Thursday, April 26, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-16 in Georgia

The Cockspur Lighthouse at the mouth of the Sa...
The Cockspur Lighthouse at the mouth of the Savannah River near Savannah, Georgia, in the southeastern United States. A short trail leads to the lighthouse from Fort Pulaski National Monument. Tybee Island is in the distance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 16 begins and ends its travel in Georgia. This highway connects the cities of Macon and Savannah. It also conveniently links I-75 and I-95. Attractions which are nearby I-16 in beautiful Savannah include Hilton Head Island, Tybee Island and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for your choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure you give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Travel Tales: Just a Thought

I wanted to let everyone know that I arrived safely back from California. The trip was beautiful and the weather was perfect! Since things are very hectic here and I really have not had a chance to rest, I will hopefully write down some random thoughts about the trip next week.

When I returned home, I was putting away some items and noticed a calligraphy selection that I have had for years. My friends and I who enjoy sailing really loved this quotation, so I thought I would share it with you. Perhaps you will find this saying applies to those people you encounter on your journeys whether you travel by boat or car or whatever.




There are those who pass like ships in the night.
Who meet for a moment, then sail out of sight
With never a backward glance of regret;
Folks we know briefly then quickly forget.
Then there are friends who sail together
Through quiet waters and stormy weather
Helping each other through joy and through strife.
And they are the kind who give meaning to life.


(Photo taken in Santa Barbara in 2008)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-15 in California

The journey of Interstate 15 ends in California. I-15 passes through the beautiful Mojave Desert and then travels into the cities of Barstow, Ontario, Murrieta, Temecula and San Diego before ending by the San Diego Bay. The traffic from Los Angeles to Las Vegas can be heavy on weekends, so be careful. Also be sure to be cautious in driving through the Cajon Pass area especially if the conditions are extremely windy.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter.  Reasons for your choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate.  Please make sure you give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40,  I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.



(Photo of Mojave Desert taken in 2011)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Preparation: Prepack


Until I actually pack the car, I can only guess as to whether everything will fit. To make the guess more accurate, I do what I call a prepack. I have taken the time to measure the trunk of my Honda Civic for height, depth and width. In addition, I have the measurements of all luggage that I intend to use.

When I decide which pieces of luggage I will be using for a particular trip, I put them in the trunk of the car to see how well they fit and how much extra room I may have. While some may consider this a waste of time, I do not. I like to give myself an idea of how well I am doing in packing.

I do want to point out that when I do the prepack or the actual pack of the car, the vehicle is in my garage. No one knows I am doing this. I do not like to draw attention to the fact that I am leaving. On my return trip I do not prepack the car. I pack the trunk of the car several days before I leave. I throw the suitcases in the back seat of the car and then drive to an another location where I arrange the suitcases in the trunk. When I return to my original parking area, anyone who happened to notice my actions of putting the suitcases in the car, will hopefully think I was just taking them somewhere else. The rest of the items, which would be visible in the back seat of the car, are not packed until I am leaving.

That is where I stand now as I prepare to leave on my return trip. The trunk of my car is completely packed. I still have about nine small and medium bags to put into the car. Since those items would be visible in the car, I will wait until I actually leave to load those into the car. That should take at least three trips.

(Since I will be leaving Los Angeles tomorrow morning, I will be posting this entry on Sunday evening instead of on Tuesday. I am not sure when I will be able to post again. Hopefully, my trip will be free of any problems. Thanks to those who have wished me a safe journey. I really appreciate that more than you know. This trip is not easy!)



(Photo taken in Los Angeles in 2012)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-15 in Nevada and Arizona

Interstate 15 looking west from the Cedar Pock...
Interstate 15 looking west from the Cedar Pockets exit in the Virgin River Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 15 has a short journey through Nevada and an even shorter one through Arizona. The I-15 trip across the Nevada/Arizona state line is a breathtakingly beautiful rollercoaster ride when drivers are given the opportunity to travel through the Virgin River Gorge. Make sure to drive that stretch during the daytime. The cities of Mesquite and Las Vegas are joined by this interstate. The Lake Mead Recreation Area is a nearby attraction.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for your choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure you give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Handy things to take: Extra keys

When I loaded the groceries into the trunk of my car, I unknowingly dropped the car keys in the trunk and did not notice it until I saw them as I closed the trunk lid. What a sinking feeling!! I did not know what to do. Fortunately, my purse was still in the shopping cart, so at least I had my cell phone with me.

I was in an unfamiliar city and I did not know where to get help. I went to the security guard at the store and asked for advice. He remarked it was too bad I did not have an extra set of keys. Luckily, I did have an extra set of keys back at my hotel. With the assistance of some very kind Los Angeles Metro drivers, I was able to take the correct buses to retrieve the extra key.

Now to be on the safe side I keep an extra set of keys with me when I travel. While on the road, I sometimes put one key on a lanyard that I can wear around my neck. Other times I just have an extra key in my jacket pocket. Always take at least one extra set of keys.

At the time of this incident, I did not have an insurance app available for my phone. If I had, I would have had access to locksmith information.


(Photo taken in 2012)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-15 in Utah

Capitol Reef National Park is a United States ...Image via WikipediaInterstate 15 has a scenic trip through the state of Utah. I-15 runs to the east of the Great Salt Lake and joins the cities of Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo, Cedar City and St. George. The beautiful attractions of Southeastern Utah are close to I-15. Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are just some of the amazing sites that are close to this interstate.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for your choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure you give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss  I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Handy things to take: Greeting cards

Every time I have gone on a trip, I have had events occur back home that have necessitated the sending of a greeting card. Since I was traveling, I was not always in a position to take the time to find the perfect card. Even though writing an email would have been more convenient, I still wanted the personal touch that sending a greeting card would give.

When I knew I was going to be away for an extended period, I checked to see if someone's birthday fell during that time and took those cards with me. Unfortunately, the largest number of cards I have been sending lately have been sympathy cards. Before I left on my trip I took my time choosing a variety of sympathy cards that would perfectly express the message I wished to convey. When I received word of a sad event, I had the cards ready so I could choose one and send it immediately.


Another type of card I took with me was the thank you note. For some writing a thank you note is considered a lost art, but not for me. When I travel, I am always amazed by the acts of kindness others have shown to me. These acts have ranged from the patient assistance of a hotel employee in helping me with an involved problem to the hospitality of friends who have provided a safe haven to me when I encountered problems on the road. (Thanks numerous times to Sara and Wayne in Topeka!!) Since I never knew when these acts would occur, I wanted to be prepared with cards so I could immediately write out my appreciation.

For years I have traveled with a plastic folder filled with birthday cards, sympathy cards, and thank you notes. In addition I have taken a supply of forever stamps, so I did not have to locate a post office in an unfamiliar town. Having this small supply of greeting cards with me has proved very useful and I would not travel without them.

(Photo taken in 2012)