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I am the author of ,Operation Ivy Bells,, a semi-autobiographical novel from the Cold War about submarine and deep diving espionage (,Operation Ivy Bells: A Mac McDowell Mission (Mac McDowell Series Book 1) - Kindle edition by Robert G. Williscroft, Gary McCluskey. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.,) In one chapter I describe how the ,USS Halibut, got herself tangled in Japanese trawler nets. Here is the excerpt from the book: OPERATION IVY BELLS MIDDLE OF CHAPTER NINE One night about fifteen days into the voyage, I had the watch. Somehow we managed to stumble right into the middle of a Japanese fishing fleet. Sonar detected a huge factory ship, the type that stays at sea for months at a time, and a whole lot of small trawlers. Within ten minutes I was completely overwhelmed with targets on my tracking screen, and I could only imagine what Sonar was dealing with in the Sonar shack. Every few seconds Sonar hit me with another contact. In less than ten minutes we had designated over twenty-five contacts. Apparently we had come up on the factory ship to the north, and did not initially detect the rest of the fishing fleet to the south. I turned a bit south to remain fully clear of the factory ship, and almost immediately found myself in the midst of the trawler fleet – and that's significant, because trawlers drag long trawl nets behind them, at depths up to 150 feet or more. I slowed down to a crawl, and called the Skipper by sound-powered phone to tell him what was going on. He decided to get up and come to Control for a while, since the situation was a bit dicey. Just as he entered the Conn, all hell broke loose. The first thing was a shudder we all felt throughout the entire sub. Almost immediately, Maneuvering called me on the squawk box, reporting heavy current draw, and a sudden strong resistance on both shafts. "All stop!" I ordered, to stop the screws from turning, and instructed Ballast Control to put the sub into hover, "Maintain two-hundred feet." And then as an afterthought, "Stand by to use thrusters." Pots had the BCP. I ordered him to find Senior Chief Gunty to relieve him so he could get back to Maneuvering to help out. The Skipper sat down in his chair, a padded, raised executive seat at the back of the conning station. He didn't interfere, but I was keenly aware that he was right behind me, ready to jump in if I did anything he didn't like. "Reactor Scram! Reactor Scram!" That was all I needed. A reactor scram is when all the control rods drop into the reactor core, effectively shutting the reactor down. It's an automatic safety measure that absolutely protects an overloaded reactor from any damage. But it also shuts it down completely, and that immediately shuts down the turbine's steam supply, which also immediately shuts down the generators, and everything else run directly or indirectly by the reactor. That left me with only the diesel engines and the battery. For obvious reasons we couldn't run the diesels at 200 feet, and I didn't think the Skipper wanted to surface in the middle of the fishing fleet. Besides, we were clearly hung up on something. "Shift to emergency power, battery," I ordered, glad that I had already sent Pots back to Maneuvering. Throughout the sub, most of the lights went out, and emergency lights powered up, driven by the large lead-acid batteries built under the Control Room deck. "Avoid all unnecessary movement about the ship," I announced over the 1MC loudspeaker system. Gunty was going to have enough trouble maintaining the propulsionless hover without having to compensate for people moving about the sub. I answered the sound-powered phone's shrill burr. "It's Dirk, Mac. Here's the plant status." "Hold a moment," I interrupted. Let me get the Skipper on line. I motioned for the Skipper to pick up the sound-powered handset by his chair. "Captain," he said calmly. "Here's the plant status, Sir. We pulled a terrific strain on the port shaft, and loaded down the starboard shaft as well. Can't see any inside damage, but don't know for sure yet. Still investigating. The lopsided strain cascaded back through the system, setting off the Scram. There appears to be no damage. I'll give you a follow-on report as soon as we know more." The Skipper replaced the handset and asked, "Well, what do you think, Mac?" "The ,Von Steuben, caught a deep tow cable coming out of the Med several years ago – right after I got my commission." I paused, reflecting on that event, and comparing it to now. "But this is different. I think we snagged a trawl net. With that Can on our stern, we certainly have enough places it could hang up." The Skipper nodded in agreement. "We probably snagged a really deep one. When they realized they were snagged, and they obviously couldn't shake it loose, they probably dropped or cut their tow lines. They had nearly everything out anyway. I think one or both the steel tow cables wrapped around the port shaft, jamming it, and then wrapped around the starboard shaft, but didn't actually bind it." I started to picture the consternation and panic on the Japanese trawler. "If they have any smarts," I added, "they probably figure they caught a sub." The Engineer called back to tell us that there appeared to be no damage. But he could not test the shafts until he got the reactor back on line, and that was going to take another hour. "Skipper," I said, "we're not going anywhere. Let's deploy the Basketball to examine what really happened. Then I can send my guys out to cut off anything caught on the Can, and clear the shafts. The Skipper thought it over for a minute or two. "Make it so," he said. "Captain has the Deck and the Conn. Batman to Control." "Batman" was the nickname of Special Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Lonie Franken-Ester, so called because he was in charge of the Bat Cave, the forward compartment that had been the cruise missile launch facility in an earlier incarnation of ,Halibut,. He was also in charge of deploying and manipulating the Basketball – a basketball-size camera-carrying remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Live images were sent to the Display Room in the Bat Cave, and they could also be seen on the Control monitor and in the Dive Locker. Lonie got his instructions and went forward to launch the Basketball. A few minutes later the Control monitor flickered. Shortly, the screen resolved into a moving image of a portion of our starboard hull illuminated by a beam of light from the Basketball as it moved upward from the Aquarium – the double-lock hull penetration in the Bat Cave used to deploy the Basketball, the fish,,4, and to retrieve items from deployed divers. The Basketball moved up to the deck hanging about twenty feet out, and slid back toward the stern. Senior Chief Buck Christman was driving the Basketball from the Display Room. He had a fine touch. The Basketball moved smoothly, without jerks or hesitation. Its beam picked up the Can. "Look at that, Skipper," I said as the screen filled with the trawl net covered chamber. Buck brought the Basketball alongside the Can to look under it. It appeared that the net had somehow wrapped itself completely around the Can and then got draped over the rudder, which we could clearly see as Buck panned to the stern. Then he followed the net tow cable from the rudder down to the port screw, where it was intertwined in the screw blades. Then he followed it under the hull and wrapped around the starboard shaft. "It looks doable," I said to the Skipper, and left to get my guys going. Japanese Trawler towing a pelagic net CHAPTER TEN I grabbed Ham and Jack, and sat them down in the Wardroom where I explained the situation. "We caught a Nip trawl net on the Can, and I think they cut their steel tow cables as soon as they discovered their problem. Since the trawl net was a long way out, the cables had a lot of lead, and one got picked up by the port screw as they fell and wrapped around the shaft. The starboard shaft probably picked up the bitter end." Jack whistled while Ham just looked thoughtful. "We're gonna go fix it," I added. "Give us something to do besides drill." Ham laughed. "Too bad. I had a good one cooked up for this evening." "Let's put two guys in the water, and one each in both locks," I said, "Jimmy, Whitey in the water, and Bill and Ski in the locks." I stood and stretched. "I need to stay aboard, 'cause if shit hits the fan while they're out there, I want to make sure Control doesn't do something stupid." I paused. "Besides, I guess I got us into this mess." "Shit, Mac, give it a rest!" Ham reacted. "The way I see it, you saved the mission – assuming we get this shit off us – and maybe even the boat." I appreciated the praise, especially coming from Ham, but I was still beating myself up for getting us into the situation in the first place. If I had just given it a bit more thought when Sonar reported the factory ship. I should have given it a much wider berth, so in my book, it was my fault. That's what I told the Old Man. He's still mulling it over. "Jack, I want you to stick to Ham like stink on shit." I grinned at him. "This is not routine by any means. We're diving over-bottom (that is, the ocean bottom is below the maximum depth we can dive – in this case, way below it, maybe as much as 12,000 feet at our location), and we're hovering in mid-column at about two-hundred feet." I stood up again. "Get 