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Fording the Headwaters of the Mississippi

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Holly Hayes
On Day 8 of my road trip, I enjoyed the lovely lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and walked across the Mississippi River. Heading out from Grand Forks under stormy skies. Misbehaving cows near Shevlin, Minnesota. Mostly hidden by the far-left cow is their no-nonsense owner on a four-wheeler. She instructed them in no uncertain terms to stop playing in traffic and get back in their pen...

Minot to Grand Forks, North Dakota

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Holly Hayes
About an hour east of Minot, I arrived in Rugby. It is a small town of less than 3,000 people and isn't exactly famous, but it ended up being one of my most interesting stops in North Dakota. First of all, Rugby apparently at the geographic center of North America. This monument was constructed by the town in 1931. But much more interesting was the Prairie Village Museum, located near the above monument...

Montana to North Dakota

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Morning view from my hotel room in Shelby, Montana. Part of the usual morning routine: stop at a gas station to fill up the tank, scrub bugs from the windshield, fill cooler with ice, and get snacks for the road. See ya next time, Montana! Not much changed across the state line, but the two-lane highway became a four-lane divided highway. Well done, North Dakota! Williston is proud to be the home of Phil Jackson...

Driving Across Northern Montana

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Day 5 was mostly about making good eastward progress, so I spent most of the time behind the wheel. As usual, I had rejected the usual freeway route (I-90 in this case) in favor of a smaller highway (Highway 2), and was glad I did. Day 5 route: 260 miles across Montana from Shelby to Glasgow on Highway 2. Highway 2 was mostly a two-lane highway, but so straight and empty that it was easy to pass when occasionally needed...

A Sunny Autumn Day in Kalispell, Montana

Posted on October 7, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Main Street in historic downtown Kalispell, Montana. Map of photos taken in Kalispell. I spent two nights in the small town of Kalispell, Montana, and had a great time. The sun was shining, the leaves were turning colors, the downtown was quiet and walkable, there were many good lodging options and interesting things to check out, and it's right next to Glacier National Park...

History and Hiking in Glacier National Park

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Holly Hayes
104 years ago, President Taft signed a bill designating Glacier National Park as the 10th national park. Today there are over 50 national parks, but Glacier is still one of the largest and most notable. Called the "Crown of the Continent," it contains over 1 million acres of mountains, lakes, hiking trails, historic sites, and wildlife. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1995...

Road Trip: Spokane to Kalispell

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Day 2 (Spokane, WA, to Kalispell, MT) represented by geotagged photos taken along the way. Davenport Hotel, Spokane The first night of my road trip was spent at Spokane's historic Davenport Hotel, built in 1914. It's an impressive place with impressive history: "The Davenport Hotel was the first hotel in the United States with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, pipe organ and dividing doors in the ballrooms...

Road Trip: Portland to Spokane

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Holly Hayes
This is the first post in a series on a roadtrip from Oregon to Minnesota - and possibly beyond! As usual, I'm avoiding freeways, visiting historic places, staying in historic hotels, and eating in historic restaurants. The first day I drove from Portland, OR to Spokane, WA, with many stops along the way. Day 1 as represented by geotagged photos...

20 Highlights of the Olympic Peninsula

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Holly Hayes
{ph139008} I'm quite smitten with my home state of Oregon while my aunt has lived happily in Washington for several decades. So, for as long as I can remember, we've enjoyed a good-natured "my-state-is-obviously-better" rivalry. But I had to admit - when I called her from a kayak in the middle of a sparkling lake surrounded by forested mountains - that her state was giving mine a serious run for its money in the natural-beauty department...

Portland to Seattle, the Long Way

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Last Sunday I drove from my home in Portland to my aunt's house in West Seattle, where I'll be staying for a couple of days before continuing north to explore the Olympic Peninula. It's just over a three-hour drive between Portland and Seattle on Interstate 5, but I hate freeways. I'm much more of a back-roads kind of gal. Plus, the whole goal of this trip is to explore Washington and its history, so I might as well start as I mean to continue...

On the Road Again Soon

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Hello! Long time, no see. I am finally emerging, blinking in the sunlight, from a long winter hunched over the computer. I'm sorry I haven't posted to the blog for so long, but I needed to focus on developing the core of Go Historic for awhile. A whole lot still remains to be done, but it's summertime, and that means travel time! {ph138898|The new "Go Historic mobile," waiting patiently in my rainy driveway in Portland...

Art and History in Tacoma, Washington

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Holly Hayes
In late September, my husband David and I took a little four-day road trip to Washington State. We visited a few new places, revisited a few old favorites, and spent some quality time with my aunt who lives near Seattle. It was easy, relaxing, and fun. One of the new places we visited was the city of Tacoma, which is about 40 minutes south of Seattle...

Heritage Home Tour in Portland, Oregon

Posted on August 10, 2013 by Holly Hayes
A couple of weekends ago, I visited three of the five homes on the 4th Annual Heritage Home Tour in Portland. My husband came along, the sun was out, we had ice cream, we visited a few other historic places along the way... it was such a fun day. Starting Point: The Architectural Heritage Center {ph43683} Our first stop was the Architectural Heritage Center in SE Portland, where I picked up our tickets...

A Portland Photowalk

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Holly Hayes
Saturday March 30 was one of those freakishly hot days that sometimes appear in Portland in early spring: clear blue sky and a high temperature in the upper 80s. So I took my camera downtown to capture the cherry blossoms in bloom, and ended up spending several hours on a very pleasant photowalk. Here are some highlights. {ph43714} {ph43715} Cherry blossoms in Waterfront Park, Portland...

Springtime in Salem, Oregon

Posted on March 20, 2013 by Holly Hayes
On Monday I was down in Salem (about an hour south of Portland) to visit my good friend Sarah. After a magnificent lunch at Word of Mouth (which I can never pass up when I'm down there!) we visited a few historic spots for some pictures with the early spring blossoms. First stop was the Oregon State Capitol (1938), which looks its best in the springtime thanks to the cherry blossoms and daffodils that line the park...

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 25, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Merry Christmas, blog readers! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. {ph13358} Shown above is the magnificent Christmas market in Erfurt, Germany, 2010.

Go Historic Launches Today!

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Well, I've been working on Go Historic for well over a year now, and it's been in "private beta" (i.e., published and mostly functional, but not many people can view it) since the summer. It is still not finished, but it's mostly presentable now, and how can I pass up a birthday of 12/12/12? So, today is the official "public beta launch" of Go Historic! The home page, sure to be redesigned many times...

Homeward Bound

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I'm coming home tomorrow, yay! It has been a great and very productive trip, but six weeks is a long time and I'm looking forward to returning to family, friends, and the familiar. {ph14495} I'm leaving from Amsterdam as usual, where I arrived from Minnesota so many moons ago. This view of Delta and KLM birds is from the Panoramic Terrace at Amsterdam Airport...

The Big Walk in Paris

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Holly Hayes
I had a good and very productive week in Paris. I took several thousand photos, at least some of them good, and that's the main thing. My French, such as it is, ground back to life and got some good practice. I got to know my way around the city again, saw many parts of it I never have before, and I became comfortable with the Metro, which is just as efficient but not as intuitive as London's Tube...

Antwerp from the Window

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Holly Hayes
Greetings from Antwerp, on the Flemish (Dutch) side of Belgium, where I have stopped for three nights on my way to Amsterdam (and from there, home)! It has been very cold and rainy here, and I have my second cold of the trip - not surprising after all the public transportation and night photography in Paris - but I have otherwise had a nice time in Antwerp...