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  • 2020 RV Trip Planning – Tom and Tanya

    Following our 2 ½ year routine of semi-retirement (work 6 months then travel 6 months) Tanya and I are planning to begin the trip by attending the Rialta Rally April 2020 in Gulf Shores, AL, (cancelled due to Covid19) starting the travel from last work assignment in Washington DC where Tom has had an exceptional work assignment.

    Something important that my fellow travelers would attest to is the realization that upon retiring you work very hard to slow your activity tempo down to a rate that allows you time to relax, enjoy the things you see and do rather than continuing along at a pace designed to wear you out “Rat Race”. Work so far has not been too taxing in this regard until my last hospital assignment where the tempo was extremely high and made even more so by the Coronavirus events. This caused me quite a bit of stress and I discovered that it was my reluctance to join the “Rat Race” again. After realizing that, my stress level dropped considerably (not completely gone) and now I fully intend to capitalize on the travel phase of our lifestyle.

    This assignment in particular has changed considerably because of the Covid19 virus. After operating 2 different hospitals Facilities Department with unique challenges to each one. The Covid19 virus created another need to establish testing stations at the hospitals as well as remote testing sites. This took up the remainder of my work period until travel restrictions have been eased. I am incredibly grateful for the company I work for to keep me occupied during the lockdown period. As you all know I do not sit still very long! So keeping busy was very beneficial to me.

    The focus of this trip is that I had realized that my son’s family has never met the relatives living on the west coast and taking our grandson along for the trip and to meet all of the family on the west coast is a milestone for each of us. How lucky are we to be in good health and be able to share these adventures with our family and friends.

    Since we are starting out before our grandson gets out of school for the Rialta Rally is in April (cancelled due to Covid19) we intend to fly him to join us along the way. So there will not be mention of him until later in the trip when writing our blog.

    Travel Planning Tools

    I thought to share some of the tools I use during off travel periods that keep me involved mentally with other travel tasks. Creating a route and finding interesting things to see is very enjoyable and keeps my mind active.

    I prefer to use Bing Maps to draft our itinerary for there is several tools that help find interesting places to see. Most significant is attractions along the route. Once you enter the primary route select attractions and popups along your route appear, tapping on them individually and you get a popup of a description of that attraction. Then it is simple to save that item to your route and it is instantly added.

    Other tools is saving articles of travel destinations, Google Maps has a feature called Factory Tours, POI Factory has CSV or GPX files of routes to follow like Route 66 and Lewis and Clark trail or interesting places to see such as waterfalls etc. All of these are simply tools to help you collect information and “DRAFT” a trip route that includes things to see. Of course many times we will detour and see something else altogether, you do not have to stick to your route at all but having resources to find interesting things to see is half of the fun!

    The other great feature that you can save or share a link of your trip! Of course, as you travel you can continue to edit the trip as well.

    After you plan your route, set up to print your itinerary and you can insert additional things such as specific descriptions and links of things to see. So, you have one document that has all the information you need for your trip. I use Microsoft Cloud documents to do this so I can open it on any device and edit as I go.


    This route has been changed considerably due to Covid19. We are now going to go to Indianapolis and Milwaukee first to visit family then follow Route 66 once again until we reach the turn off for Mesa Verde.

    Although we had done Route 66 before I have found a new itinerary (POI Factory) and we will follow the route beginning in Chicago.



    8304 miles



    Washington, D.C.


    Indianapolis – Aunt Bee and Uncle Carl



    Milwaukee – Uncle Jerry, Cousins Carol, Diane, Earl, Ralph

    Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations (Menomonee Falls ,WI)

    Harley-Davidson Motor Company's 849,000 square-foot Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is home of the "Big Twin." Pilgrim Road employees produce engines and transmissions for the final assembly plants in York, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City, Missouri, for Touring, Softail® and Dyna® model families. Engines and transmissions are also produced for sale through Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories business.


