Camp Westfalia

Archive for Journeys, Day 1

Pacific Northwest 2

We recently returned from a four-week, 6800-mile Westfalia road trip from Wisconsin to the Pacific Northwest. We leisurely followed Highway 101 down the Pacific Coast through much of Washington and Oregon, then returned through John Day country and spent a few days in Yellowstone National Park. We drive hard from Wisconsin and arrive at Badlands […]

Seaway Trail to Nova Scotia, Week 1

Six thousand miles along the Saint Lawrence Seaway through Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, to Maine’s Acadia National Park. “I have travelled around the globe.  I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty Cape Breton outrivals them all.” Alexander Graham […]

Great Northern Roadtrip, Day 1

A 3800-mile cross-country roadtrip from Wisconsin to Glacier National Park, retracing portions of the routes of Lewis and Clark, and the nation’s northernmost transcontinental railroad. “No sand or heavy mountain grades, Mosquitos as scarce as hen’s teeth, No bad creeks or rivers to ford, Plenty of water, no sand storms, Eighty tourist camping grounds, all […]

Southwest by Westy, Days 1-3

A five-thousand-mile motor tour through several states in the great American Southwest, visiting sites both historic and prehistoric: Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Parks, and more. What’s so great about the Great Plains? Desolate. Flat. Dark, and lonely. All these fail to truly capture the topographical and emotional essence of a long night drive […]

A Superior State of Mind, Day 1

A thousand-mile circumnavigation of the world’s largest inland body of water, Lake Superior, our route taking us through three US states and the Canadian province of Ontario. “I had with me a youth (Etienne Brule) who wanted to … see the great lake, take note of the rivers and the peoples living along them; and […]