Leaving on a Jet Plane….

Springfield, Illinois

In just a few days, I will be boarding a plane with my mother as we embark on our second road trip together.

Last year, we toured the Midwest.  We started in Holland, Michigan and ended up in Springfield, Missouri. On the way, we visited Indiana, Illinois and Kansas.

Visiting Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Illinois

Visiting Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois

Our goal for road trips is to avoid major highways and take smaller highways.  The reason is that major highways are often screened on the sides with walls or trees and you don’t get to see the surrounding area.

My mother and I have road trips planned for the next few years – each one focused on a geographical area of the United States.

So this year, we are traveling to the……



geographical area

We will fly into Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday and will end up in Kennebunkport, Maine at the end of our journey.

On the way, we will visit:

Amish Country in Ohio

Washington, PA (just outside of Pittsburgh)

Niagara Falls, Canada

Geneva, NY

Potsdam, NY

Burlington, VT


Kennebunkport, ME

Although I have visited the Northeast before, my visits were usually confined to the coastal cities.  So, I am very excited to see all of these places.

Have any of you traveled to these areas?

Or maybe you live nearby?

What do you recommend we do?


I will be bringing my laptop and camera along with me and will be blogging from the road.

I hope you’ll join me 🙂

Road Trip: Day 1

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11 replies
  1. Turling
    Turling says:

    My sister did an east coast trip year's ago. Started in Savannah, GA and went to New York City. Took a month and she still talks about it.

    Unfortunately, I haven't been to any of the areas you're going. So, I'm pretty much useless for that. Enjoy!

  2. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    We like to visit National Parks and the Cuyahoga Natl Park between Akron and Cleveland has the history of the Erie Canal and some very pretty waterfalls. You'll want to buy all the wonderful Amish foods so plan on shipping some goodies home!

  3. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    You two are going to have another great time together. You'll see some lovely scenery and no doubt meet some wonderful people.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  4. RobinL
    RobinL says:

    I just love the idea of your road trips with mom. Sounds like a book idea to me! Anyway, you are coming to my Columbus! Here are the three garden highlights you should consider. My favorite is Inniswood Metro Garden, but you may also like to see the Whetstone Park of Roses and Dawes Arboretum in nearby Newark. I almost forgot, the Columbus Zoo is beautifully landscaped, just like a garden. But for shopping fun, you've got to hit Easton. Enjoy!

  5. garage equipment
    garage equipment says:

    It sounds like you had a great trip with your mother. I think this is the way you bond with your mother. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience and even this simple road tips.

  6. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Hope you have a lovely holiday. Havent visited where you are going so cant recommend anywhere. I have visited Wisconsin where my daughter lives and Ohio where we have more relations. Have been to the Amish country in Pennsylvania when my daughter lived there and loved it
    Best wishes

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