Ohio

To Chicago! And the beginning of Route 66.

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War Correspondents Memorial.

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You are here. At the Battle of South Mountain.

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The Burnside Bridge. It’s a famous Civil War era bridge on the Antietam Battle Ground.

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Walking towards Fort Ligonier.

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Inside the fort.

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The buildings were rather well maintained.

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The raw wood beams are lovely!

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I kind of want old glass windows in our house.

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We took a short walk to see the place where General Braddock was buried.

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And this is where he’s buried now…just a short distance up the hill from the other plaque.

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One of a few Madonna’s of the Trail we saw on the trip.

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Welcome to West Virginia!

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In Moundsville, WV we stayed with friends for two nights. Moundsville is famous for the Grave Creek Mound.

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And there’s the mound. It’s an Native American burial mound. The mound used to be higher, but humans are rude and sometimes don’t have respect for the dead.

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The former West Virginia State Penitentiary. We actually toured the penitentiary but I’ll save that for a different post!

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Be progressive!

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National Road West.

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There’s our travel buddy!

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Don’t you want to play some corn-hole games?

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I never really find the drive from Pennsylvania to Chicago all that interesting, but sometimes you come across things like this! And that makes the drive bearable.

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Hey Indiana!

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The Illinois and Indiana state border.

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Welcome to Chicago.

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I love Millennium Park in Chicago! You’ll see more of that soon.

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A fancy lion in front of the Art Institute.

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More Millennium Park! Water pours out from these fountains. The faces on the fountains also change every few minutes. AND the faces on the fountains are of Chicago residents.

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The Bean!! It’s my favorite thing in Chicago! I did my art history research paper on the Bean during my senior year in college.

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Seagulls on the Bean.

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Can you see us in the reflection?

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There we are!

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The last time we were here was in 2008 and we saw someone buffing and shining the Bean.

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

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Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Chicago has really nice parks and architecture.

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Vomiting seahorses!

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The beginning of historic Route 66! And the fun begins.

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From Washington to Ohio.

The trip to Pennsylvania took us through Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and finally PA! I added a few new states to my “States I’ve Been To” list. Those would include North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. And do you know which states I hated? North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan! Michigan was the biggest offender. I’m sorry if you live there, but good grief it was a horrible drive! Never let me go there again!

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Dry Falls, Washington.

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Juniper was along for the ride.

 

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Old concrete.

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In Montana, white crosses along Route 2 mark where someone has died. This dangerous 70 MPH section of road has already taken 17 lives. SLOW DOWN!

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Big Sky Country.

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Continental Divide.

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We saw so many trains on the way to PA!

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There were plenty of stormy skies but they mostly stayed away. They were fun to watch from a distance though.

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Dino time!

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There’s an underground tour in Havre, Montana. This shot was taken while on the tour looking up at the sidewalk. The purple glass squares are inset in part of sidewalk.

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The underground tour took us through a dentist office, a saloon and even a brothel.

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Beautiful buildings in Havre.

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Clouds and cows.

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This gorgeous church is in Montana!

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Cowboy Bar. Cowboys and old neon? Heck yes! I love me some cowboys.

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“I’m gonna get you with my tiny arms!”

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Rugby, North Dakota. The geographical center of North America!

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Waking up to a beautiful morning.

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Blazing sky.

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One of many Paul Bunyan and Baby the Blue Ox sculptures we saw on the trip.

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Giant Pike – Erskine, Minnesota.

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Cordwood Pete and Tamarack. The legendary brother of Paul Bunyan. There was supposed to be a statue of Pete and Tamarack somewhere in this town, but we couldn’t find it! Maybe someone stole them?

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We became very fond of Paul and Babe. We even bought a Paul Bunyan and Baby the Blue Ox salt and pepper shaker set.

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Babe on the sidewalk.

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In Cloquet, Minnesota is a gas station designed by famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. We HAD to stop there for gas. There are restrooms and a sitting area above the actual gas station. I took advantage of that.

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Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Big Paul Bunyan.

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These poor guys were locked up! Stop vandalizing people. Knock that shit off so everyone else can enjoy giant things!

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45th Parallel.

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Back in Amish Country! We spotted this ATM in Ohio. And yes it’s IN the back of a buggy.

Categories: Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Photography, Uncategorized, Washington, Wisconsin | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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