Tuesday, October 07, 2008

5,935 Miles and we are Home, Safe and Sound

We got home this afternoon. Typed this once and must have hit the wrong thing as it never got
posted. Will make a second attempt.

We got the 11 capitol pictures we were missing. Print those and we will have 48 on the wall.
Gov. Palen was against the road to nowhere but perhaps she'll put in a bridge to Juneau so we
can just drive there to get No. 49!

We also went to 4 presidential libraries or museums: Ford, FDR, Kennedy and Lincoln. The
Lincoln museum/library was opened 3 years ago. Very well done. We got the Springfield
capitol picture many years ago but as we weren't that far, decided to go into Springfield

We drove through 2 national parks: Acadia and Shenandoah. Abercrombies took us through
the last one. One section of road was so curvy that I got dizzy. Saw many deer and one bear.

Museums: fly-fishing, Norman Rockwell, Essex Ship Building, and the New Bedford Whaling

Interesting towns: Bar Harbor, Annapolis, Plymouth, and Salem, Mass., the witch hunt town.
The girls who were responsible for the witch hunt would really be amazed how that brings
tourists into town.
Interesting area: Cape Cod. We drove but Paul and Alice Sorvo were our guides. Stopped to observe glass being painted at Sydenstricker and then it goes into a kiln. Bought a plate!
There is a Kennedy Memorial on the Cape and we drove past the Kennedy Compound. Oh,
in Kennebunkport, Maine, took pictures of the George H. W. Bush home.

Visited Jennifer Wasti Cragg and her husband. Their son was born Sept. 12 and had to have
surgery because the pancreas had wrapped around the intestines. They had to move organs
around so took appendix out at the same time as they might not find it later! We were
there last Tuesday and Gabe was getting out the next day. She went back to work when the
baby couldn't come home and started maternity leave again when the baby got home.

Spent 3 or 4 nights at Abercrombies. Besides driving through Shenandoah, the next day they
just drove around showing us the area. Drove past the home of Sen. John Warner, the home he
lived in when married to Elizabeth Taylor. Also the farm that was home to the race horse,

Spent 7 nights with friends, 3 or 4 with relatives, the Abercrombies. Slept 2 nights in the car
and rest were in motels. Will put more details in the Newsletter. dk and rk


Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Sounds like a fun trip. Missi and I stopped by Acadia Nat'l Park and Bar Harbor when we were out east a few years ago, beautiful scenery and a fun quaint little town. Jen dropped off the barn last Sunday. Thanks, it brings back a lot of memories. I can't believe you saved it all these years. Catch you later. Ivan

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

So, i'm curious, do you change the oil on these trips or just do it when you get home? (i always wait and am never sure if i should feel guilty or not)

reading your post gives me a bit of a travel bug. hmmm...

there's a b-day coming up next week, Christmas around the corner, then new year's, mother's day, father's day, another b-day... when do you want tickets to Hawaii?

Ivan - jen must have gotten a bigger car to be lugging a barn around in. :)


Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Regarding oil: we had 40% oil life
left so kept going. We can push the button to see how much oil life
we have. I think you can do so also. If it would have gotten below 30% he would have had it
changed. Didn't need to add oil.
Checked it often. If it would have
needed changing would have gone to
a Chev. dealer, not Jiffy Lube or
one of that kind.

We do plan on going to AK next
summer. Perhaps Palen will have a
bridge to Juneau by then!

Anxious to calculate our av. gas
price, actual gas expense, and
don't know if I want to calculate
amount spent on motels. Eating we
did cheap. dk

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Well here's our calculations!
Average price of gas was $3.58
Drove 5,935 miles
29.69 miles per gallon
$724.86 in gas
$661.49 in motels. Am so thankful
for the 5 nights at Sorvos, 2 at
Aare Ahos, 3 nights at Abercrombies
and am glad we spent 2 nights in the car. Could have done more except it was getting cold! dk

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Haven't had a chance to check in in a while, but yes Jen's car must be much bigger inside than it looks, either that or the barn is much smaller than average. Buck