    The Standard Factory Tour offers a view of the assembly line and designated machining areas.


    Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes. The tour takes place on Mondays at regular intervals between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.


    Guests must be 12 years of age or older. The tour can accommodate 10 guests per session.


    Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are not offered on weekends, major holidays, or during production changes and year-end maintenance.


    Tour schedule is subject to change. Please call 1-877-883-1450 (toll free) prior to your visit for up-to-date tour information.


    Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Please contact the Pilgrim Road Tour Center at 1-877-883-1450.


    The Harley-Davidson Museum® offers the Steel Toe Tour on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information regarding this VIP tour, visit the Harley-Davidson Museum web site.


    Cameras or recording devices are not allowed in the plant. Photography is permitted in the Tour Center.

    Bags or packages such as knapsacks, luggage and camera bags are not allowed in the factory.

    Fully enclosed, low-heeled shoes (1 inch or below) are required.

    Children under the age of 12 are welcome in the Tour Center, but are not allowed on the factory tour. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    Please notify us if you have disability-related needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate you.

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    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Production Facility

    Tours are free, include a video presentation, and generally last 45-60 minutes. Groups of up to 30 and children over 10 are welcome. Tours are available year-round.

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    Kohler Company

    For anyone who’s ever wondered how their KOHLER bathtub or faucet was made, the company opens its doors in a unique insider’s tour – the Industry in Action factory tour. Offered every weekday morning, Kohler’s Industry in Action factory tour takes visitors through the numerous buildings that create everything from vitreous china lavatories to massive 6-foot cast iron tubs.


    The three-hour tour begins at 8:30 AM and guests must be at least 14 years old and wear enclosed toe shoes. Safety goggles and headsets are provided for the convenience of tour participants. Advanced reservations are required for the tour and can be made by calling the Kohler Design Center at (920) 457-3699.

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    Svoboda Industries

    Svoboda Industries Inc specializes in manufacturing fine wooden parts and products to customer specifications. We can provide everything from parts and kits to completely finished and assembled packaged product.


    Our woodworking capabilities include design input and refinement, prototyping, short and long production runs, complete assembly, packaging and bulk or drop shipping.

    Some of our processes include: CNC machining, CNC handle machining, secondary operations, mouldings, and full finishing including staining, clear top coats and painting. We are well versed at working with hardwoods, softwoods, exotic woods, MDF, plywood and wood substrates.


    At Svoboda Industries Inc our mindset is to exceed your expectations for Service, Quality, Quick Turnaround and On Time Shipments... all at a fair price. We view ourselves as an extension of your operation. We understand the importance of managing inventories and rapid response. As an example of this, we support various customers by providing daily shipments to them.


    Our woodworkers are second to none. Our highly skilled and motivated employees take great pride in saying everything is "Manufactured in America" at our Kewaunee, Wisconsin facility.


    Factory viewing area. Staff available to anwer questions. Advance notice requested for large groups.

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    Mepps / Sheldons', Inc.

    The American Home of Mepps / Sheldons', Inc., the world headquarters for Mepps, the world's #1 lure, is located at 626 Center St. on the north side of Antigo, Wisconsin. We're just off Highway 45 North. Visit us the next time you're in the area. Take a guided tour, and watch us hand-make the world's #1 lure. See all of the 4000-plus lures Mepps manufacturers. We also have an impressive trophy room you won't want to miss!


    Tour schedule:

    January - April

    Monday - Thursday

    10:15 a.m & 2 p.m.


    May - December

    Monday - Thursday

    Mornings 9:15, 10:15, 11:15

    Afternoons 1:30, 2:30


    Tours last about 1/2 hour. Groups of 10 or more please call ahead.


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    ROUTE 66 new GPX route, will see additional items.


