July 29, 2017

You, road I enter upon and look around.  I believe you are not all that is there.  I believe that much unseen is also there.

--Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

Here serves a temporary wrap to the recent U.S. 12 Adventure.  Beginning on a quest to travel the highway that runs from Detroit, MI to Aberdeen, WA, it was a mission accomplished.  Along with unplanned side trips and a di...

July 25, 2017

I don’t know where I am going but I’m on my way.

--Carl Sagan

July 22 – Most of this day was spent driving from Reno, NV to Park City, Utah, a drive that included experiencing multiple mirages while driving across the Great Salt Lake Desert and then having a look at the Great Salt Lake just west of Salt Lake City.  The highway to Park City out of Salt Lake City is ever rising into the mo...

July 23, 2017

When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don’t have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.” 

--William Least Heat Moon

July 19 -  California arrival, introduced to redwoods by driving through the lovely Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, rejoining the Pacific Coast Highway 101 for ocean viewing at Crescent City (rocky shores...

July 20, 2017

“Here I was at the end of America - no more land - and now there was nowhere to go but back.” 
― Jack Kerouac

July 19 – After a pleasant overnight with relatives in Sams Valley, OR the journey continues, connection on US 199 at Grants Pass, OR and heading for Crescent City, CA for touch of the Pacific Ocean and taking as much time in the giant redwood trees as we can on this brief visit...

July 20, 2017

Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.  See the world.  It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

--Ray Bradbury

July 18 – Left Bend, OR just before sunrise to travel to Crater Lake National Park.  The area south of Bend until north of the Park is kind of like northern Michigan with flat land, sandy soil, and lots of...

July 18, 2017

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.     

-Edward Abbey from the preface to Desert Solitaire

July 14-15 - After arriving in Toppenish the night before, we did a further walkabout to view more murals in the morning.  It’s quite impressive how the murals depict the range of cultural diversity in the area…I assume the depictio...

July 15, 2017

July 13 – Left Kennewick, WA on another picture-perfect blue-sky morning and since U.S 12 blends with I-82 to north of Yakima where it becomes its own entity again, we needed a side trip to keep up the 2-lane road discovery.  Boy did we find it!

First was the town of Prosser about 35 miles west of Kennewick via the Interstate.  Turning off to pick up WA Rt. 22 to our first exploration o...

July 13, 2017

Photo: DeVoto Memorial Cedar Grove, Clearwater National Forest

July 10 – Left Missoula on a slightly overcast morning that turned into a light rain for an hour or so.  Some how missed the sign for US 12 around Lolo and traveled nearly 20 miles down US 93 before realizing something wasn’t right.  The good thing was, after turning around and going back to the junction of US 12 to continue...

July 9, 2017

Photo by Mary R. Ducker


July 6 - After two days of triple-digit temps a little relief was hoped for as the drive continued west.  Not so.  Before leaving Miles City MT (104F the day we arrived), we visited the Water Works Art Museum that is set up in the old municipal water works.  The art is displayed in the old water holding tanks that are very thick poured concrete so it is wa...

July 6, 2017

Up not so early on July 5th

and back across the Missouri River on to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation for drive most of the way west across South Dakota, across the SW corner of North Dakota, and into eastern Montana with the night’s stop in Miles City, Montana.

The allure of driving on roads like U.S. 12 is the possibilities of surprises like we found in Lemmon, South Dakota.  After...

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I am intrigued with traveling to (and sometimes working in) locations that are very different than where I happen to be living.  This wanderlust has taken me down many roads in North America and to several off-the-beaten-path roads around the world. This blog is dedicated to always seeking the wild road.


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