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Last year, I achieved my goal of visiting every state in America. Listed are some of the more noteworthy adventures:
- Rafting on the Mendenhall River below the ice fields of Mendenhall Glacier Juneau, Alaska
- Fly fishing float trip on the San Juan River in New Mexico and a stay at Soaring Eagle Lodge
- Invited guest of the Director of Donor Services (American Battle Monuments Commission) at the Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremonies for the National WWll Memorial in Washington, D.C. after creating artwork for the organization.
- "Got my Kicks on Route 66"...from Armarillo, Texas to Santa Monica, California with my daughter, high school friend and another friend — the same Route my parents drove during WWll. Drove the Kansas segment several years later with my husband. Story I wrote, the online Route 66 Road Trip, is posted on my Gatekeepers of History site, where I write stories about certain people I have met during my travels.
Longhorn Limo ride to Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas—compliments of owner, Bobby Lee
- Breakfast with cowboys in the Sonoran Desert
- Stayed at two historic dude ranches...Kay El Bar Ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona and Lazy E L Ranch in Roscoe, Arizona (Stayed in the Charles Russell Cabin)
- Climbed Beech Cliff Loop in Acadia National Park
Mount Desert Island, Maine and Prouts Neck Cliff Walk in Scarborough, Maine
- Cobb's Pierce Pond Camps in Western Central Maine — one of America's last remaining old time fishing camps-electricity by generator only. I also camped overnight on a remote island on the 8 mile-long pond with its eerie silence, punctuated only by the sounds of loons and coyotes
- Moss-Squatch in Quinault Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington
- Encountered a sandstorm when driving from Utah into New Mexico
- Hiked in the Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park, Washington State
- Went on an air boat and a swamp buggy in the Everglades, Florida
- Flew in a float plane over the Maine Wilderness
- Stayed in an eco-tent at Maho Bay, St. John's, Virgin Islands. Built on the side of a mountain, the conservation-minded tent community was on boardwalks
- Took the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad into the San Juan National Forest to Tall Timber Resort, accessible only by the train or helicopter. The sounds of the steam train coming up the mountain several times a day and the bugling elk defined this experience
- Heart-to-heart talks with people from different cultures along Route 66 about why they have chosen to live and work on the Mother Road
- BAR-T-5 Stagecoach Ride/Cookout through Cache Canyon, outside Jackson, Wyoming
Covered Wagon Ride Through Cache Canyon and Cookout/Entertainment by Bar t 5 Ranch, Jackson, Wyoming
- Hot air balloon ride over the Snake River near the Grand Tetons outside Jackson, Wyoming
- Visit with musician Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and his wife, Rose Lane, at their Charlane Plantation in Dry Branch, Georgia
...Also at the Plantation — Sipped moonshine with a former roadie working there who was with the band, Deep Purple, and learned about life on the open road with a major rock band
- Launched my Preserve America-related satirical humor book, Daisy's Reality Show Adventure at Pink's Hot Dog Stand in Hollywood, California
- Haircut by the famous Angel Delgadillo, "The Angel of Route 66,"
- Attended mule riding class with wranglers for riders going down on Bright Angel Trail into the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I climbed down to a protruding rock and had a photo shoot of the riders, but did not ride
- Stayed at The Howlers Bed and Breakfast Inn in Bozeman, Montana, which is also a wolf sanctuary. Had an eye-to-eye encounter with one of the wolves
- Mt. Washington Auto Road and Mt. Washington Cog Railway
- The Californian Amtrak zephyr train experience from Chicago to Emeryville (outside San Francisco)
It traveled across the Rockies and Sierra Nevada with views of the Mississippi River and Donnor Lake
- Carol Sketching, from atop a Cherry Picker, a scene from The Phoenician Resort In Scottsdale, Arizona
- A wild off-road ride into the Cherokee National Park at Horse Creek, Tennessee in an old purple pick-up truck named Festus
- In costume at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Painting in my Sycamore Studio
- In Route 66 Road Trip Biker Garb
- Spent a day on Lake Powell in Arizona on a luxury houseboat and afterwards, a speed boat ride through Levitation Canyon at sunset
- Many lodging experiences, from The Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in San Bernardino, California to a stay in the Royal Suite at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City
- Walked through Thurston Lava Tube in Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii — Emerging into a fern-laden rainforest.
- Guest artist at the United States Coast Guard South Portland, Maine Station. My husband and I stayed in the barracks. A mock Search and Rescue was set up for me when I was in the utility boat. I also toured a buoy tender and Coast Guard Cutter
- Carol and husband Rick were the Grand Marshals in one of our town's traditional Fourth of July parades
- Wild Burros on Main Street (Route 66)
- Peabody Hotel Ducks and visit with the Duckmaster in
- Sun Studio Tour - Private tour by the owner and sang, using Elvis Presley's microphone in
- Ten Thousand Waves — Japanese spa experience in the high desert
Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Heartbreak Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee. One of the last guests to stay at this historic hotel before being torn down in advance of the opening of a new Hotel across the street. Was given the Graceland Suite.
