Friday, November 29, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-90 in Massachusetts

The John F Kennedy Library in Boston MA
The John F Kennedy Library in Boston MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 90 has a length on 3,101 miles and that makes it the longest interstate in the United States. I-90 begins in the Massachusetts city of Boston and ends in Seattle, Washington. The eastern section of this interstate is also known as the Massachusetts Turnpike. Locals refer to it as Mass Pike or The Pike. This highway joins the cities of Boston, Newton, Watertown, Auburn, Chicopee and Springfield.

Attractions that are located near I-90 include Bunker Hill Monument, the Charles River, Boston Harbor, Atlantic Ocean, John F. Kennedy National Historical Site, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Clara Barton Birthplace, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Walden Pond and Mount Everett.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to 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.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-89 in New Hampshire & Vermont

English: Lake Champlain in September from Vermont
English: Lake Champlain in September from Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 89 begins its journey of 191 miles at the Canadian border in Vermont. The cities of Concord and Lebanon in New Hampshire are joined to White River Junction, Montpelier and Burlington in Vermont by this highway. Attractions near I-89 include Sunapee Lake, Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historical Site, Drew Lake, the Polar Caves, Connecticut River, Quechee Gorge, Appalachian Gap, Smuggler's Notch, Lake Champlain and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to 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.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-88 in New York & Illinois

Plaque Gallery at the National Baseball Hall o...
Plaque Gallery at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 88 has two sections and each section is considered an intrastate because it runs within one state. One part is in the state of New York and the other is in Illinois. I-88 in New York is 117 miles long and links I-81 and I-90. Schenectady, Oneonta and Binghamton are cities joined by this highway. Nearby attractions include the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, the Secret Caverns, the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the Adirondack Mountains.

The other part of Interstate 88 is also an intrastate of 141 miles in Illinois. This highway joins Hillside, North Aurora and the Quad Cities. Part of I-88 is the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway. Lake Michigan, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, the Ronald Reagan  Boyhood Home, the John Deere Historical Site, Ronald Reagan Birthplace, Lincoln Monument and Mississippi Palisades are located near this highway.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to 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.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

On the Road: What to Wear

When I am on the road, I like to observe what other travelers are wearing. Some people dress for comfort in choosing what to wear on a trip. They look like they just got up in the morning and wear very casual clothes such as sweats. Others dress impeccably with every hair in place and the clothes that are perfectly pressed. These people look like they could be on their way to a party or church.


For me comfort is a big consideration, but so is the weather in each location on each day of the trip. When I leave Ohio, the temperature is always freezing. The sun warms up the car quickly, so I do not like to wear a jacket or coat in the car. I would rather be a little cold than too hot. By the end of that day I am in Missouri or Oklahoma and the weather is warmer. The outfit for the first day is jeans and a hoodie over a t-shirt in the morning. I take off the hoodie by the afternoon.

The clothes for the second day are jeans and a t-shirt. By that time I am on I-40 going into Texas and New Mexico. The temperature might be warm during the day, but once the sun sets, the temperature really drops. I do not want to take the time to change from shorts to jeans, so I just wear the jeans. I keep a jacket handy for the evening. My last day involves driving in the Mojave Desert, so I wear shorts and a tank top or t-shirt.

My return trip in late winter is different since I am leaving from a warm climate and driving north. I start off in the desert which is cold in the morning, but warm by midday. The temperature drops drastically when the sun goes down and I am freezing. I keep my coat in the car and wear it when I get gas. The second and third days of the trip take me further north, so I wear jeans, sweatshirt, coat and gloves. The most difficult part of the return trip is getting out of the car at the gas stations because no matter what I wear, I still cannot stop shivering.

The most important aspect of whatever outfit drivers choose to wear is to layer the clothes. I build an outfit so I can add or decrease the pieces of clothing with ease because being too hot or too cold makes driving miserable. I also make sure that I have a small suitcase in the back seat that contains changes of clothing I can utilize if necessary. On the road comfort is a huge consideration.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-87 in New York

English: Mount Defiance from Fort Ticonderoga
English: Mount Defiance from Fort Ticonderoga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 87 runs north to south for 333 miles along the eastern border of the state of New York. This interstate is technically called an intrastate because it is located entirely within one state.  I-87, which is the longest intrastate in the United States, starts at the Canadian border and travels through the Hudson Valley before ending in the Bronx. The section of this highway between Albany and Yonkers is part of the New York Thruway and does have a toll.

