|The Gregarious Roadtripper
My second favorite of my various hobbies is roadtripping. My interest in roadtripping started when I would take my
kids ‘exploring’ in the car on Saturday mornings. This would serve at least two purposes, to give my wife a respite
from caring for them all week, and to teach them not to be ‘couch potatoes’. Back then we had a few rules:
1. NO GAMEBOYS or electronic toys.
2. Stay off Interstate highways.
3. No fast food or chain restaurants
4. Stop and investigate anything that might be interesting.
5. Have fun.
These rules served me well and taught the kids patience and a love for investigating the wide world.
Now that I’m retired, I still find roadtripping to be enjoyable. The rules are pretty much the same, however as I
wander farther afield from my home in West Michigan, I find that I must use the Interstate Highway System to get
to new places in a timely fashion. I, in essence just move my starting point farther from home. One of the joys of
roadtripping is finding what’s around the next corner and as there is frequently nothing around the next corner, You
learn to just ‘enjoy the ride.’ I continue to learn patience and a love for investigating the wide world. I have
create these pages for my own enjoyment.
Roadtripping dovetails great with railfanning and some evidence of that shows up on my location pages in my choice
of restaurants and occasional listing of other interesting stuff, in my descriptions. If trains are slow or I've had
enough waiting in the hot sun, there's alway an antique shop, a pawn shop, a small town museum, a great little ma
& pa diner, a decent pub or dive bar to cool down in.
My US Google map of Roadtrip POIs (by no means complete) (The map looks incredibly crowded but once you zoom into
your area of interest it becomes much more managable)
Historic cities and towns to shop and wander.
Mackinaw Island, MI
St Charles, MO
Van Buren, AR