08/01/08 259 W, 1 I - + 14 - 7 How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Thus ends the Great American Road Trip. The last stop isn’t home, work, or returning to blogging. It’s the pictures. When the last photos have been posted, the trip is finally over. ‘Twas six days of shore leave, NC to MD and with assorted stops in-between. Roadside attractions included tall ships, wide vistas, and a giant elephant with a window in its butt. Total mileage? A hair over 1,500. Total cost? Unspecified, though the cheapest gas was $3.79 somewhere in Virginia. Consumed 3.75 audio books, including the splendid The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. World's fair + serial killer. Driving was relaxing, at times engaging, and entirely a pain. Maybe next year I’ll fly. Said that last year. And the year before.

As always, the exhibit floor was the reason for season. More small, specialized vehicles this year, including a couple amphibious all-terrain types. Greater EMS presence. Lots of LEDs. Code 3 Collectibles was back with a booth. See this forum for heated discussions by obsessive collectors (redundant phraseology there!). Fewer people, it seemed. Flea market vendors were fewer, too. Most interesting product? Scene dots. Instant chevrons, just add diamond plate. Coolest rig? Gettysburg’s soft-yellow ladder looked nice. What did I buy? One book on the history of the Baltimore Fire Department. Well, plus one or two things for the Missus that I picked up in College Park, MD. Wandered to IKEA one night. Click to see summer vacation photos:

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