Jim and I are getting ready to hit the road again in a few days. I’m eager to meet the alumni we’ve scheduled and to see this part of the country (the Lexington, KY, region; the Appalachian Mountains; Blue Ridge Parkway; and the Shenandoah National Park area). Our alumni are fortunate to live in a very beautiful part of the United States. I just hope the weather cooperates so Jim can photograph them in their natural surroundings.
Speaking of photos, be sure to check out our state photo galleries. We have images posted on the South Carolina and Alabama pages, and the rest of our photos from the Deep South states will be posted soon.
Once we get back from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia, we’ll be sending emails to alumni who live in the upper Midwest region. Our plan is to travel to Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois in August. Of course, that might change depending on where our featured alumni are located. Sometimes we discover that it makes more sense to “group” the states in a different way in order to keep our travel time and costs down. But that’s the plan for now, anyway.
Oh, and we’re still going to Alaska in July. I’m definitely looking forward to that, especially now that I found a direct flight out of the Minneapolis airport, cutting our travel time down from something like 15 hours (and three airplanes) flying out of Des Moines down to 5 hours and 40 minutes nonstop from Minneapolis. The more I travel the more I care about flight times! I also didn’t want to arrive in Anchorage at midnight. So I’m very excited about the direct flight, which arrives in Anchorage BEFORE NOON. Woo-hoo!