May 18, 2018

Today we traveled from Jordan to St. Cloud (166 km). On the way, we visited the Mall of America, IKEA and the downtown of Minneapolis. The Mall of America was once the biggest mall in the world. Today it is still the one with the most visitors. Then we went to experience the Skyway of Minneapolis. Here you can walk from one building to the next over pedestrian bridges. Like this people can visit downtown comfortable even in bad weather conditions. The picture shows the amusement park of the Mall of America.

May 17, 2018

Today we traveled from Holmen (La Crosse) in Wisconsin to Jordan (Minneapolis) in Minnesota (288 km). We drove along the Mississippi River. Here we saw some locks and dams, Alma another town which was founded by Swiss settlers and the confluence of the Saint Croix River with the Mississippi River at Prescott. The picture shows the place where the Saint Croix River enters the Mississippi River just under the railroad drawbridge. And here is the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota too.

May 16, 2018

Today we traveled from De Forest to Holmen (246 km). On the way, we visited the Grandad Bluff Overview and the Riverside Park in La Crosse. With this, we are back to the Mississippi River. Our original idea was to follow the Mississippi River up north. But in St Louis, we decided to travel to Rochester NY. This detour brought us to nice and interesting places. Now we continue with our initial idea. The picture shows the Mississippi River at La Crosse.

May 15, 2018

Today we traveled from Brodhead to De Forest (Madison) (112 km). On the way, we visited New Glarus and the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. New Glarus was founded by Swiss settlers in 1845. There are people here which speak still the Swiss language but we didn't meet anybody like this. But we had a real Swiss lunch (Rösti and Bratwurst, Appenzeller Rösti) at one of the restaurants. The picture shows some buildings in the center of New Glarus.

May 14, 2018

Today we traveled from Joliet (Chicago) in Illinois to Brodhead in Wisconsin (232 km). When we arrived at the campground the lady in the office asked us if we already had some Wisconsin cheese. Since we didn't have some she told us that there is a cheese dairy just about a mile away. We went there and found out that the cheesemaker is of Swiss origin with the name Stettler. We bought some good cheese for a good price directly from the maker and found a good bread which was imported from Canada and had a delicious cheese dinner. The picture shows our motorhome in front of the cheese dairy.

May 13, 2018

Today we traveled from Elkhart in Indiana to Joliet in Illinois (266 km). On the way, we visited Chicago. Since I was here many times I knew where to park and where to go. Like this, I was able to show Käthi the most important places in Chicago in about 3 hours. The picture shows the sculpture «Cloud Gate» which is maybe the most visited point in Chicago.

May 12, 2018

Today we traveled from Monroe in Michigan to Elkhart in Indiana (362 km). The weather was worse than yesterday. It was cold, misty and raining. We decided to visit the Motown Museum in Detroit. The picture shows the buildings where the first songs were recorded. The company was very successful and therefore moved away soon. Today the company is located in Los Angeles CA. I have many albums of Stevie Wonder and other Motown artists. Therefore we went here instead of visiting an automobile museum.

May 11, 2018

Today we traveled from Grafton (Cleveland) in Ohio to Monroe (Detroit) in Michigan (209 km). It was a gray and cold day. I had to change the shorts with long leg jeans. We didn't visit anything. But we did some shopping on the way. I took the attached picture at the campground this morning. Just behind our motorhome was this little lake with a sandy beach like in the Caribbean.

May 10, 2018

Today we traveled from Fairview in Pennsylvania to Grafton (Cleveland) in Ohio (196 km). In Cleveland, we visited the monument of the 20th US President James A Garfield. He started the presidency in March 1881, was shot on June 1881 and died September 1881. Before this, he was a general in the Civil War and a member of the House of Representatives. This is the first time I see such a big and nice monument for a US President.

May 9, 2018

Today we traveled from Grand Island (Niagara) in New York to Fairview (Erie) in Pennsylvania (229 km). At Erie, we visited the Presque Isle State Park. As the name says its almost an island or a peninsula. Here we were in nature for some time. Besides other things, we saw a lot of Canadian gooses like the family with nine chicks on my picture.

May 8, 2018

Today we traveled from Farmington to Grand Island (209 km). We drove along the Ontario Lake and had very nice and sunny weather. It is still a bit cool here in the north. Then we visited the American side of the Niagara Falls. About 11 months ago we stood on the Canadian side. My picture shows the American Fall and the Rainbow Bridge to Canada.

May 7, 2018

Today we visited Rochester (40 km). I was here at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) 27 years ago for a three months sabbatical. Bob Chung was one of my professors then. We kept contact over all these years and became friends. We met every year at TAGA and IARIGAI conferences and ISO meetings. Today Bob showed us around at RIT and the city of Rochester and his wife Loyi even cooked dinner for us. Many thanks for this great hospitality. The picture shows Bob and me at RIT.

May 6, 2018

Today we traveled from Covington in Pennsylvania to Farmington in New York (200 km). We made only one visiting stop. This was in Geneva NY. We walked along the shore of the Seneca Lake. There I found the NY logo at a new visitor center which is still under construction.

May 5, 2018

Today we traveled from Duncansville to Covington (266 km). On the way, we did two stops. The first was at the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark near Altoona. On this 220 degrees curve, the trains climb 37 meters. It was nice to experience it but too difficult to get nice pictures. Then we stopped in Bellefonte a city with Victorian architecture. The picture shows a scene from this town. But this is not the fountain which gave the town its name.

May 4, 2018

Today we traveled from Somerset to Falling Water and then to Duncansville (209 km). We wanted to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright building Falling Water. But the admission fee was $ 33.- per person. This was too much for us and therefore we drove further on. Next stop was at the Flight 93 National Memorial. At the 9/11 terrorist attack, a fourth plane was involved. This one crashed at this site in Shanksville. The 40 passengers had a fight with the hijackers and enforced them to crash the plane. The names of the 40 passengers are engraved in the white marble wall to the left of the picture. The direction of the way in the picture shows the way the plane took to the crash site which is about 100 meters behind from where I took the picture. That is the closest spot you can go there in order to honor the deads of this crash.

May 3, 2018

Today we traveled from Zanesville in Ohio to Somerset in Pennsylvania (317 km). On the way, we crossed the panhandle of West Virginia. And we made a detour to Pittsburgh. I was here at least two times for conferences. Therefore I knew where a good view of the downtown is. We drove directly to Mount Washington and the Grandview Overlook. Here is the picture from there.

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2018

Today we traveled from Richmond in Indiana to Zanesville in Ohio. On the way, we stopped in Dayton and in Springfield. In Springfield, we visited a house which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In Dayton, the Wright Brothers developed the first planes. The picture shows the original Wright Flyer III of 1905. By the way, before the Wright Brothers were successful with planes they were printers and publishers. Then they produced bicycles. And lastly, they developed and produced planes.

May 1, 2018

Today we had our laundry and office day. The weather was very nice and the campground is away from big roads in nature. Therefore it is silent. Although we had to work we had a nice day. The picture is from our visit to Indianapolis of yesterday. It shows the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument.