Backroads America: Vintage Alaska

North To Alaska, Going North the Rush is On

Vintage Truck, Rural Interior Alaska

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RPD Saturday: Taxi

All Electric

Electric Vehicle, Zermatt, Switzerland

Combustion engines are not allowed in Zermatt, Switzerland except for two short periods during the year. Small electric vehicles serve as taxis, delivery vans, and just about anything else.

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On the Rails Again

Cross country rail adventure

My home for the next three days. I am taking the train from Washington DC to Los Angeles California to visit one of my sisters. 64 hours, not counting a 6 hour break in Chicago where I change trains. Just over 3000 miles. It’s a big country. One of my bucket list adventures.

Sunday Stills: Getting There

Sail Away

Sailboats, Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

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On the Road Again

Actually, on the rails today. I am headed to New York City. Train just departed from the recently renovated Union Station in Washington, DC.

A weekend trip to see an exhibition at the Metropolitain Museum of Art. The exhibit, Heavenly Bodies, explores the influence of the Catholic Churchon on fashion. It includes a collection of items from the Vatican.

A Cool Car That Caught My Eye

Irene

A 1962 Willys

My brother owns a 1962 Willys Jeep Station Wagon named Irene. Produced by Willys-Overland from 1946-1964, the Willys Wagon was a forerunner of today’s SUV.  Willys-Overland manufacture the Jeeps used by the American military in World War II.  Irene is in fantastic condition with most of its original interior. The dash board is unusual. The radio sits behind the steering wheel. The gauges are large and are in the middle. It has four stick shifts. Getting in and out of the back seat is a bit of a struggle. My brother raised gladiolas and used Irene to transport them.

From Wikipedia:  “They were the first mass-market all-steel station wagons designed and built as a passenger vehicle. . . . With over 300,000 wagons and its variants built in the U.S., it was one of Willys’ most successful post-World War II models.”

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