    St. Louis





    Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park

    Mapped locations of this area -

    Article about this route listed above -


    Morefield Campground and Village Fully Open April 16 to October 14, 2020

    Off-Season Limited Camping Only (no services, but comfort stations available)

    April 9 to April 15, 2020 October 15 to October 28, 2020

    Phone1-800-449-2288 Details

    Spend a night or two in Morefield Campground, just 4 miles inside Mesa Verde. With 267 sites, there's always plenty of space! The campground rarely fills. Each site has a table, bench, and grill. Camping is open to tents, trailers and RVs, including 15 full hookup RV sites that require reservations.

    Morefield's campsites are situated on loop roads that extend through a high grassy canyon filled with Gambel Oak scrub, native flowers, deer, and wild turkeys.

    Several of the park's best hikes leave from Morefield and climb to spectacular views of surrounding valleys and mountains.

    Wake to an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast at the café in Morefield's full-service village. There's also a gas station, RV dumping station, coin-operated laundry, complimentary showers, a gift shop and grocery store.

    With all of its conveniences and amenities, Morefield provides a truly comfortable stay in Mesa Verde National Park.

    RatesFor current rate information or to make reservations, call 1-800-449-2288 or visit the Aramark website.


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    Other Park Maps


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    Weather in Mesa Verde -





    Arches National Park, PO Box 907, Moab, UT 84532

    Camping Near Arches National Park -


    Canyonlands National Park, 2282 Resource Blvd., Moab, UT 84532

    No camping here. Use ARCHES camping spot



    Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center, Scenic Dr & Utah Hwy 24, Torrey, UT 84775 NPS Campground in Fruita, often full.

    Dispersed Camping nearby

    Kanab, AZ sits in red rock country and is nearly surrounded by multi-colored cliffs of limestone and sandstone. It also lies within the so-called “Grand Circle,” where you can find the nearby attractions of Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion National Park, and Lake Powell. In Kanab itself you can find the largest wildlife animal sanctuary in the country, the Best Friends Animal Society.

    We are currently on a combined business and vacation trip in Utah. Last night we decided to stop and boondock on public land a little north of town on BLM 106, a partially paved and gravel covered road that roughly runs parallel with Highway 89. This location, which is administered by the Kanab BLM Field Office, is just a few miles north of the Moqui Cave and a few miles east of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The road is hard to find and is best done by locating the Peakaboo Trailhead so be on the lookout for signs to that trailhead. The area along BLM 106 is very quiet, though windy at times, and incredibly picturesque. At our campsite at 6,000 ft we are parked on a carpet of coral pink sand and surrounded by a forest of pinyon pines. There were only three other RVs that boondocked here last night and the closest one was more than two miles away.

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    Travel Guide -


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    Bryce Canyon National Park, UT-63, Bryce, UT 84764

    Tom's Best Spring Dispersed Camping

    Dixie National Forest

    Panguitch, UT


    "This is the spot to stay to see Bryce Canyon and surrounding sites if you want to camp for free. It’s clean, the roads are in excellent space and it’s just a wonderful spot." - Lveloz



    Zion Canyon


    Las Vegas Strip


    Nellis Air Force Base

    4430 Grissom Ave Ste 107, Nellis AFB, NV 89191

    Zachs arrival and tour route


    Grand canyon Skywalk


    Hoover Dam

    The Discovery Tour replaced the traditional and hardhat tours previously conducted in the power house. The new on top of the dam interpretative tour provides visitors more information on the dam than ever before.


    The Discovery Tour is a way to see, learn and appreciate what Hoover Dam is all about. This self-paced tour was created to meet the public interest in visiting the dam and provide a quality, informative visit, while recognizing that certain security precautions must be taken to protect the facility, the workers and the visiting public. Talks by our guide staff, are presented at a number of separate locations, within the visitor facilities and on top of the dam. A ticket is required to explore the Visitor Center and top of the dam exhibits.


    While those of you visiting Hoover Dam in the past may remember our traditional and hard hat tours, we think you will find this new leisurely way of discovering the dam to be educational, informative, and a pleasant way to enjoy this national landmark. New information not previously included in our previous tours has been added to make this a memorable experience even for those of you that may have visited us before.


    Open 9:00 AM -- Close 5:00 PM

    The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. All times are for the Pacific time zone.

    Ticket sales for the Discovery Tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.


    Adults (Ages 17-61) $10.00

    Seniors (62+) $8.00

    Juniors (Ages 7-16) $4.00

    Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $8.00

    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

    It takes about two hours to see all there is as you discover Hoover Dam. Since you are able to visit the various sites in your own time frame, you may want to take a break to purchase some refreshments or a souvenir. Food, beverages and souvenirs are available adjacent to the parking garage and in the Spillway house located across from the Old Exhibit Building.

    Talks by guides are presented every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Restrooms are located on Level 1 of the garage, the Theater level, next to the Exhibit Gallery and adjacent to the Old Exhibit Building.


    Hours of Operation:

    The parking garage is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The front door will close at 4:45 p.m., but visitors may remain inside until 5:00 p.m.

    Tickets may be purchased on site from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    Talks will be presented up to 4:30 p.m.

    Due to heightened security, visitors will not be permitted on top of the dam during hours of darkness.

    On behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation and our staff here at Hoover Dam, thank you for visiting.



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    Shelby American, Inc.

    Back in the 1960's Shelby American, Inc. produced the legendary Cobra. With its 289 cubic inch Ford powerplant the Cobra dominated on the racetrack and won the FIA World Manufacturer's Championship. Later with the introduction of the awesome 427 S/C the Cobra dominated public streets.


    In October 1998, Shelby American opened its newest manufacturing facility at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Research and Development Center. Carroll Shelby finally has a testing ground right outside the factory! From this new state of the art facility we are producing our new lines of the Cobra 427 S/C (CSX4000-Series) and Cobra 289 FIA (CSX7000-Series) component vehicles along with our new Series 1 roadster (CSX5000-Series). Each car is numbered and the Series 1 production will be limited to only 500 vehicles in order to keep its investment value as high as possible.


    Strategic alliances and our vast Cobra and Series 1 dealer networks give consumers easy access to our products. We are also able to deliver those products at a much higher rate because of streamlined production techniques that don't sacrifice any of the hand-crafted quality you've come to expect from the name Shelby.


    If you find yourself in the Las Vegas area, please feel free to drop by for a visit. Our museum showcases our latest creations as well as a variety of vintage Shelby automobiles including the original 1962 Cobra that started it all. We offer tours every weekday at 10:30. We also have official Shelby merchandise available in our store including special items autographed by the legend himself, Carroll Shelby. Our knowledgeable staff is always on-hand to answer any questions you may have about our company or our cars. You may look through our website or contact us via e-mail for more information.


    Come take a look in our Museum! Open 8am to 4pm daily. Please come by for a free tour weekdays at 10:30am!


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    Grand Canyon Skywalk, Eagle Point, Meadview, AZ 86444

    Wiebe Farms

    WELCOME! Enjoy your tour with us at Wiebe Farms. You may be wondering why a farm would have such a tour. Have you ever been to a packing shed in the middle of harvest? Over the years we have received requests for tours of the shed to see the whole process of packing PEACHES and NECTARINES. We finally decided to open up our facilities for tours. Our family-friendly atmosphere ensures you will have a great time with us. Plus, you will get to taste some very delicious PEACHES and NECTARINES.


    Field and Packing Shed Tour: $15.00 per person.


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    Sun Empire Foods

    Phil and Sandy Dee love what they're doing, converting the traditional harvest of their homeland into something imaginative and delicious. Their roots in farming span four generations, from Sandy's grandfather Clark Kenneson to their son Steve.


    But when the ag economy dipped, it was Phil who saw a new way to take locally grown fruits and nuts to market. While Sandy's brother Mickey handles the farming operation, Phil and Sandy manage this company that produces literally tons of hand-made, coated delicacies.


