In 2011, we visited Alaska by cruise ship. We embarked from the Port of San Francisco on May 12 and returned on May 26.
We cruised Tracy Arm Fjord, Inside Passage, Hubbard Glacier.
We called at the ports of Victoria, Sitka, Icy Straight Point, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver, Astoria.
Driving through Arizona with the windows down and the sun roof open, singing:
Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see,
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me.
Well if you ever plan to motor west
Just take my way that's the highway that's the best
Get your kicks on Route 66
Well it winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2000 miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66
Well goes from St. Louie down to Missouri
Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty
You'll see Amarillo and Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona don't forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino.
Heavy winter storms in late January 2008 inspired us to book a roundtrip on the California Zephyr between the Bay Area and Denver to enjoy the frozen beauty of the Sierra Nevada, Wasatch and Rocky Mountains without the hassle of tire chains.
In the summer of 2010, we drove through the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado and spent some time in Durango.
Nevada is vast, arid, deserted.
Most Nevadans live in and around Las Vegas or Reno on the western edge of the Great Basin.
Nevada is crossed latitudinally by sections of three historic trails: the California Trail, the Pony Express Overland Trail, and the Old Spanish Trail. All three trails are now modern highways, and we have traversed all three.
In 2007, 2008 and 2010, we drove from San Francisco to Santa Fe to attend the Santa Fe Opera.
In 2007, we chose the beginner's route, Mapquest's preferred route from San Francisco to Santa Fe:
Breakfasting at the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, we met a contingent of Aussie bikers who were getting their kicks biking Route 66 in reverse from L.A. to Chicago.
Since 2006, we have made an annual road trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Oregon has the nurtural beauty and variety of California without the crowding. More than seven million people live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fewer than four million people live in the entire state of Oregon.
As a gentile, I am flummoxed by latter day street names. For example, the Fritsch Block in Salt Lake City is located at 158 East 200 South.
Latter day street names are coordinates on a graph. Typically, the origin of the graph is the intersection of Center Street and Main Street. Two streets named 100 run parallel to Center and two streets named 100 run parallel to Main.
East 100 South. West 100 South. East 100 North. West 100 North.
If you're going to Salt Lake City, be sure to take a GPS device.