O-H-I-O, the 28th state we have visited on our adventures across the U.S. The state gets its name from the Ohio River (a 981-mile river; the largest tributary to the Mississippi River by volume) whose name originated with an interpretation of the Seneca Indian word ohiːyo’, meaning “great river.” Ohio
We left Wisconsin and headed into Michigan — state #25 — via the Upper Peninsula, or U.P. as most folks call it… arriving in the Munising area for yet another look at Lake Superior, this time on the southern shores, which offer stunning sandstone cliffs, sand dunes, and waterfalls —
We hit Iowa (state #22 on our travel across the U.S.) almost immediately after leaving Nebraska City, Nebraska, as we crossed the Missouri River into a sea of flooded fields and farmland. In fact, the roads had just been partially reopened (after repairs from flooding); even the interstate was affected.
On our way through more of the Midwest, leaving Kansas on our way to Iowa, we had to make a several day stop in Nebraska City, home of Arbor Day Farm and the Arbor Day Foundation… which Ran has supported for decades, and which, as tree-lovers, we both had to
We left Arkansas, but not the Ozarks, as we traveled into southern Missouri, state #18 on this 48-state adventure. Known as the “Show Me State,” Missouri is known for its grassy plains to the north and the forests of the Ozarks to the south. We have been amazed to see
We happily left the fog and humidity of Biloxi and traveled throughout the rest of Mississippi, stopping in each of the major regions of the state — up through the Gulf Coast to the Pines, continuing on to the Hills, and finally through the Delta on our way to Arkansas.
As you will soon see from this post, our stop in Alamogordo was full of fun and adventure — even with the ongoing federal government shutdown continuing to thwart some of our activities. Alamogordo, a city of about 30,000 residents located in the Tularosa Basin of the Chihuahuan Desert —
On this stop we were able to cross off a long-time bucket list item! We rode the entire length (down, then up) of the 15-mile Route of the Hiawatha, a hall-of-fame rail-trail experience through parts of the spectacular Idaho Panhandle National Forests. You can simply ride down the rail-trail and
We spent two weeks based at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in beautiful Cottonwood, AZ, and visited so many amazing things that this post may be the longest we ever create. By the way, Old Town Cottonwood and Dead Horse Ranch are worth visits for the wines and hiking, respectively.