Our 2018 Road Trip, Part 52: The Season Finale Outtakes

Naked and Starving Arch!

DAY SIX: The other side of the National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge. The complete George Washington quote at the top reads, “Naked and starving as they are / We cannot enough admire / The incomparable Patience and Fidelity / of the Soldiery”.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: we guided you through our seven-day trip through Ohio, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania in fifty episodes —- July 7-13, 2018. It all comes down to this, per our tradition for every MCC road trip maxiseries: one final collection of alternate scenes, extra details, and surplus attractions along the way that were squeezed out of the main narrative. Enjoy!


DAY TWO: A better view of the U.S.S. Little Rock battleship docked at Erie’s Canalside.


Same day, same dock, second angle on the U.S.S. Croaker. In both cases I basically flipped a coin and these two shots lost.

EPA gangplank!

Still Day Two: EPA sailors stopped us and made us wait while they lowered their gangplank into place. We appreciated them not swinging it at us.

Unknown State Monument!

DAY THREE: One of a few monuments at Saratoga National Historic Park whose saluted state we couldn’t discern from the available carvings.

Not New York State Seal!

Later that evening at the New York State Capitol in Albany, this resembled the New York State Seal but seemed to have a few differences. Earlier version, maybe.

Great Western Staircase!

We took dozens of pics of the Capitol’s Great Western Staircase, which were hard to narrow down to a manageable posting number. This was one of several that showed off my new phone’s low-light capabilities.

Robert H. Morris!

Some among the dozens of Staircase busts aren’t so well-known on a national level. Robert H. Morris was a New York City mayor (1841-1844) and a Tammany Hall machine cog. He’s buried in the South Bronx.

Grant Kids...

DAY FOUR: Among the graves we spotted at West Point Cemetery were those of Ulysses S. Grant’s son Frederick Dent Grant and Fred’s wife Ida. After learning of his involvement in the racist hazing of West Point’s first black cadet, I demoted this photo to an outtake.

Custer Buffalo!

Same day and cemetery: a buffalo detail from George Custer’s tombstone.

Callender v. Hamilton!

DAY FIVE: An excerpt from James T. Callender’s 1797 tome The History of the United States for 1796, in which he dared to criticize the Alexander Hamilton. Part of the temporary Hamilton exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Constitution Dissenters!

At the same museum’s Signers Hall, a more dynamic angle on Elbridge Gerry, Edmund Randolph, and George Mason, the only three guys who refused to sign the Constitution at that fateful meeting.

Love Park at Night!

Later that night, families hang out around the Love Park fountain and lights.

Valley Forge trolley!

DAY SIX: At Valley Forge, the long and winding sidewalk to General Washington’s Headquarters is next to a train depot that sees an occasional trolley.

McKinley fossils!

DAY SEVEN: William McKinley’s may be the only Presidential museum with giant prehistoric fossils in it.

Selfie Erie!

DAY ONE: Selfie at Presque Isle State Park, far sunnier and less dreary than our first visit back in 2004.

Five states. 2,056 miles. Gas at an average of $2.97/gallon at 30.09 MPG. Six hotels, two with house-sized rooms. Nine dead American Presidents. Nine museums. A handful of “George Washington Was Here” spots. Six George Washington statues. Five reminders of Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law Philip Schuyler. Four reluctant nods to Benedict Arnold. All the gratuitous Hamilton name-checking I could work in. One Revolutionary War battlefield. One Great Lake, one canal, and one river. Two guided tours. One tour guide reunion. One Google Maps cautionary tale. One Occupy demonstration. One comic shop. 24 donuts.

We’re the Goldens. This is who we are and what we do.

The End. Thanks for reading.

Lord willing, we’ll see you on our next annual road trip. In 2019 Anne and I will be commemorating the twentieth anniversary of our annual road-trip tradition with a return to a city we barely glanced at on a previous vacation, and crossing a major American event off our bucket list. Stay tuned!

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