Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some of our own fun & a very l-o-n-g drive

As always seems to be the case, our time with our families was packed and we didn't even come close to doing many of the activities we hoped to do.  BUT, we had an awesome time.  In the midst of all the reconnecting we did have a couple mini-adventures together and then one very long road trip across the US.

While staying with my sister and three nephews in July, we had a mid-week escape to Lake Tahoe.  A place Jason had never been to.  It was surprisingly a bit hazy the day we were there, but still completely gorgeous!


For my birthday, we headed up California's coastal Hwy 1 -- stopping at every pretty viewpoint along the way with an overnight in Carmel. What an amazing beach Carmel has!!  I don't think I'd ever been there before and I could see why it is such a popular destination.

Our drive to Vermont was a week long adventure -- enjoying some glorious scenery, seeing friends & family along the way, feeling very nervous, wondering if the car would make it the whole way without too many problems and then as reports of the hurricane damage in Vermont rolled in, wondering what might be in store for us when we arrived.

Our first two days of the drive were by far the most beautiful -- we opted to take a slightly longer route (what difference do a few hours make when you're spending over 50 on the road?).  We got to drive through Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons.  SO beautiful!  The rest of the drive although not as grandly beautiful certainly had many pretty spots with a beauty all their own ...


The most amazing sunset of the trip was the evening we drove into Denver.

In Omaha, I got to reconnect with a cousin that I haven't seen too much since I was a child.  We had a ton of fun exploring the adorable downtown area and spending an afternoon at a nearby lake.

We saw the most expensive gas prices in Chicago, caught a glimpse of the Sears Tower from the road and enjoyed watching kids play in busted fire hydrants.

We stopped in Buffalo too, but I realize I must have been all pictured out - I didn't take a single photo.  We had another unique opportunity to visit with the childhood best friend of Jason's dad and see one of my college friends that I haven't seen for years.  It was a special time and a great last day of our road trip.

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