East Coast Road Trip '05

In September 2005 a friend and I embarked on our fifth (or sixth? seventh?) road trip across the U.S. Focusing on the East Coast, we packed as much as we could in two weeks, crossing six states, covering 2,618 miles, catching a LOT of outlet malls (sent home three boxes before the end of the trip!), going horseback riding (a first for both of us), and once again just missing our chance to go whitewater rafting. Two of the highlights were getting absolutely DRENCHED on the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour ride on the Niagara whirlpools and catching the cutest view with dimples: "Mark," another passenger on the jetboat ride. Of college age, he was evidently traveling with his parents. A definite cutie! Well, here are a few other incredible sights captured on our trip.

One of the nation's greatest natural wonders: Niagara Falls. American Falls in foreground; Canadian portion of the falls, Horseshoe Falls, in the back. Tourists in blue on bottom are a part of the Maid of the Mist ride.

Another view of the amazing Niagara Falls with Cave of the Winds tourists in yellow ponchos below. On the tour, you get to actually stand under the smaller part of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and feel just a small portion of the falls' power.

LOVE the fruit stands along many U.S. roadways. A first for us: seeing nectarines growing on the tree.

Relaxing sunset at day's end. We're on the U.S. side; Canada is over yonder.

Cute 'lil duck pondering where he'll fly for the winter.

My dream home...

Had a chance to visit Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. A view from the oceanside path that runs parallel to a portion of the 20-mile Park Loop Road.

Coastal shot from same oceanside path.

Start of the path around Jordon Pond. Sandy gravel on one side...

...cool boardwalk on the other.

The end of a really nice one-mile walk around Jordon Pond.

I will never get over the absolute JOY and FREEDOM I always experience on my road trips. My friend may be getting homesick after a week, but my only question is: "When is our next trip?" If I could make a good living as a travel writer, I'd take the opportunity in a second. No question.