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Jan and I decided to take a little trip while I’m on my spring break from classes- It feels good to get away for a few days. Even if I do have a lot of homework to do.

So here we are at Kill Devil Hills, NC. We are just down the road from where the Wright Brothers decided they could fly. We’ll check that out while we are here.


Hard to believe it was nice enough to weat shorts on December 31st…

“The First Coast”

Today Jan and I drove down to St. Augustine, FL and visited the lighthouse on Anastasia Island. The Island has been the home of 2 different towers. The first was built in 1737, and the current lighthouse was built in 1874).

We also took a stroll along the streets of historic St. Augustine.


Jan and Lori in the Garden of Good and Evil
(Forsyth Park – Savannah, GA)

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Meandering home…

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I left Omaha this morning to head home- it has rained ALL day. I decided to take a different route this time and meandered through Iowa so I could visit the Bridges of Madison County. It has been a pretty drive but a long day. I am now in Danville, Illinois and will be home tomorrow!

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Bridges of Madison County

Roseman Covered Bridge

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Built  in 1883, it is 107 feet in length and sits in its original location. Roseman was renovated in 1992. Also known as the “haunted” bridge, In 1892 two sheriff’s posses trapped a county jail escapee and it is said the man rose up  through the roof of the bridge, uttering a wild cry, and disappeared. He was never found. I personally didn’t feel a “haunting” as I walked across the bridge- but I honestly have to say it smelled quite rancid.

05102010 015 For those of you who read the book, or watched the movie, this is the bridge Robert Kincaid asked directions to when he stopped at Francesca Johnson’s home. It is also the bridge where Francesca leaves her note inviting him to dinner.

Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge

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Built in 1870, measures 79 feet in length and features a pitched roof. It was originally located over the North River near Bevington, it was moved to its present site in Winterset’s City Park in 1970. Cutler-Donahoe was renovated in 1997.

Cedar Covered Bridge

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Built in 1883, Cedar Bridge was 76 feet long and was the last bridge open to vehicles. It was built over Cedar Creek north of Winterset. It was moved to its present location over the same creek in 1921. In The Bridges of Madison County, Cedar Bridge is where Francesca Johnson goes to meet Robert Kincaid to help him take photographs. The bridge was renovated in 1998 and then later destroyed by an arsonist on Sept. 3, 2002. A replica of the original bridge was built from the original plans using authentic materials and methods. The new bridge was dedicated on October 9, 2004.

Holliwell Covered Bridge
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Built in 1880, it is the longest covered bridge, measuring 122 feet. It remains in its original site over the Middle River southeast of Winterset. Holliwell was renovated in 1995, and was featured in The Bridges of Madison County movie.

Imes Covered Bridge

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The oldest of the remaining covered bridges, Imes was built in 1870 and is 81 feet in length. It was originally located over the Middle River west of Patterson. In 1887 it was moved to a spot over Clinton Creek southwest of Hanley. Imes Bridge was moved again to its present site over a natural ravine just east of St. Charles in 1977. It was renovated in 1997.

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All of the bridges were riddled with graffiti.

Self Portrait- May 6

05062010 029A little bored here in Higginsville… I hope I don’t need my alarm clock in the morning- this is what it’s looked like since I got here!

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Westward bound…

05062010 016I on the road again- this time just me. I’m headed to Omaha to see my family. Jan is home with the kitties, and I am currently spending the night in Higginsville, MO

A view from the pier

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Tonight I took a little walk out on Springmaid Pier. It’s 1060 ft long, 36 ft wide with a 110 ft T at the end. The view from the pier is quite awesome. There were a bunch of people out fishing- but none of them wanted to talk about what, if anything they were catching. I guess they were afraid I would steal their trade secret and out fish them, even though I didn’t have a rod and reel with me!

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Sunny Beaches

09122009 01009122009 013Jan and I spent a nice day here at Myrtle Beach- We came down here with our buddy Radar- and earlier today the 3 of us met up with some of our friends from Chapter E for a plaque capture.  Our chapter didn’t get the plaque (we came in 2nd) but it was still a lot of fun. Then this evening we had a great dinner down in Murrells Inlet!

I love the sea oats on the sand dunes.

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