I am on a plane. On my way to see my 97 year old grandmother. Leaving the country means not seeing loved ones anytime in the near future. At 97 that future might be shorter than others. I planned this trip a month ago. My cousin Suzie has always been afraid to drive her car across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a 3.5 mile span of bridge connecting mainland Maryland to the Eastern Shore. [ 460 more words ]
It's hard to tell a story with so many twists and turns. Sometimes the anticipation and planning is more stressful than anything I've done before. It's different when it's a long term decision. The path we choose now WILL affect the next phase of our lives. Saying that out loud really brings this into perspective. The decisions we have made in the past could be wrong... [ 304 more words ]
With the sale of our Adventure Cruzer “Lucky”, comes the next chapter in our escape plan...a camper van. Not just any camper van...one of our own creation. It took us a month to decide to sell Lucky. It was no easy decision. A year of blood, sweat, and lots of planning went into her. Bottom line... we just couldn’t stand up in her. She was great for weekend camping, getting in the back country, but for a couple of middle aged women and a corgi... she wasn’t exactly right.
We have vacillated back and forth new Transit or used Sprinter. Both were a time consuming venture. Both had their pros and cons. In the end... the Sprinter won out. The hunt was on for the perfect Sprinter for our build. Last night, we found her! More to come!
We spent the weekend in the Escalante Staircase National Monument. This is a prehistoric yet wondrously accessible desert in central Utah. If our Commander and creep has his way, this land will be mined out... selling its beauty to the evils of oil and natural gas exploration. Oil fields scattered all over this beautiful landscape. Heavy machinery traveling on the fun back roads we explore in the peace and quiet of this desert. [ 535 more words ]
I must admit the "Land of The Midnight Sun" in the Summer is the land of rain, clouds and beauty. We never saw the Northern Lights or the sky full of stars... big deal! The immense beauty of this place was reward enough. The reason I love to travel, aside from the normal getting away and holiday? Experience. Iceland did not disappoint. [ 793 more words ]
I am sure that there is a whole lot more of Iceland we have yet to discover, but our time has come to an end. Today we took a hike in the Highlands in a town called Husafell. It took us to the confluence of two rivers, one a crystal clear glacier river and the other a silica laden river that was the color of ash. [ 452 more words ]
Twice during this trip we have had the opportunity to drive on what Icelanders call "F Roads". Basically they are rutted dirt roads that lead you places up in the highlands. These are the back roads to places most tourists dare not tread in their little rented Suzukis. When there are signs that say, " Caution 4WD vehicles only, the road may open up unpredictability", you think twice about the clause in your contract that states: "you are responsible for damages exceeding $3,000". [ 290 more words ]
We woke today to rain... imagine that. We parked our camper van in a field at the campground in Vik, that was already saturated when we arrived. Overnight, however, more campers arrived and have turned the field into a soupy mess. We are planning our exit strategy so we don't end up axles buried in mud. If and when we get out of here we are heading north west, back along the Ring Road to the beautiful West Fjords. [ 266 more words ]
I know I have written about this from my research. I am here to tell you that "Book learning" and actually experience are two entirely different things. Yes the professional photos are incredible. In reality the sheer magnitude of the water plunging over these sheer cliffs and thundering through the air to wildly explode on the rocks and rivers below... well just amazing. [ 200 more words ]
Eight am... two am... I tell my brain it's eight, my body and brain argue with me for half the day then finally my stomach settles and my brain clears itself of the jet lag fog. Chris and I desire to head to two tourist spots today. This is totally out of sorts for us. We visited a place that two continental plates come together. [ 284 more words ]
If I was to describe traveling across the ocean, the first word that comes to mind is boring. You're excited to get to your destination. You're longing to discover new things. You're destined to sit in a small seat on an airplane for hours on end, moving from side to side trying to grab a few hours of stolen bedtime back. [ 461 more words ]