Blog: 2009

Yellowstone Park

Posted on August 9, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Yellowstone National Park was simply outstanding. There are so many beautiful and interesting things to see there, it boggles the mind. In addition to the famous geysers, it has gorgeous mountains, sparkling lakes and rivers, waterfalls, meadows, rock formations, thick forests, and lots of wild animals wandering about. We spent two nights in the park, which gave us a long evening plus a full day to explore...

South Dakota to Buffalo, Wyoming

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Holly Hayes
May 24, 2009 Rapid City, SD to Buffalo, WY 238 mi (4 hours) (not including accidental detour) We loved Wyoming as much as we knew we would. Leaving South Dakota around 9:30am Sunday morning, we were soon over the border and on our way to Devils Tower National Monument. This spectacular rock formation had a starring role in *Close Encounters of the Third Kind* and it is also a sacred site for Native Americans of the area...

South Dakota: Deadwood, Mount Rushmore and More

Posted on July 19, 2009 by Holly Hayes
*Saturday, May 23, 2009 Rapid City to Deadwood and Mount Rushmore* On Saturday we took a long driving tour of Black Hills National Park and Mount Rushmore, ending back in Rapid City for another night. It was definitely the best part of South Dakota and we saw lots of interesting sights. The first sight was an unexpected one - a Norwegian stave church! I've learned about these churches in doing research for my website and they are so beautiful and interesting...

South Dakota: Wall to Rapid City

Posted on July 10, 2009 by Holly Hayes
*Friday, May 22, 2009 Wall, SD to Rapid City, SD 56 miles (50 minutes)* Clearly we didn't get far, but it was nice to have a relaxing day after all the driving. We slept well in our little motel in Wall. Our room was #29 at the top of the stairs. David got up early to explore "downtown." Here's his video tour. Biscuits and gravy on offer at the Chuck Wagon Buffet Wall Post Office When I got up not too much later, we had a decent breakfast at the Cactus Cafe, then headed across the street to the famous Wall Drug...

St. Paul to Sioux Falls

Posted on June 18, 2009 by Holly Hayes
*Wednesday, May 20, 2009 St. Paul, MN - Sioux Falls, SD 271 miles (4 hours)* Our last day in Minnesota had been ridiculously hot (a high of 97 degrees, which broke the previous record of 88) and the wind blew hard all night, so we didn't sleep much in our south-facing, second-floor bedroom. We took our time getting packed up Wednesday morning, but around 11:30 we reluctantly said goodbye to Grandma and Tiger and got back on the road...

Some Minnesota and Wisconsin Tourism

Posted on June 15, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Downtown St. Paul, Minnesota We didn't do a whole lot of sightseeing in Minnesota since we were mainly there to visit with Grandma and other family, but we did find time to see some historic places in St. Paul, the biggest mall in the country, and some beautiful nature in Wisconsin. The Twin Cities St. Paul (pop. 287,000) and Minneapolis (pop...

Grandma's Historic House

Posted on June 12, 2009 by Holly Hayes
We arrived at Grandma's house in St. Paul on Wednesday, May 13, after an easy drive across southern Minnesota from Fargo. One of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, getting a bit out of control at a highway rest area. We stayed with Grandma for a week and had a really great time. We saw a bit of historic St. Paul, shopped at the Mall of the America, visited some relatives, toured Grandma's beautiful property in Wisconsin, and just enjoyed Grandma's company sitting around the kitchen table...

Fargo, North Dakota

Posted on June 9, 2009 by Holly Hayes
*Day 4 Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Miles City, MT - Fargo, ND 464 miles (6 hr 24 min)* After a nearly inedible breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Miles City, we set out for our last full day of driving before arriving at Grandma's. North Dakota wasn't quite as flat as we expected and the landscape was quite pretty, but there wasn't much to see along the way...

Driving Across Montana

Posted on June 7, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Day 3 Monday, May 11, 2009 Missoula, MT - Miles City, MT 488 miles (7 hours) Day 3 started out with a unique and tasty breakfast of walnut, mushroom and zucchini quiche at our B&B. The rest of the day was spent driving across Montana - it's a big state! The landscape was beautiful and mountainous most of the way, especially on the west side...

