In 2015 I felt a strong need for a break from my life teaching at the University of Oregon, and at the same time we realized the complete pointlessness of continuing in middle school for our daughter.  The obvious answer was a road trip.  So Greta and I undertook a nine-month, around-the-country peregrination in our 16-foot Scamp trailer, Peregrine.

We drove east to Chatham, then south to Miami, then west to San Luis Obispo, then north to Oregon.   I took a leave from the university, and Greta was home-schooled (road-schooled?) in lieu of eighth grade, while Linda was left behind as a hostage.   We visited friends, cities, architecture, and landscapes, and saw as many adorable animals as possible.

The links at the top will take you to a page which provides some context for the trip (About Peregrine nation), a trip highlights page, an incomplete day-by-day journal, or to the blog posts in reverse chronological order.  Below is a thumbnail photo index of our travels, in chronological/geographical order, which is probably better for browsing than the other options available in WordPress.    Click on a thumbnail to go to that blog post, or click on the month to go to the archive of all blog posts for that month.  The red typeface means that Greta wrote the post.

September, 2015

Across the north

Day Two

Architecture in Idaho

Craters of the Moon – ID

Old Faithful Inn

 

Yellowstone NP

Elk Chili

Devil’s Tower

Kitsch, high and low

Badlands

 

Prairie Dog God

South Dakota weirdness

South Dakota roots

Cecil’s Deli

Twin Cities

 

The Capistrants

FLW in Racine

The Machine in the Garden

Chicago 1

Velvet Taco

 

Samantha Duba

Field Museum

October, 2015

Midwest to Northeast

Chicago 2

Frances Bronet

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Chicago deep-dish pizza

Chicago 3: downtown form

 

Original Nutella Cafe

IIT

Aaron Venn

The Africanos

Lynn Dearborn

 

Columbus, Indiana

Indianapolis

Selfies

Aunt Dawn and Uncle Bill

Skyline Chili

 

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati

The Davies

Wheeling, West Virginia

The National Aviary

 

Hamburgers

Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Museums

John Wenzel

Safe Bison-Selfies™, Part 2

 

Kim and Sarah Carlsen

Cataract (Niagara Falls)

Selfies, Part 3

Frank Lloyd Wright, Part 2

Kahn – Unitarian Church

 

Backroads

Buffalo and Rochester

Terrance and Carolyn

HH Richardson

Dave McGann

 

The Empire State Plaza

Mass MOCA

Hot Dogs, Part One

Jon Ehrmann

Cider and doughnuts, MV

 

Martha’s Vineyard

Jenny Young

Cape Cod

Back in the day

Boston that hasn’t changed

 

Ray and Rickie

Mike and Cathie

Kahn – Exeter Library

Shores, South and North

November, 2015

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic

New things in Boston

Jim McCarthy

Cambridge

Boston museums

 

Andres Art Institute

Whitney Museum

New York

Fun with Frank (Stella)

History: Mill towns

 

Radburn, New Jersey

Mercer Museum

Philadelphia

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Family (northern edition)

 

Aquariums

Baltimore

Annapolis

National Zoo

Felafel in DC

 

College friends

Smithsonian Natural History

Washington, DC

Harpers Ferry

Luray Caverns

 

High School friends

Photos

Selfies, Part 4

December, 2015

The Southeast

Charlottesville

Kerry Moran & Mark Rylander

Brock Environmental Center

The Hofheimers

 

Raleigh

Barbeque

Hot Dog Blog, Part Two

Middleton Place

Perez Art Museum

 

Jeff Thompson

South Florida

Family (southeastern division)

Homosassa Springs

St. Augustine

January, 2016

The South

Jacksonville & Timucuan Reserve

Fernandina Beach

Treylor Park

UO grads

 

Savannah

Beaufort, South Carolina

Charleston

Hushpuppies

The Allman Brothers / Macon

 

Gentropy

Apalachicola

Seaside – 30 years later

Roadside kitsch

Alabama

 

Barbecue, Part 2

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum

Biloxi, Mississippi

Beignets

February, 2016

Louisiana & Texas

On the bayou

Insectarium

St. Anthony’s Ramblers – Mardi Gras

The Panorama Jazz Band (videos)

 

Mardi Grad 2016 (video)

Beignets extended

Garrison Keillor

Bao and Noodle

People, parties and parades

 

New Orleans – the older city

Glen Pitre

New Orleans – the newer city

Greta’s New Orleans

Northern Louisiana

 

Barbecue 3

The Kimbell

Perot Museum of Science

Dallas

Kathy Armstrong

 

Houston

The Menil Collection

Texas engineering cousins

Valentina’s BBQ Tacos

Austin

 

Roberto Cipriano

Barbecue and the sublime

San Antonio Rodeo

San Antonio

Big Bend National Park

March, 2016

The Southwest

Donald Judd in Texas

Marfa, Texas

Food Shark

19th century forts

 

Carlsbad Caverns

Tucson

Saguaro National Park

Displaced persons

Culinary Dropout

 

Operation Domino

Phoenix

Arcosanti

Mexican food 1

Las Vegas

April, 2016

The Colorado Plateau

Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon

Architecture in Utah

Canyonlands NP

 

Arches National Park

Monument Valley

Intercepting the Colorado

Antelope Canyon

The Grand Canyon

 

The two sides of Arizona

Selfies, Part 5

Hopi Pueblo

Tsegi (Canyon de Chelly)

Chaco Canyon

 

Sandwiches

Mark Childs

Albuquerque

Santa Fe

House of Eternal Return

May, 2016

The West

Taos

More pueblos

Cliff dwellings

Double Negative

 

Christine Theodoropoulos

Brian Leverich

Corkscrew

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Promised Land

 

Beth Wilbur

Jolie and Albert

UC Santa Cruz

The Finrows

California coastal towns

 

The Stanford campus

Stanford art buildings

SF MOMA

Silicon Valley

SF undergrads

 

Fashion

Palo Altoan Vietnamese

The East Bay

Dan Rabin

The North Coast

 

Glass Beach

Cascadia

The end of the road

 

 

Trip summary posts

Signs

Logistics: camper strategy

Trailer park life

Planning the trip

Life on the road

July, 2018

The inland Northwest

On the road again

The Huckleberry Smash

Glacier NP – west side

Glacial architecture

 

Glacier NP – alpine lakes

The Palouse

Architecture in the Palouse

Roadside attractions – MT

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