    For those who can not resist and fall to temptations, Sun Empire Foods is located at 1220 South Madera Ave., Kerman, Ca., 93630. We're roughly 15 miles west of Fresno on Madera Ave. also known as HWY. 145.


    Half hour tours are usually available weekdays between 9:00 and 3:00, January thru September at no cost. You are strongly encouraged to phone at least a day in advance and tell when you expect to arrive and how many people will be in your party.


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    Hemet, Ca – Sister Mary,

    San Diego, CA – Grandson Alex


    Sequoia National Park, 47050 Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA 93271

    Discover California’s less-known wine country

    Paso Robles, halfway between LA and San Francisco, is edging on to wine-lovers’ radars but still draws far fewer crowds – and has far less traffic – than the Napa Valley. Around 300 wineries stripe the hillsides and valleys, and many are smaller, family-run operations where you could easily be tasting with the winemaker or owner.

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    Yosemite Falls



    Sacramento, California

    Don't let the California capital's reputation as bland and boring fool you — it's one of the best places in the state to get a feel for the wild-west spirit. Visit the Old Sacramento Waterfront, a National Historic Landmark which boasts plenty of 19th century buildings that now host museums, restaurants and shops. Train buffs won't want to miss the California State Railroad Museum, and popular Underground Tours show visitors how the city saved itself from persistent flooding during the Gold Rush era.


    Alcatraz Island

    Details from Google Maps

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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    Blue OX Millwork

    Antique woodworking machinery from the late 1800s and the early 1900s is used in the production of custom millwork in our main woodworking building, sawmill building and moulder building.


    Ornamental iron work is produced in the blacksmith shop as well as hardware such as nails and bolts. Items necessary for repairs of our antique machinery are made in the blacksmith shop and the machine shop.


    Local clays are used in the wood-fired ceramics kiln to create experimental glazes using a formula from the 1400s. The twin chamber kiln was built by students at our school using recycled bricks – and bay mud for mortar!


    The Corrina Bella, a 40 foot traditional sailing vessel, is being built as a project of our school (See Traditional Boat Building page). A flat bottomed boat, scows were used during the 1800s as the “work trucks” of the day. When completed the Corrina Bella will offer tours of Humboldt Bay.


    The skid camp is a re-creation of the old logging camps featuring a cook shack, bunkhouse and theatre. The buildings were built on sleds so that they could be pulled to the new logging sites by ox teams or steam donkeys. They were the first “mobile homes”!


    Babe and Blue are Belgian Blue oxen trained to work together in yoke. Now fully grown, they weigh 2,400 lbs. each and stand well over 5 feet tall. Thank goodness they are gentle giants!


    Self guided tours Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    Adults $7.50

    Seniors 65+ $6.50

    Children 6-12 $3.50

    Children 5 and under Free

    Please dress casually and wear low-heeled shoes.

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    Crater Lake National Park

    Details from Google Maps



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    Monaco RV, LLC

    This is where it begins – in the 2.5 million square foot, state-of-the-art, high-tech facility of Monaco Coach Corporation. It's the brain trust and birthplace of the industry's most revolutionary developments. Major innovations have been born here, like kitchen-suite floorplans; and a diesel-pusher price point for virtually any buyer, with engine options ranging from 275 to 525 horsepower. This is also the home of our proprietary Roadmaster chassis where we engineer specific chassis to the exacting standards of our luxury motorhomes. Become a part of the legend, tour our facilities in Indiana or Oregon. For directions or tour times, click below.


    10 AM and 2 PM / Monday through Friday



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    Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory

    The first hazelnut (filbert) tree was planted in Scottsburg, Oregon around 1857. In 1876 a Frenchman, David Genot, had hazelnut seeds sent from France. He raised these first 50 plants in a hedgerow in the old country tradition.


    The size and quality of the original nut has been developed through the years with the Pacific Northwest climate and cultivation. Now 98% of all hazel nuts grown in the United States are from our lush Willamette Valley in Western Oregon.


    Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory has developed a tradition of quality and service. Care is given from grading nuts through product development in the kitchen to assure consistent fine products.


    In addition to roasting and seasoning nuts we also chocolate coat hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, prunes and pretzels. Our hazelnut toffee developed in our own kitchen was featured in Bon Appetit magazine.


    Our gift shop is always ready for factory viewing and tasting samples. Gift boxes and baskets filled with our confections and other Oregon products are a favorite.



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    Crater Lake National Park, 570 Rim Village Dr, Crater Lake, OR 97604



    Portland – Mother Camille, Sister Barbara (Albany, OR) Brother Bob


    Idaho Potato Museum & Gifts, 130 NW Main St, Blackfoot, ID 83221

    HWY 20 coast to coast


    Rodger Instruments

    Rodgers Instruments is the world's leading builder of organs installed with real winded pipes and the premier builder of cutting edge, stereophonic digital church organs without pipes.


    Rodgers is part of the Roland Group of musical instrument companies, headed by Roland Corporation, the world leader in digital musical instrument technologies and digital musical instrument sales and manufacturing.


    The Rodgers/Roland partnership means each Rodgers organ is backed by hundreds of engineers specializing in high-resolution stereophonic musical instrument sound generation and all the resources of a recognized industry leader with more than $500 million per year in digital musical instrument sales. No other company in pipe organ or digital organ building is backed by such a large pool of specialized engineering talent or by financial resources of such a large scale.


    The result is professional grade church organs that have become the reference standard among organists and church musicians, worldwide. Rodgers builds world-class church organs, with or without pipes.


    Tours must be pre-arranged for a specific date and time and they must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance. Walk-in tours are not allowed. Tours are held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon, on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.


    The tour lasts 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

     People taking the tour must be able to wear safety glasses at all times.

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    Washougal Mill

    Visitors to the Washougal Mill store are invited to take a free tour of the mill. Here you can see the process firsthand from our state-of-the-art dye house, through spinning and weaving, to the finishing of our distinctive Indian blankets. When your finished you can visit our Mill Store pictured to the left where you can select from Pendleton's array of menswear, womanswear, blankets and fabrics. For more information phone 1-800-568-2480.


    Tours Monday-Friday 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 & 1:30.

    POTATOE MUSEUM Idaho Potato Museum & Gifts, 130 NW Main St, Blackfoot, ID 83221From <>

    After Potato Museum - Virginia and Nevada City, Montana

    Virginia City and its smaller counterpart, Nevada City, are just northwest of Yellowstone National Park. Both were mining boom towns starting in the 1860s thanks to nearby gold strikes, and Virginia City even became the territorial capital. Today, visitors can stroll down the boardwalk, pan for gold, take a short open-air train ride between towns, and interact with re-enactors at the Nevada City Living History Museum.



    Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190


    Custer State Park, 13329 U.S. 16A, Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD


    Needles HWY inside Custer State Park -

    Devils Tower National Monument -

    Scenic Byway -

    Four Mile Old West Town 11921 US Highway 16, Custer, SD 57730-7114

    4.3 miles from Custer State Park


    Wind Cave National Park - - camping -


    Jewel Cave National Monument -

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    Badlands National Park - - Camping -


    Deadwood, SD - wild west town with gunfights -




     Winnebago Industries, Inc.

    The largest motor home manufacturing facility in the world, Winnebago Industries, Inc., is located right here in Forest City in what we refer to as the most productive 60 acres in North Iowa. Founded in 1958, "Winnebago" became a household word when the first recreation vehicle manufacturer to build motor homes in an automotive-style assembly line system. Winnebago Industries builds its Winnebago, Itasca, Ultimate, and Rialta motor home brands in one of the most technologically advanced RV manufacturing facilities in existence today.


    Free tours are offered twice daily (Monday through Friday) April through October at 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    November through mid-December, one daily tour is offered at 1:00 p.m.


