Finally, I am ready to write the post about the final stop on our 9+ month van-traveling adventure. It is very, very late in coming, but as I mentioned before, it is hard to recap those final few stops. But today (December 23rd), we are once again in the van, parked in a National Forest, Read More →

From San Diego we drove up Highway 1 (well, we entered Highway 1 at it’s southern terminus in Dana Point) to Santa Monica to meet friends of mine, Curt and his wife Michelle, for dinner. We stopped at a beautiful spot in Huntington Beach for lunch. Most of this particular segment of 1 is not Read More →

At the cave tour in Carlsbad Caverns we met a young couple on a similar trip as us, only headed the opposite direction. On their recommendation we decided to take surfing lessons in San Diego and headed there from Joshua Tree. Our first evening there we took a night-time walk on Mission Bay path to see the Pacific Read More →

A friend described Sedona, Arizona to me as a place with red rocks and a “new agey” culture. And that is exactly what we found, from Red Rock State Park to the several “Crystal Vortex” shops in the tourist area. We spent  an afternoon hiking at Red Rock State Park before camping at Dead Horse Read More →

The hike from Amicalola Falls  to Springer Mountain was just a stop on the way to our true destination – John’s second hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He spent his childhood in New Port Richey, Florida, where we spent a month preparing the van for this trip, but moved to Blue Ridge for those oh-so-important formative teenage Read More →

Day 1: Aug 12, 2013 After a month of modifying and servicing our campervan, we finally set out from John’s mom’s house on the morning of Monday, August 12. After our goodbyes to John’s mom Patricia and her kitty Sweetie, we drove off into the sunrise. Our first planned stop was the nearest Sugarloaf Mountain. Read More →

To simplify sharing expenses now that we are living together, John and I decided to open a joint checking account. The visit to the bank was the last of a morning full of errands, so we thought that we had earned a day at the beach (we hadn’t been swimming at all this week we’ve Read More →