Forts of the Northern Plains, Alaska or Bust, East Coast History. A Capital Trip!
29.04.2016 - 05.06.2016
We're sending this out during the Festive Season to wish our Blog fans a Happy & Healthy New Year. Also to warn you that another Blog is about to get underway. (I hear the groans from here!).
Almost 120,000 page views:- that was the rather overwhelming total of views the pages of our 2014 Blog received. Wow! Thank you.
We have booked all that we can for our next trip in May 2016 (we leave end of April, get back early June). All of our flights are booked and the other stuff was dealt with during our long hot Summer, (and boy was it hot 'n humid this year), through the Autumn evenings and into mid-Winter nights.
The trip is in three distinct parts and our first adventure starts in Omaha Nebraska, (as good as anywhere) and ends in Salt Lake City, via a whole raft of historic forts, a little known National Park in Nevada, glittering yet seedy Las Vegas, and a revisit of some Utah National Parks. Quite a drive!
This is the first part of our Big Drive, from Omaha to Las Vegas.
The drive across Nebraska alone will take us a day!
The second stage sees us flying to Anchorage, Alaska. A first for us. We had some American Airlines airmiles, collected from our last trip, which turned out to be sufficient for two return domestic flights. Alaska counts as domestic and it's the furthest you can get on the required 25,000 miles. So best use is being made of those miles! In Alaska we have planned a loop drive from Anchorage to Valdez, then back along the coast by ferry.
And then.... on this, our 14th trip, at last we are making it to the capital, Washington DC, where we then pick up a route which appears in an old AA book we have of "unusual" USA routes (we have done several of these).
This little book has taken to some unusual and off the beaten track places
It will take in some historic Civil War sites, then ventures into Dutch Pennsylvania, including Amish country. We plan to do a tour of Amish farms.
We end up in historic, and somewhat edgy, Philadelphia, which is another place we have avoided until now. We will detour into Delaware, just to add to our state-map fridge-magnet collection! On this trip there will be 6 new states to collect (assuming D.C. counts).
Our flight home from Philadelphia, direct to Madrid, was booked as a US Airways one, but with the merger of AA (the airline, not the fellowship!) and US, it has now been designated an American Airlines flight. It will give us a chance to try out the new, fully reclining seats. So we're sticking with the airline we know, despite some bad reports since the merger. We shall see.
We always get moans and groans about the number of food pictures we include in the Blogs. Some happy readers, however, seem to love them. Come what may, Arthur is not listening to anyone and will continue to include (and eat) as much food as possible.
Arthur, on the left, with Stan
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Again, may you have a Happy and Healthy New Year... and we look forward to seeing you in late April. Yeehaw!