Jack has traveled around the US to places on and off the beaten track – and the Interstate highways. The Freeform Traveler is for folks who want to get away from the usual sites.
This romantic, missionesque masterpiece was one of William Randolph Hearst’s extravagances, now called The Hacienda Guest Lodge. Designed by architect Julia Morgan (who also did his little shack on the coast, known as Hearst Castle), this is the ranch house and lodge where the early 20th century newspaper magnate (the Rupert Murdoch or Sumner Redstone of his day) would escape when the hubbub of San Simeon was just too much. Read more»
Back in early 2002, I spent several weeks in central Kansas. There’s a lot of history here, including a number of railroad passenger stations left over from the days when folks used trains to get from town-to-town. Check out the photos. Read more»
A recent trip took me to Seattle, with a trek cross-state to Clarkston and Walla Walla to visit my nieces. Getting me there was a 2011 Lincoln MKT, the middle child in Lincoln’s SUV lineup. Read more»
You’ve stumbled upon one of the favorite summer activities… a family reunion. All over America, especially it seems in the Midwest, big families scattered all over pick a spot on the map, book a few (dozen) rooms at usually an all-suite hotel, and show up for a weekend of family bonding. Read more»
A few years back I spent a several weeks working in Moorhead, Minn., and as things go in the interstate twin cities of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, my budget-priced hotel was across the Red River in Fargo. Wandering around one Sunday afternoon, I headed west to where Fargo runs out and Interstate 94 makes one of its infrequent turns before heading west across the prairie. I found Bonanzaville USA, an eclectic collection of planes, trains, automobiles and historic buildings. Read more»
The Natchez Trace is a 400-plus mile long historic and scenic highway that runs from south of Nashville to just north of Natchez, Miss. Read my as-it-happened blog posts, starting with my arrival in Nashville. Read more»
As a California kid, the big-time car building business has always been a bit of a mystery. We never made it up to the plants in Los Angeles when they were in operation (the last, a GM factory, closed in the early 1990s). And I wasn’t able to take the tour at the NUMMI assembly facility in Fremont, about 500 miles from home, before it closed. So, I headed to Indiana, Ohio and Michigan to visit cars new and old. What a fun trip. Hope you can take it some day. Read more»