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Questions from the road


As we travel along the highways and byways of the United States we see things or think of things for which we do not know the answer. So, we write down the questions to look up on the internet or just to acknowledge something we don't understand. So, here are some of our questions, and if we found it, the answer:

1) What do the H's in 4H Club stand for?

Hands, Heart, Head and Health. The other young people's club that comes to mind is the FFA, which stands for Future Farmers of America. Many small towns in the heartland have both 4H and FFA clubs.

2) Why is Arkansas pronounced ARKANSAW?

3) We saw almost no Dunkin' Donuts south of the Smoky Mountains. If American runs on Dunkin' there must a whole swath of it not running at all.

4) The Lake Ponchartrain Causeway! 26 miles of road across a lake at New Orleans. What happened to it, if anything, during Hurricane Katrina?

It survived pretty well, with only minor damage. Storm surge was not as bad on the Lake than it was closer to the open ocean.

5) What is the fascination with Donald Trump?

No apparent answer

6) Why does Hilary Clinton dress like she is a member of the Chinese Politburo, with the Mao Tse Tung tunics?

No apparent answer

7) What is a buckeye?

A chestnut, from a horse chestnut tree.

8) What are the Ozarks?

The Ozark Mountains, of Arkansas, in the western part of the state.

9) What exactly is a bayou?

Wikipedia: Can refer either to an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline), or to a marshy lake or wetland. The name "bayou" can also refer to a creek whose current reverses daily due to tides and which contains brackish water highly conducive to fish life and plankton. Bayous are commonly found in the Gulf Coast region of the southern United States, notably the Mississippi River Delta, with the states of Louisiana and Texas being famous for them.

10) Who owns the Circle K stores we see along the road? We see these in Canada and were wondering if the Irving Oil people owned them.

Aliamentation Couche-Tard, from Quebec Canada, owns this chain throughout the US!! Surprising answer.

11) We see signs for Hospital Trauma Centers as we travel along the roads, which give a number for level. What is what?

A Level I trauma center provides the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. Being treated at a Level I Trauma Center increases a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival by an estimated 20 to 25 percent.

A Level II trauma center works in collaboration with a Level I center. It provides comprehensive trauma care and supplements the clinical expertise of a Level I institution. It provides 24-hour availability of all essential specialties, personnel, and equipment. Minimum volume requirements may depend on local conditions. These institutions are not required to have an ongoing program of research or a surgical residency program.

A Level III trauma center does not have the full availability of specialists, but does have resources for emergency resuscitation, surgery, and intensive care of most trauma patients. A Level III center has transfer agreements with Level I or Level II trauma centers that provide back-up resources for the care of patients with exceptionally severe injuries (e.g., multiple trauma)

A Level IV trauma center exists in some states where the resources do not exist for a Level III trauma center. It provides initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities, and transfer to a higher level of care. It may also provide surgery and critical-care services, as defined in the scope of services for trauma care. A trauma-trained nurse is immediately available, and physicians are available upon the patient's arrival to the Emergency Department. Transfer agreements exist with other trauma centers of higher levels, for use when conditions warrant a transfer.

Level 5: Provides initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities, and transfer to a higher level of care. May provide surgical and critical-care services, as defined in the service's scope of trauma-care services. A trauma-trained nurse is immediately available, and physicians are available upon patient arrival in the Emergency Department. If not open 24 hours daily, the facility must have an after-hours trauma response protocol.

12) When we were in Florida on our previous trip, all the oranges that were available in the grocery stores were from California. What's up with that?


These are just a few of the questions we have come up with as we travel.

Interestingly, we rarely listen to the radio while traveling...simply too difficult to find a good radio station while cruising along. We usually just chat with each other and comment on the things we see along the way, which is where all the questions come from. This is only a sampling...we have over 100 in our travel diary.

The people we meet along the road are invariably nice people to talk to...most of them have little understanding of Canada and the question asked the most is "How cold is it up there"

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 05:08

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8) Ozarks - Wiki: Ozarks is a toponym believed to be derived as a linguistic corruption of the French abbreviation aux Arcs (short for aux Arkansas, or "of/at Arkansas" in English)[1] in the decades prior to the French and Indian War, aux Arkansas originally referring to the trading post at Arkansas Post, located in wooded Arkansas Delta lowland area above the confluence of the Arkansas River with the Mississippi River.[2][3][4] "Arkansas" seems to be the French version of what the Illinois tribe (further up the Mississippi) called the Quapaw, who lived in eastern Arkansas in the area of the trading post. Eventually, the term came to refer to all Ozark Plateau drainage into the Arkansas and Missouri Rivers.

An alternative origin for the name "Ozark" involves the French term aux arcs. In the later 17th and early 18th centuries, French cartographers mapped the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. The large, top most arc or bend in this part of the Arkansas River was referred to as the aux arcs—the top or most northern arc in the whole of the lower Arkansas. Travelers arriving by boat would disembark at this top bend of the river to explore the Ozarks; the town of Ozark, Arkansas is located on the north bank at this location. May also refer to the natural bridge arches found in this region. tmi
9) What exactly is a bayou?
Down Under it's a billibong!

by George Hamilton Reid

Try to find a NPR (national public radio) station. Probably not available until north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Great news. Lovely weekend shows. Generally around 90 on the dial.

by Karmen Reid

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