'em out, do the job, and get 'em back." About a half-hour later we were assembled in the Dive Locker tucked into the forward end of the sub's after compartment. Jimmy, Whitey, and Bill were suited up and climbing up the ladder through the lock and into the Can. Ski followed them. Ham was setting in the dive parameters, with Jack double-checking each setting. Jer and Harry were taking up space and getting in the way. "Harry, you stand by to help Ham," I said; we needed a mobile person around for this. "And Jer, you get some shut-eye in case we need some relief back here." He wouldn't sleep, but we needed some room. Although I wanted the guys to be on their toes, realistically, this was a pretty routine dive. In fact, under normal circumstances, we could have done it with our regular Scuba gear, although the guys would have been a bit narced. They would have been perfectly fine on Nitrox or Tri-mix, but we didn't have time to mix the gases, and besides, why give up an opportunity to strut our stuff? Just as the guys settled down in the Can, the lights flickered, and the main lighting came back on. "Looks like the reactor's back on line," I said to Ham. "I'm going to the Conn. You got the watch." As I left, I noticed that Jack made the proper log entry. The Captain still had the Deck. He asked me if I was ready to take over again. "If it's alright with you, Skipper, I'd rather hang out here to keep on top of the hover, but be available to get back to the dive station if I'm needed there." "Any problems?" "No, Sir, but this is an over-bottom dive, and even though we know what's out there, there may be more to it when my guys get on scene." "I agree." He picked up the 1MC mike. "XO to the Conn." Commander Fred Roken arrived shortly, and assumed the watch from the Skipper after being briefed on the status. The Skipper remained in his chair, retaining an overview of everything. I stayed near his chair, keeping an eye on the monitor that currently gave me a view of the dive console over Ham's shoulder. I picked up a headset with a boom mike that tied into the dive communication system. "Dive, Conn, what's your status?" "Conn, Dive, we're pressing down the Can. We'll be there in five minutes." Ham flipped a switch on the console, and I could see the divers in the Can on the now split screen. Jimmy was squeezing his nose – clearing was always difficult for him on the first dive, Whitey and Ski were yawning – they could clear with no problem, and Bill looked bored – he had Eustachian tubes the size of pencils. "Conn, Dive, at two-hundred. Designate Petty Officer James Tanner 'Red Diver;' designate Petty Officer Melvin Ford 'Green Diver.' Divers entering outer lock." "Conn, Aye," I acknowledged. Sometimes, when things are happening really fast, you just don't get around to acknowledging every call, but you're supposed to do it, and if something ever goes wrong, the log had better show that you did acknowledge. Otherwise the big red finger may be pointing right at you. Actually, we really did do things by the book. What we did was dangerous, even under the best of circumstances. The guys in harm's way were my responsibility; but even more, they were my friends. "Dive Control, Outer Lock. Permission to crack the lower hatch." Bill was talking, his voice squeaky and distorted by the compressed helium. He didn't need any electronic unscrambling because we were only at 200 feet, but you still had to listen closely to understand him. "Outer Lock, this is Dive Control. Wait on that." This meant that Jimmy, Whitey, and Bill had entered the outer lock, and sealed the hatch. I turned to the Skipper. It was his boat, and Ham was about to breach watertight integrity. The Skipper nodded his permission. "Dive, Conn. Permission granted." Ham immediately said, "Outer Lock, Dive Control. Crack the lower hatch." On the screen the Skipper and I watched as Bill leaned over the lower hatch and turned the locking wheel to the left. After a few seconds he looked up and gave a thumbs-up. "Hatch unlocked," Bill announced to no one in particular. "Dive Control, Aye." We all could see that the hatch didn't lift off its seat. "Open the interlock bleed valve from both sides," Ham ordered. The divers would need to equalize the lock pressure to the outside, and Ham wanted both locks to be at the same pressure. Opening this small valve would maintain the same pressure in both locks, so long as the pressure in either lock didn't change too rapidly. Bill and Ski complied, although I couldn't see Ski in the main lock because the split screen showed Dive Control and the outer lock. "Bleed the pressure," Ham then ordered. "Roger." Bill reached for a ball-valve handle near the top of the lock, and turned it slightly. Buck was monitoring our conversation, and lifted the Basketball to get a view of the top of the Can. A steady stream of bubbles began to rise from the outside of the Can where the outside bleed valve was located. I glanced over at the BCP and the depth gauge. We were at 195 feet. I caught the XO's attention and glanced at the depth gauge. "Mind your depth, Diving Officer," the XO ordered. "Aye, Sir." Chris was mildly embarrassed, but it is not easy maintaining an exact depth in the open ocean, especially when you have zero forward speed. Chris was doing okay. A boomer has automatic hover equipment that sucks water in and out of a specially designed hover tank so efficiently that the boat can remain within about six inches of desired depth. But we were in an aging nuke that never was designed to do any of the things we were demanding of her. On balance, she was holding up pretty well. The hover kept Gunty busy as hell. I saw what he had done. He was running water into one tank and out of another simultaneously, while partially opening and shutting the flow control valves to give him the required momentum. Just before we hit 195 feet, one of his tanks had reached capacity while he was still emptying the other – so we got a bit light. By the time Chris received his admonition, Gunty had it back under control. What they were doing was actually pretty slick – especially since none of us had ever done it before. As we settled back down, the lower hatch in the outer lock suddenly popped up a couple of inches, and Bill closed the external bleed valve before the lock could flood. Jimmy lifted the hatch back on its springs. The hatch was cocked halfway back, and would remain open. "Securing the hatch," Jimmy announced as he fastened the hook that prevented the hatch from swinging shut accidentally during an unexpected ship's movement. "Roger that. Suit up," Ham ordered. Each diver donned his bright yellow Mark 11 backpack with its bulky canister, bottles, gauges, and connectors, attached the hot water hose to the suit connector; and then each slipped the Kirby-Morgan helmets over their heads, and hooked them up to the gas hoses from the backpack and umbilical. "Outer Lock and Dive Control, Red Diver. Comm check." "Dive Control, Aye." "Outer Lock, Aye." "Outer Lock and Dive Control, Green Diver. Comm check." "Dive Control, Aye." "Outer Lock, Aye." It takes a while to tell the story, but it happened quickly. Remember, we were in a hurry. "Divers go!" Ham ordered. With Bill feeding umbilical, Jimmy lowered himself through the open hatch, followed immediately by Whitey. Buck brought the Basketball down, so we watched the divers enter the water on the split screen. "Red and Green Diver, Comm check." Ham was just making sure, and I understood. We were hovering at 200 feet with divers tethered to our ass. It was dicey, to say the least. "Red Diver, Aye." Jimmy's voice sounded squeaky and muffled, and his breathing noise made it even more difficult to understand him. "Green Diver, Aye." Same for Whitey. "Dive Control, Red Diver, we confirm the problem. The Can's completely covered with a trawl net, and it's draped completely around, and then back across the rudder." He paused. "Whitey – your light…" On the split screen I could see the beam of brightness barely visible in the darkened water column as Buck focused in on Whitey. "Look, Whitey…see!" We could sense his excitement, even through the distorted helium speech. "Dive Control, Red Diver, there's one tow cable wrapped in the port screw. It extends right from the net caught around the Can. It passes under the stern and is wrapped around the starboard shaft." And then, "Let's go, Whitey. We can cut this sucker loose." For the next ten minutes all we heard was heavy breathing mixed in with gas bubbling sounds as we watched the divers struggle with their knives and the tough fiber of the trawl net. Then, suddenly, the net slid out of the view of the Basketball. "That does it, Dive Control." It wasn't exactly according to the book, but Jimmy had earned the right. "The net's on its way to the bottom, Dive Control." "Sheeeit!" Whitey suddenly squeaked, sounding like nothing so much as one of the Christmas chipmunks. "Down, Jimmy!" There was no mistaking his intent. "Right now!" Buck rotated the Basketball upward toward Whitey just in time to see a dark shadow sweep past the divers. "Dive Control, Green Diver. Can you take us down about another fifty feet or so? We nearly got snagged by another trawl net." The XO looked to me, and I nodded emphatically. "Make your depth two-hundred fifty feet – take her down slow and easy," he ordered. "Two-hundred fifty feet slow and easy, Aye," Chris said, as Gunty adjusted his flow valves. "We're going to two-fifty, Ham. Track