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    SeaDawg
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    I just got back from a week in the Midwest. Basecamp, northern Missouri at Mom’s house. Driving miss Daisy, we went on to Wisconsin to celebrate her birthday with her twin.
    I wish I had more photos. We followed the great river road ad much as practical.
    It’s an amazing, beautiful drive. Whether the Mississippi is to your left, or your right, it’s just beautiful.
    I can never get enough.
    Sherry

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    SeaDawg
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    And, then, there is that wonderful huge prairie sky. Like this, on my way to Moline, to fly home to Florida

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    The sky goes on forever, as does that silver ribbon of road. I just had to watch for tractors….
    Sherry

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    John E Davies
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    Been there, and I have no plans to return:

    The horizon is way too close.

    The rivers and streams are sluggish, unattractive and full of brown muck.

    There are too many people.

    There are too many big rigs crammed onto the main roads, going too fast.

    The air is thick and wet.

    There are too many biting bugs.

    The weather is violent and unpredictable.

    The camping opportunities are limited, commercialized, and way too expensive.

    The freeways and bridges are rough and decayed.

    It is so darned FLAT.

    There is a very cool train museum in downtown Omaha, gas is really cheap, and uhmmm, that’s about it for me.

    I was born in Iowa and grew up in St Louis and Nashville. I got out of that part of the country in 1981 and have no regrets about leaving, nor any plans to travel east of Denver any time  in my lifetime…. I picked up Mouse in May and nothing I experienced during the 21 day trip did anything to change my mind.

    Bah humbug. Come out west for a visit. You need to add a few Rockie Mountain states to your travel map. 😉

    John Davies

    Spokane WA

     

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    GaryJona
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    “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”  I have not been in a state or a Providence that I have not found places that were interesting or that we have not enjoyed. Now I do pick and choose the time of  year to visit Death Valley is far more attractive to me with a Feb. superbloom that July heat wave. Now Big cities and traffic are not my thing so I will drive miles around Chicago , New York etc. we do enjoy the differences.  Thanks Gary

     

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    Mike and Carol
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    Good point, Gary. We also find beauty in every region. Sherry’s picture stirred good memories of the many times we’ve driven across Kansas on our way to and from home. Having lived in a dozen states from Hawaii to New York there’s not a region we wouldn’t go back to!  Mike

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    Spike
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    John’s points are well taken: bugs, humidity, close horizon, etc.

    I am a Westerner and had not been as far east for over thirty years as we were this past June to pick up our Ollie. However, I feel the same way as Gary and Mike: I have never been in any region of the country that I have not found interesting or as having its own beauty. I still remember the enchantment, for instance, not far from Hohenwald, of waterfalls and fireflies along the Natchez Trace Parkway at dusk–pure magic. On the other hand, it was so refreshing to cross the continental divide on the way back to our SE nook in Arizona: towering peaks; wide vistas; clear, dry air; sparkling clear, rushing water. (I do miss those fireflies.)

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    By the way, we now live about 100 miles from the location depicted in Gary’s photo. My photo was taken at Lake Scott State Park, an oasis in the otherwise dry–and very flat–terrain of Western Kansas.

    –Jeff

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    Try2Relax
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    I still remember the enchantment, for instance, not far from Hohenwald, of waterfalls and fireflies along the Natchez Trace Parkway at dusk–pure magic. (I do miss those fireflies.) 

    If you travel a little further east, you can see the fireflies in all their glory, North Carolina – Blue Ridge Parkway – June timeframe

    That is Trumpetguy’s stomping ground, maybe he’ll chime in.

     

    Randy

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    SeaDawg
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    What a gorgeous photo. I, too, love the fireflies. Heading back to NC soon…
    Saw them last week in Mom’s back yard. I miss them, too …
    Sherry

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    SeaDawg
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    A big part of my fascination with the Midwest is probably my upbringing on the Minnesota farm. Seeing and hearing the corn grow, eating tomatoes and peas fresh from the plants in the huge garden.Riding the tractor with Dad, tending chickens with Mom. The amazing smell of new cut hay. Riding my pony, and the odd calf… Fording the usually shallow creek between us and nearest neighbors, chasing butterflies, finding tiger lilies and lady slippers in the woods..
    The barn dad built from lumber he cut and milled himself still stands. He always told me I helped, but all I did was paint very low boards, and pull nails for him… I was six.but I sure loved being there with Dad.
    Life on the farm was pretty simple, but rich. We depended on each other, our family, and our neighbors. None of us had a lot, but we all had about the same…as my childhood friend Rose says, we had no idea others had more, so no big deal
    Those farm years, before we moved to “town”, gave me a huge appreciation for life, green, and simple. I’d love to go back to those days. Easy, no. My parents worked unbelievably hard. Satisfying, certainly.
    And that big prairie sky… I remember laying under the oak in the pasture, watching the clouds. Imagining the rest of the world on the cloud figures.
    Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of the world. But, you know, those cornfields are pretty darn amazing, too.

    Sherry

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    Kayrae51
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    Born & raised in Michigan. I can relate to what Sherry is saying. In the 70’s, before Clair & I were married, we started our travels in Michigan. We had both spent most of our life very close to home so it was exciting to get out & tour our beautiful state. When we moved to Florida we spent a lot of time traveling within the state & then branched out to see most of the eastern side of the US. We shy away from cities, preferring to travel back roads & visit small communities. So far, we haven’t found a state without beauty or interest. Sooo…we know that there’s so much more out there to experience & enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing Sherry! Clair was just talking about taking a trip up into Wisconsin & over to Minnesota to visit a friend of ours. Adventures await!
    Kathy

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