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The Big Google Map Disappointment

Google Map Crapout

ShareSo, I’m merrily adding my destinations to my Google Map and getting enough of them on there to start routing. I route a ways up the Great Lakes, and suddenly Google Maps can’t add anymore places to the route. I remember this happening with the old Google Maps, but I figured they had improved it …

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And Onto the Maps!

New York City -- 2010

ShareGod, I love maps. I always have. When I was little, I would make maps of our property, the back pastures and the ponds and the woods. I wanted to be a cartographer when I grew up. I like Pinterest’s new map feature, but I can’t believe you still can’t reorder the pins on a …

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The Time to Plan Is Now

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

ShareI have to interrupt last year’s epic tale because it’s winter now, and this is the time for planning a summer vacation! This is how it starts: where should we go next year? This time, Terry immediately says, Maine. Why Maine? Who knows. Something about lobsters. Last year, I chose Florida since we hadn’t been …

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Travel Tip: Needing a Plastic Baggie

ShareSometimes you’re settled in for the evening at the motel, finishing off your delivered pizza, and you find that the pizza box won’t fit in the little motel fridge, so you need a baggie for the leftover slices. Use the plastic ice bags from the ice bucket! Use the extra trash bags under the bag …

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What I Did Last Summer Part 2: Alabama

Benjamin and Terry at the Museum

ShareOn day two of our trip, we woke up in Tupelo, Mississippi, hit the road for Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and did our first museum of the trip, the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the University of Alabama campus. It’s a really nice museum, and we liked it even better than some of the bigger ones. …

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What I Did Last Summer Part 1: The Crossroads

Benjamin at the Crossroads

ShareFour months after our summer road trip, I think I have recovered enough to write about it. Oh, it wasn’t bad, no trauma or catastrophes. The flat tire discovered the next morning at a motel was probably the worst thing to happen. No animals escaped from any zoos. We set out July 12, 2013 at …

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Working on the Plan

Seligman, Arizona

ShareI might use Google Maps a little differently than most when planning a road trip. Sure, I use it to create a map of the trip with the locations marked and the route routed. But see, I love maps. I just like to look at maps for hours. They could be maps of anything really, …

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A New Year, A New Trip Plan

Darla Kay and Baby Alligator

ShareHere it is, the beginning of a new road trip plan! The beginning is the most exciting part, before it devolves into fighting and broken dreams. It starts with a place, any sort of general place. Maybe there’s a place that sounds intriguing like the Outer Banks or maybe it’s a direction like Out West. …

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The Grand Canyon: Wonder or Big Hole in the Ground?

Squirrel

ShareI know people will want to take me out for saying this, and I will admit, the Grand Canyon is not just a big hole in the ground, it is a magnificent hole in the ground, but once you get beyond that initial amazement, there’s just not much else there. We went twice. The first …

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Albuquerque BioPark

Gorilla

ShareThe Albuquerque BioPark is a big combo zoo and aquarium and botanical gardens. We hadn’t planned to go there, but after driving through Oklahoma and half of New Mexico with nothing going on, Terry and I gave in to Benjamin’s pleas for the aquarium and zoo after he spotted the billboards along the interstate. So …

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