Practice Travel for the Great Western Trip or GWT

Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
Trip End Sep 2008

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Monday, March 24, 2008

     OK, this isn't the Great Western Trip or GWT for short.  This is a visit to daughter in Hartford, Conn.  But I am sure it will be typical of the GWT.   For example, the eating, always a highlight for us.  Let's see there was diner food--too much.  There was downtown Hartford Italian--bordering on old fashioned American Italian.  Trying hard to upgrade but not there yet.  There was really there food that deserves to be mentioned, Vito's Pizzaria, thin crust pizza, luscious salads.  There was neighborhood Indian, just what you look for when you need to have Indian food, which happens to us periodically.  Then there was Cheesecake Factory cheesecake.  Why do I eat that?  I'm sure it took years off my life.
     There were museums.  We try to go to them all and since our daughter lives in Hartford, we don't have to hurry.  This trip we visited the the Mark Twain museum and home and the old State House.  Rich, Yankee, Hartford, a hotbed of abolitionist and liberal action.  My Roberts relatives came from nearby in Granby/Hartland.  That will be another trip.  But I realize where I got my liberal roots.   It's actually more than liberal, it's that just this side of rebellious.
    But there is always the unplanned adventure.  To make room for the cheesecake, we went on the River Walk along the Conn. river.  It was hat wearing cold--see picture.   We were doing a good pace, first a little walk to the North.  There and back maybe a mile.  That was just getting us warmed up so we walked across the bridge to the east side and walked to the south.  The path was flooded about a half mile in but we walked around the flooding to the other side.  We came eventually to a small foot bridge that went over an inlet and up the stairs to the highway overpass, crossing the river again to the west side but at the south end.  I don't know how far this is but we had been walking for more than an hour by now.   We know there is more flooding up ahead.  We had seen it from the other side so why are we going this way?  It's what we do.  The usual course of events would have had us backtracking the entire path, but this time we came to the rock hill that abuts the highway above.  We climbed the hill and connected to a well-used path of the Hartford homeless.  Shimmying between the highway wall and an old windowless brick building that set on the river and housed a blanket spread out for the day, the other side actually connected to a road.  Two and a half hours from the start of the walk we arrive at our original destination!  
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In support of Hartford
Well the Hartford trip was definitely a microcosm of how our family works! We're always pushing each other to try new adventures. I've lived in Hartford for 7 months and this was the first time I visited the Twain museum...shameful! But I also encouraged mom to create her first travel blog. Then as soon as she was up and running I realized- I can't let my mom out tech me! So now I'll be starting to document my travels. You're next dad!

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