    Regular daily tours are not offered mid-December through March 31 and for one week in July. Special accommodations can be arranged for large tour groups. Reservations are recommended for groups larger than 6 people.


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    Spam Museum

    This a visitor center only, no actual factory tour.


    The new 16,500 square-foot SPAM Museum opened in September 2001. Museum visitors are welcomed to the world of the SPAM Family of Products with a variety of interactive and educational games, fun exhibits and remarkable video presentations.


    Originally called HORMEL Spiced Ham, Hormel Foods held a contest to create a new name for the product in 1936. Discover who won the contest and the story behind the creation of SPAM luncheon meat.


    In South Korea, SPAM is considered a gourmet treat. Find out why and investigate a world map showcasing the countries where SPAM is sold and eaten. The Global SPAM exhibit is your passport to everything SPAM!


    Meet host Al Franken, former Saturday Night Live cast member, and test your SPAM knowledge during this interactive quiz show.


    Put on hard hats, rubber gloves, hairnets and earplugs - everything you'll need to participate in the simulated SPAM production line. While you're at it, catch a glimpse of the SPAM Ballet. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.


    Just as every Elvis fan longs to visit Graceland, SPAM fans worldwide now have their own pilgrimage to make. Museum visitors will be welcomed to the world of SPAM Family of Products with a variety of interactive and educational games, fun exhibits and remarkable video presentations.


    May 1 to Labor Day: Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12 Noon-4 p.m.

    Labor Day to April 30: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12 Noon-4 p.m.


    Closed Mondays


    The SPAM Museum is closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.

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    Madison Wisconsin Public Television (WHA-TV)

    Wisconsin Public Television's loyal audience makes it one of the highest-ranking PBS services nationwide, reaching nearly 600,000 television households each week - an audience whose demographics reflect the local population as a whole. 60,000 households support WPT through annual donations.


    Since 1970, Nielsen ratings have ranked WHA-TV as one of the most-watched public television stations per capita in the country. Ratings indicate that 259,000 of the 400,000 south-central Wisconsin viewing households watch WHA-TV on a weekly basis.


    In Madison Wisconsin Public Television offers tours of its studios in Madison Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by reservation only. Tours take about 45 to 60 minutes.


    The minimum size for a group is six; the maximum is 40. Tours are open to all ages, although groups of school children must be at least in third grade.


    For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 800-422-9707.

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    Trek Bicycle Corporation

    Trek is a privately held corporation that still resides in Waterloo, the small town in Southeastern Wisconsin where in 1976 five employees started making hand-built bicycle frames in an old wooden barn.


    Nearly a quarter century later, Trek is the world leader in bicycle products and accessories, with 1,500 employees worldwide.


    Our designers and engineers incorporate the most advanced technology available into Trek products, resulting in many industry innovations. The award-winning Y bike. Alpha aluminum, OCLV and OCLV HC carbon fiber frame materials. The Pro Race geometry. Y Foil, Variable Rate Suspension (VRX), Women's Specific Design (WSD), Soft Tail Pro (STP), and Hilo triathlon bikes.


    Our dedicated dealer network promotes the Trek brand from Argentina to Singapore. Wherever you go around the globe, chances are you'll meet someone who owns a Trek.


    And our loyal Trek customers share our passion for cycling, and provide us with ideas on how to make a better bike.


    Together, Trek employees, dealers and customers will continue to move the sport forward through the next 25 years and beyond.


    During the tour you will visit the frame factory, sales offices, business offices and corporate headquarters.


    We offer tours in our Waterloo manufacturing facility on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. You can email us back or call 920-478-4678 to set-up an appointment. We also offer tours in our Whitewater manufacturing facility Monday-Friday, but by appointment only. You can call 262-473-8735 to set up an appointment. It is requested the appointment is made 5 days prior to the date.

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    Mackinaw City

    General Motors Flint Assembly Plant

    General Motors Flint Assembly Plant - A full Walking Tour right along the actual assembly line.


