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Vanilla Sugar and the Ultimate Road Trip

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Posted on January 26, 2009 in Trip Ideas

Vanilla Sugar just might be the ideal IgoUgo member: she’s in a permanent state of travel. Traversing the US and Canada in her motor home on a 10,000-mile tour, she’s already shared some of her ultimate road-trip experiences. Here are five of our favorites.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Alberta, Canada
Vanilla Sugar begins her review of this Fort Macleod site and “interpretive center” by answering the two questions you probably have right now: what’s a buffalo jump, and how did this one get its gruesome name? Then she jumps into (sorry!) the fascinating history of the UNESCO World Heritage site, which she credits with having “highly informative and insightful lessons” on Canada's First Nations.

The Peabody Duck March
Memphis, Tennessee
The opposite of a buffalo jump would have to be a duck march, and Vanilla Sugar covers that, too, though with a sense of humor rather than a sense of history. Check out her review to see what a duck march is and why this one prompted the duckmaster to reprimand a waddling worker with, “That’s what happens when you try to leave work early!”

ATV Ride on the Oregon Dunes
Florence, Oregon
It seems like Vanilla Sugar is always answering our questions, and she doesn’t disappoint while describing her ATV ride on the sand dunes of Oregon. For one thing, we learn what a “whoops trail” is, and how a windsock can keep you from getting lost. We also learn a big reason to take a ride on the dunes, in addition to “head-wobbling” fun: stunning views of “mounds of sand, the big sky, the islands of trees, and the ocean.”

America's Twentieth Century Veterans’ Memorial
North Platte, Nebraska
“Unusual circumstances caused Ed and me to interrupt our journey on Interstate 80 with a stop in North Platte, Nebraska. My submission to CNN iReport about our RV cross-country trip grabbed the attention of the network producers.” So begins Vanilla Sugar’s unusual, and unusually poignant, visit to an under-celebrated monument to the “honorable men and women who served in the military during the twentieth century.” From the park's bronze statues to its bas-relief murals, the traveler’s tour is sweet, sad, and worth taking.

Drive Down the Gaspé Peninsula
Quebec, Canada
Vanilla Sugar’s description and lovely photos of the Gaspé Peninsula have us echoing her calls of “Gaspésie, I love you!” On a coast lined with windmills, galleries, and even notable fire hydrants, we understand why she says, “Had we stopped at every attraction in every town, we’d still be in Gaspé.”

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