Category Archives: U.S. States

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin – Portland’s Doppelganger?

I’m back home in Portland this week. My car is in Milwaukee. We’re both enjoying a welcome rest, after having just driven 2,560 miles over 13 days, completing the first leg of my (our?) cross-county journey. Here’s a town-by-town rendering … Continue reading

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Koochiching County, Minnesota – Heavenly Coffee, Hellish Motel Room

The first thing the already jarringly cheerful woman behind the counter said to me when I walked into Coffee Landing was, “Wow! Those are some handsome shoes! What kind of shoes are those?” Slightly taken aback, severely under-caffeinated, and suddenly … Continue reading

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Lincoln County, Montana – No. 1,865

Just now, while updating the admittedly Rain-Man-ish list I keep of which U.S. counties I’ve visited, I realized that upon driving through northwestern Montana’s prolifically wooded Lincoln County yesterday, I’d hit number 1,865. My morbid inner trivia geek really enjoys … Continue reading

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Spokane County, Washington – Traveling With Fish

Astonishingly little has been written on the topic of traveling over an extended period by car with a cargo of fish. This is most likely because it’s a foolish – and potentially dangerous and disgusting – endeavor. Never one to … Continue reading

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Andrew Likes This Ice Cream

No, I didn’t really write the headline to this first blog post, nor did I take or submit the photo of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, in Columbus, Ohio. This was posted by my very good friend Alison Stein Wellner, who … Continue reading

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