Five little movies to trip the U.S. with us!

It’s been a month now since we returned to Birch Bay, on July 30th, after 14 months on the road, and I’ve just finished five little movies with highlights from our Tin Can Tour. Each covers a broad region of the country that we explored: eight or ten states in just 15-25 minutes! If you want to […]

I’m seeing signs from God

What are churches trying to say with the sayings on their readerboards? Driving around the country (and not just in the bible belt) I’ve seen signs that try to recruit new churchgoers. Spark drive-by divine inspiration. Post biblical blurbs for believers. Guilt trip the sinners among us. Take sides on the issues of the day. And even one-up the […]

Minneapolis: Biking in bloomers

Minneapolis has a lively, historically-aware coolness—even when it’s hot. When we stopped here for a few days, two attitudes we immediately noticed were creativity and bike friendliness; no clue whether there’s a relationship between the two. But everywhere you turn there are resources for cyclists. You don’t see swarms of bicycles like in some European cities. But the bike infrastructure […]

Along the way: Central plains and midwest

Leaving the great national parks in the Rockies I didn’t see how anything could top those experiences for OMG factor. And to be sure, we haven’t seen anything on the scale of the Tetons and Yellowstone. But I had little expectation for the beauty we would find next. June 26-27: The Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and […]

Das Boat

Have you read “Steel Boat, Iron Hearts”? I have not, but Bruce loved the true story of the U-505, a World War II submarine by Hans Goebeler, who crewed on every war patrol aboard this “unterseeisch”. Both the sub and the author were captured by the US Navy’s hunter-killer group in 1944. After the war Goebeler was […]