Whistle Stop Tour video series from the Washington State Historical Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Photo by Cheryl Landes In August 2020, 100 years after women permanently won the right to vote in the U.S., the Washington State Histoical Society hosted a video series called the Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour. The videos are based on the real-life "Suffrage Special" train that carried Washington State and national suffragists across the … Continue reading Whistle Stop Tour video series from the Washington State Historical Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Tri-Met gradually resuming operations after shutdown from snow and ice, while C-Tran has limited service

The MAX Blue Line train crosses the Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon. (photo by Cheryl Landes) The President's Day weekend snow and ice storm caused Tri-Met in Portland, Oregon, to shut down yesterday. As of this morning, some MAX lines and bus routes are operating again with limited service. Check for updates at trimet.org/#alerts. Tri-Met … Continue reading Tri-Met gradually resuming operations after shutdown from snow and ice, while C-Tran has limited service

Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

A view of the early fall colors in the Connecticut River Valley near East Haddam Photos by Cheryl Landes The Connecticut River Valley is a beautiful mix of scenery, history, and wildlife. In the fall, the changing colors enhance the experience. I joined some local friends on a day trip through the valley one day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

Armchair photo tours: The covered bridges in and near Cottage Grove, Oregon

The Centennial Covered Bridge in downtown Cottage Grove, Oregon Photos by Cheryl Landes If you're looking for a scenic drive in the southern Willamette Valley, take the 20-mile loop from Cottage Grove to see six covered bridges in the area. Along the way, you'll be treated to views of rivers and creeks, Dorena Lake, farmland, … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The covered bridges in and near Cottage Grove, Oregon

Armchair photo tours: A ride on The Cog to the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Photos by Cheryl Landes In the 1860s, tourism became popular in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire because of the rapid growth of rail travel in the Northeast. By the end of the decade, there were hundreds of hotels and inns in the region, including two on the summit of Mount Washington, the highest … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A ride on The Cog to the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire