October 18 – 27 We left Tombstone on a clear morning with blue skies that would follow us all day.  We decided not to stop in the downtown area (if you could call it that) to see the tourist street, multiple blocks of recreated late 1870’s cowboy town playing off the famous shoot out at […]

October 29 – November 2 We took off that Friday morning for five nights in Charlotte that would pass by in a blur as we made a valiant effort to touch as many of our friends there as we could, for the most part 2-3 separate meet ups per day and.  Also, as the situation […]

October 24-28 As mentioned in the prior post, later that day we ventured downtown to eat and drink at the Durham Food Hall, which opened in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and yet survives to this day.  We grabbed a couple of seats at the large bar and after ordering a round of […]

October 24-28 The six-hour drive to Durham went smoothly and we arrived at Nicole’s by midafternoon, ready to see what the week to follow would bring us, both with the car and Joanna’s Mom.  Anticipating that we might be leaving the Highlander at the body shop the next day after getting the estimate, we emptied […]

October 21-23 Later that afternoon Joanna and Jan returned, and we spent the rest of the day talking and helping Jan set up her Social Security account, which turned out to be quite the adventure as she was doing so on her cell phone, the small screen making the process a bit harder than if […]

October 21-23 What we thought would be an uneventful seven-hour drive turned into something entirely different in New Haven, CT just before Noon.  Joanna had taken the first shift so that we could switch drivers around that time in order for her to take video call from a senior living facility as she and her […]

October 19 -20 With just a five-hour drive to Portsmouth, we knew we could dawdle a bit and yet still have time there to do a bit of sightseeing, leaving our visit to Margaret’s until the day after our arrival.  We checked into the Best Western Plus The Inn at Hampton, a few miles south […]

October 16 -18 Hungry but not starving after our visit to the Hall of Fame, we walked two blocks to a very busy Doubleday Café.  It was the lunchtime rush and we were fortunate to get a table for two near the entrance and as crowded as the place was, were promptly served by a […]

October 16 -18 Rain followed us all the way to Cooperstown and it being a short drive, we had plenty of time left before we could check into the Best Western Cooperstown Inn and Suites.  With it still raining we sought out an indoor pursuit by driving about ten miles out of town to visit […]

October 12 -15 As rain was in the forecast the next day and we’d had our good bike ride, we decided to drive up to Taughannock Falls State Park and perhaps get in a short hike there.  This 750-acre park features Taughannock Falls, a 215-foot plunge waterfall that is the highest single-drop waterfall east of […]

October 12 -15 With more than a couple of days in Ithaca we could relax a bit, do some sightseeing, and perhaps get a good bike ride in.  The weather that first day looked a bit sketchy, so we decided to head to Buttermilk Falls State Park, a 811-acre park named for the frothy appearance […]