The Last Chautauqua

The Last Chautauqua

January 06, 2011 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

The shrieks and squeals are ear splitting. James and Emily are running wild through the San Francisco Airport while we wait to get on the plane. They've been this way all day. In fact they have been this way almost since we got to San Francisco. They know we are going home and after nine months on the road, all they want is to get the last bit of our journey completed. They are excited and impatient and they are starting to go just a little crazy with the waiting.

 

Our last few days have been spent on the coast in a city that is destined to become one of our favourites. San Francisco is beautiful. Like Sydney it has its harbour and like Sydney it has its iconic bridges spanning the bay. We walked the Golden Gate and we rode Cable Cars. We explored the City and Fisherman's Wharf. However I don’t feel like our hearts were really quite there with us. We all just want to get home. 

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The Man with the dry pants

The Man with the dry pants

January 02, 2011 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

To say I was a little bit scared would be an understatement. I was scared of both the ice we were driving on and I was scared that I might wee my pants just a little tiny bit.

Driving north through Idaho on Interstate 15 the road was starting to ice up. Snow was piled high on each side of the lanes, but now it was creeping into the lanes.

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Tucum Where?

Tucum Where?

December 12, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

There’s no nice way to say it. Tucumcari is a dump. Some years ago the town was part of the famous Route 66 and had a hustling and bustling railway yard. Now it has neither. The Government disposed of Route 66, and modern, reliable trains disposed of the railway yard.

With both the road and the railway gone the town gives the impression that it has been left to slowly rot and die. But, and it’s a big “but”, so far it’s been one of my favourite small towns on our journey across America and that’s because of the way the residents and businesses of Tucumcari welcome you.

 

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Ode to Sheila

Ode to Sheila

December 01, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

Sheila has been quite sick again lately. So sick she may not see the end of our trip. For a while I thought she may have had a stroke. She was listing to the left quite badly and was really having trouble getting around corners. She has had the wobbles and is covered in grub and muck. She hasn’t been staying clean and just looks a mess.

But James and Emily adore Sheila. Almost every day they clamber over her, and sit and stand on her. Sometimes they dance on her. Eventually that sort of punishment had to take its toll.

 

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Welcome to America

Welcome to America

November 19, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

The man is across the street shouting. Not at anyone in particular, but he’s letting the world know about his rage, or at least that’s what I think it is. We are walking down 14th street in Columbia Heights, just up the road from the centre of Washington DC.

It’s our second week in the US and our base is a one bedroom apartment in an area which was ravaged by riots following the death of Martin Luther King. After millions of government dollars, which included a new train station, Columbia Heights is alive again, or so the historical street signs tell us.

 

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