The Great Plains--US 56 heading pretty much straight-arrow to the southwest through southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma 'panhandle', and northeastern New Mexico. Came within a few miles of the southeast corner of Colorado and right after crossing from Oklahoma into New Mexico (the shortest state-to-state land border in the US, BTW) we were close enough to the northwest corner of Texas to spit into it!
In spring 2017, the Voices from the Backstairs Tour was launched at the restored Victorian mansion within view of the Mighty Muddy Mississippi. According to Tom Grantham, President of the Glenn House Historical Association, the tour is an American version of Downton Abbey, covering much of the same world changes. An upper apartment, accessed from the rear of the house, which was the servant quarters, has been completely restored. In this episode of American Road Trip Talk, Tom fills in the history of this elegant Mississippi mansion.
Granddad is the oldest fish at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He is an Australian Lungfish. An interview with one of the aquarist from Shedd was posted as a podcast on 4/26/15 in American Road Magazine's Webpage