McAllister Museum of Aviation reopens in Yakima

Photo credit: McAllister Museum of Aviation in Yakima, Washington After a closure because of the COVID pandemic, the McAllister Museum of Aviation and gift shop are now open again. The museum's hours are Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., according to an email I received from Yakima Valley Tourism this week. Private tours are available for anyone … Continue reading McAllister Museum of Aviation reopens in Yakima

Watch the last leg of the Mayflower II’s voyage home to Plymouth, Massachusetts

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Mayflower II returned home to Plymouth, Massachusetts, this week after a major renovation. The ship is a replica of the original Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock in 1620. The three-year project at the shipyards in Mystic, Connecticut, cost $11.2 million, according to the Boston Globe. The Mayflower … Continue reading Watch the last leg of the Mayflower II’s voyage home to Plymouth, Massachusetts

Armchair photo tours: Rock O’ the Range Bridge near Bend, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes Rock O' the Range Bridge is the only covered bridge east of the Oregon Cascades. It was built in 1963, when William Bowen needed an access road across Swalley Canal, north of Bend, to the property he was developing. He decided that the bridge crossing the canal should be covered. Bowen … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rock O’ the Range Bridge near Bend, Oregon

Victoria Clipper suspends service between Seattle and Victoria until 2021

The Victoria Clipper departs the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, for Seattle. (photo credit: Clipper, the operator of the Victoria Clipper) The Victoria Clipper has suspended service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia until April 30, 2021. Officials from Clipper, the operator of the Victoria Clipper, decided on the suspension for several reasons: The … Continue reading Victoria Clipper suspends service between Seattle and Victoria until 2021

Armchair photo tours: The Harris Covered Bridge near Philomath, Oregon

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Harris Covered Bridge was named for George Harris, an early settler in the Philomath area. The 75-foot bridge crosses Marys River and was built by H. W. Fiedler to replace a covered bridge in the same location. The bridge has a Howe truss design with rounded portals and narrow windows … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Harris Covered Bridge near Philomath, Oregon

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: Parke County, Indiana, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World

The Beeson Bridge at Billie Creek Village in Parke County, Indiana Photos by Cheryl Landes In addition to factory tours, two more of my must-see attractions during any trip are historical markers and covered bridges. Historical markers can pop up anywhere, and their brief descriptions can teach any interested reader a lot about the local … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Parke County, Indiana, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World