Trip number 11 to the USA, where I’ve stayed for about 18 months in total over the years. And, the best summer ever … some pictures are on Flickr and a few are on this summary.
Best food. The Lavoch pizza from the Quarter Barrel, in Oxford, Ohio:
Miles travelled by road. 3,000+.
Best pie. Lemon pie from the West Side Grill, Grinnell, Iowa:
Calories probably eaten. I did estimate this, and the figure is horrifically high. Not really surprising.
Most out-of-place thing seen. This well-used stack of publications, for sale in a garage sale (I didn’t buy, purchasing a small bookcase from the owner instead):
Most nom “fast” food. The butterburger at Culver’s (I can’t go back to inferior burgers, now):
States visited. Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Wisconsin, in addition to passing through Illinois and New Jersey.
Most aesthetically pleasing food. The sushi at Grinnell College, Iowa:
Geocaches found. 26.
Most fun. Either major league baseball, or going to the American Gothic house:
Best bargain. A box of 36 books of my choice for one dollar in the Grinnell public library sale.
Best ice cream. Candyshack, Grinnell, Iowa:
Biggest Wow moment. An evening of walking past, and through, groups of fireflies in Indiana.
Most surreal moment. Discussing food with Rick Santorum, a Republican party presidential candidate with whom I disagree on everything.
Most American moment (1/2). Standing next to, and exploring, a previous Air Force One:
Most American moment (2/2). Travelling down the Ohio river on a paddle steamer, passing the home of the Reds as they were playing:
Worst thing about this summer. The relentless, all-bar-two-days, heat.
Best thing about this summer…
A few other posts: