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2021 Spring

Northeasternmost Point

I was very excited to see the Northeasternmost contiguous point in the continental United States. Very soon I will be able to say that I’ve, “Been to the four corners of this country!” @cjtrowbridge I visited the northeastern most point in the contiguous continental United States! ♬ original sound – CJ Trowbridge

2021 Spring

Lobster Rolls at Geddy’s in Bar Harbor

I really didn’t like the Lobster Rolls at Ande’s Variety. So I decided to try someplace a little fancier. Well this was A LOT fancier, but it was also a lot more delicious. I highly recommend trying out this place for a great Lobster Roll. @cjtrowbridge Giving Lobster Rolls a second chance ♬ original sound …

2021 Spring

Acadia National Park

What an amazing and beautiful place! Acadia National Park is a beautiful place. It’s an island off the coast of Maine with a bridge to get there. There are tons of cute little towns and harbors and things to see. I think April is the perfect time to be here. It’s remote but it’s definitely …

2021 Spring

Holy Donut in Portland, Maine!

Like any good Portland, Portland, Maine has a popular local donut shop called Holy Donut. I tried the Mixed Berry, Sea Salt and Chocolate, and the Maple Bacon donuts. They were all delicious. I have never had a salt and chocolate donut before. I will keep an eye out for similar flavors in the future. …

Trowbridge Square Park
2021 Spring

Trowbridge Square Park (Family History)

Ten generations ago, just over a century before the American revolution, my family cofounded New Haven. Those first Trowbridges came to America four centuries ago in order to trade with the indigenous people for furs to export to Europe. About two centuries later, the family laid out this section of the city as a new …

2021 Spring

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park covers the peak of the Appalachian Mountains. These mountains come from Pangaea. They are actually older than bones! They are much smaller than the Rockies or even the Sierra or the Siskiyou where I’m from, but that’s only because they’ve been eroding for hundreds of millions of years! There is a road …

Monticello
2021 Spring

Monticello

There is so much to say about this place. It was Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia estate. He wrote “All men are created equal” in the American Declaration of Independence, and yet he died owning hundreds of enslaved people, including his own children. Just down the hill from Jefferson’s enormous mansion is a dirt road called Mulberry …

Statue of Liberty
2021 Spring

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty! Unfortunately the ferry was not running but I was able to get pretty close on the land. Very cool to finally see it in person! @cjtrowbridge Statue of Liberty! 🗽 ♬ Dreams (2004 Remaster) – Fleetwood Mac

Pastrami on Rye
2021 Spring

Manhattan: Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s

I’ve been scouring all the online food guides as I traverse the nation, looking for gems. This is one to remember. A LOT of people have responded to my post about this sandwich with stories of their own pilgrimages to Katz’s deli in New York City. The process of actually buying the sandwich was very …

Philly Cheesesteak
2021 Spring

Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak is the obvious choice in Philly. I found this great place called John’s Roast Pork on a food blog. I drove several hours to get there, and very nearly missed out. I got one of the last sandwiches of the day! It had very little cheese. It was mostly this great moist and …

Liberty Bell
2021 Spring

Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell was forged with the words “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.” It was meant to be hung in the Pennsylvania state house (now called Independence Hall). But it cracked when it was first rung. They tried reforging it twice, but every time it was rung, it would …

2021 Spring

Washington DC

This city is not just full of monuments, it is a monument. There is so much history everywhere. From the capitol building that Canada burned down after we tried invading and annexing them, to the Lincoln Memorial which for some reason was full of Nazis when I visited. It’s a wild and complex place full …

New River Gorge National Park
2021 Spring

New River National Park

New River is actually an ancient river! It’s all fours and fives but I’ve heard people enjoy rafting it. The water was extremely high today when I was there, and all the roadside stops were taped off with signs warning of “Extreme Danger.” @cjtrowbridge New River National Park ♬ original sound – CJ Trowbridge Still …

Hot Brown Sandwich
2021 Winter

Kentucky: Hot Brown (Sandwich)

The Hot Brown is a very special sandwich. All the guides agreed it was the best single dish to get in Kentucky. It even has its own wikipedia page… A Hot Brown sandwich (sometimes known as a Louisville Hot Brown or Kentucky Hot Brown) is an American hot sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel …

Mammoth Cave Entrance
2021 Winter

Mammoth Cave National Park

This was a weird place. They say it’s normally better because of covid. Basically the cave that’s currently open is just a long boring hallway and then when you get to the end you turn around and come back. As you can see, there are no stalactites, no stalagmites, no lilly pads, nothing to see …

