The two of us found pretty slim pickings for May the 24th. We nearly did not name a Holiday but decided to show the below Holiday because it is of interest to us.


They did sort of “lure us on” saying.. “Think you know all about the “Great American Road Trip? We’ll see about that!”

National Road Trip Day occurs on the Friday before Memorial Day in the U.S. (on the last Monday of May), so this year it falls on May 24. There’s a reason why ‘The Great American Road Trip’ is now a catchphrase — because the U.S. is the one country where road trips count as a holiday in themselves. Whether it’s to pay tribute to fallen national heroes by visiting war memorials across the country, or an excuse to get out of town and have a change of scenery; the road trip has been loved by Americans throughout history. From great works of literature inspired by the road to songs that we know and love — road trips mean something to everyone, which is why we are excited that the road trip has a special day of its own. Plus, who wouldn’t want to make the most of the long weekend by going out of town, and that’s where we come in, with tips to help you scratch that travel-bug itch.

National Road Trip Day became an official holiday in 2019, thanks to Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center operator in North America. They chose the Friday before Memorial Day because of the long weekend ahead and, with May being the start of summer, it kickstarts the travel season, too. Since travel stories are ingrained into the very history of America, with wagon trains heading out West in the 1840s and Native Americans exploring the country long before that — it makes sense to observe a day that celebrates travel by road.

The first recorded road trip across the U.S. began in 1903 with a bet. Someone bet Horatio Nelson Jackson (a physician and automobile pioneer) that he could not travel from San Francisco to New York City in less than 90 days. Accompanied by mechanic Sewall K. Crocker, and a dog named Bud, they set off in a 20-horsepower Winston to prove them wrong. Despite numerous mishaps, Jackson and Crocker completed the trip in 63 days.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

By the 1930s, the famous Route 66 opened America up for cross-country travel. Many began to migrate West, while others took to the road for vacations. By the 1950s, America was the world’s largest car manufacturer, and nearly 75% of American families owned a car, which became a symbol of American pop culture. Road trips became the typical holiday of the American middle classes, leading to a boom in drive-ins and roadside motel businesses, too. Hippies in the ’60s then converted the road trip into a full-blown lifestyle, turning vans and buses into homes on wheels.

In the ’80s and ’90s, road travel dipped with the rise of air travel but, today, the road trip still has a special charm of its own. The ‘Great American Road Trip’ stands for the freedom and adventure that only the road can bring!

Patti and I have done our share of road trips, up and down the Alcan going back and forth from Alaska to the “Lower 48”, as well as trips across the country from west to east and east to west.  We came to love saying to one another as we started a new morning, “Well, shall we turn left this morning or shall we turn right?”  Either way, it always led to an enjoyable day on the road!!

We did NOT find CARB DAY all that interesting.

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I am trying to, somewhat re-activate our blogspot website, after not publishing a Post for almost seven (7) weeks.

We enjoyed a pleasant Guest Contribution from our friends John and Martha.

One of their great photos.

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Cap and Patti



Yes! Yes Indeed! We pay for having it done BUT we can afford it and it sure improves the looks of our front yard.

Patti, come over here to our bedroom window and see what the Condo Association Yard Crew is doing.

As winter progresses, a lot of gravel is spread over our parking area to keep vehicles from sliding out of control.

And yes, when the snow melts, the (now unsightly) gravel remains.

It was something to watch them life a heavy wheel barrow full of gravel and dump it into their work truck.

Yes indeed. It sure looks better.

I called out our bedroom window and thanked them.

Yes it IS their job. Yes it takes no effort to say “Thanks Guys!”. Yes they waved back and smiled.

To Feel Good.. Do Good..

Gullible says : Cap take photos and publish them.

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May 23rd did not have a particularly “strong” selection of Holidays.

But it only “Takes One Holiday”!

One was a “Perfect Fit For Patti”!


Oh My! How Patti Loves To Find And Pick Up “Her Lucky Pennies”!

It tickles me to have Patti discover One Of  Her Holidays!

Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on May 23. It’s always nice to find a penny and on this day everyone is on the lookout in the hopes of finding one lying around. The discovery of pennies is often associated with good luck and celebrators believe that if you find a penny on Lucky Penny Day, you might just be incredibly blessed!

Nobody really knows how Lucky Penny Day came to be about. Maybe that’s exactly what makes the day so fun (and lucky)! However, the first pennies in the U.S. were minted from copper in 1793. The phrase “worth a penny” may sound ridiculous to us today but there was once a time when a penny held significant value. Over the years, the penny has lost its value due to inflation and it’s practically worthless now. Nevertheless, it’s always nice to find a penny when you aren’t looking for it!

The Lucky Penny Day is also celebrated by those who believe that pennies are lucky charms. They always keep an eye on the ground to see if they will be fortunate enough to find a lucky penny on this day. Pennies are believed to be harbingers of good things and celebrated as a lucky item in many cultures!

A penny is usually the smallest unit of currency in many countries. The present-day pennies were inspired by the ancient Roman denarius.  standard Roman silver coin from its introduction in the Second Punic War c. 211 BC to the reign of Gordian III, when it was gradually replaced by the antoninianus. and it wasn’t until around 757 A.D. that pennies were introduced in England. The first settlers took it to America and, from 1793, America started minting its own pennies.

There You Have It for Thursday, May the 23rd, 2024.

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Cap and Patti