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Tiny touring; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer!

A classic Airstream Caravelle, with retro tow vehicle.

Touring in a tiny trailer; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer… Last summer, Susan and I spent nine weeks crossing Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway to their Maritime Provinces, turned south down the New England coast to Maryland and headed back across the USA on historic Highway 50. We toured with a [...]

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Classic car buff? Visit the Vintage Reserve Garage in Lodi, CA!

Sleek '37 Chrysler Airflow on display

If you are a car buff, or have kids/grandkids moving in that direction, stop in and tour the Vintage Reserve Garage, 121 S. Cherokee Ln. in Lodi. Owner Mark Lange welcomes visitors to drool over his vehicles, for sale or on consignment. The building was built in 1947 as a Studebaker/Packard dealership. Currently in stock, [...]

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An ode to back roads: exploring America from off the beaten path

Peggy's Cove, bucolic fishing village on Nova Scotia coast.

We just finished a nine week trip across Canada, down the East Coast to Delaware, and back across the US to California. Other than the Trans Canada Highway, we toured on back highways and lonely roads – eschewing interstates for the benefit of history and local flavor. Taking the road less traveled added miles – [...]

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Historic Michilimackinac Fort and the Mill Creek Historic Discovery Park in Mackinaw City offer living history!

Ft. Michilimackinac cannon firing by British reinactors!

Here is additional insight into two Mackinaw City, Michigan area attractions that bring history to life (see my Wednesday, August 24 Record blog feature for more detail on this lovely area)! The two are Fort Michilimackinac and Mill Creek Historic Discovery Park. Here is a bit of detail, right off the two attraction’s web sites: Fort Michilimackinac [...]

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Yellowstone Park retires Bombardier snow coaches; end of an historic era

Our Bombardier coach, and another, at the Madison Junction area.

At the end of February, another historic chapter in Yellowstone Park closed when Xanterra Resorts – the part concessionaire that runs facilities in the park under contract with the National Park Service – retired their fleet of 21 1960-era Bombardier snow coaches. The ancient fleet were sold on the US Government web site; I saw one [...]

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Yellowstone Park in winter; icy grip does not mar the wondrous scenery!

Bison, alongside road in Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs area.

Imagine standing and watching the Old Faithful Geyser thunder into a dusky sky – just you, your partner and a lone coyote! Many of us of been there during summer months and joined thousands of tourists watching the sight of America’s iconic thermal wonder – what’s the difference? Add two feet of snow and 10° [...]

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End of an era for Bombardier snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park…

1960s-era Bombardier snow coaches, stopped at warming hut at Madison Junction on our way to Old Faithful, a few years ago.

A few years ago, we boarded a 1963-model Bombardier snow coach in West Yellowstone for a beautiful ride into the Old Faithful area and a three day stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Admittedly, these 50-year-old vehicles had their quirks, were noisy and expensive to maintain. But, these old machines made you feel like a [...]

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Nine crosses: dramatic testimony to young lives lost in Montana

These nine crosses mark the location of the worst vehicle accident in Montana history.

Nine crosses: When one enters Montana, a sign at the border explains the white crosses dotting Montana roads, each marking a fatality on that stretch of the highway over the years. Individual and multiple crosses are grim memorials – a harsh reminder that life can be short. We toured past West Glacier on Hwy. 2, to the [...]

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Comfortable, frugal travel – think tiny trailers in the New Year!

Our '58 Serro Scotty Junior teardrop trailer at St. George Island Lighthouse, FL.

This article is for those of you who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and Canada. My spouse and I have been retired three years, and have toured about 70,000 miles through these two wonderful countries. If you are blessed with both the time and desire to travel extensively, [...]

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Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall

Rugged Oregon coast, just off Hwy. 101, looking north in central Oregon.

  Exploring the northern California, Oregon and Washington coasts in the late fall can be quiet, scenic and intoxicating.  Gone are the maddening crowds of summer, and weather in November and early December can be sunny, with crisp, clear days. It can also be wet, as we discovered along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. On [...]

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