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
2021 Winter

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are a really cool place. Basically the clouds hug the mountains which makes them look smoky. This is the most popular of all the national parks whuch surprises me given how grand the grand canyon is. Check out this video… @cjtrowbridge##greatsmokymountains ##greatsmokymountainsnationalpark ##nationalpark ##nationalparks ##roadtrip ##adventure ♬ original sound – CJ …

Congaree National Park
2021 Winter

Congaree National Park

(View the full album here) This one is really just a spite park. It was created to prevent development in the area. It’s just a normal forest with hiking. There isn’t really anything remarkable about it. (Video) They were also doing prescribed burns so the trails were closed. lmao. So basically it was just a …

Cuban Sandwich
2021 Winter

Florida: Cuban Sandwich

(View the full album here) This was a really amazing sandwich, though kind of terrifying experience to actually get the sandwich… (Video)   I have had Cuban Sandwiches before but this was much better. I read somewhere that there is something about the way they prepare the ham in traditional cuban sandwiches that is different …

Everglades National Park Entrance
2021 Winter

Everglades National Park

(View the full album here) The Everglades! What a cool and interesting place. There is lots of sun for the solar panels and lots of nature to explore. The weather in Florida is great this time of year. It stays warm and breezy, even at night, and it’s not too humid yet. This is my …

Hot Springs National Park
2021 Winter

Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs is a small town in Arkansas. It’s also a National Park. It’s very strange as far as national parks go, to have the park and town mixed together like this. There is no entrance fee for example and the visitor center is a shop in the town. (Video) The only hot springs are …

Yosemite National Park
2021 Winter

Yosemite National Park

(You can view the full album here) I know what you’re thinking. You stopped at Yosemite in between Texas and Florida? Well yes but there are three reasons. First, I had to get my car smogged in California. Second, Texas was a fucking mess at this point. Third, the firefalls! Also I was lucky enough …

Big Bend National Park
2021 Winter

Big Bend National Park

(You can view the full album here) Big Bend is also basically just normal mountains. There is no cave or anything. Again it’s kind of unusual to have mountains in this area so that’s cool. Also it’s very pretty to look at, but again not really anything unique or special aside from the nice scenery. …

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
2021 Winter

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

(You can view the full album here) I really don’t understand why this is a national park. It’s just some normal mountains with hiking. It’s kind of weird to have mountains in this area so maybe that’s why. There are a lot of caves. Carlsbad Cavern is technically inside the Guadalupe Mountains and there are …

Carlsbad Caverns
2021 Winter

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

(View the full album here) Carlsbad Caverns is an amazing place, just like all the national parks are. I was excited to learn that they take masks and social distancing very seriously. Everyone must have masks on everywhere in the park, even outside or down in the cave. Very cool and practical dedication to safety. …

2021 Winter

Taos: Earthship Biotecture

(View the full album here) Taos was an adventure. This was easily one of the things I was most excited to see in person on this trip. We had planned to stay at Cebolla Mesa campground. Everything I’ve read said that the roads should be fine, but unfortunately that was not correct. I had to …

Meteor Crater
2021 Winter

Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

(View the full album here) This is a really cool place. I first learned about this in my early astronomy classes. Naturally I had to stop by since it was on the way to the next destination. It’s basically just a big meteor crater that you can tour and explore. Then take selfies with the …

2021 Winter

Saguaro National Park

(View the full photo album here) I started by picking up an annual pass and a passport to all the parks. This will get a lot of use this year. The cool thing about Saguaro National Park is really just the Saguaro cacti. These are basically everywhere in Arizona but they are very dense here. …

2021 Winter

Cosanti

Next we stopped at Cosanti in Phoenix on the way to Saguaro National Park. This is where Soleri lived and worked while he was building Arcosanti. They still do a lot of similar bronze and ceramics work at Cosanti today just like Arcosanti. Here is the ceramics working apse at Cosanti. The tunnel at the …

2021 Winter

Arcosanti

(View the photo album with full quality pics, photospheres, and panoramas) To say I was really excited would be an understatement. I have been obsessed with this place for years and finally I get to see it in person! This was my view for the week from a camp site behind the arcology, looking out …

Quartzsite Sunrise
2021 Winter

Quartzsite

Here’s me, the moving cabin, and my first ever Saguaro on the morning when I arrived at Quartzsite! I met up with a group of nomads and we camped together for several weeks. The meetup was very very strict with covid compliance which was great. We had a great time getting to know each other …

Salvation Mountain
2021 Winter

Slab City

This post is about the first leg of my year in the wilderness. I’m traveling to all the national parks in the contiguous 48 states. I’m also stopping at several other interesting spots along the way, and making sure to sample the local fare. Public health officials across the country argue that this is one …