A Great Country and a Great trip !
My visit to the USA began on 7 May 1998 when I flew into Washington Dulles Airport. After spending some time on the next day seeing the city (including the White House !), we drove on to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to visit Mary & Sherry Fink who are good friends of mine. Next up was a drive through Ohio (staying at Springfield) and Indiana (skirting around Indianapolis) until we reached Missouri (St Louis). I had the pleasure of seeing the Gateway Arch there and also the Mississippi river ! The Temperature on that day was 86F, so I reckon it one of the nicest days on the trip !
Pictures of the White House, Mount Rushmore and St Louis.
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After leaving St Louis, we drove on through Iowa and South
Dakota, visiting The Badlands national park and Mount Rushmore
national memorial. We stayed one night at Chamberlain, which is a
scenic town near the Missouri river. We then ventured into
Wyoming, where I was pleased to see Yellowstone national park and
Devil's Tower. However, this part of the
trip brought the worst weather (plenty of rain !).
Next up was Montana and Idaho, followed by a long drive down to Provo, Utah (passing through Salt Lake City en route). Leaving Utah, I ended up driving 600 miles in one day (seeing the Bonneville Salt Flats, where several land speed records have been set) and reached Reno, Nevada.
Leaving Reno, we headed into Northern California and thence into Oregon and Washington States. I suppose the former has to be my favourite state in the entire USA - lots of trees and mountains ! The journey ended on 18 May 1998 at Seattle-Tacoma international airport.
Well, what more can I say ? The USA is a vast country, and I was charmed by its landscape and by the genuine kindness of the people. I have great memories of the country, having visited it 3 times in 18 months. I also feel very lucky that I've been able to do what few people, even in the USA, have got around to doing. Finally, I wish to thank Judy (my travelling companion), for her help on the trip - I really would not have made it without having the assistance of someone who knows the country so well.