her down," I ordered through my boom mike. "Dive Control, Aye." The sub began a slow, level descent. I kept an eye on the Can depth gauge visible on the monitor, while I watched the effect on the split screen as Buck kept pace with his Basketball. That guy was really good. While we were descending, he went back to the screws for a closer look. "That was close, Dive Control," Whitey said. "The net actually slid across the sub's sail." "Dive Control, Red Diver. Can you have Engineering jack the starboard shaft a bit in reverse to loosen up the cable?" "Hold on that, Red Diver." Then Ham made a formal request. "Conn, Dive Control. Can you jack the starboard shaft back a couple of turns?" The Skipper nodded and picked up his handset. "Roger that, Dive Control. Stand by." The Skipper explained to Dirk what he needed. Dirk had already anticipated the need to do this, and was ready on both shafts. Buck moved in for a closer look, and we could see the shaft rotate to the left in short jerks. Within two minutes we heard a squeaky whoop. "Hold the starboard shaft…that's great!" Jimmy said. Buck pulled back to give them room, and we watched them struggling with the cable, working the bitter end up and over the shaft once, and then again. We heard a lot of squeaky huffing and puffing. And then the cable disappeared from view. "OK – that did it. The starboard shaft's free. The cable is hanging from the port screw, but it's way too heavy for us to get it off." Buck moved farther away to get a larger view, but it was dark and difficult to make out. "Roger, Red Diver." I was sure Ham really wanted a good view of what was happening out there. "OK, Dive Control." Jimmy sounded a bit winded. "Now we need you to jack the port shaft in reverse – slowly. With a bit of luck, the cable will pull free and snake to the bottom." Once again, Buck moved in from the stern, behind the screw, which gave us a great view of the action. "Roger that, Red Diver." The Skipper started talking on his handset again. He kept it to his ear. The screw started turning very slowly. "That's it!" squeaked Jimmy. "Slowly…slowly…" And then, "Stop! Stop!" Even on the monitor we could see that the cable had crossed itself. The Skipper said something to the handset. "The cable crossed," Jimmy told us. "Jack forward about a quarter turn." The Skipper passed it on. "OK – Stop!" Heavy breathing. On the monitor the cable snapped free from its constraining hold on the other wrap. "Now back slowly…" More heavy breathing, from both divers. "Slow…slow…SLOWER!" The Skipper stayed with him. And suddenly, the cable started slipping through the screw blades. "Bingo! That's it! We did it!" Squeak or no, he definitely was excited. "Let's get the fuck outa here!" Buck stayed with them until they reached the bottom of the Can. Then he headed back for the Aquarium. Ten minutes later we could see Jimmy and Whitey emerging into the outer lock through the lower hatch. Bill had wrapped their umbilicals on the bulkhead hooks as they swam to the hatch, and now he pulled them into the lock. He unhooked the hatch and swung it closed. Whitey stooped to spin the locking wheel. "Dive Control, Outer Lock, hatch secured." "Dive Control, Aye." "Conn, ROV Ops, we're secured and the hatch is shut." And that was it. I gave the Skipper a thumbs-up, and he ordered the XO to secure the hover and get the ship underway. I headed back to the dive locker. The guys had been out for about an hour at a maximum depth of 250 feet on standard heliox. Ham or Jack would have already worked out the decompression schedule. I needed to check it, and then we could start bringing the guys back to the "surface." It would take a while, but that's what we got paid for.
Background: I am Canadian citizen from Indian origin, soon be here for 50 years, I did fair bit of travelling in the U.S. for business and pleasure. I also live just across the border, and U.S.A is like second home to me, plus half of my family work and live in the USA. I have been in food/dairy/flavor industry for a good portion of my life and have tremendous interest in foods/dairy and flavors. I believe with these qualifications and experience I could write a few words on this topic. Chinese were there at a right time : In case we trace the history of migration of Chinese to North America, let us face it there were a few fields where early Chinese and Indian migrant fit in the grand equation of the hierarchy of mighty melting pot. Chinese and Indian early migrant were not rocket scientists, they came to escape the extreme poverty of their native lands. I must qualify this statement this scenario was valid for most of the people who came to this part of the world. Off course there were “ rocket scientist “ were there, but I believe in low numbers. Chinese had two choices : Laundry and food. Indians had two choices: lumber mills and farming. Chinese were in food business for a long time, and they kept at it, as we all know Chinese small restaurants are/were family affair, their model is/was high volume and low profits. Most of the cases wife/husband did the cooking and one family member run the cash register and other waited the tables. This self employment kept the union, high wages, sickness, and calling in sick at the rush days was out of question. They kept the “ holes in the walls” humming with Peking and now Beijing Duck humming even on Xmas eve, and Xmas day. These restaurants are/were 24/7, 365, okay may 364, except Chinese new year, and occasion entertainment a good game Myjong upstairs. Chinese continued to improve, modify and add variety: Chinese did not rest on their laurels of their meager successes, sure some of their off springs went to Ivy Leagues, but parents continued their love for restaurant business. Sure as the bright young people minted their fresh MBAs and showed their parents, let us do it in a different way so the upscale Chinese restaurants came in place. Chinese took every advantage of the American psyche: Americans love fast service and quick in and out, Chinese did assembly line operation they did same as Henry Ford did to auto industry, Henry Ford wanted a car for every family, Chinese did the same Chinese food for every American. Super speed…..price……and service, and well fortune cookie did the trick in the end, to read good news that you will meet a beautiful partner/bf/gf today. Chinese put a pipe line importing chefs, restaurant staff, supplies, delivery and the whole nine yards…….Just in time delivery same as in auto industry. No inventory, no waste, no storage………cost savings passed on to the customer. Big bang for the buck: Low on meat/sea food, other than thin stripes green vegetables, leafy vegetables, and tons of rice did the trick, American consumer got a good bang for the buck, and some times and very often took a doggy bag with him/her too. In fact in fact most of the time for take out you sometimes may get two meals out of one, with dilution at home with your fresh salad or other minor stuff. Chinese did adjustment to fit the palate of Americans With their endless cooking methods, sauces and condiments and well free Chinese tea did the trick, when you cut the cost of beverage included this food is/was very competitive as compared to fried chicken and burgers. These foods are expensive because of heavy meat content or all meat content. New generation of Americans are very experimental with foods. Gone are days of Meat and Potatoes now new generation like to try different cuisine, new generation is very widely traveled and eating different cuisine is a kind of fashion and talking point. Chinese Buffet. Again based on high volume low profits, these buffet style restaurants most of them are great hit, with big eaters and also with very picky eaters. Take out: With two people working there is hardly any time for traditional family eating and cooking time, therefore keep the Chinese take out number handy, as 911, and delivery is its way, when kids are asking tired mom : what is for dinner? Chinese foods are relatively healthy: Some of Chinese food can put American fried foods to shame but there are fair number of choices which do not pack a big punch in calories. Conclusion: I would say being at right time and place, American were looking for a change, new generation change in eating habits, quality, service and price delivered the product. Chinese became master of this industry as Henry Ford did in auto industry, high volume low profits, quality service and price with very fast delivery. Now they are well entrenched in the industry, never mind USA they are ruling in this industry all around the world, they even made dent in world capital of cuisines France. One of my ex bosses summed up who was in France on a very long term assignment: I asked him how did you like the French cuisine: he said : most of the time he did have time, and in fact he ate almost all the time Chinese take out, it was fast, delicious, and very cost effective. In my view: Chinese have cornered this industry never mind mighty USA, but all around the world, they studied arts/science and business of foods, they continuously improved non stop. They were in food business for a long time and now they are seeing the fruits of their hard labor. My salute to their hard work, the way I see it, their success is success of man kind, we all are beneficiary from this one way or the other. I copied lot of good stuff from them, and I want keep learning from the grand and great masters.
