Travel Log: Forwards-Backwards in Time

(Feb. 4, 2018) Welcome back! I took a brief break while I was back in Norfolk, Virginia, tying up some business with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I’m back on the road and, if you look at my State Map, you’ll notice I’m in North Carolina. I’ve gotten ten states and the District of Columbia … Continue reading Travel Log: Forwards-Backwards in Time

Travel Log: Music to My Ears

(Jan. 24, 2018) Delaware is a wonderful example of that maxim stating even smallest of places can be found to harbor the greatest of treasures...if one will only take a moment to shine some light on them. I forget the man’s name who made this observation, but he’s one of the great sages of our … Continue reading Travel Log: Music to My Ears

Travel Log: Delaware Confidential

(Jan. 22, 2018) Delaware is a charming state, easily driven across in just a few hours. It was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, thereby earning it the self-chose nickname of “The First State.” Delaware was one of the 13 states that rebelled against Great Britain, but, contrary to common vernacular, Delaware was … Continue reading Travel Log: Delaware Confidential

Travel Log: A Day in the District

(Jan. 17, 2018) I officially picked up Maryland on the 11th for my State Collection, and got Washington, D.C., on the 12th. If you check the state map, you’ll see I’ve also picked up Virginia (Jan. 13) and Delaware (Jan. 17). I know D.C. isn’t a state, but the federal city is our capital, and … Continue reading Travel Log: A Day in the District

Travel Log: John Brown Marches On

(Jan. 10, 2018) John Brown cast a long, long shadow across the United States in 1859, a shadow so long he is (in my opinion) rightly considered one of the final causes of the Civil War. I did my master’s thesis on him while I was still active duty, focusing on how, despite his spectacular … Continue reading Travel Log: John Brown Marches On

Travel Log: A Bridge to the Past

(Jan. 8, 2018) I’m sitting in Charles Town, West Virginia, tonight. Tomorrow (weather permitting) I’ll tour Harpers Ferry. I did my master’s thesis on John Brown and how he became such an avatar of terror for the Antebellum South that his 1859 raid is (rightly, I think) regarded as one of the specific events that … Continue reading Travel Log: A Bridge to the Past

Travel Log: A Bear in His Natural Habitat—a Studebaker

(Jan. 6, 2018) I’m currently sitting in a Motel 6 with no working WiFi outside Charleston, West Virginia. This is just a stop for the night before I finish getting up to Harrison County tomorrow. However, my teddy bear encouraged me to catch up a bit more on back-posts, and I always listen to him. … Continue reading Travel Log: A Bear in His Natural Habitat—a Studebaker

Travel Log: Serpent Mound

(Jan. 3, 2018) Began the next part of my Great Walkabout today. The Upper Midwest leg is officially over and, next up, is the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast leg. But, as I’m not done with Ohio, the Midwest is still technically on the chart, but work with me here, people! One cannot explore without taking some detours and … Continue reading Travel Log: Serpent Mound

Travel Log: Lincoln Grows Up

(Jan. 3, 2018) Happy new year! Ok, now that that’s over… Still catching up, so let’s go back to a wild two days in Indiana last year (technically true, even though it was literally last month). Specifically, my visit to Lincoln’s boyhood home in Indiana on Dec. 16, 2017. In 1816 Thomas Lincoln moved his … Continue reading Travel Log: Lincoln Grows Up

Travel Log: Kentucky Odds and Ends

(Dec. 31, 2017) It’s a snowy New Years Eve. We got more snow here where my brother’s family lives in Huber Heights, Ohio, today. Not much, but it was a lovely dusting this morning that added at least half an inch over the landscape. A white Christmas and a white New Years. Temperatures over much … Continue reading Travel Log: Kentucky Odds and Ends