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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Our vacation (in a rather large nutshell)

We were two adults, a 15-year-old and a ten-year-old in one Honda Odyssey, driving 8,100 miles across the U.S. in 36 days:

The Alamo

San Antonio’s Riverwalk, including Jim Cullum’s Landing

Kerrville—a nice little town in the Texas Hill Country

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (awesome!!)

Guadalupe Pass

Texas Canyon Summit Rest Area, I-10, Arizona (voted most picturesque rest stop by me)

El Paso, Texas—you can see Juarez, Mexico across the Rio Grande from I-10

Saguaro National Park

Mt. Lemmon and Summerhaven

Sabino Canyon, Tuscon, Arizona

Gates Pass (where "Winchester '73" was filmed)

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Five Stars!)

The Paradise Café, Tucson, Arizona

Joshua Tree National Park

Carousel Café, 29 Palms, California

Windfarms of Banning Pass, California

Palms to Pines” National Scenic Byway

The Bread Basket and The Grey Squirrel, Idyllwild, California

Palm Desert, California

Shield’s Date Gardens, Indio (still serving date shakes since 1924, including the one I had in 1965)

The Euro Café in the Paseo, downtown Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway into the San Jacinto Mountains

San Jacinto Mountain State Park

Cabazon Dinosaurs

740 Sound Design, Santa Monica

Tony P’s, The Marina del Rey Flyer, Marina del Rey

Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island

Corona, California

Palos Verdes Estates

Redondo Beach Cafe

Howdy’s Taqueria, Malibu

Carpinteria, California, including the Portola Sycamore

The Nugget, Summerland

Pierre LaFond, La Super Rica, Alameda Park, the Courthouse, East Beach, UCSB, The Italian Grocery, Francesci Park, Camino Cielo and La Cumbre Peak, and Joe’s (all in or near Santa Barbara)

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Ty Warner Sea Center

The Saugus Café (oldest still-operating restaurant in Los Angeles County)

Visalia, California (one of the gateways to the Sierras in the San Joaquin/Central Valley)

Kaweah Lake and Three Rivers in the Sequoia Foothills

Sequoia National Park and three nights in our tent at Lodgepole Campground

The General Sherman (world's largest tree)

Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow

Kings Canyon National Park, Road’s End and Zumwald Meadow

Fresno, California (another gateway to the Sierras in the Central Valley)

Katie’s Country Kitchen in Oakhurst, California (Gateway to Yosemite)

Yosemite National Park and two nights in a tent-cabin in Curry Village Campground in Yosemite Valley

Glacier Point

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, the Ansel Adams Gallery, Bridal Veil Falls

Daddy’s hike up to the top of Vernal and Nevada Falls

Tenaya Lake, Tuolomne Meadows, Tioga Pass, Inyo National Forest, in the Sierras

Long Valley Caldera

Mono Lake and the June Lake Loop

Cathy’s Candies, June Lake

Jack’s Restaurant and Bakery and a demon red horse in beautiful Bishop, California)

Lone Pine and Highway 395

Whitney Portal and the views of Mt. Whitney

The Alabama Hills in the beautiful Owens Valley

Coleville, Topaz, and Walker, in the Antelope Valley

Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay

Winnemucca, Nevada

Butte, Montana

East Helena, Spring Meadow Lake State Park, The Lamplighter Motel (Helena, Montana)

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, Montana

Museum of the Rockies, Emerson Art Center, Burger Bob’s, Country Bookshelf, The Leaf and Bean, NU2U, Bozeman Hot Springs, (Bozeman, Montana)

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

General Store, Kaycee, Wyoming

Ft. Collins, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

Meridy’s Restaurant and Lounge in Russell, Kansas (hometown of Bob Dole)

Salina, Kansas

Junction City, Kansas

Olathe, Kansas

…and finally home.

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