This book chronicles our 3-week “Great American Road Trip” in July 2009. We set out with two rules: 1. Trying to avoid Interstates and 2. No chain restaurants (we had some fantastic and some pretty bad food). We went through 13 states, from Illinois to California and back. Along the way, we got to see the majestic Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Death Valley, the Sequoia National Forest, Lake Tahoe, the Big Basin Redwood Forest, Big Sur (the beautiful coastline with secluded beaches and a little waterfall), Craters of the Moon, out-of-this-world Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and the stunning Badlands.