This is the easiest question on Quora! In a Nation with the greatest freedom in the world, where people have the greatest economic freedom of choice, where people drive the economy with that choice (not government central planning), where people are free to choose their rate and volume of consumption, where business sectors exist and grow due to the free choice of consumer demand, it appears that fossil-fuel and energy consumption is also a choice, not mandated. Reduction in fossil-fuel and energy consumption is a choice; you are free to make that choice. Republican U.S. Congressional Representative Thomas Massie, Kentucky’s 4th District in Northern Kentucky, ,lives off-grid in his in Garrison Kentucky home,. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT, and is best known for his clashes with Democrats over energy and environmental policy. (Just as Republican President Richard Nixon did when he created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970, his US Clean Air Act in 1970, or his 1972 US Clean Water Act in 1972.) Was Republican U.S. Congressional Representative Thomas Massie forced to reduce his carbon footprint, or did he do it on his own volition? Is the magnitude of your carbon footprint your choice, or does President Trump nullify your decision and force you to consume fossil-fuels? If people are convinced fossil-fuel consumption is the driver of climate change, what prevents them from reducing their carbon footprint? President Trump? Every joule of energy one uses has a consequence, expends resources, and leaves an anthropogenic footprint. The entire complex of consumerism and conspicuous consumption is founded on fossil-fuels, from raw materials, to production, to delivery, to use, to disposal. CNN, “,…56% of registered voters nationwide believe climate change is an emergency, and those numbers were much higher among Democrats (84%) and independents (63%). By contrast, 81% of Republicans said they did not believe climate change is an emergency.” So 56% of registered voters in the US believe climate change is an “emergency”, yet they are unwilling to reduce personal consumption, reduce home size, reduce electric demand (no air-conditioning, wash less frequently, no clothes dryer, etc.), reduce home heating fuels (turn down the thermostat), reduce freshwater use, reduce petrol consumption: move closer to place of employment, drive less frequently, own a smaller fuel efficient vehicle, etc., rid themselves of devices containing lanthanides and environmental destructive high waste-high water intensive mined materials: smart phones, most electronics, etc. So the 56% of registered voters in the US believe that climate change is an “emergency”, why do they not revert back to the 1920’s, or move to Kenya. So 56% of registered voters in the US believe climate change is an “emergency”, yet since 1999 the US average size of new single-family homes is 10% higher at 2,602 square feet, while the median size is 14% higher at 2,392 square feet. In 2019 most US auto manufactures will eliminate or reduce the production of small cars and replace the capacity with SUV vehicles. The average annual electricity consumption for a US residential utility customer was 10,872 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2018, an increase of over 8% since 1999. ,Does your government need 13 agencies to tell you to move closer to place of employment, buy a smaller house, smaller car, turn off you air conditioner and turn down your winter thermostat? I choose not to purchase products based on my personal beliefs; I ask why are climate change alarmist are denied this choice by President Trump? Smoking cigarettes is harmful to one’s health, one quits smoking to preserve one’s health. If one believes that fossil-fuels are harmful to life on earth, one quits using fossil-fuels to preserve life on earth. Simple, reducing your carbon footprint is your choice. The US is Free-Market Economy, Citizens, Residents, and Foreign Nationals such as myself, are free to reduce fossil-fuel consumption. There appears to be a simple method to reduce fossil-fuel use, reduce your patronization of the industry. But President Trump will not permit you by Executive Order to reduce personal consumption, reduce home size, reduce electric demand (no air-conditioning, wash less frequently, no clothes dryer, etc.), reduce home heating fuels (turn down the thermostat), reduce freshwater use, reduce petrol consumption: move closer to place of employment, drive less frequently, or own a smaller fuel efficient vehicle? So people in the US are not allowed to reduce dependence on fossil-fuels? You need Government interaction, a tax or a law? I suggest you come to Europe, may I suggest France, and see firsthand who green-taxes effect (It is not the wealthy), may I suggest German Energiewende politics, and see firsthand who the highest household electricity prices in Europe effect (It is not the wealthy)… In Europe we know the ramifications of IPCC carbon taxes. IPCC SPECIAL REPORT Global Warming of 1.5 ºC Chapter 5 Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities “Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities” is exactly what it reads. We tax your carbon use; we give the tax money to third-world countries (after we take our cut) so they can use their fair share of fossil-fuels. Do as I say, not as I do., The US voices of climate change (e.g. Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz, Sting, Jane Fonda, Al Gore, and John Kerry) live in mansions using excessively more resources and fossil-fuels then the average citizen. Those not worthy, the ignorant middle-class, must be regulated and taxed. Ha, what was your last movie, where is your Ivy League Diploma, where is your private jet, who is your chauffeur… shut the hell-up and make your sacrifice. Will (President) Trump worsen climate change (,sic,)? President Trump maintains the same lifestyle as when elected. However, there are former Executive office holders that have aggravated their fossil-fuel use since prior to their holding the office. Obama Effort to Fight Climate Change! Obama’s strong belief in the 2015 COP21 “Paris Accords” which he personally signed does his best to reduce fossil-fuel use. Obama and Michele, wonderful ordinary people that live by principles. After leaving office the Obama family moves into an 8,200-square-foot mansion in the exclusive Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, D.C. He is chauffeured by excessive fuel using Limousine and Private Jet. Obama just purchased a 29-acre Martha’s Vineyard estate, a seven-bedroom, and eight-bath, 6,892-square-foot oceanfront mansion. Obama purchased an oceanfront estate almost a year to the date, 7 Sept 2018, at the University of Illinois at Urbana where he chided the US for excessive energy consumption and President Trump not enforcing the conditions of the Paris Accord and Obama warned of rising seas and danger of people living oceanfront. Obama’s carbon footprint is estimated to be 18 times greater than the average US American. He never intended to reduce “his” carbon footprint; he agreed to reduce “your” carbon footprint, you non-Harvard working-class plebs. Politics and Climate Change The “New Green Deal” will do nothing but transform (regress) the US way of life. The “New Green Deal” is an extension of the Obama “apology” tour. Pay penance for your countries success, your hard-work, your mother and father’s hard-work, your grandparent’s hard-work, your founding fathers vision; global welfare “trumps” hard-work and success. There are two aspects to the “New Green Deal”. 1. Who receives the government funds? 2. Who makes the sacrifice? What bureaucrat or committee chooses the recipients for Green initiatives funding? Remember the lost billions of US Government funded bankrupt green-energy companies, Evergreen Solar, Abound Solar, SpectraWatt, Solyndra, Beacon Power, SunPower, First Solar, EnerDel’s Ener1, Amonix, and 582 other failures, all failures. The US government debt is equivalent to 106.10 percent of the US Gross Domestic Product. The US is in debt, and funding for the “La La Land-Crony-Capitalism-BS- New Green Deal” will be monetized debt, borrowed, or from increased taxes. From Biden to Warren the “New Green Deal” will cost trillions of dollars, the US does not have, cannot afford, with zero-return-on-investment. Joe Biden and Bernie Sander’s support of the “New Green Deal” is redolent of, “…tell me about the rabbits George”. Elizabeth Warren’s support of the “New Green Deal” will certainly not include her sacrifice; she has Harvard on her résumé. Why will the foolish Americans not accept the fact, “you are not an Elite”. You are the “someone” in “…someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more”, not the Elites. Do think you that Obama, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, John Kerry, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Jane Fonda has any concern with respect to utility cost or carbon tax? Do you believe they tell their children to turn off the lights, put-on more clothing in winter rather than turn up the thermostat, take-off clothing in the summer rather than turn down the thermostat, worry about the cost of gasoline? If you believe they do, then you voted for Hillary. Does President Trump tell his children to turn off the lights, put-on more clothing in winter rather than turn up the thermostat, take-off clothing in the summer rather than turn down the thermostat, worry about the cost of gasoline? Probably not, but he is “not” telling you, “you need to sacrifice and your hard-earned piece of the pie should go to someone else based on guilt in the name of fairness”. In the COP21 “Paris Accords” under the agreement with Obama, China would have no emission limits until 2030, then not required to reduce emissions, only to “cap at that level”. Why is China’s interest placed above yours? What leader would agree to that? Is it your fault they are less developed? Politics and Economics We continue to hear politicians with no scientific background or elementary understandings of physics promote government “green-energy” programs, with no quantifiable goals. In Europe we have tax penalty “reduced” our carbon footprint. However, more effectively our energy development is in the competitive private sector, entities with results based on science attract investors and have an impact on fossil-fuel consumption. If competitive “mature technology” fossil-fuel replacements were available, investors in the US and around the world would be lining-up for the opportunity to invest. That is how technology works. I was not required or directed to invest in Amazon, it was a good investment. Why is it assumed the evil energy suppliers know that ,Free, Green Energy is cheaper; free solar and wind have a high Capital Return-on-Investment, and yet are unwilling to endorse and use such sources of energy without tax incentive? They do not want high-investment returns, they do not wish generate higher revenues, and they just want to go-broke and destroy the world by climate change? It is quite easy; because President Trump forces Americans to consume excessive amounts of evil energy suppliers product. Possibly fossil-fuel consumption is what we learned in ECON 101, “product supply is determined by product demand”. It is a travesty that the Supply of this product is due to President Trump forcing you to Demand excessive amounts of this product. Will Trump worsen climate change? Answer: ,YES!!!! He is forcing Americans to use fossil-fuels. President Trump is colluding with the Russians not to allow Americans to reduce home size, reduce electric demand (no air-conditioning, wash less frequently, no clothes dryer, etc.), reduce home heating fuels (turn down the thermostat), reduce freshwater use, reduce petrol consumption: move closer to place of employment, drive less frequently, or own a smaller fuel efficient vehicle. The next impeachable offence: President Trump forced Obama to purchase two fossil-fueled mansions (after the Russians told him to). That is your Answer.
