Revisiting Rockford – A Beautiful Garden

Forty-two years ago I left Rockford, Illinois after a seven month stint at a local radio station. At about the same time a local resident named John Anderson was beginning to convert some marsh land near his house into a Japanese themed garden. Eventually the garden became quite the thing and it was donated to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association to be run as a non-profit attraction. And attractive it is. In remembrance of the wonderful time we had visiting our son Brian and his family in Japan a year ago, Anne and I made a visit to the Anderson Japanese Gardens today.

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Moon in the western sky

Trains, Trucks, Planes & Automobiles 2015D

Last winter I began thinking about a road trip to Idaho to visit our son Drew and his family. Then when he told us they had decided to move back to Georgia, I knew time was running out to visit Idaho. So I volunteered to help with the move. That resulted in an epic road trip involving 1700 train miles, about 2600 truck miles, 1150 air miles, and 300 car miles for a grand total of about 5750 miles, through 14 states in 12 days.  (For comparison purposes, NY to LA and back is 5600 miles.)

In the first post of this series, I detailed my cross country train ride. If you’re just coming in, that’s probably where you should start. The latest post covered the first half of the truck trip, from Idaho to Wisconsin, where we caught our breath for a few days. And then it was time to complete the journey. (more…)