Two weeks ago, Joy and I set out on an Adventure. There was a gathering of the clan planned for Tower City, ND, and, given my aversion to commercial air travel (even before the post-9/11 security theater escalation), and Joy never having been to those places in between the coasts, we made a road trip of it.
There will be a trip report, with photos, as time allows (including the answer to the whatziss).
Points along the way: Incline Village, Twin Falls, Craters of the Moon, Idaho Falls, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Bozeman, Billings, Bismarck, Fargo, Wall, Mt. Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Rawlins, Timpanogos Cave, and Elko.
There was way too much to see along the way... trying to visit a lot of places on a 2-week trip doesn't really work.
Middle America is still there, and what I had a chance to see of the culture hasn't changed much. I'll have some commentary on that, in among the bits of trip report. It makes the return to California rather disorienting (especially returning by way of North Tahoe).
The tourist attractions were busy, but not horribly crowded (high fuel prices may have something to do with this), with no signs of crowd rage.
Now I have lots of bloggable material, but this had better be a weekend for catching up on stuff... and, on Monday, it's back to work. I've got one definite live project and another probable one, and that's a Good Thing, 'cause the travel bills kinda add up.
Oh, and there's a potential project on the horizon for which I may need to go to cow college, or at least cow boot camp. Anyone know where a technonerdboy can go for a crash course in modern cattle management?