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Ar. is one hour ahead of MT time half of the year.

I remember one of our steel manufacturing plants was in St. Joe, IN and they did not change for daylight savings time (might now who knows?) but it was strange coordinating with engineering, manufacturing, sales, the office etc.

 

They'd have to assign at least one girl there to follow us in Ohio. Confusing for our clients also.

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Everything is so big here. Which seems odd until you see the people, then you realise it's all in proportion.

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Here is some food for thought as you plan your summer vacations. Some hints for your travels, all USA (incl. possessions):

 

Best Sunset: Cape Flattery, Washington

 

Best Sunrise: On top of Mt. Haleakala, Maui. (honorable mention: Quoddy Head, Maine)

 

Best Beaches: St. John, US Virgin Islands

 

Best Patriotic site: Fort McHenry, Baltimore

 

Best Trees: California: Redwoods/Sequoias/Ancient Bristlecone pine/Joshua Trees

 

Best Single Vista: Inspiration Point, Yosemite NP (Multiple vistas: Grand Canyon)

 

Most Fun Town: New Orleans. (Honorable mention: Chicago)

 

Best Small Town: Woodstock, Vermont. (honorable mentions: Chatham, Mass. Seaside Fla.)

 

Best Consistent Architecture: Santa Fe, NM

 

Campiest Attraction: House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin

 

Nicest College Campus that is not Kenyon: Duke (honorable mention: Notre Dame)

 

Nicest State Capitol building: Olympia, Washington (more for it setting than the building itself)

 

Best Tall Building: Empire State Building

 

Best Statue not called Liberty: Mt. Rushmore

 

Best Scenic Town Setting: Sedona, Arizona

 

Best City Park System: Savannah, Georgia

 

Gawdiest Display of Wealth: Newport, Rhode Island

 

Best Stadium: Wrigley Field

 

Best preserved Western Town: Tombstone, Ariz. (honorable mention: Lincoln NM)

 

Best hiking for the average person: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 

Best Lake: Crater Lake

 

Best Mountain Range: The Grand Tetons

 

Best Casino: Lakeside Inn and Casino, Stateline Nevada (Tahoe)

 

Best Aquariam: National Aquariam, Baltimore

 

Best Breakfast/Dinner combination: Camellia Grill and Commander's Palace, New Orleans

 

Feel free to add your own

 

just at crater lake last week before last

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Lots of things are very different. When I get back homeboy sure I will go in to lots of detail. But for now...every ATM charges like $3-4 for withdrawal? What's up with that? And gas stations are weird with the prepaying. That doesn't exist back home - you pull in, fill up and pay.

 

Not that things are bad, just different.

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Lots of things are very different. When I get back homeboy sure I will go in to lots of detail. But for now...every ATM charges like $3-4 for withdrawal? What's up with that? And gas stations are weird with the prepaying. That doesn't exist back home - you pull in, fill up and pay.

 

Not that things are bad, just different.

You're not in Kansas anymore.

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Lots of things are very different. When I get back homeboy sure I will go in to lots of detail. But for now...every ATM charges like $3-4 for withdrawal?

I don't know about this....perhaps because you are using a foreign account....or more because they are just greedy. Banks are greedy in case you haven't heard.

 

What's up with that? And gas stations are weird with the prepaying. That doesn't exist back home - you pull in, fill up and pay.

While this is very nearly universal and understandable. Way,way too many gas and dash going on here if they didn't require prepayment.

 

Not that things are bad, just different.

That works both ways....in case you don't remember this famous conversation:

You know what the funniest thing about Europe is?

What?

It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that we got here, but it’s just…it’s just there it’s a little different. Take McDonald's. In France, you can buy beer at McDonalds. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?

They don't call it a Quarter Pouder with Cheese?

No, they got the metric system, they wouldn't know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is. They call it a Royale with Cheese

Pulp Fiction

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Fucked up weather. Did not expect 60F and 20+ mph winds in Moab. Still,the arches are pretty cool.

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Fucked up weather. Did not expect 60F and 20+ mph winds in Moab. Still,the arches are pretty cool.

60 seems pretty nice to me. The wind though, that could be a bitch....considering all the sand that would blow up.

But the Arches are cool....especially Granny's Bloomers.

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Best hiking for the average person: Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV

 

I actually got to the Dolly Sods Wilderness in WVa....but did not do any hiking. I just drove through it on that terrible dirt road, and the fog was so thick when we went through we couldn't see anything,

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Further updates on travel:

 

Last summer for my anniversary we went to my son's place in Ithaca NY. He took us on a wine boat tour out on Lake Cayuga, one of the Finger Lakes. Very cool. Nice calm evening They brought in wine from a local winery, had a good time. Very cool. Don't know where else in the country you can do that sort of thing.

