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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip — Reports from Jim: Day 6 — Indiana Dunes to Fermi Lab

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Our road trip across the country on the way to our daughter’s wedding has begun! We’re taking the slow roads, avoiding the interstates, stopping to walk through the little towns we pass through if they catch our eye. For the next few weeks, we will be footloose and fancy free. And then we will be parents of the bride. So, please welcome my husband, Jim, to the blog. Jim is the photographer in the family, and he will be taking pictures and giving updates on the trip from his perspective.

Indiana: Sand and Science

Day 6 – July 20, 2012

Comfort Inn breakfast had doughnuts and pastries, which we avoided. Grabbed coffee and some round scramble egg things and took them up to the room (the egg things were to make breakfast sandwiches).

Decided that our stop today would be Indiana Dunes, but first some more coffee (for Kelly). Using Yelp she found a Starbucks not too far from our route (Chai tea for me and Lattee for Kelly). Got to drive through the OH and Indiana farm country, not a lot to see or report on.  My excitement came from the car.  I found gas for 3.47 (I had seen as low as 3.33) and went to fill up.… Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports from Jim — Day 7, Minnesota Bound

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Our road trip across the country on the way to our daughter’s wedding has begun! We’re taking the slow roads, avoiding the interstates, stopping to walk through the little towns we pass through if they catch our eye. For the next few weeks, we will be footloose and fancy free. And then we will be parents of the bride. So, please welcome my husband, Jim, to the blog. Jim is the photographer in the family, and he will be taking pictures and giving updates on the trip from his perspective.

A Day Without Pictures

Day 7 – July 21, 2012

A Week on the road.

Another day without a destination. When we (sort of) planned this trip I had goals in New England (Mt. Washington, Ben and Jerry’s and Lake Champlain).  We fell below our mileage quota a bit. I had two routes planned; the “Oregon Trail” route along Rt 20, the longest road in the USA at over 3,600 miles long, or drop down to rt 50, “the Loneliest Road”. I was tempted to avoid Chicago and Cleveland and see the mid of the Midwest. Two things drove us north. Kelly and I always wanted to see Mt.… Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports from Jim: Day 8 — Mount Rushmore

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Our road trip across the country on the way to our daughter’s wedding has begun! We’re taking the slow roads, avoiding the interstates, stopping to walk through the little towns we pass through if they catch our eye. For the next few weeks, we will be footloose and fancy free. And then we will be parents of the bride. So, please welcome my husband, Jim, to the blog. Jim is the photographer in the family, and he will be taking pictures and giving updates on the trip from his perspective.

Look what George is reading! Perfect book for those lazy days. Photo Credit: A.J. McClymer, aka the kid with the weird sense of humor.

All the President’s Faces…Well, Four of Them, At Least

Day 8 – July 22, 2012

On the way to Rushmore!  Today we would complete a childhood dream. But first many, many hours of driving.  Glancing at Mavis (the gps) I saw a rt that would take us off the interstate (perpendicular to the interstate, then parallel) then rejoin. A horrible thing about the gps is that it has no scale.  The perpendicular part was about 12 miles but the parallel part a lot longer. … Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports from Jim — Day 10, No Home on the Range

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Our road trip across the country on the way to our daughter’s wedding has begun! We’re taking the slow roads, avoiding the interstates, stopping to walk through the little towns we pass through if they catch our eye. For the next few weeks, we will be footloose and fancy free. And then we will be parents of the bride. So, please welcome my husband, Jim, to the blog. Jim is the photographer in the family, and he will be taking pictures and giving updates on the trip from his perspective.

Wide Open Skies, Mountains and Canyons

Day 10 – July 24, 2012

The Fairfield had a good breakfast, one we could actually eat.  We asked and received a late check out (noon) so Kelly could get some work done. She didn’t make it so I shooed her out of the room and into the lobby so we could make our noon checkout, with 30 seconds to spare.

While we have been early risers we have not been early departers, many times we start traveling after 10 am and some times after noon, such as today.  As I look back I can’t figure out what we did with those mornings.… Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports from Jim — Day 12: Las Vegas is Not for Amateurs

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What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas

Apologies for falling behind. At the moment Kelly is driving giving me a chance to catch up. (8/16)

The previous day we ate breakfast at a nice little place found by Kelly and Yelp. We had sandwiches by the stream in Utah, and that’s it. When we entered Vegas after 10 pm we could find no place open in Excalibur so we decided to sleep and get a good breakfast.

I decided we should do a breakfast Buffet in Paris and as you all know to get to Paris you have to go through New York. So we walked to NY,NY and as soon as we entered we were approached by a friendly woman asking where we were from, she soon handed us off to someone who offered us a show, no doubt a time share sales person.  I interrupted her spiel to say we had skipped dinner and needed breakfast. She immediately pulled out a 2 for 1 breakfast coupon for Fotunata, a restaurant in NY.  She told us to come back when we were done.  We didn’t and continued on to Paris.

