Author Archives: Randy Orrison

Minneapolis to Grand Rapids

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Had a nice lie in. John fried us eggs and hash browns for breakfast. Went for short spin on their Chinese electric bicycle. Loaded the van, and off to Midway Books for some Mad magazines for David. Up hwy 65, lunch at Cambridge, saw a deer north of Mora, took a break at McGregor, and River Road in to Grand… Read more »

Las Vegas to Minneapolis

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Not quite such an early start today. Packed and carried the bags down to the hotel lobby, checked out (and got $25 off the bill after reporting a few of the issues we had with the room; still won’t be coming back). The doorman summoned a minivan taxi for us, and we were rapidly delivered to the airport. Went through… Read more »

Las Vegas

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Slept until 10am. Walking to the strip at 1130 (Ana’s still asleep) – we may take a taxi back. Went into the first air conditioned building – the Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile shopping center. Watched a rainstom, then had breakfast at Ben and Jerry’s. Waiting for a laser show. Next door, to Paris and up the Eiffel Tower. Burger King… Read more »

Leaving Arizona: Hoover Dam to Las Vegas

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Hotel breakfast again, tried the waffles but not as nice as Comfort Inn’s. First stop Kingman, just for a break. Hoover Dam (111F in the shaded car park) – walked over and back (just the visitors center was $8). Milo’s Cellar in historic Boulder City for lunch. In to Las Vegas. Found the Hard Rock Hotel easily enough, but when… Read more »

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River

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Breakfast a little after 7:30. Left the hotel a little before 8:30, got to the airport at 9:20 – an hour early. Drove into Tusayan and found Jennifer’s Coffee and Bakery. Wandered around the gift shop for a while then back to the heliport. Checked in, watched the safety video, and now we’re just waiting our turn. […]  Well, that… Read more »

Route 66: Barstow, California to Williams, Arizona

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Breakfast at Starbucks, drove to Harvey House (railroad hotel and station, now museums). Got there too early, so went for gas and cash. Back to the Route 66 museum, filled with fascinating memorabilia of the road and its times. Left Barstow on I40 east to Ludlow then followed the old 66. Stopped for photos of Amboy Crater (a 200 foot… Read more »

Three Rivers to Barstow

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Fresh waffles for breakfast again, and on the road at 9:15. Drove past Lake Kaweah, a reservoir which looks like it’s at less than 10% of its capacity.  Drought, or just seasonal low?  Hwy 198 to 99. Stopped at Target in Bakersfield. East on 58. Lunch at KFC in the town of Mojave (104F) at 2pm. East then south on… Read more »

Sequoia National Park

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Fresh waffles for breakfast! Entered the park about 10am, stopped for photos at Tunnel Rock and Amphitheater Point, and when a 4-point buck crossed the road right in front of us. Parked at the museum and Sentinal tree. Started around the Big Trees Trail, but turned back after seeing two bear cubs on the trail (but where was their mother?)…. Read more »

Yosemite, day two

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Ignored alarm until 7am. Breakfast from the shop again. Checked out, stopped at the shop just in time for a power outage. Waited a while for them to get the till running, then we were off. Crane Flats for gas, then down into the valley and out the Wawona road. Stopped at the tunnel viewpoint; it’s much hazier than yesterday…. Read more »

Yosemite, day one

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6:30 alarm. Showers and trip to shop for breakfast. Left 830ish. Stopped at Big Meadow Overlook, and while we were admiring the view, the van locked itself. I got a lift from some Londoners to the next payphone a few miles down the road. Called National (who wanted to charge me $48 to get it open, and hadn’t heard of… Read more »