Wilsons' Travels
Follow us on our travels and subscribe to our Postcards, our on-the-road blog.
Explore our photos
Miles Traveled
Photos Taken
Continents Visited
Countries Visited
Welcome to our website. Read about our recent travels with Postcards, our on-the-road blog; check out a selection of our published stories on the Stories page; or, view a few of our photos in the Photo Gallery. Click on About Us to learn a bit about Janet & Stu. Happy Travels!
Nov
06

Postcard - Touring New York & Pennsylvania

Postcard - Touring New York & Pennsylvania

     When we mentioned to people that we planned to visit Scranton, we’d often get a puzzled look, or maybe a raised eyebrow accompanied by, “why?” We’d always say ancestors or family history, but we hit upon another reason: Steamtown. It’s a National Historic Site devoted to steam railroading history that arguably rivals our own California Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Run by the National Park Service, we found it in downtown Scranton. Our tour of the Technology Museum and locomotive repair shops, made it definitely worth a trip.

       b2ap3_thumbnail_81629-e-z.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_81616-e-z.jpg

      Steamtown:  Locomotive and old Scranton poster


    This was just one of several pleasant surprises that burnished our family-history-oriented trip. From waterfalls, to Falling Water, from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg, we found places that justify a journey here even if you’re not chasing down ancestors.

Continue reading
  981 Hits
2 Comments
981 Hits
  2 Comments
Oct
20

Postcard -- PA, NJ and NY Family History

Postcard -- PA, NJ and NY Family History

Black. When Henry turned out the lights it was totally black—not a photon of light reached our eyes. The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour took us several hundred feet below the surface on a track-mounted cart descending an inclined shaft where our guide, Henry pointed out the coal seams, explained mining techniques, demonstrated equipment and procedures and compellingly described the mine worker’s life. Then he flipped the switch plunging us into absolute darkness. Henry had worked in the mines and comes from a family that had done so for generations. He described the work as you’d imagine—dangerous, dirty and difficult.

 b2ap3_thumbnail_81600-e-z.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_82437-ecz-sq.jpg

 Old photo of miners on their way to work. Janet poses in front what used to be her family's Duckworth building.

Continue reading
  954 Hits
6 Comments
954 Hits
  6 Comments
Oct
07

Postcard from Philadelphia

Postcard from Philadelphia

Living in the 18th Century

     Our accommodations for five nights on the 2nd floor of the Thomas Bond House looked out on small plaza. A bronze statue of William Penn occupies the center of the space on South 2nd Street that was once Penn’s home. Our abode was constructed by its namesake Dr. Bond in 1769 and is now operated as a 12-room Bed & Breakfast. It was the perfect base for our Philadelphia visit.

   b2ap3_thumbnail_81217-ez.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_81211-ez.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_81230-ez.jpg  

  Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, and Declaration of Independence Room
   

 

Continue reading
  880 Hits
1 Comment
880 Hits
  1 Comment