It’s nothing but left-wing political rhetoric. Every Republican President since Nixon is either evil or a moron, often both. Since most went to Ivy League schools, this is obviously false. President Trump went to UPenn, Ford and both Bushes went to Yale. If they were such idiots, how did they win? I guess liberals aren’t so smart after all!
An interesting question there, Mike, thanks for including me in the folks you tagged to make a response to it. Years before representing the state of New Jersey in the United States Senate, Bill Bradley was a polished basketball standout at a prestigious Ivy League school (Princeton). This class act also went on to win an NBA Championship with the New York Knickerbockers (←—my Granny’s reference to them any time they matched up against our Boston Celtics). Joining Bill Bradley on the Knickerbockers were his following teammates —→ Phil Jackson (Yes, that Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls & Los Angeles Lakers championship coaching fame); Willis Reed; Walt “Clyde” Frazier; and Dave DeBusschere. In essence, Bill Bradley is one of the best & brightest people on this blue & green planet.
Moon Landings Humans have been on the moon six times . . . All six moon landings occurred when the US President was Richard Nixon. Invasions of Russia Countries to have invaded the Soviet Union or Russia include Germany, France, and . . . Sweden! Swedish invasion of Russia - Wikipedia Henry Ford and the Nazis The Ford Motor Company founder was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from the Nazis. Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Nazi officials, 1938 Samuel L. Jackson and Dr. King The Pulp Fiction and Star Wars actor served as an usher at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Samuel L. Jackson - Wikipedia Nirvana and Soundgarden brains and brawn Jason Everman was kicked out of both Seattle grunge bands. He then went into the US Army, eventually becoming a Green Beret. After leaving the military, Everman graduated from Columbia University. So Nirvana and Soundgarden have a Green Beret and an Ivy Leaguer among their alumni. Jason Everman - Wikipedia More on Jason: Edit- Other countries have invaded Russia/Soviet Union, so I changed the wording to “included.”
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52 weeks in a year and 50 states in the USA..., Coincidence? I think not! We'll throw in two territories for the extra two weeks. I choose… Puerto Rico and American Samoa… Yes that means 1 week in Alaska and equally 1 week in Rhode Island. That’s just the way it’s got to be. For this plan, start in the last week of October to kick things off at the American Samoa tattoo festival. We’re then going South in the winter, and winding North for the summer. This way, temperatures should be in a moderate 50’s to 90’s range for the year of travel meaning no bulky coats needed or dying of oven like heat. Well, except for when you get to Alaska in late October. You’ll need a coat for that. Because this is my fantasy journey, it’s filled with things I like: local natural wonders, caves, historical monuments, nifty architecture and sculpture, quirky museums, and a couple amusement parks and shopping locations. The plan is arranged to have at least one thing to do every day, and to limit the amount of driving on any given day while maximizing the number of things that can be seen in a single state. The time in parenthesis is the driving time from the previous days activity, where greater than one hour, rounded to the nearest half hour. I’ve summed up the driving time for each state in the header, too, only considering the drives that are over 1h long. The longest stretch of driving is a 10 hr stretch from one part of Alaska, through Canada, to another part of Alaska. The most hours of driving in one week are 23.5h in Wyoming. Here’s my estimated budget: RV: $2k to $100k, depending on how fancy you want to get. Gas & Maintenance: I estimate the total trip will included about 40k miles of driving. let’s budget $10k for fuel and repairs / maintenance. Camp fees: Average $30/night, so about $11k for the year. Food per person per day: $15 to $45 depending on your tastes and financial state, so $5.5k to $16.5k for the year. You could totally spend less on food than this, but I’m budgeting for a little comfort and nutrition. Entry fees: Lots of the stuff on my list is free, but let’s budget an average of $100 in entrance fees per person per week, for a total of $5.2k per person. Flights, Ferry, & Shipping American Samoa to California: $750 per person Florida to Puerto Rico: $200 per person Puerto Rico to Georgia: $200 per person Ship RV from Key West to Atlanta: $1,000 Washington to Alaska: $500 per person Miscellaneous (i.e. buffer): Because something will go wrong, put aside an extra 10% on top of the expected budget. In all, this trip is likely to cost $50k to $180k for two people. Miranda’s Magnificent ‘Merican Motor Marathon American Samoa Week 1 (last full week of October) Day 1:, Fly to Tutuila Island, American Samoa It takes about 1.5 hrs to drive from Tula, Eastern American Samoa to Poloa , Western American Samoa, across the length of the island, therefore there is not much driving this week. I recommend taking taxi’s, aiga buses, or Uber. Day 2: ,National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Day 3: ,Fagatogo Marketplace, Traditional Samoa Fiafia Night Show Day 4: ,Tisa’s Barefoot Bar, feed the eels Day 5: ,Attend the Tattoo festival (occurs in last full weekend in October). If you are adventurous, get a tattoo to mark the start of your USA adventure Day 6,:, ,Go to a Samoan church service. National Park of American Samoa Day 7: ,Rose Atoll (southernmost point in the USA) Hawaii Week 2 (November) Day 1:, Fly to Honolulu, Hawaii Since you’ll be going from island to island in Hawaii, it doesn’t make sense to rent a car for this week. Day 2: ,Pearl Harbor, Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau Day 3:, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum Day 4:, Hanauma Bay Day 5:, Take a whale watching boat to The Big Island Day 6:, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Day 7:, Rainbow Falls in the Puna National Forest and Mauna Kea Observatory California* (12.5h) Week 3 (November) Day 1: ,Fly to San Francisco* Buy a used RV, ,SF bay area recreational vehicles,. Day 2: ,Alcatraz Day 3: ,Chinatown* Day 4: ,Castello di Amorosa (1.5h) Day 5: ,Calaveras Big Tree State Park (3h) Day 6: ,Hollywood, Los Angeles (6h) Day 7: ,Trolley tour*, San Diego* (2h) Nevada* (22h) Week 4 (November) Day 1: ,Las Vegas* (5h) Day 2: ,Stratosphere*, Cirque du Soleil* Day 3: ,Neon museum, indoor skydiving Day 4: ,Sedan Crater (2.5h) Day 5: ,Tikaboo Peak (4 hr), Little A'Le'Inn (2h) Day 6: ,Lehman Caves (3.5h) Day 7: ,Great Basin National Park, Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah (5h) Utah* (20h) Week 5 (December) Day 1: ,Bonneville Salt Flats (7h) Day 2: ,Temple Square and the Great Salt Lake (2h) Day 3: ,Arches National Park* (4h) Day 4: ,Goblin Valley State Park (1.5h) Day 5: ,Bryce Canyon National Park (4h) Day 6: ,Zion National Park (1.5h) Day 7: ,Scenic Drives from Kanab Arizona* (14.5h) Week 6 (December) Day 1: ,Grand Canyon*, (North Rim, 2h, South Rim, 4h) Day 2: ,Two-day mule ride down the Canyon* Book this trip at least a year in advance if you plan to do the south rim trail! Day 3: ,Stay at the bottom of the Grand Canyon* Day 4: ,Return to the top of the Grand Canyon* Day 5: ,Wutpaki National Monument, Petrified Forest (from North Rim, 6h, from South Rim, 4h) Day 6: ,Taliesin, Goldfield Ghost Town (4h) Day 7:, Biosphere 2*, San Xavier Del Bac Mission (2.5h) New Mexico* (21h) Week 7 (December) Day 1:, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Las Cruces (7.5h) Day 2: ,White Sands National Monument (1h) Day 3: ,Sandia Peak Tramway (4h) Day 4: ,Chaco Culture