- Visited Graceland
- In studio audience of TNN (The Nashville Network) in Nashville, Tennessee
- Private dinner with an Amish family on their farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- A steep hike from Deadwood, South Dakota to Boot Hill (St. Moriah Cemetery) to visit the burial site of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, and other notable figures of the Wild West
- A private tour of the secret wine cellar at '21' Club, the historic Prohibition speakeasy. Three Wallace originals hang on the walls of the iconic restaurant
- Visit to the White House at the invitation of First Lady Laura Bush
- Invited guest with husband and daughter (basketball recruit) to tour West Point, attend the West Point-Air Force Football game, and dine with a Major General at Hotel Thayer
- Private lunch and tour with Collette Guste, the granddaughter of the founder of Antoine's in New Orleans (Antoine Alciatore), the oldest family owned restaurant in the country, serving traditional French Creole cuisine since 1840
- Was a passenger on several Harley Davidson motorcycles
- Joined a trucker in his 18-wheeler on a drive to learn about his cross-country adventures
- "Old time photo sessions" in South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico and Florida
The Route 66 Travelers at Old Tyme Photos in Tucumcari, New Mexico
- Regional culinary adventures at hundreds of historic establishments around the country from Joe's Stone Crab in Miami and Union Oyster House in Boston to Mama Mango's in the Florida Keys and the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo.
- Chosen 'musician' to play seal horns on stage at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium in Orlando, Florida
- Deep sea fishing for bluefish on the historic boat, The Mijoy, in Waterford, Connecticut
- Taught watercolor painting on the cruise ship, Holland America, from San Diego, California to Hawaii.
- A day out with Captain Clive Ferrin, Lobster Fisherman from Boothbay Harbor, Maine
- When writing the story about Roger Brashears, Storyteller, Official Historian, Spokesman, Publicist, Promotion Director, and Director of Public Relations for Jack Daniel Distillery (Lynchburg, Tennessee) on my Preserve America Gatekeepers of History site, he called often with many of his fondest stories
- A private tour, by the General Manager, to the Ballot Room of The Balsams Grand Resort, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
Since 1960, all of Dixville Notch's registered voters have gathered at midnight in the Ballot Room at the Balsams Grand Resort to cast their ballots in the presidential primary and general election. The polls are closed as soon as everyone has voted, which sometimes only takes one minute. Since New Hampshire has the first in the nation primary, Dixville Notch is often the first to report results
- Cross country skiing between historic inns in Vermont
- One year project...Country Stores of Vermont. Thirty country stores were featured on a two-sided 2' x 3' poster. Art was on the front and testimonials from the storekeepers and histories of the stores on the back. A collaboration between the storekeepers, me, as the artist, and a writer, the posters were launched and presented to the people of America on the steps of one of the featured stores by then-Governor Howard Dean. The #1 Artist Proof was given to the Governor to place in the State House and posters were placed in every public and private school library in Vermont. The prints, distributed to each of the storekeepers, were loaded in the back of a station wagon and given personally (the old fashioned way). An art show, "Flatlanders in Vermont," held at one of the artist's galleries in Connecticut, featured the originals
- Back Road Traveler: Spent eight years traveling the back roads of Litchfield County, Connecticut, creating pen and ink drawings of historic structures and landscapes that were featured in a national award-winning weekly newspaper, The Litchfield County Times
- Climbed the lighthouse at St. Simon's Island, Georgia, with the curator
- As is tradition, Carol and her Route 66 co-travelers sat on the metal chairs under the neon at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, 'talking about life.'
- Sitting on one of the many benches lining Main Street in Mountain View, Arkansas, listening to foot-stomping music played on the steps of Town Hall on the Green by musicians. A near every-day occurance, the town is known as the Folk Music capital of the World
- Windjammer cruise on the historic sailboat, Appledore, in Camden, Maine.
- Frequent visitor to the iconic Willow Grove Park in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) in the 1950s and 1960s. One of the biggest attractions in the park was the music pavilion, at which John Philip Sousa and his band played every year but one, between 1901 and 1926. The park's slogan was "Life is a lark at Willow Grove Park"
- In the Mojave Desert, Arizona, on Route 66
- In the Lucille Ball Room, Silver Saddle Motel, Santa Fe, New Mexico
(Many Route 66 Hotels and Motels have rooms named for actors and actresses as many
movies, featuring these stars, were filmed on Route 66 and elsewhere in the West)
- Off-Road Adventure in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
- Standin’ On The Corner In Winslow, Arizona...Route 66
- Unrise Tour of the Grand Canyon
- Luau and Drums Of The Pacific performance in Maui, Hawaii
- Pashmina scarf line created by designer Pam Kubbins, owner of Pam's Pashminas, a Boston Company, based on Carol's watercolor, Wild Roses
As a Justice of the Peace, Carol has performed weddings at historic sites in Connecticut
- SELECTED PLEIN AIRE PAINTING EXPERIENCES:
- Commission of a client's covered bridge before having to escape before being 'eaten alive' by mosquitos
- Doing a painting on an easel at a farm when one of the cows approached and began eating my paper. She would not leave--(Guess she didn't like the work)
- While working on a commission of a waterscape of Pierce Pond, Maine in a canoe, for the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust, I had an authentic watercolor experience as my husband thrashed his fly-fishing rod back and forth, bringing me a constant supply of water on my paper
- And when, on a Maine Beach finishing a painting, the wind propelled the paper into the water and eventually it was delivered back by the crashing surf...completely intact.