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Monday, May 31, 2004.


I left home at around 12:30 after I got off work and drove to Metropolis, Illinois.
I visited Harrah's Metropolis Casino on the Ohio River where I won over $100.


Before retiring for the evening I took a walk through
Fort Massnac State Park along the Ohio River.


METROPOLIS, ILLINOIS VIDEO
4 minute video of Metropolis, Illinois on the Ohio River.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2004.


I had a long drive ahead of me on Tuesday morning,
but I did take a quick spin around Metropolis before leaving Illinois.
Being the legendary home of Superman, a 15-foot bronze
statue of the super-hero stands in downtown Metropolis.


Since I was driving over 600 miles this day, I made very few stops.
I took a brief stroll through downtown Jaskson, Mississippi.
This is the State Capitol Building.

THE ROAD TO NEW ORLEANS VIDEO
11 minute video of my 800 mile trek to New Orleans.

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I arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana around 7:00.
I took a short walk along the River Walk across from my hotel before retiring.




Wednesday, June 2, 2004.


I awoke the next morning to a very gloomy and rainy start to my holiday.
I figured I better start my day indoors so I visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Movie of the aquarium is available further down the page.


Weather had improved after leaving the aquarium
so I cruised the Mississippi River aboard The Steamboat Natchez.


Jackson Square was one of the first things we passed on the two hour cruise.


We got a nice view of the New Orleans skyline from the Mississippi River.


I stayed at the Doubletree Hotel, which is conveniently located
within walking distance of most downtown attractions.
The Doubletree is the smaller brown building in the center of this photo.
The World Trade Center in the tall building on the left.
The River Walk runs all along the river.
Harrah's Casino is just below my hotel, I didn't fare too well there.


After leaving the boat I walked all around the historic French Quarter.
This is St. Louis Cathedral, the focal point of Jackson Square.


Some 90 blocks represents the original French Colonial settlement of Nouvelle Orleans.


I continued my walk just before sunset after spending the afternoon at a movie.
This is the River Walk.


It was a beautiful evening for a walk. This is Jackson Square again.


The infamous Bourbon Street is bustling with activity after dark.


The moon was shining brightly over the Mississippi River as I made my way back to my hotel.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA VIDEO
11 minute video of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Thursday, June 3, 2004.


Weather started off nice on Thursday. I made a brief visit to the Audubon Zoo.

AUDUBON AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS & ZOO VIDEO
10 minute video of the New Orleans Aquarium and Zoo.

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I drove about 50 miles west of the city and toured Oak Alley Plantation.


The alley of 300-year-old oaks in front of the mansion is very impressive.

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION VIDEO
6 minute video of Louisiana's Oak Alley Plantation.

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Friday, June 4, 2004.


I left New Orleans on Friday morning.
I made a late morning stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This is the State Capitol Building.


You get a nice view of downtown and The Mississippi River
from the 27th floor of the building.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA VIDEO
3 minute video of Louisiana's capitol city, Baton Rouge.

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My last casino stop was in Lake Charles, Louisiana at The Isle of Capri Casino.

THE ROAD TO HOUSTON VIDEO
6 minute video of my road trip from New Orleans to Houston.

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After driving 350 miles I arrived at my downtown Houston hotel in late afternoon.



Saturday, June 5, 2004.


I began my Saturday morning by walking around downtown Houston, Texas.
This is Sam Houston Park across the street from my hotel.


The Houston skyline from in front of their new ballpark, Minute Maid Field.


The 2004 All-Star Game will be played here.

HOUSTON, TEXAS VIDEO
5 minute video of Houston, Texas.

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This 570-foot sandstone obelisk is the San Jacinto Monument.


From the top of the monument you can see The Battleship Texas
and the historic battleground site.

SAN JACINTO MONUMENT VIDEO
2 minute video of Texas' San Jacinto Monument.

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Next it was off to The Johnson Space Center.


This is Historic Mission Control where the Apollo missions were controlled.


A mock-up of the space shuttle is one of many exhibits at Space Center Houston.

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER VIDEO
5 minute video of the Johnson Space Center.

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The daily late afternoon storms rolled in on schedule.
This is looking out my hotel window.




Sunday, June 6, 2004.


On Sunday I moved on Galveston. My first stop was Moody Gardens.


The first of the three pyramids I visited was the tropical rainforest.


Inside are thousands of exotic plants
from the rainforests Africa, Asia and South America.