National Historical Park (3.5h) Day 5: ,Aztec Ruins National Monument (1.5h) Day 6: ,Santa Fe, Canyon Road Arts District, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (3.5h) Day 7: ,El Rancho de los Golondrinos, Museum of International Folk Texas* (21h) Week 8 (December) Day 1: ,Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch (4h) Day 2: ,Palo Duro Canyon State Park (1h) Day 4:, Enchanted Rock (7h) Day 3: ,Alamo (1.5h) Day 5: ,Space Center in Houston (3.5h) Day 6:, Dallas, Cowtown Opry at the Stockyards (4h) Day 7:, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Oklahoma (12.5h) Week 9 (December) Day 1: ,Sipokni West, Chickasaw Cultural Center (3h) Day 2: ,Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (2h) Day 3: ,National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1.5h) Day 4: ,Hot air balloon ride in Tulsa, Philbrook Museum of Art (1.5h) Day 5: ,Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve (1h) Day 6: ,Drive Route 66, Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum (2.5h) Day 7: ,Cherokee Heritage Center (2h) Missouri* (12.5h) Week 10 (January) Day 1: ,George Washington Carver National Monument (2.5h) Day 2: ,Fantastic Caverns (1h) Day 3: ,St. Louis*, Gateway Arch* (3.5h) Day 4: ,Museum of Transportation, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Anheuser-Busch Brewery Day 5: ,Elephant Rocks State Park (1.5h) Day 6: ,Silver Dollar City (4h) Day 7: ,Titanic Museum Arkansas (10.5h) Week 11 (January) Day 1: ,Walmart Museum, Mildred B Cooper Memorial Chapel (2.5h) Day 2: ,Thorncrown Chapel, Christ of the Ozarks (1h) Day 3: ,Arkansas Alligator Museum, Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum (4h) Day 4: ,Hot Springs National Park Day 5: ,Little Rock, Esse Museum, H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden (1h) Day 6: ,Newton House Museum (2h) Day 7: ,South Arkansas Arboretum Louisiana* (9.5h) Week 12 (January) Day 1: ,Lafayette, Bayou Tourtue, McGee’s Landing (5h) Day 2:, Attakapas Swamp (2h) Attakapas Adventures eco swamp tours home page Day 3: ,Shirley C Tucker Herbarium, Baton Rouge (1h) Day 4: ,French Quarter*, New Orleans* (1.5h) Day 5: ,French Quarter*, Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo* Day 6: ,Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World* Day 7: ,Sea plane tour of the Louisiana wetlands Mississippi* (10h) Week 13 (January) Day 1: ,Mississippi Gulf Coast*, Magnolia State Rocker, Katrina Angel Trees (1h) Day 2: ,Ship Island Ferry from Gulport Day 3: ,Rocky Springs Trail portion of the Natchez Trace (3.5h) Day 4: ,Vicksburg, Biedenham Coco-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Toy Museum (1h) Day 5: ,Delta State University Sculpture Garden (2h) Day 6: ,Quepaw Canoe Company tour (1h) Day 7: ,Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery (1.5h) Tennessee* (11h) Week 14 (February) Day 1: ,National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland*, Memphis* (1h) Day 2: ,Belle Meade Plantation, Parthenon, Nashville (3h) Day 3: ,Cheekwood Art & Garden, Sunsphere (3h) Day 4: ,Dollywood* (1h) Day 5: ,Dollywood* Day 6: ,Ober Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg Space Needle Day 7: ,Ruby Falls (3h) Alabama (12h) Week 15 (February) Day 1: ,Tuscumbia (3h) “Ivy Green” (birth place of Helen Keller) Day 2: ,Fromagerie Belle Chevre, US Space and Rocket Center (2h) Day 3: ,Guntersville State Park Lodge (1h) Watch for Bald Eagles Day 4: ,Guntersville Museum Day 5: ,First White House of the Confederacy (2.5h) Day 6: ,Fort Morgan (3.5h) Day 7: ,Cruise the gulf Florida* (17.5h) Week 16 (February) Day 1: ,Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum (1.5h) Day 2: ,Mission San Luis (3h) Day 3: ,Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg (4.5h) Day 4: ,Universal Studios*, Orlando* (1.5h) Day 5: ,Disney World* Day 6: ,Everglades National Park (4h) Day 7: ,Shipwreck Museum, Mallory Square in Key West* (3h) Ship your RV to Atlanta! Puerto Rico* (4h) Week 17 (February) Day 1: ,Fly to San Juan*, Puerto Rico Rent a car for this excursion Day 2: ,Old San Juan*, walk the city wall path (bring water!)* Collect beach glass across from the Capitol building* Day 3: ,Arecibio Light House* (1h) Day 4: ,Rio Abajo forest*, visit Cueva Clara* Day 5: ,La Parquera* (2h) Swim with dinoflagellates in the bioluminescent bay* Day 6: ,Gilligan’s Island* Leave from Playa de Guernica* Day 7: ,Whale watching from Cabo Rojo (1h) Georgia* (7.5h) Week 18 (March) Day 1: ,Fly to Atlanta* Day 2: ,Margaret Mitchel House, Fountain of Rings show Day 3: ,Center for Puppetry Arts, Swan House Day 4: ,Center for Civil and Human Rights Day 5: ,Gem Mining at the Lily Pad Village in Blue Ridge (2h) Day 6: ,Andersonville National Historic Site (2h) Day 7: ,Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Bonaventure Cemetery (3.5h) South Carolina (8h) Week 19 (March) Day 1: ,Hilton Head (1h) Day 2: ,Hilton Head Day 3: ,Charleston, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Middleton Place (2h) Day 4: ,Patriots Point, Fort Sumter Day 5: ,Myrtle Beach (2h) Day 6: ,Broadway at the Beach, Brookgreen Gardens Day 7: ,Congaree National Park (3h) North Carolina (19.5h) Week 20 (March) Day 1: ,Bryson City, Clingmans Dome (4.5h) Day 2: ,Biltmore estate, Folk Art Center, Asheville (2h) Day 3: ,Tweetsie Railroad (2h) Day 4: ,Nascar Hall of Fame, Durham (2h) Day 5: ,Duke Lemur Center (,reservation required!,), Outer Banks (6h) Day 6: ,Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wild Mustangs (2h) Day 7: ,Roanoke Island, “The Lost Colony” stage show (1h) Virginia (14h) Week 21 (March) Day 1: ,Virginia Beach, First Landing Cross, Fort Henry Lighthouse, Norwegian Lady (2.5h) Day 2: ,Colonial Williamsburg, Bassett Hall, George Wythe House (1h) Day 3: ,Historic Jamestowne Day 4: ,Middleburg, National Sporting Library and Museum (3h) Winery, there seem to be a lot around this area, visit one Day 5:, Shenandoah National Park, Skyland (1.5h) Day 6: ,Luray Caverns, Rope Adventure Park, Luray Day 7: ,Drive Blue Ridge Parkway to Fancy Gap (6h) Kentucky (13.5h) Week 22 (March) Day 1: ,Cumberland Falls (5h) Day 2: ,National Corvette Museum, Lost River Cave (2.5h) Day 3: ,Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Churchill Downs (2h) Day 4: ,Big Bone Lick State Park, Creation Museum (2h) Day 5: ,Kentucky Horse Park (1h) Day 6: ,Red River Gorge (1h) Day 7: ,Red River Gorge West Virginia* (14h) Week 23 (April) Day 1: ,Museum of Radio and Technology, Heritage Farm Museum and Village (2h) Day 2: ,Grave Creek Indian Mound (3.5h) Day 3: ,Prickett’s Fort State Park (2h) Day 4: ,Blackwater Falls (2h) Day 5: ,Seneca Rocks (1h) Day 6: ,Berkeley Springs State Park (2h) Day 7: ,Loudoun Heights (1.5h) Maryland (9h) Week 24 (April) Day 1: ,Antietam National Battlefield (1h) Day 2: ,Catoctin National Park Day 3: ,Baltimore, B&O Railroad Museum, Edgar Allan Poe House (1h) Day 4: ,Point Lookout State Park (2h) Day 5: ,Annapolis, United States Naval Academy, National Cryptologic Museum (2h) Day 6: ,Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (1.5h) Day 7: ,Assateague State Park (1.5h) Delaware (5h) Week 25 (April) Day 1: ,Fenwick Island Lighthouse, Delaware Seashore State Park, Holts Landing State Park (1.5h) Day 2: ,Cape Henlopen State Park, Zwaanendael Museum (1h) Day 3: ,Lums Pond State Park, Pea Patch Island (1.5h) Day 4: ,Newark Reservoir, Hagley Museum and Library (1h) Day 5: ,Winterthur Museum Day 6: ,Nemours Mansion and Gardens Day 7: ,Finns Point New Jersey* (4.5h) Week 26 (April) Day 1: ,Storybrook Land (1.5h) Day 2: ,Atlantic City Day 3: ,Jersey Shore (1h) Day 4: ,Grounds for Sculpture (1h) Day 5: ,Ellis Island* & Statue of Liberty* (1h) Take Ferry from Liberty State Park* Day 6: ,Thomas Edison National Historical Park Day 7: ,Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Connecticut (3.5h) Week 27 (May) Day 1: ,Barnum Museum (1.5h) Day 2: ,Thimble Islands day cruise Day 3: ,Dinosaur State Park (1h) Day 4: ,Elizabeth Park Conservancy, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Day 5: ,Gillette Castle (1h) Day 6: ,Rocky Neck State Park Day 7: ,Mystic Seaport Rhode Island (3h) Week 28 (May) Day 1: ,Port Judith Lighthouse (1h) Day 2: ,National Museum of American Illustration, Newport Cliff Walk (1h) Day 3: ,Rough Point, The Breakers, Rosecliff Day 4: ,Norman Bird Sanctuary Day 5: ,Green Animals Topiary Garden Day 6: ,Roger Williams Park Botanical Center (1h) Day 7:, Slater Cotton Mill Massachusetts (7h) Week 29 (May) Day 1: ,Battleship Cove Day 2: ,Martha’s Vineyard (2h) Day 3: ,Plimoth Plantation and Plymouth Rock (2h) Day 4: ,Harvard, Freedom Trail, Boston (1h) Day 5: ,Boston Tea Party Ships, See a game at Fenway Park Day 6: ,Old Sturbridge Village (1h) Day 7: ,Norman Rockwell Museum (1h) New Hampshire (9h) Week 30 (May) Day 1: ,Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Enfield Shaker Museum (3h) Day 2: ,McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (1h) Day 3: ,Canterbury Shaker Village Day 4: ,Prescott Park (1h) Day 5: ,Conway Scenic Railroad (2h) Day 6: ,Echo Lake, Flume Gorge (1h) Day 7: ,Santa’s Village (1h) Maine (11h) Week 31 (June) Day 1: ,Seashore Trolley Museum (2.5h) Day 2: ,Palace Playland Day 3: ,DeLorme Eartha, Desert of Maine (1h) Day 4: ,Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park (3h) Day 5: ,Sand Beach Day 6: ,Schoodic Peninsula (1.5h) Day 7: ,Baxter State Park (3h) Vermont (13.5h) Week 32 (June) Day 1: ,Lake Willoughby (6h) Day 2: ,Bread and Puppet Theater, St Anne’s Shrine, Lake Champlain (2h) Day 3: ,Shelburne Museum, Old Round Church (1.5h) Day 4:, Smuggler’s State Park (1h) Day 5: ,Montshire Museum of Science (1.5h) Day 6: ,American Precision Museum Day 7: ,Vermont Marble Museum (1.5h) New York* (13.5h) Week 33 (June) Day 1: ,Niagara Falls* (6h) Day 2: ,Letchworth State Park, Watkins Glen State Park (3h) Day 3: ,Carnegie Hall*, New York City* (4.5h) Day 4: ,Central Park*, Guggenheim Museum Day 5: ,Times Square*, Madame Tussauds Day 6: ,SoHo* Day 7: ,Coney Island Pennsylvania* (8h) Week 34 (June) Day 1: ,Sesame Place (1.5h) Day 2: ,Love Park, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Day 3: ,Independence Hall, Eastern State Penitentiary Day 4: ,Valley Forge National Historical Park Day 5: ,Hershey Park (1.5h) Day 6: ,Gettysburg (1h) Day 7: ,Falling Water, Andy Warhol Museum (4h) Ohio* (17h) Week 35 (July) Day 1: ,Chateau Laroche (4h) Day 2: ,East Harbor State Park (3.5h) Day 3: ,Ohio State Reformatory (1.5h) Day 4: ,The Wilds* (1.5h) Day 5: ,Hocking Hills*, Tecumseh* (3.5h) Day 6: ,Serpent Mound Historical Site (1.5h) Day 7: ,National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, American Sign Museum (1.5h) Indiana* (7.5h) Week 36 (July) Day 1: ,Soldiers and Sailors Monument,, ,Indianapolis City Market Catcombs (2h) Day 2: ,Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Medical History Museum Day 3: ,Periodic Table of Elements, Depauw University (1h) Day 4: ,Turkey Run State Park (1h) Day 5: ,Tippecanoe Battle Ground (1h) Day 6: ,Indiana Dunes (1.5h) Day 7: ,Amish Acres (1h) Michigan* (18h) Week 37 (July) Day 1: ,Greenfield Village, Detroit Historical Museum* (3.5h) Day 2: ,Belle Isle Day 3: ,Heidelberg Project, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum Day 4: ,Sleeping Bear Dunes (4.5h) Day 5: ,Mackinaw Island (3h) Day 6: ,Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Tahquamenon Falls (2h) Day 7: ,Porcupine Mountains (5h) Wisconsin* (10.5h) Week 38 (July) Day 1: ,Chequamegon National Forest (2h) Day 2: ,Paul Bunyan Logging Camp (2.5h) Day 3: ,The House on the Rock, Taliesin (3h) Day 4: ,Circus World, Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron (1h) Day 5: ,Devil’s Lake State Park Day 6: ,International Crane Foundation Day 7: ,Harley Davidson Museum (2h) Illinois* (5.5h) Week 39 (July) Day 1: ,The Tempel Lipizzans, Old Mill Creek (1h) Day 2: ,Volo Auto Museum, Willis Tower* (1h) Day 3: ,Driehaus Museum, International Museum of Surgical Science Day 4: ,Navy Pier*, Millennium Park*, Chicago river boat archeological tour* Day 5: ,Frank Lloyd Wright homes tour*, Oak Park* Day 6: ,Starved Rock State Park (1.5h) Day 7: ,Lincoln Home National Historic Site (2h) Iowa* (16h) Week 40 (August) Day 1: ,Crapo Park (3h) Day 2: ,National Balloon Classic, Indianola (2.5h) End of July, beginning of August Day 3: ,Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Boon and Scenic Valley Railroad (1.5h) Day 4: ,Amana Colonies (2h) Day 5: ,Maquoketa Caves State Park (1.5h) Day 6: ,Field of Dreams Movie Site, Vesterheim: The National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center (2.5h) Day 7: ,Grotto of the Redemption (3h) Minnesota (14h) Week 41 (August) Day 1: ,Pipstone National Monument (3h) Day 2: ,Mystery Cave State Park (4h) Day 3: ,Mall of America (2h) Day 4: ,Minnehaha Falls, Cathedral of St Paul Day 5: ,Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Weisman Art Museum Day 6: ,Munsinger Gardens (1.5h) Day 7: ,Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mines (3.5h) North Dakota (15.5h) Week 42 (August) Day 1: ,Bonanzaville (5h) Day 2: ,National Buffalo Museum (1.5h) Day 3: ,International Peace Garden (3h) Day 4: ,Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center, Fort Mandan (3h) Day 5: ,Knife River Indian Villages Day 6: ,Enchanted Highway, Dakota Dinosaur Museum (1.5h) Day 7: ,Cowboy Hall of Fame, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora Musical (1.5h) South Dakota* (13h) Week 43 (August) Day 1: ,Needles, Black Hills (5h) Day 2: ,Mount Moriah Cemetery, Crazy Horse (2.5h) Day 3: ,Mount Rushmore* Day 4: ,Reptile Garden Day 5: ,Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Badlands (1.5h) Day 6: ,Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Big Badlands Overlook Day 7: ,Corn Palace Festival, Mitchell (4h) Late August Nebraska (11h) Week 44 (September) Day 1: ,Ashfall Fossil Beds (6h) Day 2: ,Freedom Park (3h) Day 3: ,Joslyn Castle, Malcolm X House Day 4: ,Gerald R Ford Birthsite and Gardens Day 5: ,Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum Day 6: ,International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Frank H Woods Telephone Museum Day 7: ,Pioneer Village (2h) Kansas* (13.5h) Week 45 (September) Day 1: ,The Geographic Center of the United States (1h) Day 2: ,Amelia Earhart Birthplace,, ,Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site (4.5h) Day 3: ,Emmett Kelly Museum, (2.5h) Day 4: ,Old Cowtown Museum, Allen Lambe House (2h) Day 5: ,Strataca Salt Mine (1h) Day 6: ,Coronado Heights Castle (1h) Day 7: ,Barbed Wire Museum (1.5h) Colorado* (16h) Week 46 (September) Day 1: ,Great Sand Dunes National Park (7h) Day 2: ,Great Sand Dunes National Park Day 3: ,Pikes Peak* (4h) Day 4: ,Coors Brewery Tour*, Golden*, Casa Bonita* (2.5h) Day 5: ,Boulder* Day 6: ,Buffalo Bill’s Grave*, Lookout Mountain* (1.5h) Day 7: ,Winter Park Resort (1h) Wyoming* (23.5h) Week 47 (September) Day 1: ,Museum of the Mountain Man (6.5h) Day 2: ,National Museum of Wildlife Art (1.5h) Day 3: ,Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone (3.5h) Day 4: ,Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Artist’s Point (3h) Day 5: ,Grand Prismatic Spring, Opal Pool (1h) Day 6:, Old Faithful Geyser Day 7: ,Devil’s Tower (8h) Montana* (13h) Week 48 (September) Day 1: ,Little Bighorn Battlefield (3.5h) Day 2: ,Pictograph Cave (1h) Day 3: ,American Computer Museum (2.5h) Day 4:, Our Lady of the Rockies, Berkeley Pit (2h) Day 5: ,World Museum of Mining Day 6: ,Cathedral of St Helena (1h) Day 7: ,Flathead Lake (3h) Idaho (23h) Week 49 (October) Day 1: ,Lake Coeur d’Alene (3.5h) Day 2: ,Hells Canyon (4.5h) Day 3: ,Craters of the Moon National Monument (8h) Day 4: ,Idaho Potato Museum (3h) Day 5: ,Boise Idaho Temple, Egyptian Theater (4h) Day 6: ,Old