 

Also, last fall, I did a trip to Idaho. Flew into Boise, stayed in Sun Valley most of the time. There is beautiful scenery around every bend you turn. Did my usual National Parks thing. Craters of the Moon ....a huge lava bed with some cinder cones. City of Rocks...very cool interesting rock formations. Hagerman Fossil Beds...mainly for the small fossil museum. Also went over to John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon. A great fossil museum...but also spectacular scenery.

Also did another WWII related location: The Minidoka Internment Camp national monument. This is where all the Japanese from like the states of Oregon and Washington were brought during WWII.

Came in and out of Boise. A very nice, clean city.

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This is a topic on this thread that I thought I had covered here before this, but in reviewing all 12 pages, I do not see where I posted it anywhere. This is part of my "Gipper's List". In this case, it is my opinion of what the best cities/towns are of varying sizes and categories. It covers North America, not just the USA:

 

5 Best Big Cities:

 

Chicago

Toronto

New Orleans

San Francisco

San Antonio

 

5 Best "Midsize Cities":

 

Savannah, Ga.

Quebec City, Quebec

Santa Fe, New Mex.

Santa Barbara, Cal.

Madison, Wisc.

 

5 Best Small Towns #:

 

Woodstock, Vermont

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Seaside, Florida

Wellsboro Pa.

Cooperstown, NY

 

5 Best "Resort Towns"

 

Sedona, Arizona

Taos, New Mexico

Aspen, Colorado

Carmel, Cal.

Naples/Key West Fla.

 

#Note on this: I have seen a few publications that have place the town of Litchfield, Connecticut as a top small town. I have never been there so do not rate it. However, I do plan to make a brief visit there this summer.

Others have also placed Blowing Rock NC on this list. Again, I have not been there, so I cannot rate. Hope to stop by there some day soon.

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QUOTE (calfoxwc @ Apr 8 2010, 12:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Best Sunrise: On top of Mt. Haleakala, Maui. (honorable mention: Quoddy Head, Maine)

 

Best Beaches: St. John, US Virgin Islands Gipp

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Mt. Haleakala was an amazing place. I think we have pictures from it, I should post them sometime. It is absolutely breathtaking.

 

St. John, is a smaller island just off the American Virgin Islands' St. Thomas.

 

St. John is about 75 % national park, I think it was... and the beach is Trunk Bay.

It has an -underground- park underwater, with stones describing certain places and plants, etc.

 

two really outstanding places places to go see.

 

 

Trunk Bay is perhaps the best known of the St. John beaches, but there are several on that island, any of which are great.

 

 

I totally agree on both Maui and St. John. Great view from up there and also some excellent snorkeling places, though a couple of people were killed by sharks on Maui just before we got there. St. John is just one of a kind. Bucket List stuff.

 

Favorite hiking zone for me is trails throughout Rocky Mountain National Park just outside Estes Park. I'm getting a bit old now for the really long 12-15 milers I used to do in my 30s and 40s. I always spend the first week taking the relatively shorter and lower altitude ones before taking on a few 10 milers (round trip).

 

For a fall trip I tell people drive to western Mass and drive up through Vermont (Woodstock is as you said) and on to the White Mountains of N.H. There is a very excellent art gallery in Williamstown, Mass. that is worth spending a few hours in before taking the drive further on. Unbelievable collection that most are unaware even exists there. Take a look at their permanent collection.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Art_Institute

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Williams College, alma mater of James Garfield...and George Steinbrenner I believe.

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Erin Burnett of CNN-did not know that before looking it up-knew there was a reason I like watching her show.

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Erin Burnett of CNN-did not know that before looking it up-knew there was a reason I like watching her show.

She's cute, used to be on CNBC when she was starting out.

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I think it was on this thread that we were relating which battle fields in the US we have been to.   Earlier this fall I did visit the Droop Mountain Civil War battlefield, which is in southeast West Virginia. 

https://wvstateparks.com/park/droop-mountain-battlefield-state-park/

Also, earlier this summer, I went to the Corydon Battlefield, which again is Civil War, and  in southern Indiana.  It is the only Civil War battle fought in Indiana:

http://www.corydonbattlepark.com/battle.html

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Also, I don't think I had mentioned this, but this past summer I spent a couple of days in Boston......and among other things went to the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill...which I had not been to before.

http://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/battle-of-bunker-hill

 

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On 12/27/2017 at 3:43 PM, The Gipper said:

And just as a side note,   of the 417 National Park Units,  I have visited 335 of them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_United_States_National_Park_System_official_units

AH HA......GIPPER'S REAL IDENTITY REVEALED! 