    View the production of three different types of GM's 1-ton trucks including the trim process, right through to the completed product (painting and welding are not part of this tour).


    Tours are approximately 90 minutes long and begins at 9AM and at 1PM during the weekdays (Monday through Thursday only). Plant tours are not available during change-over and may have certain days that are on shut down. So email for the change-over dates.


    Reservations must be done a week in advance for individuals and groups. No open toe shoes, no cameras (trying to get this rule changed, no children under the age of 6yrs.


    Handicapped individuals must be advised at time of booking. No canes or walkers allowed on the top floor walkway of the tour. They have scooters for them.


    Parking instructions will be given with your confirmation, along with a local map.


    No cell phones, no open toed shoes, no cameras and please wear long pants or skirts.

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    Weathergard Windows

    Weathergard is a family owned and operated business that the Detroit area residents have counted on for many years. Weathergard is licensed by the state of Michigan and fully insured.

    Over the years, Weathergard has strived to be the No. 1 innovator of new technology as it applies to the vinyl window business. Weathergard was the first vinyl window manufacturer to offer a fully welded window lineup. Weathergard was the first to offer Warm Edge Technology for the glass units. Weathergard was first to offer standard Low - E/Argon glass units in all windows. Weathergard has always been a leader not a follower.


    Weathergard believes in offering the highest quality products coupled with expert professional installation at a very competitive price.


    Our professional sales staff practice "No high pressure selling". We do not like to be pressured into buying and we certainly don't want you to feel pressured. We truly appreciate the opportunity to present our products and services, give you a competitive price, and let you decide! No cost, no obligation free in home estimates. Whether you want one window or a whole house full.


    Our knowledgeable sales staff try to explain all aspects of our window from raw materials used in production to the working aspects of the finished products. We try to educate not pressure the consumer.


    There are no secrets at Weathergard, we invite you to visit our factory and showroom to look at our window and tour our factory if you so desire. Our factory and showroom is located at 14350 W. 8 Mile Road in Oak Park, Michigan (between Greenfield and Coolidge). Our showroom hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 8:00 am until noon. Come in and let us demonstrate our products, answer your questions, give you prices and hopefully send you on your way with more knowledge of windows than you came in with.

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    Creegan Company, Inc.

    The family-owned and operated Creegan Company is the nation's largest manufacturer of animated and costume characters. You may recognize Beary Bear©, Plentiful Penquin©, Strawberry Bunny©, and the Gamuffins© from your local retail store windows and seasonal mall displays. Creegan also designs characters for Sea World , Hershey's Chocolate World, and Disney World. Creegan employees bring an array of characters to life. The three-floor factory/craft showcase teems with creativity as artists and crafts people design, sculpt, decorate, and mechanize hundreds of animated creatures. Inside the factory your guide leads you into a virual craft heaven containing what must be thousands of spools of ribbom of every color, pattern, and texture. Puppet heads, scenery, and props lurk behind silk flowers and craft paraphernalia.


    It is not unusual to see projects in every stage of completion. Up a wide staircase is the art shop where workers make costumes and paint faces on molded plastic heads. On the main floor, a huge vacuum form machine presses out the puppets' faces. Here, you may see sheets of stark white plastic being pressed over molds into various facial configurations. Downstairs in the sculpting area, one person sculpts all of the character-head molds. Shelves contain hundreds of plaster molds shaped like heads, feet, hands, and animals. Further along is the mechanics/electronics department, full of workbenches laden with toolboxes, hand tools, lathes, vises and drillpresses. Peek inside some headless mechanized bodies to discover some figures' detailed electronic insides and to see how the parts unite to produce a character's body movements. After a tour of the Creegan Company, you will agree with our motto: "We Make Things Move"


    Tours are held 5 days a week. Call or email for more information.

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    Visit Family and Friends in Maryland before returning to work for the winter. May leave RV in Florida, South Carolina.