Thanks to a tip from Jack, checking out vintage cars -- in motion -- at the Pitts Vintage Grand Prix.

Sandy, 3504 days ago

Apparently Illinois I-Pass devices work cross-state, or at least in Pennsylvania. Useful, though a little scary.

Sandy, 3504 days ago

Yet another cool swimming experience

by Sarah

Ithaca, NY

Jul 18

The rain brought us both bad and good luck over the last few days. It rained out our plans to cook dinner on the campfire Wednesday night and chased us out of that awesome gorge. But if we hadn’t gotten rained out of our swimming on Wednesday, we would probably never have bothered to drive an hour out of the way to Treman State Park outside of Ithaca on Thursday to find a swimming hole that Sandy had read about on – no, seriously –

We drove to Ithaca through yet more rain, with me grumbling the whole time. But when we got to town, the rain started slowing down, and by the time we were done with our delicious lunch at Moosewood Restaurant, the sun was peeking out. We headed out to find the swimming hole.

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Treman State Park, Ithaca, NY

About to chow down on some insane sandwichness at Primanti Bros in Pittsburgh.

Sandy, 3505 days ago

All the President's Men on tape is perfect for road trips. Kept me alert for that midnight drive to Altoona last night.

Sarah, 3505 days ago

My cell phone has been on the verge of dying for week. Is this the Apple god trying to tell me something?

Sandy, 3505 days ago

This woman just called the furnace that the glass goes into the 'glory hole.'

Sandy, 3506 days ago

Walking very carefully as we tour the Corning Museum of Glass.

Sandy, 3506 days ago

Dining at the Moosewood Restaurant, though not on moose.

Sandy, 3506 days ago


by Sandy

Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, NY

Jul 17

A while back we rented this old BBC TV show from Netflix called “Connections.” The conceit was charming, though tenuous: particular historical events may seem distant and disparate happenings, but in fact one had a direct influence on the other. “Did you know that Hindenburg disaster can be causally traced back to the invention of grout?” Or something.

It didn’t grab us, so we stopped watching. But the central premise is something I often think back to. How one event, seemingly meaningless, will have a direct influence on a later, positive outcome. It comes up often in Scrabble. I’ll curse a particularly bad rack, but the letters I play from it will end up being just the hook I need to lay down a bingo on the next turn. It’s not planned, but the second couldn’t have happened without the first.

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

The Numbers

miles driven
miles ridden by ferry
~ 105
gallons of petrol purchased
cheapest price per gallon (Roseville, MN)
priciest price per gallon (Rural Ontario)
nights spent at friends' homes
nights spent at hotels/motels
nights spent at B&Bs
nights spent camping
photos taken
unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage
unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit
lottery tickets purchased
money won
Sandy's license plate game score
Sarah's license plate game score
Head's up Trival Pursuit record, Sandy v. Sarah
Mini-golf record, Sandy v. Sarah
First game
Second game
speeding warnings received
speeding citations received
mph over limit we were driving
mph over limit nice Michigan state officer cited on ticket

The Plan

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