Spokane to Missoula

Posted on June 3, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Day 2 Sunday, May 10, 2009 Spokane, WA - Northern Idaho - Missoula, MT 197 miles (3 hours) After the long first day's drive, we decided to take the second day a little easier. That left us more time to hang out in Spokane in the morning, make some leisurely stops in Idaho, and see some of Missoula when we arrived in the evening. It was a nice, relaxing day...

Portland to Spokane

Posted on May 31, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Day 1 Saturday, May 9, 2009 Portland, OR - Spokane, WA 358 miles (6.5 hours) The first day of our road trip involved a lot of driving but it was really enjoyable, with lovely weather, light traffic, and several interesting things to see. Since we left fairly late in the morning, the first item of business after an hour or so of driving was lunch...

The Next Trip: Portland to St. Paul

Posted on May 8, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Interactive version of the map here Tomorrow morning we head off on our next trip: road-trippin' it to St. Paul, Minnesota, to visit my family. The markers are rough estimates of where we might stop for the night along the way. We'll start on the northern route, which is the fastest and generally most boring. The total distance on that route is 1,753 miles, or about 25 hours of driving...

Oregon Coast and Wedding Church Revisited

Posted on May 8, 2009 by Holly Hayes
We drove down to Lincoln City yesterday and the weather was beautiful. Along the way, we made a quick stop at the Old Scotch Church, where we got hitched way back in 2004. It looked a lot prettier in the sunshine than on that rainy day almost five years ago! The Old Scotch Church is one of the oldest churches in Oregon, built in 1878 by 12 settlers from Aberdeenshire, Scotland...

Cultural Learnings in San Francisco, Part II

Posted on May 2, 2009 by Holly Hayes
So to pick up where I left off on the last big post, on Friday we continued our celebration of diversity by exploring Chinatown, Japantown, and the Fillmore District. It was a fine morning, so David headed out early to take pictures from the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower. He had a great time. Later we met up in Chinatown, which was absolutely fantastic...

Cultural Learnings in San Francisco

Posted on April 24, 2009 by Holly Hayes
We've spent the last two days exploring a whole lot of world cultures without leaving the city. San Francisco is extremely diverse, which makes it very interesting. Fortunately, in our limited experience at least, everybody seems to get along fairly well despite their differences. Yesterday's highlight was a visit to the magnificent Asian Art Museum, which I believe is the largest of its kind in the USA...

San Francisco Conference and Other Fun

Posted on April 22, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Today was my ADSPACE conference and I really enjoyed it. It made me feel like I have a real job, and it was fun to be a Silicon Valley girl for a day. It was held in a slick new conference center and everything was ultra-modern and high-tech. There was nothing super revelatory in the presentations, but lots of good info and ideas that should help me have more success with my websites in the future...

Good Times in San Francisco

Posted on April 20, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Just a quick note to say that we arrived safely in San Francisco this evening and we're having a great time! We enjoyed our short stay in Ashland last night and San Francisco has been really fun so far. It is beautiful and ridiculously hot here. High in the 90s today and again tomorrow, which is very unusual for San Francisco. But we have good A/C in our hotel, so we're chillin'...

And We're Off!

Posted on April 19, 2009 by Holly Hayes
We're leaving shortly for San Francisco! Well, actually, for Ashland (or maybe Mount Shasta), where we'll spend one night to break up the drive. It's been a fun new experience to pack for only a week and not bring our passports. Photos from the road coming soon, hopefully!

San Francisco Plans

Posted on April 4, 2009 by Holly Hayes
In a few weeks we going to San Francisco! We made this somewhat spur-of-the-moment decision because: 1) I discovered a conference scheduled for April 22 that I would love to go to, and 2) I've been wanting to go to San Francisco for years! The closest I've been is a layover at the airport. David has visited a few times before but loves it, so we're both quite excited...

Happy Birthday, Oregon!

Posted on February 14, 2009 by Holly Hayes
Just a quick post in celebration of the 150th birthday of my beautiful native state! Being away from Oregon for three years has given me an even greater appreciation for it, and I pledge to do it more photographic and blogging justice come spring! The photo of the old barn was taken not far from our apartment during a walk on a fine day last autumn.