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Someday, I’d like to do the drive across the United States with more time – and without my two wonderful but stressed-out cats sharing the journey. Of course I’d stop at every national park, every mountain range, every trail to be biked or hiked, river to be rafted, and lake to be kayaked that caught my eye. I’d also stop at several cities along the way. It was painful to drive past my beloved New York without stopping for a visit, especially since I knew it might be a long time before I found myself there again. There were also many other cities, large and small, that I blew by at 70 mph with just a wave and a picture snapped out the window without looking. Here are few that grabbed my attention:

New York City skyline from the George Washington Bridge

New York City skyline from the George Washington Bridge

Detour through Wheeling, West Virginia

Detour off I-70 West through Wheeling, West Virginia. A really interesting town on a river with lots of character. I wanted to stick around and explore it for a while.

St. Louis and Gateway to the West in the far distance

St. Louis and the Gateway to the West in the far distance. I was tantilizingly close but didn't have time to stop, and didn't manage to get a good picture. I took the beltway instead of the direct route through the city to avoid rush hour traffic. Next time.

(The inset is by jimcchou.)

Kansas City, Kansas at dusk

Kansas City, Kansas at dusk. One of the other new faculty members I met this week just moved - reluctantly - from Kansas City. It sounds like he misses it a lot.

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Ventura State Beach

Ventura State Beach

I moved into my apartment in Ventura a couple weeks ago, and started my new job last week. I’m becoming more rooted by the minute, and loving every bit of it. Those hot days in the flat states are a distant memory now. But I’m determined to revisit them (the memories, not the states!) and record the story of my trip as I’d planned. It turned out to be an incredible adventure, so I hope you’ll stay tuned even though you know the narrative ends with my arriving safe and sound at the Pacific coast. Keeping the blog going as I traveled was more difficult than I’d anticipated. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t have an internet connection along the way (some hotels offered free wifi & some didn’t, and I was able to borrow my friends’ connections where I stopped). It was more that I was exhausted by the end of each long day of driving or visiting. I managed to take some photos and videos along the way, though, so stay tuned…..

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