Category Archives: Travels with Charley

YOU CAN GO BACK!

Who says you can’t go back? I, for one, plan on going back to the neighborhood of my early childhood, South Shore, this very day. I passed through the eponymous Chicago neighborhood two weeks ago on the way to the … Continue reading

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SHOPPING TRIP

We needed some more vegan kimchi, and friends wanted 15 pounds of brown rice, so we headed out to Berrien Springs, Mich. Thursday afternoon for a bit of shopping at the Oriental Supermarket. We enjoyed the drives there and back, … Continue reading

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THE SUMMER OF ’67

Travels with Charley:Travel “for friendship”by Charles McKelvy Why would some 12,000 Boy Scouts from 108 nations gather in the mountains of northern Idaho from July 31 to August 9, 1967?Why “for friendship,” of course.And we who attended 12th World Scout … Continue reading

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EMPIRE BUILDING IN 1967

Travel by Great Northern Railwayby Charles McKelvy “Looks like we’ll travel by train.”Those were the memorable words of my scoutmaster for the Boy Scout World Jamboree 1967 at Farragut State Park on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in the … Continue reading

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FREE TO TRAVEL

Travels with Charley:Travel by Oneby Charles McKelvy I have traveled well by myself since childhood, when I would take flights of fancy on my made-in-Chicago Schwinn on the South Side of Chicago.I was rigged for night-riding and would assume the … Continue reading

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TRAVEL BY LAND

You knew where this was going to land, right?Of course, I would conclude my travel triology—Travel by Water, Travel by Air, and Travel by—Land. Yes, Travel by Land.We are land-based mammals, and our natural means of locomotion is walking. Upright … Continue reading

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TRAVEL BY AIR

Travels with Charley:Travel by Airby Charles McKelvy My parents first took me aloft when I was all of 15 months old, in August 1951.We flew from our home in Chicago to their native Philadelphia on a Douglas DC-3 propeller-driven airliner, … Continue reading

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HOCHBERGER STRASSE

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GET ON THE BUS, GUS

Travels with Charley: (Don’t) Get on the Bus, Gus! by Charles McKelvy Remember Simon and Garfunkel singing: Get on the bus, Gus? All right, I’m dating myself, but my point is that those balladeers of old would not be so … Continue reading

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CRUISING RUSSIA

Travels with Charley: Cruising Russia on Viking Pakhomov by Charles McKelvy I have written extensively about the Viking River Cruises “Waterways of the Czars” trip my 86-year-old mother and I took in Russia in October 2007. Until now, I have … Continue reading

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NIGHT TRAIN

I took a bike ride at 9 last night, and it was already dark.  Gone the endless light of summer.  Oh well.  As a bonus, however, I observed the passage of Amtrak’s Pere Marquette.  Nothing like seeing a speeding passenger … Continue reading

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MORNING HAS BROKEN

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MOTHER’S RUSSIA

Travels with Charley: Cruising Russia on Viking Pakhomov by Charles McKelvy I have written extensively about the Viking River Cruises “Waterways of the Czars” trip my 86-year-old mother and I took in Russia in October 2007. Until now, I have … Continue reading

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TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY: CRUISING RUSSIA

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TRAVELS WITH RANDY

Travels with Charley: A Tale of Taking the Tigers by the Tail by Charles McKelvy My friend Randy Lober and I sensed last year that not all would be well with this year’s baseball season. So we made plans last … Continue reading

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THE ROAD AHEAD

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20TH CENTURY LIMITED

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TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY

A Riviera Holiday in Three Rivers by Charles McKelvy You had every intention of catching a foreign film at the Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks, Mich. but you went too far on U.S. 12 and ended up in Three Rivers. … Continue reading

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THE GREAT SOUTHWEST

(Southwest Michigan) We took a circle tour of southwest Michigan on Wednesday, traveling round-trip to Otsego from Harbert. We went out by way of South Haven on beautiful Blue Star Highway, and returned to Paw Paw and then took a … Continue reading

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MONDAY MEANDERINGS

TRAVELS WITH NATALIE Just because one-seventh of our lives are spent living through Monday, doesn’t mean we can’t make Monday memorable. We certainly do by turning our weekly Monday shopping trips into exotic world travel. Allow me to explain: We … Continue reading

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RIVIERA HOLIDAY

(THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN) We three, minus Natalie who had to remain home to tend to the AT&T hook-up, took a Riviera holiday Friday afternoon by attending the screening of a Russian film, LETO, at the Riviera Theatre & Bar at … Continue reading

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