I hit the road for 2012 on May 9, heading west to visit with a couple of friends in Missouri and one in Kansas. First stop was southeast Missouri to meet Zhnee (Zhinay) for the first time. We took a couple of local road trips to various locations in the area. Then it was westward to Kansas City for a revisit with MJ and her family. Places seen, in 2012, were Boze Mills Springs, the Irish Wilderness, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Wappapello State Park and Dam, and City Market of Kansas City. After a visit to Erie, I headed across Pennsyvania, to Leaonard Harrison State Park (Pine Creek Gorge or Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon), Worlds End State Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in PA In Vermont, I visited the grave of Robert Frost in Bennington, White Rocks National Recreation Area, Rutland, a pleasant town, Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, Bingham Falls in Smugglers Notch State Park and Montpelier. On to New Hampshire and its Capitol, Concord, north to Franconia Notch State Park, up to Mount Washington, then down to the Robert Frost Farm near Derry, NH. In Maine I began at Coos Canyon, then the Height of Land Overlook, Rangeley Lakes State Park, Smalls Falls, Augusta, Saint Croix International Historic Site and Eastport, Acadia National Park, Fort Knox State Historic Site. Then it was on to Walden Pond Massachusetts. From there I headed down to Rhode Island for visits to Newport and Providence, taking in the Ole Stone Mill, Cliff Walk and Fort Adams in Newport and the State House in Providence. From there it was wastward to Connecticut where I stopped in New London and visited the Antientest Burriall Place and Bates Woods Park. A drive up to Hartford got me a glimpse of the State house and a visit to the Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and House. Leaving Connecticut, I circumnavigated around New York City and headed to New Jersey where I visited Liberty State Park, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Heading south for the winter brought me back to Peennsylvania, when I spotted an old friend along I-81. I had to make an unscheduled stop at Fort Indiantown Gap. From there it was down to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and on to Congaree National Park in South Carolina with a short stop at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky National Park.
It was a busy travel year. I had visited nearly 50 different locations in four months.