feeling of openness and adventure. We first saw that view on the way to and at a friend’s goat ranch near Barksdale. What a wonderful sight.
This month, we returned to several places that treated us well the first time around. We had just left Bradenton when we found a good friend had just moved there. Back we went. Jack’s Bait Shack in Bonita Springs entertained us years ago while visiting the area for a wedding – it’s still there, still great. And one of our favorite camping spots of the trip, Monument Lake at Big Cypress NPRES, saw our tent a couple more times as we made our way back and forth across the Tamiami Trail.
Here is the Best and the Worst of the last two months of 2004. Highlights include entering the last of the 48 states that Michael has seen (Alabama), seeing friends and family from home, numerous celebrity sightings and an unbeatable winning streak on NTN Trivia.
That time already? Yes! Here’s the Best and Worst of September. Lots of noteworthy stuff this month, therefore, lots of ties. We just couldn’t decide which bumper sticker, day hike, and celebrity sighting we liked best. One thing’s for sure, luck was with us this month as we scored tickets for the Best Sporting Event and found our Most Pleasant Surprise at the Grand Canyon.
We have seen some beautiful stuff this month. Extended amounts of time in Colorado (we didn’t want to leave!) and Montana ensured both the most wildlife spottings and brew pub visits since the trip began.
Phillips Crab House, Ocean City, Md. Gab still breaks into hives and a cold sweat at the mention of “Cap’n Phil.” Please be nice to the large red crab in the captain’s hat waving to cars and passer-bys on Coastal Highway. Someone you know could be crying inside.
Everybody loves them. Gab does. Michael does. We bet you read them too, even if you don’t admit it. Top Ten lists. The Best of. The Worst of. The Most this. The Least that. Well here is our contribution to the genre. A summary of our first month on the road.
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