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Terry & Dave Taylor

TRAVELS WITH GOLDIE: Perimeter Tour

80 nights | 9,980 miles
18 September 2002 - 6 December 2002

Snickers on the continental divide  Snickers at the Mississippi River  DT & Snickers on the ferry from Ocracoke Island in North Carolina
Snickers on the continental divide in Wyoming, on the shore of the Mississippi
and on the ferry from Ocracoke Island in North Carolina

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: We left home with the goal of getting to DC for Lisa's last college Parent's Weekend. On the way we stopped in Chicago to see Red and his family; drove up to the upper peninsula of Michigan to revisit Dave's boyhood home and made a detour in Purdue to see Chris. Our visit with Lisa was busy and fun, but marred by the sniper shootings in the area. After leaving DC, we didn't really have another appointment, so took more time as we drove the perimeter of the southern US, stopping in the Outer Banks, Disneyworld, New Orleans (pre-Katrina), southern plantations and many beaches.

This was our first "Big Trip" in our RV. We did a lot of driving and not too much stopping in our early days! Duck football games took up most Saturdays. Our goal was to watch the Ducks win and sample chicken wings in sports bars across the country. Well, we did find some delicious wings in Pensacola - but the Ducks didn't fare very well on their football schedule. We had too many thunder/lightning storms. Snickers was absolutely terrified of these storms and he was miserable... so we were too. After this trip, Snickers didn't travel with us on every adventure.


PART 1: LOOKING EAST
SEPTEMBER 2002

18 | Our journey begins
19 | Jackson, Wyoming
20 | Yellowstone National Park
21 | Game Day in Cody| Ducks Win | Pahaska Tepee | Buffalo Bill Museum
22 | Granite Pass | Continental Divide | Devil's Tower National Monument
23 | Mt. Rushmore | Crazy Horse Monument | Custer State Park
24 | Wall Drug | Badlands National Park
25 | The Corn Palace | Pipestone | Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
26 | Minnesota State House | Mall of America
27 | Mississippi River | Effigy Mounds National Monument
28 | Wisconsin State House | Milwaukee

OCTOBER 2002
1 | Driving north around Lake Michigan | Lambeau Field
2 | Revisiting Kinchloe Air Base | Soo Locks | Mackinac Island | Grand Hotel
3 | Mackinac Bridge | Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore
4 | Drive to West Lafayette, Indiana
5 | Game Day in West Lafayette | Ducks win | A day with Chris at Purdue
6 | Report from last night | Cheeseburger not in Paradise | Columbus, Indiana
7 | Kentucky State House | Bourbon Balls | Buffalo Track Distillery | Paris Pike
8 | Kentucky Horse Park
9 | Arrive in Washington, DC
14 | Mt. Vernon


PART TWO : BEACH HOUSE ON THE MOVE
15 | Drive to Virginia Beach | Chesapeake Bridge-Tunnel
16 | Virginia Beach Boardwalk | Norfolk | Newport News
17 | The Outer Banks
18 | OBX | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse | Ocracoke | Howard's Pub
19 | Game Day in the Outer Banks | Ducks lose
20 | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
21 | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
22 | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
23 | Charleston, South Carolina
24 | Boone Hill Plantation | Nathaniel Russell House
25 | Charleston | 82 Queen
26 | Game Day on Hilton Head | Ducks lose
27 | Hilton Head Island
28 | Savannah, Georgia | Lady & Sons | Terrible storm
29 | A-1-A South to Florida
31 | Halloween at the beach

NOVEMBER 2002
1 | Disneyworld
2 | Game Day at Disney | Ducks win
3 | Disneyworld | Universal Studios City Walk
4 | Fort Meyers
5 | Fort Meyers | Election Day
6 | Driving up the West Coast of Florida
7 | Navarre Beach, Florida
8 | Navarre Beach, Florida
9 | Game Day in Pensacola | Ducks lose


PART THREE: SOUTHERN CROSS
10 | Driving along the southern coast from Florida to Mississippi
11 | New Orleans
12 | New Orleans City Tour | Saint Louis Cemetery | Gumbo Shop | Bacco
13 | Destrehan Plantation | Laura Plantation | Oak Alley | Arnaud's
14 | Avery Island | Tabasco Tour
15 | Sabine National Wildlife Refuge | Houston
16 | Game Day in San Antonio | Ducks lose
17 | San Antonio River Walk | El Mercado | The Alamo | Buckhorn Saloon
18 | Langtry, Texas | Judge Roy Bean
19 | Las Cruces, New Mexico | Old Mesilla | Double Eagle
20 | Driving to Tucson
21 | A day in Tucson
22 | Arizona Sonora Desert Museum | Saguaro National Park | El Charro
23 | Game Day in Tucson | Ducks Lose
24 | Sabine Canyon | El Charro (again)
25 | Drive to Yuma, Arizona
26 | Yuma | Pecan Sticky Buns
27 | Algodonas, Mexico
29 | Latkes & Tacos in Yuma


PART FOUR: THE CLOTHED RIDE HOME
30 | Drive to California

DECEMBER 2002
6 | HOME

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