 

On 12/27/2017 at 3:43 PM, The Gipper said:

 

I was toting my pack along the long dusty Winnemucca road
When along came a semi with a high canvas covered load
If your goin' to Winnemucca, Mack with me you can ride
And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, "Listen! I've traveled every road in this here land!"
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Reno
Chicago
Fargo
Minnesota
Buffalo
Toronto
Winslow
Sarasota
Whichta
Tulsa
Ottowa
Oklahoma
Tampa
Panama
Mattua
LaPaloma
Bangor
Baltimore
Salvador
Amarillo
Tocapillo
Pocotello
Amperdllo
I'm a Killer
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Boston
Charleston
Dayton
Louisiana
Washington
Houston
Kingston
Texarkana
Monterey
Fairaday
Santa Fe
Tollaperson
Glen Rock
Black Rock
Little Rock
Oskaloussa
Tennessee
Tinnesay
Chickapee
Spirit Lake
Grand Lake
Devil's Lake
Crater Lake
For Pete's Sake
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Louisville
Nashville
Knoxville
Omerback
Shereville
Jacksonville
Waterville
Costa Rock
Richfield
Springfield
Bakersfield
Shreveport
Hakensack
Cadallic
Fond do Lac
Davenport
Idaho
Jellico
Argentina
Diamondtina
Pasadena
Catalina
See What I Mean
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Pittsburgh
Parkersburg
Gravelburg
Colorado
Ellisburg
Rexburg
Vicksburg
Eldorado
Larimore
Adimore
Habastock
Chadanocka
Shasta
Nebraska
Alaska
Opalacka
Baraboo
Waterloo
Kalamazoo
Kansas City
Souix City
Cedar City
Dodge City
What a pity
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man

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1 hour ago, mjp28 said:

 

I was toting my pack along the long dusty Winnemucca road
When along came a semi with a high canvas covered load
If your goin' to Winnemucca, Mack with me you can ride
And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, "Listen! I've traveled every road in this here land!"
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Reno
Chicago
Fargo
Minnesota
Buffalo
Toronto
Winslow
Sarasota
Whichta
Tulsa
Ottowa
Oklahoma
Tampa
Panama
Mattua
LaPaloma
Bangor
Baltimore
Salvador
Amarillo
Tocapillo
Pocotello
Amperdllo
I'm a Killer
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Boston
Charleston
Dayton
Louisiana
Washington
Houston
Kingston
Texarkana
Monterey
Fairaday
Santa Fe
Tollaperson
Glen Rock
Black Rock
Little Rock
Oskaloussa
Tennessee
Tinnesay
Chickapee
Spirit Lake
Grand Lake
Devil's Lake
Crater Lake
For Pete's Sake
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Louisville
Nashville
Knoxville
Omerback
Shereville
Jacksonville
Waterville
Costa Rock
Richfield
Springfield
Bakersfield
Shreveport
Hakensack
Cadallic
Fond do Lac
Davenport
Idaho
Jellico
Argentina
Diamondtina
Pasadena
Catalina
See What I Mean
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to,
Pittsburgh
Parkersburg
Gravelburg
Colorado
Ellisburg
Rexburg
Vicksburg
Eldorado
Larimore
Adimore
Habastock
Chadanocka
Shasta
Nebraska
Alaska
Opalacka
Baraboo
Waterloo
Kalamazoo
Kansas City
Souix City
Cedar City
Dodge City
What a pity
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel, I've had my share, man

I have been to most of these places.  A few of them are in S. America though.

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1 hour ago, The Gipper said:

I have been to most of these places.  A few of them are in S. America though.

Oh yes I used to travel a lot whether it was in scouts, vacation or business I don't think that I have ever regretted a single trip......I'm sure that you feel the same way.

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Others have also placed Blowing Rock NC on this list. Again, I have not been there, so I cannot rate. Hope to stop by there some day soon.

Forgot about this:   I did indeed get to Blowing Rock this past fall, on my trek up the Blue Ridge Parkway.   In fact, it is where I spent the night about halfway up.  A very nice little town.  Quaint.    It won't displace my top 5, but it will make it to the Top Ten likely. 

So, to Ballpeen and a couple of others, thanks for bring this town to my attention.

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