Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park covers the peak of the Appalachian Mountains. These mountains come from Pangaea. They are actually older than bones! They are much smaller than the Rockies or even the Sierra or the Siskiyou where I’m from, but that’s only because they’ve been eroding for hundreds of millions of years! There is a road… Continue reading Shenandoah National Park


There is so much to say about this place. It was Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia estate. He wrote “All men are created equal” in the American Declaration of Independence, and yet he died owning hundreds of enslaved people, including his own children. Just down the hill from Jefferson’s enormous mansion is a dirt road called Mulberry… Continue reading Monticello

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty! Unfortunately the ferry was not running but I was able to get pretty close on the land. Very cool to finally see it in person!

Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak is the obvious choice in Philly. I found this great place called John’s Roast Pork on a food blog. I drove several hours to get there, and very nearly missed out. I got one of the last sandwiches of the day! It had very little cheese. It was mostly this great moist and… Continue reading Philly Cheesesteak

Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell was forged with the words “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.” It was meant to be hung in the Pennsylvania state house (now called Independence Hall). But it cracked when it was first rung. They tried reforging it twice, but every time it was rung, it would crack. Maybe… Continue reading Liberty Bell

Washington DC

This city is not just full of monuments, it is a monument. There is so much history everywhere. From the capitol building that Canada burned down after we tried invading and annexing them, to the Lincoln Memorial which for some reason was full of Nazis when I visited. It’s a wild and complex place full… Continue reading Washington DC