THE VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP:WEEK ONE
All Photos Courtesy of Sony Cybershot
WEST VIRGINIA-Day 20
Celebrating our last night on the road, at the
same table where Spen's mom and dad got engaged.
The green Greenbrier grounds, and a facade recalling another white building near home.
A corridor that leads to the once upon a time Congressional nuke shelter.
A birthday swim followed by a five minute birthday nap. Will this take off years?
Happy first birthday, wearing the same brown dress
worn 14 out of the last 20 nights.
Spencer makes friends with Farley and Lisa
Fitzgerald of Cincinatti. It was Lisa's birthday, too.
The "crave case" of White Castle burgers we're delivering to
Al Long. Had to put them in the safe to keep thieves away.
Scene from a Kentucky horse farm.
An overcast, quiet Sunday at the world's most famous race track in Louisville.
Spen beside what's likely the world's
largest bat at the Louisville Slugger factory.
Inside the bat factory .
An attempt to re-energize Louisville's downtown, with
all the usual chains and franchises...
...but Spencer and Carol go to White Castle.
An authentic Kentucky mint julep and the bartender, Laurie Kaartunen, who made it at the Brown Hotel.
Room service with towels as tablecloth and napkins, and a Louisville "Hot Brown." It's a hot sandwich of
toast, tomatoes, bacon, turkey, mornay sauce, and shredded parm that's eaten with a knife and fork.
KANSAS CITY/ST. LOUIS,
MISSOURI- Day 18
The Gateway Arch shimmers in sunlight on the left. Right, straight up into a dark blue sky.
Every city should be like St. Louis and have a fountain
that spews blue raspberry water.
Kansas City at 8 a.m., as we crossed back
and forth across
the city, looking for breakfast.
The long, linear drive between Kansas City and St. Louis.
A midwestern shopping mall, which
could be in suburban Virginia except they
sell Bissinger's chocolates and Cardinals stuff.
Sunset over Colorado from the Southwest Chief.
A Colorado town's Main Street, with one stoplight.
The Las Vegas, NM, train depot, where we were on our own, waiting for the Southwest Chief.
No staff; even the phone was ripped from the wall. It felt like "The Last Picture Show."
Some random shots of Sante Fe this morning quite early...
ARIZONA/NEW MEXICO-Day 16
My philosophy in a sign...at the Plaza Restaurant, Santa Fe.
...more from The Plaza: great place, great food.
A drink called Michela: beer, fresh lime juice,
tomato juice with a salted rim. Perfect with
spicy tortilla soup and pecan mole.
Later, getting high on pure O2 at an oxygen bar.
Santa Fe is, after all, capitol of the de-stress nation.
The open market on the plaza; while nearby "Samba Fe" entertains with lots of drums.
The pretty dining room of the famous La Fonda Hotel.
The storm that greeted us as we drove north into Santa Fe.
The Inn of the Anasazi on the left. A good burrito place on the right.
The view we woke up to in Sedona.
The pool and a dining terrace.
Arriving in Sedona.
Below, the glorious Grand Canyon, the light muted by smoke from nearby forest fires.
At our departure from Vegas we were amused by ancient
Rome's nearness to modern Paris. But that's Vegas.
Lake Mead - the lake, the marina, and the carp in the water.
This was, and felt like, the middle of nowhere. Or the moon.
Hoover Dam - Heavy security, heavy construction, heavy crowds.
Las Vegas after dark, at the Bellagio fountains.
The Flamingo Hotel on the left, the Paris on the right.
Whatever you want, they've got it.
Lobster dinner at the Palm.
The drive between L.A. and Las Vegas crosses the Mojave Desert. It is long, dry and hot; 114 at noon.
Arriving in Vegas is not quite what it looks like in the ads. The tall building in the distance
is the Mandalay Bay Hotel. This pic was taken 2 miles from the strip.
The "forum shops," basically a big mall with mall stores.
Sweet Potato Fries and a sweet waiter at Joe's Stone Crab. Not like the original, but not horrible.
We got thrown out of the Sony store right after I took
this pic of us on a TV screen. I wanted to show off
my little Sony camera. Oh well, no good deed...
The view from our room. The building on the left ist he Mirage Hotel.
The dark building in the middle is the new Wynn Hotel. Otherwise, rooftop.
This is not a sex shot. It's what happens when
you put the Caesars hotel blue raspberry bath gel into the
double wide tub and turn on the jets. Eventually I disappeared under
the bubbles. Don't tell the hotel.
The dark ball on the ceiling is a security camera in the hallway.
They are everywhere. Everywhere.
The roman pool was closed. Water would likely have
been boiling, anyway.