Champlain, Plattsburgh, West Glen Falls, Glen Falls, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Albany, Newburgh, Tarrytown and Yonkers are connected by this interstate. Attractions near I-87 include Lake Champlain, the Catskills, Fort Ticonderoga, Natural Stone Bridges & Caves Park, Hudson River, Home of FDR Historical Site, Long Island Sound, Lake George, Ausable Chasm and Adirondack Park. The beaches of the Atlantic Ocean are a short trip away from the southern end of this highway.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to 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.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-86 in New York & Pennsylvania and Idaho

English: Fritillaria pudica, Yellow Bells at C...
English: Fritillaria pudica, Yellow Bells at City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho. (Photo credit: Wikipedia
Interstate 86 has an eastern section and a western section. In the east I-86 has a journey of 207 miles through Pennsylvania and New York. This interstate intersects I-90 just east of Erie and travels through Pennsylvania for seven miles. In the state of New York, I-86 joins Elmira, Bath, Hornell, Olean, Salamanca and Jamestown. Corning Museum of Glass, Allegany State Park, Rock City Park, Lake Chautauqua, Lake Erie, Orchard Beach and Presque Isle are some of the attractions located near the eastern section of I-86.

Another small section of Interstate 86 is located in Idaho. This 63 mile section joins Pocatello, American Falls and Declo. Many attractions are located near this short interstate. They include Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, City of Rocks National Reserve, Minidoka Internment National Monument, Lake Walcott State Park and the Crystal Ice Caves.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to 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.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-85 in Western Georgia & Alabama

near Lumpkin, Georgia, USA. 32°4′13″N 84°54′47...
Near Lumpkin, Georgia, USA.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 85 continues through Atlanta and western Georgia and ends in Montgomery, Alabama, where it joins I-65. This interstate joins Atlanta with Newman and LaGrange in Georgia and Lanett, Auburn, Tuskegee and Montgomery in Alabama. West Point Lake, Tuskegee Institute National Historical Site, the First White House of the Confederacy, Martin Lake, Rosa Parks Library & Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial, Alabama River and the Horseshoe Bend Military Park are attractions located near this interstate.

South of I-85 near the Georgia-Alabama border is the Providence Canyon State Park. Travelers should take I-185S near LaGrange to Columbus. From there take 27 south and the park is south of Lumpkin. This beautiful park resembles a small Bryce Canyon or a mini Grand Canyon. Visitors to this park will be able to view an example of the magnificent scenery the western National Parks contain.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to 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.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Preparation: Unexpected Home Expenses

English: Lowe's Home Improvement Center #487 w...
English: Lowe's Home Improvement Center #487 with a Lowe's rental truck on display outside at 1801 Fordham Boulevard in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last year I had planned to go on a trip, but changed my mind at the last minute. We had been through a week of rain and then Superstorm Sandy arrived here. All that rain was too much for my sump pump and it gave out. If I had left on the trip as planned, the sump pump situation might not have been noticed for some time. I was glad I was here to handle it. Fortunately, this sump pump problem has happened before, so I was prepared.

As discussed in a previous post, I have everything in my basement in plastic tubs. That way if a water event happens, my possessions are protected. All file cabinets and the table are placed on several tiles. When the sump pump fails, the water comes up and goes out the drain. Nothing in the basement is damaged.

When the sump pump first failed years ago, my wonderful neighbors were creative and devised a great plan. They purchased a pond pump and attached tubing to it and the device pumped the water into the basement drain until I came home. In dealing with this situation last October, I used the pond pump to handle the water until I could purchase a new sump pump.

I wanted to make sure I had a way to purchase anything my neighbors or house sitters would need for my home if a problem occurred while I was on a trip. I went to Lowe's and we came up with a great plan. For example, if the pump had gone out while I was away, I would have gone on lowes.com and paid for another pump using my Lowe's store card. Putting the pump for pickup under my neighbor's name, I could pay for the necessary item and he did not have to use his own money. This solution gives me great peace of mind.

As most vacationers do, I always try to anticipate what might go wrong in the house while I am away on a trip. Most travelers will tell the people who are watching the house to call them if a problem occurs, but they may not think about how to pay for that solution. Taking a few minutes to figure out remedies for potential problems before departure on a vacation can save a lot of stress later.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-85 in South Carolina & Eastern Georgia

English: Photo of the carving on Stone Mountai...
English: Photo of the carving on Stone Mountain, granite dome located in Georgia, USA. Carving displays figures of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 85 travels across the northwest corner of South Carolina and into Georgia. I-85 to Atlanta will be covered by this post. This interstate connects the cities of Gaffney, Spartansburg, Greenville and Anderson in South Carolina with Lavonia, Commerce and Atlanta in Georgia. Attractions near this highway include Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area, Hartwell Lake, Lake Harding, Lake Sidney Lanier, Stone Mountain and Catawba Lake.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to 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.

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