Archive for June, 2013

From Sioux Falls to Fargo

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

I'm at the MainStay Suites in Fargo, North Dakota… allegedly en route to Winnipeg. This is my first stay in this chain… a branch of Choice hotels. I can tell that it's an older property, and once had smokers. It's now 100% smoke free, but the smell is still present, ...

Sioux Falls… and nobody catches it!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Sioux Fall, South Dakota. I spent a while at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Minneapolis this morning, then had lunch had Subway, and then headed southwest to here. I plan to be here for two night. First, there are things to do in ...

In Maple Grove… but where are the maples?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

I'm in Maple Grove, Minnesota, a few miles outside of Minneapolis, in the Cambria Suites. The internet speed here is a paradoxical 1/5 (1M down, 5M up), which means it's great for uploading pictures, but not so great for streaming and downloading. Through the window I mostly see a field ...

To Paradise, then Dah Road To Hell, and Back

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Note: but not the real Hell, MI. It's way south of where I was yesterday. I'm at the Comfort Suites in Escanaba, where the internet speed is 20/5—the best I've seen on this trip so far. I would've been in Marquette, except that Marquette hotels didn't seem to have cancelable reservations. ...

Bathroom Ergonomics 101

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I'm at the Comfort Suites in south Grand Rapids. I prefer Comfort Suites because a) they're totally non-smoking and b) the point system gives me free rooms from time to time. But, they're not perfect. Can we discuss hotel bathroom ergonomics for just a moment? One of my pet peeves in ...

How I Spent My 39th Anniversary

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Just about every Friday I venture down to the nearest Hardees for breakfast. The nearest Hardees is in Stafford. After breakfast, if it's not too hot, I then go for an 8 mile photohike at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Today was a perfect day for Occoquan Bay. Except, when ...

Archeology! At Colchester, Virginia: Established 1753

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Yesterday morning, I ventured down to visit the Colchester Archeology Research Team's open house. In a lands-to-parks deal a few years back, Fairfax County acquired a large tract of land near the intersection of Furnace Road and Old Colchester Road, where the colonial town of Colchester was located, on ...