By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 1/22/2020
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All the major trips I've ever taken within the United States of America.

While it's fun to organize one's travels by state, that doesn't provide a place for major trips that cross one or more state lines. That's what this section is for.

Sky Photos

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/29/2017
Topics: #Travel #NorthAmerica #UnitedStates #Cross-Country #SkyPhotos #Clouds Page Views: 1201
Pictures of the sky, from above.

I had to make a trip to New Jersey to help a relative who'd had a death in the family. That was a sad occasion, of course; and, perhaps as a result, I spent a lot of the trip looking out the window of the plane. There was a lot of weather on the East coast and into the interior of the country, and the clouds were so impressive I couldn't help but take some photos. I didn't really expect them to come out—I mean, cellphone pics through a scratched airplane window??!—but it turned out that, with just a little editing, they came out good enough to share.

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Driving A Boat To Key West

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 2/2/2017
Topics: #Travel #Cross-Country Page Views: 1589
The time my son, John, and I drove my daughter's boat from Arizona to America's southermost point.

Okay, so I had just returned from a wonderful trip to Key West to celebrate my daughter Karen's wedding. Keith and I had flown there for that, and I joked at the time that I had never expected to return, certainly not so soon after last year's road trip there. So, imagine my surprise when, less than a week after returning home, I was asked to help my son John drive my daughter Jenny's boat from her home in Arizona to her new vacation home in Key West (bought while she was there for Karen's wedding).

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My 65th Birthday Trip

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/7/2016
Topics: #Travel #Cross-Country Page Views: 2680
How Keith and I crossed the country in search of relatives.

My fiancé, Keith, has been to the Northeast (specifically, Boston) but has not otherwise traveled the East Coast. When I turned 65, I decided to celebrate with a nice, long road trip. So my kids got together and, with their help, we drove cross-country to visit my daughters in Virginia and West Virginia, and my sisters and some of their kids in Florida.

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The Terminals

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/31/2008
Topics: #Cailey #Travel #Virginia #Chicago #GreyhoundBusLines Page Views: 7135
In which I take the bus trip from hell after my flight is cancelled.

Here was my intention: To make a quick, overnight visit to Florida to visit my sisters, Joni and Louise, and their families at their post-Christmas get-togethers. Even my nephew, Tim, was flying in from California.

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My 40th High School Reunion

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 7/16/2009
Topics: #St.JosephAcademy #St.Augustine #Florida #Travel #Cross-Country Page Views: 2502
All about the East Coast trip I made with Michael and Zachary on the occasion of my 40th high school reunion from St. Joseph Academy, St. Augustine, Florida.

My 40th class reunion was scheduled—somewhat abruptly—for July 17th and 18th. I wanted to go. I wanted Michael to go, because he's my husband and the other kids from high school would have their spouses there. And of course my ex-wife and current friend, Mary, should go because she was in my high school graduating class and it would be her reunion, too.

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The National Parks of the West

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 8/17/2004
Topics: #WesternStates #NationalParks #Travel #Cross-Country Page Views: 2549
All about the trip on which Michael and I took Mom to the last of the'48 states' she hadn't yet visited, by way of National Parks.

It's hard to hit a moving target, but Mom decided years ago to visit "all 48 states". Now, at 92, she found she was missing just three: South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho. Michael and I decided to take her to visit them for this year's trip. But of course, there's no point in "going just to go." So I mapped out a route that would, in addition to moving us through each of the three states, would allow us to visit National Parks all along the way.

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New Hampshire to Arizona

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 1/26/2016
Topics: #Travel #Cross-Country #EdnaMaeCilwa Page Views: 2850
All about the move we made from New Hampshire to Snowflake, Arizona.

By September, 1997, I was living in Manchester, New Hampshire, with my fiancé, Michael. Michael had quit his job and Manhattan life to move in with me; but we'd both wanted to move to Arizona for a long time. After a preliminary trip on which we found and bought property in the town of Snowflake, he and I packed up our stuff; and he and I and my Mom (who stayed with me during the Summer) hopped in the Toyota SUV (purchased for the occasion) with trailer attached, and headed westward. Ho. Ho. Ho.

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Chris' and Paul's Trip to Vermont

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 9/21/1969
Topics: #Vermont #Travel Page Views: 4976
All about my very first multi-state trip without parents!

In mid-September, 1969, in accordance with the plan we'd made during my visit to him, my friend Chris and I carefully saved our money until, in September, 1969, we were ready to make the journey of a lifetime: From Florida all the way up to Vermont.

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From Vermont to Arizona in 1961

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 7/29/1961
Posted: 4/12/2007
Topics: #GrandCanyon #MesaVerde #LittleColoradoRiver Page Views: 2243
At the end of July, 1961, I went on the longest trip I'd yet made: From Vermont to Arizona and back, without air conditioning.

In 1961, after three years of trying to raise three children in rural Vermont by herself, my mom decided to move to a gentler clime. But where? There were two places on her list of possibilities. One was St. Augustine, Florida, where she had spent a couple years as a teenager; the other was Arizona, a place she'd long wanted to see but had never been.

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