There are also streams, waterfalls and abundant wildlife.


The second pyramid I visited was the aquarium
which is home to 8000 specimens of fish.


The third pyramid was the Discovery Pyramid which offered
exhibits that expolored the world of science.


One of the main highlights of the 242-acre complex
are the beautifully landscaped grounds.


I also took an hour long cruise on the Colonel Paddlewheeler Boat.


During our cruise of Offats Bayou
we got several nice views of The Moody Gardens complex.

MOODY GARDENS VIDEO
9 minute video of Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

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I spent the night right on the Gulf of Mexico on Seawall Blvd.
Notice the gull in flight on the upper left of this photo.

GALVESTON, TEXAS VIDEO
2 minute video shot along Seawall Boulevard in Galveston, Texas.

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Monday, June 7, 2004.


I drove nearly 250 miles to San Antonio on Monday.
My first stop was the Tower of the Americas.

THE ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO VIDEO
5 minute video of my journey from Galveston to San Antonio.

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The view from the top of the 750-foot tower is impressive.


The tower is located in Hemisfair Park, which was the site the 1968 World's Fair.


My hotel was located at the north end of the beautiful downtown Riverwalk.


The Alamo is located in downtown San Antonio not far from the river.


The Riverwalk extends right into the center of the River Center Mall.


It is fun getting around in downtown San Antonio,
just hop on one of these river taxis and off you go.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS VIDEO
10 minute video of San Antonio, Texas.

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Unfortunately is was a rainy evening and I couldn't spend much time outdoors.


Tuesday, June 8, 2004.


Tuesday was mostly a driving day as I traveled over 350 miles into West Texas.
This is Alpine, Texas where I would spend the next two nights.

THE ROAD TO ALPINE VIDEO
8 minute video of my road trip from San Antonio to Alpine, Texas.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2004.


Wednesday I journeyed to the most remote national park in the continental United States.


Big Bend National Park is located along the Rio Grande River on the Mexican border.


This would be me at the Sotol Vista on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive in the park.


The park is enormous at over 800,000 acres.


This is Santa Elena Canyon.
The 1513-foot high walls of the canyon are in Mexico.


This is the Chisos Basin in the center of the park.


This is the Rio Grande River and the Mexican border near Rio Grande Village.


I traveled nearly 400 miles getting to and
from the park and driving through it.

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK VIDEO
9 minute video of my drive through Big Bend National Park.

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Thursday, June 10, 2004.


One of my first stops on Thursday was Guadalupe Mountains National Park.


The park is located along the New Mexico border in west Texas.

GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK VIDEO
4 minute video of Texas' Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

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Next it was into New Mexico to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park.


The park road to the entrance of the caverns is very scenic.


A series of rooms forms one of the world's largest caves.
It is impossible to photograph since the area is so large and dark.

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK VIDEO
4 minute video of New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns.

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It was a long boring drive to Midland, Texas
where I spent the night after leaving the caverns.

THE ROAD TO DALLAS VIDEO
9 minute video of my journey from Carlsbad, New Mexico to Dallas, Texas.

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Friday, June 11, 2004.


On Friday I drove to Dallas. My first stop was Dealey Plaza where JFK was shot.


I visited the Sixth Floor Museum.
JFK's life, death and legacy are chronicled at the site of the assassination.


Next I walked over to Reunion Tower rising 50-stories over downtown Dallas.


There is a spectacular 360 degree view of Dallas from the observation deck.


A nice aerial view of Dealey Plaza.


This is looking across Dealey Plaza toward the Hyatt Regency Reunion at sunset.

DALLAS, TEXAS VIDEO
5 minute video of Dallas, Texas includes Dealey Plaza and Reunion Tower.

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Saturday, June 12, 2004.


I made a quick stop to see the Ewings at the South Fork Ranch as I headed out of Texas.


I breezed through Hope, Arkansas the birthplace of President Bill Clinton.

HOPE, ARKANSAS VIDEO
1 minute video of Hope, Arkansas, birth place of President Bill Clinton.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas was the boyhood home of President Bill Clinton.


This is the view from the park's Mountain Tower.

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK VIDEO
3 minute video of Arkansas' Hot Springs National Park.

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And yet more Bill Clinton historic spots, he served as governor here.
The Arkansas State Capital Building in Little Rock.


I spent the final night of my trip in Little Rock, Arkansas.


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