Summer 2021, Day 64: First Ladies NHS, Steamtown NHS, Upper Delaware SRR

Looks like I won’t be flying this morning:

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First stop of the day was First Ladies National Historic Site.  The site preserves the home of Ida Saxton, wife of President McKinley:

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The visitor center is next door:

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The site serves to preserve artifacts and research materials relating to American first ladies:

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I continued east into Pennsylvania to visit Steamtown National Historic Site:

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The site preserves America’s railroad history:

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I continued east into New Jersey to visit the Corwin Farm unit of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River:

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It happens that adjacent to the National Park site is Camp Tel Yehudah, where I spent a week in the late 80s for a Young Judea National Convention:

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Before returning home, I stopped at Walmart for DEF:

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That’s it for the Summer 2021 trip.  See you next summer!

Summer 2021, Day 63: RV Hall of Fame

This morning I met fellow pilot Shane for a flight.  There was no wind and the grass was wet, and my wing, uncooperative under the best of circumstances, was impossible to get off the ground.  After breaking a prop in a launch attempt, Shane let me try his APCO Hybrid wing.  It was much more accommodating, and I had a nice Flight 137, my first in Indiana:

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The field where I flew was a few hundred yards from the RV Hall of Fame, which surprisingly has so far eluded us:

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View from the balcony:

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The RV archives:

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The hall of fame:

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So much good stuff here:

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A model of the proposed SkyeRise Terrace:

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If you know, you know:

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The world’s first travel trailer, the 1913 “Earl”, towed there by a Ford Model “T”:

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1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion:

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1937 Hunt Housecar:

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Model of an RV assembly Plant:

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No shortage of RV-themed material in the gift shop:

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I then continued east into Ohio to overnight at Galion Municipal Airport in hopes of a flight tomorrow morning:

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See the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2021, Day 62: Pullman National Monument

After a nice weeklong family reunion and Shabbos in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, I continued east into Wisconsin:

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A sample of the wonderful town names of Wisconsin:

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I continued east into Illinois, fighting my way through Chicago traffic:

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I drove to a Chicago suburb to visit Pullman National Monument:

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The Monument preserves America’s first planned industrial community, built in the 1880s to support production of Pullman sleeping cars.  I checked out the visitor center:

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I then walked the community.  The houses are now privately owned:

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I continued east into Indiana to roller skate at Sk8 World in Portage:

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I continued on to Elkhart Indiana to overnight at a field where a PPG pilot will meet me for a morning flight.  See the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2021, Days 53 through 61: Family time in Minneapolis

This morning I woke up at a PPG pilot’s house to find that the weather wasn’t flyable:

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I drove into Minneapolis and spent some time visiting with my parents and my brother and his family.  After spending Shabbos in St. Louis Park, I picked up Trish and the kids at the airport.  We spent the week at a hotel near by brother’s house.

Most mornings we went for walks around the lakes near my brother’s house:

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Whenever we walked by this restaurant, I felt I was in danger:

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Trish and the kids flew home on Friday, and I repositioned to spend St. Louis Park for Shabbos.

Summer 2021, Day 52: Ashfall Fossil Beds SHP, Missouri NRR

First stop of the day was Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park:

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The barn covers the exposed fossil bed, mostly composed of Teleoceras fossils:

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The fossil preparation area:

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Next I visited Missouri National Recreational River:

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The fish hatchery:

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Onward to Minnesota:

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I overnighted at a PPG pilot’s house near Minneapolis.  See the trip map for today’s drive.