Yes, you CAN get satisfaction!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

John Lennon's guitar with drawings of each Beatle.

John Lennon’s guitar with drawings of each Beatle.

Day 2 of our roadtrip. The only thing on our agenda for the day was to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or the Rock Hall, as the locals call it. From the moment you arrive, you know you are about to have a one-of-a-kind experience. From the Rolling Stones sign larger than life on the outside of the museum, to the gorgeous glass structure on the shore of Lake Erie, to the hip, chilled atmosphere of the museum staff, this is a museum like no other. At every turn, you run into a different legend in the history of rock and roll.  From its roots in the blues, to rockabilly; from Robert Johnson to Elvis to Michael Jackson, they are all here. It’s an assault of the best kind on the senses. We spent six hours at the museum, and that did not include the two floors containing the special exhibit to the Grateful Dead.

We had such fun taking wacky photos from Theresa posing with her favorite, Jim Morrison, to me playing John Lennon’s piano. Theresa is a fan of all rock music. My interest is a bit limited, restricted to the early music and its roots, the Beatles, the 70s (Hendrix, Joplin and the like), and my very favorite, Eric Clapton. Despite being exhausted and hurting all over, we made use of every minute available to us today.

After dinner, we got a personal tour of Cleveland compliments of friends’ of Theresa’s who live here. We enjoyed visiting Ohio City and its vibrant night life, dining at one of many local breweries. Theresa and I are both impressed with this lovely little city, its friendly and warm residents, and the mere ease of getting about. A great day in a great city.

Tomorrow will be a long day of driving – 9 hours on the road to reach the Western side of Wisconsin. We’re both eager to get West of the Mississippi and look forward to our weekend in the Badlands.

Goodnight and happy travels.


About Andrea Cole

Four years ago, I followed my dreams and my heart by quitting my job, selling my home, and moving myself back to Seattle from Washington, DC. I didn't know how things would turn out, but I knew whatever life held in store for me, it was going to be in Seattle. And what a ride it has been! I now help others live their lives through rewarding career and meaningful retirement coaching. My website is
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6 Responses to Yes, you CAN get satisfaction!

  1. Sue Cole says:

    It’s a big country when you’re driving across. I’ve done it many times.
    Sounds like you had a great time at the R&RHOF

    • Andrea C says:

      Yes, this was my second trip across the country. Each time I want to do it again and take more time. Some year I hope to rent a mobile home and spend the summer taking it all in. Rock Hall was amazing!

  2. Greg Parsons says:

    I think you’ll like the Badlands and some of the surrounding areas in the Black Hills / Mt. Rushmore, etc., but getting across SD… Man! That’s boring. Hundreds of miles looking for Wall Drug. Not sure whether you’d ever seen them before but they are worth the take. Jackson, WY and Grand Tetons are ahead – couldn’t miss those on the way East, I’m sure, but they are grand! Enjoy the scenery as it’s only a distant memory for me. Just take a memory-shot or two along the way to mark this latest stage.

    I wish you… Luck – though I know it’s not needed. Skill – though again, you’ve learned what you need. Confidence – it’s gotten you to where you are now. Strength – for when the other superlatives seem to have let you down. Wisdom – to know what to rely upon.

    • Andrea C says:

      Thanks Greg. Yes, this, my second cross-country trip was taken slowly so I could stop and smell the roses. It was a great journey and one I’ll remember for a long, long time. Thanks also for the lovely sentiments. I hope Luck, Skill, Confidence and Wisdom will be my steadfast companions on this journey.

  3. Gail says:

    After living in a dorm virtually devoted to the Dead, you couldn’t just go take a peek?

  4. Andrea C says:

    Nope, not even a peek. They don’t do it for me in any way, shape or form. I’ll leave it to all the Deadheads out there.

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