Road trip update: Chased by a hurricane, headed toward an earthquake

It wasn’t the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled Richmond just a day before we were supposed to arrive.

Instead, it was the surprise hurricane nipping at our heels as we drove north from Orlando to Virginia’s capital — slowly gaining strength as she churned toward the US mainland — that got me thinking.

Am I jinxed?
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Hawaii’s art of the state

The last place you’d expect to find a tourist in Honolulu is at the state capitol, but that’s exactly where we headed when we landed here today.

It’s a work of art. The Bauhaus-style building is rich with symbolism, from the reflecting pool surrounding the structure, which represents the Pacific Ocean, to the long columns that look like coconut trees — one for each of the Hawaiian islands.

The capitol’s open design goes far beyond the open roof (pictured above) and courtyard.
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