What a wonderful time it was to relax and share some MRI "Travel Tales" together!
Meeting at the beautiful Renaissance Grand in St. Louis, we visited and then went across the street to a most interesting "Dubliner Gastropub"!
Our first meeting together was a riot of laughs, stories, and appreciation for having been lucky enough to have the experiences we have had. He is on a mission to visit every county in America, get a picture of The County Seat, and mail a postcard from the local PO back to him. He is so well organized and has the ability, (I don't), to utilize modern communications to help him in his quest. Likewise, I shared with him my goal to meet and exchange travel stories and experiences with all the MRI's I can meet in the World. What a wonderful group of people I have met so far!
A point of interest that IAHFLYR, would have enjoyed and may someday participate in was the concern we had for proper "Medicines"! I know it is not wise to SHARE medicine but today, we broke this rule. bejacob, brought me some wonderful "Watershed Distillery Vodka", a Columbus, Ohio, local distillery. At 80 proof, it is a proven "Germ Killer", thank goodness for modern medicine! Likewise, I reciprocated with some Champagne, brought back from Reims, France, to help bejacob "Fight off" the dangers of "Dry throat", from extended road trips. It is a most serious malady, no cure, with the exception of fine French Champagne. Here are a couple photo's,
The beautiful setting of The Renaissance in STL, make for a great place to meet!
The "Medicine Exchange" is a surprise feature of the "Get Together"! All over a burger and some Irish Stew! Can't wait to do it again. Have a wonderful trip, bejacob!.
I just returned from a 'rail cruise' combined with Marriott stays that I plan to post about in the near future after our 'budget process' is done and I have more free time. I had dinner on the train with a very interesting couple from Houston who are also trying to visit every county in the US. I only recently achieved last of the 50 states, so I am very impressed with this 'quest'. Bejacob, good luck with your journeys. Train travel can help you cover many remote counties in one trip.
Wow, that does sound like a wonderful experience!
That is a great idea to use the train to cover many remote parts of America. Had never thought of it before, but when you look at where some of the AMTRAK routes go, it sure looks like an idea worth thinking about. One could rent a car, or ? from that point.
To give you an idea, look at this recent AMTRAK stop, I witnessed in La Plata, MO. (You may have a hard time finding it on the map).
Might be the way to go, on some of the trips!
My youngest son and I took a train trip about 21 years ago from SC to San Francisco, CA when my husband was working there for a year. At the time, one could go across all 3 regions of the country for $289 and 1/2 price for children under 15 or 16 with a parent. You had 2 mos. to take the trip and could get off at 3 different points from whatever time period you wanted at each of the 3.
I wish Amtrak would bring back the 'See America' fares. This is a great way to see the country. I think they still offer this to foreigners, but not within the USA. On my recent trip on the CA Zephyr. I met people from Germany, UK, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, and China. If you want to see the best scenery, I recommend the CA Zephyr from Denver to SF, and the Coast Starlight from Seattle to LA.
Amtrak often offers reasonable fares from KC to STL and it can be better than driving for only 1 person. I hate that stretch of I-70 and have seen many fatal accidents (most involving semis.)
The lunch meeting was great (as was the Renaissance). I'll get a blog post up later in the week. I've got lots to tell and photos to share. I have to check my tally, but I think I added 51 counties bringing my total to 1,001. I'll crunch the numbers to make sure (an occupational hazard of being an accountant ).
One thing Mr. Coin and I realized is that that even though we met face to face for the first time, we already knew each other because of the this community. (How else do you think I knew what kind of "medicine" to bring?)
I'm waiting for all the supporting documentation (postcards) from my trip to arrive (can you tell I've been doing some auditing lately?). A little over a third have arrived and I'm pleased to add Indiana to the list of states of which I have mailed and recieved postcards from every county seat. That makes 6 states (OH, DE, AZ, SC, & KY are the others). Assuming everything I sent arrives, I'll add Illinois by the end of the week.
Also, by being in St. Louis on Sunday night, I have now stayed at Marriott properties in 22 states . If current plans don't change, that will jump to 26 by the end of the year.
I'm reveiwing the photos I took over the weekend deciding which ones to include in my blog. I'll probably wait another day or two to allow a few more postcards to arrive, but will certainly get an update posted by the weekend.
No, I've stayed at Marriott properties in 22 states (over the last 3 or so years), but you may be somewhat prescient.
I've already be in 13 states since January (OH, KY, TN, AL, GA, WV, VA, NC, SC, MI, IN, IL, and MO).
I plan on visiting these states during the months ahead (PA, NY, VT, TX, OK, KS, NM, MD, DE) which would bring my total up to 22 in 2014 (I also expect to visit D.C.).
No matter. I've already had some great travel experiences this year and I expect to have more over the next few months.
I'm anticipating flying into DFW and then driving to OKC. As I work my way across western Oklahoma, I will attempt to collect as much of the area around Amarillo as I can as well, perhaps as far south as Lubbock (I'm still finalizing that plan). Southern and eastern TX will have to wait for another time, but when I do get to IAH, I promise to let you know .
Please let me know when you'll be coming to VT, bejacob, as my town borders VT and I'd love to meet you (even if only for 5 minutes while passing through)!
I will. Current plans have me in upstate NY in late June. I hope to venture across that border of VT to visit Middlebury, Burlington, and North Hero, but nothing farther east yet. At some point, my travels will take me to Newport, NH. Right now I have no idea when that will be.
In case you are curious, I expect to be in Burlington, VT late morning (sometime between 10:30 and noon) on Friday, June 20. I wish I could be more specific, but much depends on how early I start and how long my stops last.
When I make plans to get into NH, I'll let you know. Most of my 2014 travels are scheduled, but I have no idea where I will go next year (probably at least one trip somewhere west since I have so much territory to cover out there). New England will likely require more than one trip to explore (at least it will if I want to enjoy what the area has to offer).
The actual old courthouse in Newport (NH, not VT) is the Old Courthouse Restaurant! Fine food there.
I completely understand how your schedule can be quite varied. June 20th is my son's last day of school and it's a 1/2 day; then we have to go to Waterbury Center, VT for 5 p.m. Let me know when we get closer to the time how you think this trip will pan out and we'll see what we can do!
Hey Sledchick. Schedule change brought on by work constraints. Will now be in Burlington, VT on Friday 6/6 (two weeks earlier than planned). Not sure that will be any better for you, but wanted to let you know.
Have a wonderful time!
BTW, bejacob, just finished the "Medicine" you brought over from Columbus!
I had to "Shave" twice a day, as it was "Powerful", but very good!
Thought maybe it was the "Full Moon", but no, it was that "Tonic"!
As promised, I've updated my blog now that all 52 postcards have arrived (Meet Me in St. Louis). It was quite a successful and enjoyable trip.
Wow what an interesting undertaking to visit 3,138 US Counties and County Seats. Have fun along the way !