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Summer in Grand Rapids

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Sitting on the glider, talking with my mom. Shopping with my mom. Looking at old slides with family. Swimming, canoeing, boating, BBQing, and getting sunburned at my sister’s cabin with as many children parents siblings in-laws cousins nephews and nieces as possible. Eagles! Seeing the old familiar places. Wondering how many old but not familiar faces I’m seeing and not… Read more »

Grand Rapids

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Slept in until 10am. Sat on the deck chatting for quite a while. Town with Mom: car wash, computer shop (arranged projector for tomorrow), tourist info for pontoon rental, Target to look at a new TV for Mom, then McDonalds and home with David’s lunch. Back out to Paul Bunyan TV, K-Mart, and Target where we bought a 32″ Samsung… Read more »

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 »