The Peripatetic Traveler

Monthly Archives: April 2015

If you’ve been following me long enough, you know that I embarked on a major expedition last year, in which I drove 8,300 miles, visited 25 states, saw lots of friends and family, and rode about 600 miles on my motorcycle. (If you haven’t been following me that long, that trip was the genesis of this blog, and you can catch up by reading the posts from last July and August.) I’ve… Read More

Today’s title comes from an annual national tour of WW II aircraft by The Collings Foundation. They fly a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator, and a P-51 Mustang (and sometimes a B-25 Mitchell, too!) around the country to keep alive the memory of World War II and The Greatest Generation. I have flown in the B-17 and the B-25. The Liberator doesn’t interest me (I think it’s an ugly airplane, although… Read More

I think I missed a week when I was reuniting with my Drill Team buddies at Penn State, and then Congress was in recess for two weeks, but I don’t know where the fourth missing week went – but it’s been that long since I last posted about Arizona’s Congressional District 2’s Representative, the Honorable Martha McSally, and her voting record. In yesterday’s edition, though, the Arizona Daily Star had a summary of… Read More

I know that sounds like an oxymoron, and maybe it is, but still… Several months ago I decided that my big trip this summer would include attending both the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture Fly-In in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in (where else?) Sturgis, South Dakota. Since AirVenture is July 20 – 26 and Sturgis is August 3 – 9, I have some time to fill in… Read More

(In which our intrepid, although ill, road warrior braves the perils of commercial air travel to return safely home.) When I drove from Pittsburgh to State College on Thursday, I noticed a sign on I-99 for the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. Because I love trains (among other huge mechanical things), I decided to visit it on my way back to Pittsburgh. Well, nothing is *ever* as simple as that. I found the… Read More

Hello, and welcome to Day 3 of the reunion saga. In previous episodes we discovered that my reunion started in Chicago; that I can easily order too much food for a group; that the weather will be at its worst at the worst possible time (think about it – it actually makes sense); and that we love watching Drill Team and Honor Guard videos. Sunday (Mar 29) was a mixed-bag sort of… Read More

I was going to put all of Saturday’s events in one post, but then I realized I had a lot I wanted to say about the reunion dinner, so I decided to do the dinner event separately. When we left our intrepid group of reunioneers, they (well, some of them, anyway) had frozen their insides with Penn State Creamery ice cream, and had wandered back to their respective hovels – er, hotel… Read More

The Big Day! Saturday morning was another lazy time for me (I seem to do that a lot these days…), but I finally roused myself and went off to meet everyone in the lobby of the Nittany Lion Inn so we could decide where to take our “official” photos. We had agreed to meet there at 1:45, which would give us time to get all the pictures we wanted and then get… Read More

Since Friday was mostly a “free day” for me, I decided to be lazy. I had originally intended to meet with some people from the Athletic Department, to find out what their requirements would be for using one of the basketball courts on campus for an Honor Guard performance next year, but I never got around to making any appointments with anyone, so instead I just wandered the campus for much of the… Read More

As usual, I’m behind the power curve. *sigh* But maybe this group of posts, about the reunion last weekend of some of the Penn State AFROTC Drill Team and Honor Guard alumni, will be worth it. A chronological series typically starts with Day One, in my experience. My reunion started a day earlier, and in a different place, than what I expected. Hence the “Day Zero” in the subject line. In making… Read More

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