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A week off the road, well sort of.  I am going to home to help my family with a few things while Josh stays in Detroit to help the company with a few things.  Next week we hit St. Louis and Cedar Rapids.  Then it is vacations time, we are joining Josh’s family in Missouri for a family reunion.  Should be a heck of a good time.

 

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

 

Song of the week: My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit, a bit of a travelers song

 

 

Week in Review: Not much happened last week outside of work, we did have a cool visit to NASA Goddard which is a cool facility.

 

 

Well, it has been too long since I have posted.  No good excuse here just took some time away.  Our schedule has been light lately and we have been taking advantage of the downtime to do some camping and backpacking.  We are getting close to the point in the year where we change the tour schedule a bit and the next half will be fast moving.

 

For now this week holds a stop in Long Island and one near Baltimore.  Next week is a maintenance week, so while Josh is staying in Detroit to oversee the truck work I am going home to Illinois.  Lots of fun planned there.  From there we do one more week in Midwest (Missouri and Iowa) before we take vacation and then head back East.

 

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

 

Song of the week: Shake by The Head and the Heart

 

 

Week in Review:  I’m sure that it would offend a few people to find out that I don’t really care for Boston.  So when we are in this part of the country and have time off we head up to New Hampshire.  It is very much like the parts of Minnesota we miss.  We did a little camping at Mt Sunapee State Park and had a lovely Anniversary celebration at The Maples at Warner B&B. 

 

 

And just because I can, to my handsome husband of 7 years!!  Happy Anniversary

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Wordless Wednesday

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I have updated the calendar page but rumor has it that my schedule will change again soon.  I do know that for the next month or so we will be on the East Coast.  As you can see we are centered around Southern and Central Virginia this week, making both tour and personal stops.

 

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

 

Song of the Week: Born to Run by Emmlou Harris

 

Recap: After enjoying some sun last week it was time to enjoy some friends.  We were able to stop and see those very special to us that are scattered over North Carolina.  Cupcakes and beers were enjoyed all around!!

 

Fun Phone Pic: Saw this little tin scottie at a shop in The Keys

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Into the Heavens

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Last year we had the opportunity to visit three wonderful National Parks; Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Sequoia.  This year we found some time off while in Utah and couldn’t pass up the chance of visiting two more National Treasures.  A few years ago we took an Easter trip to Canyonlands and Arches, both must see!!!  Our route this spring took us through a small town called Kanab, which is located right between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.  With a four-day gap in the schedule we made haste and enjoyed the views.

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First stop was Zion and a crazy hike to Angel’s Landing.  Now I should preface this with neither Josh or I are afraid of heights and we are both exceptionally sure-footed.  This nearly 2.5-mile trail leads you up trails, switchback and some sheer drops to a crest of 5,790 feet.  What makes this scary is that for most is that for the last half mile you are scaling rocks with only an interspersed chain to help you up and down.  It is epic, a very fun hike and on the clear day we had nothing something to fear.  Although we did see more than a few folks have troubles with the height.   I think it was the perfect place for lunch.

 

Just Hanging Out

Just Hanging Out

View from the top

View from the top

 

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Even if you don’t have the desire to scale a cliff, the rest of the trails and views are just amazing.  We every trail, picnic table and stop sign is welcome to views that give you pause.  In total we hiked five trails and had a few delightful encounters with the local wildlife.

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I know I’ve said this about nearly every National Park but there really is nothing like it.

Angel's Laning from the trail

Angel’s Laning from the trail

Look Closer, see the tiny people

Look Closer, see the tiny people

Wordless Wednesday

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Not From Anywhere

What do you say when someone asked where you are from? I will always say Illinois (the not Chicago part). Even when I lived in Minnesota, the answer was the same. However Minnesota might be a bit funny, I know people whom have lived there since third grade that still don’t say they are from the land of 10,000 lakes. Unless you were born in the border I guess. Where I am from is easy, both Josh and I were born in Illinois, raised in Illinois, went to college in Illinois, got married in Illinois and our parents also live in Illinois.

However when someone asks me where I live that’s a difficult question to answer. Responding truthfully with “nowhere” is not really an acceptable answer. Do you know anyone who lives nowhere? If you know me, you do. I “live” on the road, the hotel I’m at is home.

After six years on the road we don’t really feel that anywhere in particular is home. That’s not to say that I don’t love the time we spend in Illinois but it is not the same anymore. What might surprise you is that I don’t mind. I am happy to be homeless, I am happy to call where I am home.

Josh and I do our traveling together, we share these places and experiences. There is a song by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros called home that gives me warm fuzzies. It’s true for me at least, Home is wherever I’m with you.

***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***

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