Road Trip

You would never guess that there were about 439,751 people on the beach when I took this picture. It took us about an hour to find a parking space, after being stuck in a traffic jam trying to get to Balboa Beach.

Old dump truck in Desert Center, CA


On our recent trip to Los Angeles, Glenn and I stopped in Desert Center (pop. 125). On my drives from Phoenix to LA and back, I had passed this little green spot in the middle of nowhere and finally found the truth about the signs for Lake Tamarisk.

Twilight in Point Place, Ohio reflected on the Ottowa River

After sleeping in, I cruized through Ohio and got to Mom & Charlie’s place in Point Place, a small penisula that’s a suburb of Toledo. The top tip of the peninsula is in Michigan, which doesn’t make much sense to me. They live one house away from the Ottowa River in a beautiful old neighborhood.

After visiting the Butler Cemetary, I made my way to Lafayette (pronounced La-FAY-ette), where Beverly served me some dinner in her beautiful restored home. I told her about getting lost and watching

Butler Cemetary

Today was a very long day, indeed! After spending the day at with Clifton and Shelby at their new house, I took off to the Waller hollow (pronounced holl-er). The drive in was just as I remembered it: curvy and forever with nothing but woods, except that the roads are paved better and there are more bridges over the creeks (pronounced branch).

Old Kempville Store in Carthage Tennessee

From Paducah to Carthage is about 185 miles. I took a detour through the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. After we get our RV, we will come back and stay awhile to explore this beautiful area.

Mississippi River through a rainy window

Getting up early, I traveled down I-55 through a gut-clenching, hydroplane-causing, can’t-see-20-feet-in-front-of-you downpour for 30 minutes till I got to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Now Ste. Genevieve is a charming little town on the banks of the Mississippi river with a French heritage.

Hibiscus bud

I left the hotel at 8am so that I could stop at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. If you click on the link to the gardens, you’ll see that it’s a unique and beautiful public garden. As I pulled into the parking lot it started sprinkling.

Rain clouds approaching a hay field in Kansas

I got kind of a late start today and stopped by the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, which is an old ranch with a wonderfull stone mansion and barns. The interesting part about the preserve is its acres and acres of prairie.

Dyck Arboretum

I only drove about 100 miles today, but took all day to do it. In the morning I went to the wonderful Dyck Arboretum in Hesston, Kansas. Here’s a pano of the lawn that surrounds the pond in the gardens. There is a great variety of prairie flowers and wetlands at the arboretum.


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