Day 47: Painesville, West Virginia, Mount Airy

Sunday, October 20, 2013 It’s our first breakfast in a Waffle House on the trip. Not my fav, but Lonnie wants a cooked-to-order breakfast before hitting the road. Yaay! We’re going to “Mayberry!” Well, Mount Airy, North Carolina – Andy Griffith’s real life hometown. On the way, we stop at the West Virginia visitors center […]

Day 40: Belfast Harbor, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bangor, Quebec City

Sunday,  October 13, 2013 I took an iPhone shot of Belfast Harbor from the deck of our little inn. It’s one of my favorite shots, so I tweet it out! We go over the expansion bridge to Verona Island on the way to Bar Harbor. Or as the locals say, “Bah Hah-bah.” Acadia National Park […]

Day 38: Gloucester, Rockport, Bear Skin Neck, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Friday, October 11, 2013 Gloucester, Massachusetts is America’s oldest seaport. It’s the setting for the book, “The Perfect Storm”, a real life storm that hit Cape Ann in 1991 and caused massive destruction all along the coast. (George Clooney starred in the movie version of the book.) We stop by the visitors center and I […]

Day 32: New York – Subway music, dim sum and a surprise party

Saturday, October 5, 2013 Lonnie & I take the train to visit relatives in Flushing.  There are many stops along the way. Usually we see street musicians and subway musicians, so we are surprised to see (what I assume are) three Mexican musicians hop onto the train along the route.  They play enthusiastically all the […]

Day 31: New York – The Guggenheim, a Fashion Shoot and Bad Sushi

Friday,  October 4, 2013 We visit the Guggenheim Museum.  There’s a major installation going on and they offer reduced tickets.  Visitors can visit three floors.  Whining, buzzing machines seem to amplify as the sounds echo off the walls of the spiral building and make me wish we hadn’t come.  It’s nice that we can ask […]

Day 30: New York – Mobile Marketing Trends, BonChon, The Metropolitan Museum

Thursday,  October 3, 2013     We visit our son’s office. His very sweet co-workers present me with flowers that remind me of Texas!     We also meet our son’s boss, a mobile marketing guru.  I can’t let the opportunity pass without asking for an interview!  Twelve years ago, he brought music libraries (ringtones) […]

Day 29: New York – Central Park, Spider-Man & The Ramen King

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Today we get some Vitamin D!  Central Park has a little fun for everyone.  There are wide expanses of lovely green grasses and walking trails throughout the park.  You can rent a bike or get a pedicab or horse drawn carriage for a leisurely ride under shady trees.  We walk as […]

Day 21: Virginia

Tuesday,  September 24, 2013 Our friend, the walking encyclopedia, gives us a history lesson on the way through Shenandoah National Park.  We will be missing all the apple festivals in Virginia.  The area’s festival promotes vintage apples, like the species that Thomas Jefferson developed.  The October festival sells varieties of heirloom apples to encourage local […]

Day 9: Naples, Miami

Thursday,  September 12, 2013 We have breakfast before checking out of Inn of Naples.  Down the street we meet a local who recommends heading further down the coast to Marco Island, the largest barrier island within Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands area.  It’s a lovely isle with beautiful people, beautiful restaurants and a comedy lounge/restaurant […]

Day 8: St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Naples

Wednesday,  September 11, 2013 As we head down Central St. straight to the pier, there are shops, restaurants, tattoo parlors.  A trip to the pier in St. Petersburg before leaving town sounds good.  We want something local, not another chain restaurant.  Leafy Greens Cafe caught my eye.  It’s vegan.  Never had it.  Vegetarian, yes.  Vegan, […]

Day 7: Tampa, St. Petersburg

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 We enjoy a wonderful breakfast, compliments of Sheraton East Tampa!  Yesterday, when we checked in, my husband gave them the spiel about our birthdays, retirement, leasing out the house and being nomads, without a home.  He asked if we could get complimentary breakfasts.  Isaiah thought about it a moment, smiled and […]

Day 6: Ocala, Tampa

Monday,  September 9, 2013 We go back to the square in Ocala to wander the shops before leaving.  Just off the main street, we see a little diner called the Lunchbox.  Kids’ metal lunchboxes are displayed and locals fill the tables.  The wait staff is friendly and give good recommendations.  My fish sandwich is delicious. […]

Day 5: Tallahassee, Ocala

Sunday,  September 8, 2013 We enjoy a complimentary breakfast at LaQuinta before leaving Panama City Beach at 11am. (I try to balance 2 biscuits & sausage gravy with rice krispies, low fat milk and apple juice.)  We arrive in Tallahassee and head to the Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science.  What a nice outdoor venue!  The […]