Paris is an amazing casino.… Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports from Jim — Vegas Lite (aka Reno)

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The Road to Reno

Vegas was 9 hrs from the wedding and cheaper to fly into than Reno, so some of our upcoming wedding guests had made plans to do that. We wish we could have warned them about the drive, though. Unfortunately, we didn’t know how boring it was until we did it ourselves, too late to do anyone else any good. The drive was through uninteresting desert with few small towns that each had a gas station, a McDonalds and a Dollar General.  Occasionally we would see a brothel in the middle of nowhere. These places were little more than shacks and were pathetic looking. A friend who did the same drive suggested doing a coffee table book of Brothels of Nevada.

Kelly McClymer Fast Facts Kelly McClymer

Kelly is a writer, a mom, and a reading tutor for children with dyslexia. Plus, she is totally addicted to her iPad. Curse you, Steve Jobs.

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On the Way to the Wedding: Jim’s Roadtrip Reports — California, Here We Are

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For those of you who have been hanging on to read about the best part of the trip, good news: we’re almost to the wedding. Today’s episode sees us arrive in San Francisco, California for a visit with Daughter  (aka Kristen) and Almost Son-in-law (aka Pete) before heading to Graeagle, where the wedding will take place. Thank you for your patience as we unfold the story. I promise the wedding pictures will be spectacular.

A Home is Made of Family and Friends, But Walls and a Pool are Also Nice

We left Reno for the 5 hr drive to Kristen and Pete’s new house. The ladies were planning to go shoe shopping so Kristen went and picked up Kelly’s mom from Kelly’s sisters place where she was staying. She then joined us after work.  Kristen had done some pre-shopping that turned out to fill all needs so shopping was cancelled. We had a tour of their house, which has a nice pool and deck. The house will be filled with friends, family and much love and will make them a fine home.

We walked with Kristen and Pete to a local pizza place and had dinner before we left Kristen to deal with the 4,327 remaining wedding details.… Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports from Jim — We Arrive at the Wedding Venue

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Winding Our Way to Graeagle

It was a 5 hr trip from SF to Graeagle, where we rented a house for the wedding. We could choose to travel back on I-80 (through the Donner Pass), which we had done on the way from Reno or the back route, about same time according to Mavis (and future son-in-law Pete). We took the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (no toll in our direction-saved $5!) on 580 to 80 to Sacramento. We crossed a small bridge which cost $5 (no free lunch for us). Left SAC for 99 north to Yuba City.

The plan was to stop and get lunch, gas and groceries along this stretch. I assured Kelly we would have plenty of choices. We had none, there was nothing there.

In Yuba we stopped for gas at an ARCO that did not take credit cards (they did take debit). Decided to pass and had to wait for the guy in front of me to fill up before I could leave. Paid a bit more to gas up a few miles away but missed the Carl’s Jr where we planned to have lunch.  There would be more places  I said confidently (there weren’t) so we had “lunch” about 5 pm.… Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports from Jim — The Flocking of Family and Friends

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Wedding: Two Days or Bust

I forgot to mention, the previous night, after a quick checking out of the house we headed for the hotel where the Rehearsal dinner was going to be held and where most of the family would stay (The Chalet View Lodge). In an amazing coincidence all of Kelly’s sisters, mom and we arrived within 20 minutes of each other, something we couldn’t have pulled off with months of planning. We confessed the no food situation, but promised there would be a big cookout gathering at our place the next day. We invited everyone to stop by and hang out on the deck.

Since we had not eaten all day and still had not found a grocery store we decided to see what we could find.  In a town about 15 miles away we found a tiny little store with mostly alcohol. A bit more searching turned up a small grocery store with friendly people.  It was too late to plan and have a cook out so we went next door to SubWay and ordered 5 or 6 subs and seemed to overwhelm them. I feel bad for the people that came in while we were being served.… Read the rest

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On the Way to the Wedding Roadtrip: Reports From Jim — Brick Oven Pizza and S’Mores at Chalet View Lodge

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1 day until the WEDDING!!!

I admit it was a bit of a blur; we met family at the continental breakfast while plans for the day were made. A hike was planned but my blister kept me sidelined and I seemed to have enough to keep me busy. Those who went on the hike climbed mountains and valleys for 5 hours and had a great time. My brother confided he worried a bit about keeping up but his pride wouldn’t let Kelly’s aunt outdo him!

The groom-to-be’s family kept with the casual and friends-and-family focus for the rehearsal dinner. Since most of the guests were staying at the Chalet View Lodge, they arranged for brick oven pizzas on the outside patio.

The rehearsal itself was very casual (Twenty Mile House, where the wedding would take place, was busy with another wedding). It was all the participants circled around the bride-to-be being told not to worry too much about it, it would all work out. And then on to the fun.

The hotel had an outside area with a brick oven for gourmet pizza so pizza, along with some great sides, beer, wine and mojitos were on the menu.  … Read the rest

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