Idaho Penitentiary Site Day 7: ,World Center for Birds of Prey, Table Rock Oregon* (19h) Week 50 (October) Day 1: ,Crater Lake (7h) Day 2: ,Cape Perpetua, Sea Lion Caves (4h) Day 3: ,Devils Punchbowl (1h) Day 4: ,Enchanted Forest (2h) Day 5: ,Multnomah Falls, The Grotto (2.5h) Day 6: ,Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Japanese Garden Day 7: ,Haystack Rock, Astoria Column (2.5h) Washington* (9.5h) Week 51 (October) Day 1: ,Hoh Rain forest (4h) Day 2: ,Snoqualmie Falls (4h) Day 3: ,Pike Place Market*, Gum Wall, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Day 4: ,Space Needle*, EMP Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass Day 5: ,Pacific Science Center, Olympic Sculpture Park Day 6: ,Volunteer Park Day 7: ,Whatcom Falls Park, SPARK Museum (1.5h) Alaska (14h) Week 52 (October) Day 1: ,Take ferry from Bellingham (leaves on Fridays) Viking Travel Inc. / AlaskaFerry.com,, you can take your RV Day 2: ,Enjoy the ferry ride Day 3: ,Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan (ferry stop) Day 4: ,Skagway (switch to driving) Appears to be the last stop when leaving from Bellingham Day 5: ,Tok (10h) You have to drive through Canada, bring a passport Day 6: ,El Dorado Gold Mine, Fairbanks (4h) Day 7: ,Stay until Northern Lights are sighted, then sell the RV and fly home *Places I’ve been or things I’ve seen Notes: All state maps with destinations made with Bing Maps All photos from Google Images All drive times from Google Maps
Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas: 11 Years Priyanka and Nick were only dating two months before they got engaged back in July 2018. They later married that same year in a lavish December wedding. Fans were shocked due to the couple's age difference, they could care less though. A friend of theirs even commented on how Nick has a thing for older women, thus making Priyanka more attractive to him. Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds: 11 Years Green Lantern, might have been a flop, but one good thing came from it. Blake and Ryan met on set of the film back in 2011. At the time, Blake was only 22 years old, while Ryan was 33. They quickly started dating and were married a year later in September 2012. Today, they are still in love and even have two adorable little girls. George Clooney & Amal Clooney: 17 Years The world went nuts back in 2014 when George Clooney, then 52 years old, announced that he was now engaged to Amal Alamuddin, a 35-year-old international human rights lawyer. The two tied the knot in September 2014, just one year after they met. They then welcomed twins, Ella and Alexander, in June 2017. Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi: 15 Years Ellen and Portia first started dating back in 2004 and their relationship did nothing but blossom from there. The pair moved in with one another in 2005 and Ellen informed ,People,: "It's the first time that I've known in every cell of my being that I'm with somebody for the rest of my life." They later married in 2008 and have been together ever since. Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo: 10 Years After Adam Levine broke things off with Anne Vyalitsyna, he got together with her close friend and fellow VS model, Behati Prinsloo. The pair started dating in June 2012, became engaged in 2013, and tired the knot in 2014. They later welcomed their first child, an adorable baby girl named Dusty Rose in 2016 and then another precious little girl named Gio Grace in 2018. Jay-Z & Beyoncé: 12 Years When Jay-Z and Beyoncé first got together back in 2001, she was 20 and he was 32. The pair had a secret wedding back on April 4, 2008 and would go on to have their first child, Blue Ivy Carter in 2012. They then once again broke the internet when they announced in 2017 that they would be expecting twins, Rumi and Sir. Jason Statham & Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley: 20 Years Jason Statham and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley first started dating back in 2010. The two later confirmed they were engaged in January 2016 and year later, in February 2017, announced to the world they were expecting their first child together. On June 24, 2017, the couple welcomed their son, Jack Oscar Statham. Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender: 11 Years Alicia Vikander and her husband Michael Fassbender first met on the set of ,The Light Between Oceans. The two instantly hit it off and started dating in 2014. In the beginning though, they kept it low-key, trying to keep their relationship hidden from the cameras. Nothing stays hidden for long though and they were outed as newly weds in 2017 after returning from their incognito wedding. Camila Alves & Matthew McConaughey: 13 Years When Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves first met, it was in a nightclub back in 2006. Matthew had to put in some work to win Camila over before she finally said yes to a date. He would later propose to her on Christmas day in 2011 and they would marry in June 2012. They share three children together, sons Levi and Livingston along with daughter Vida. Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones: 25 Years Back in 1996, during the Deauville Film Festival, friends introduced Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas to one another. Michael proposed to Catherine in 1999, a month after rumors were finally confirmed that she was pregnant with their first child together. 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The two became in engaged in 2006, but ended up calling it quits three years later. However, it wasn’t long before they rekindled their relationship and got married in 2010. They now have three sons together. Hugh Jackman & Deborra Lee-Furness: 13 Years Hugh Jackman first met his wife, Deborra Lee-Furness, back in 1995 while on the Australian show ,Correli. The two lovebirds married a year later in 1996 and went on to adopt two children together, Oscar and Ava. In an interview with ,People,, Hugh stated: "I’m literally the adult in the relationship. She’s just like a little kid. I’m the [one saying], ‘Babe, this is not a legal parking spot." Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart: 22 Years It was during the 2002 Golden Globe Awards that Harrison Ford first met the love of his life, Calista Flockhart. Harrison, who was 60 at the time, and Calista, who was 38, continued their relationship for over seven years before getting engaged on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2009. They were married that same year and went on to adopt a son together. Alec Baldwin & Hilaria Baldwin: 26 Years Alec Baldwin first met his wife, Hilaria, in February 2011 while she worked as a yoga instructor. Hilaria explained during an interview with ,Beach Magazine, in 2013: “Five months into our relationship, we got an apartment together; then we started talking about getting married; then he proposed; then we got married; now we have a kid. So, it all went quite fast!” The couple now has four children together. David Foster & Katharine McPhee: 34 Years David Foster first met his now wife, Katharine McPhee, during Season 5 of the show ,American Idol, ,where he starred as a mentor for her and other contestants. While the two didn’t immediately become an item, once David’s divorce with Yolanda Hadid finalized in 2017, rumors started to swirl. They didn’t officially confirm their relationship until their engagement in 2018. Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan: 16 Years Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Morgan first started dating back in 2009. The two were set up on a date by Jeffrey’s co-star at the time, Jensen Ackles. The two later welcomed their first son together, Gus, in 2010 and were later married in 2014. They just recently welcomed a second child in 2018, a daughter named George Virginia.