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North America » United States » Virginia September 7th 2013

Ever since we moved to Virginia I have been wanting to go to the ocean! J was invited to attend the promotion ceremony of one of his mentors down at Langley, so we decided to make a trip of it and tour around the area a bit! For those that don't know, Langley sits right on the Chesapeake Bay, near Newport News, VA. I had done some looking beforehand and discovered that there was to be a launch from the NASA Wallups Island launch facility on the Eastern Shore that same night, so we decided to spend the night out there to watch the launch! I have been to Norfolk, VA before. I landed there on my flight back from the desert. However, I was so jet lagged that I barely remember any of it! I ... read more
Navy Ships along the shore
Water everywhere!
Naval Shipe

North America » United States » Virginia » Williamsburg September 3rd 2013

Hi Everybody, So things have been very crazy over the past few days and my plan to update this everyday is not succeeding. I may need to reconsider doing it every several days. Anyway let me tell you about the past few days. We had our first games of the season on Friday and Saturday. After a long bus drive to Williamsburg Virginia on Thursday and a very short one hour practice on Friday morning the Fighting Camels were ready to win. We played Northern Arizona University and unfortunately lost the battle in three. The next morning we played William and Mary (the host team) in a five set battle. It was tough but we came out victorious. Coach Goral was very proud of us and thanked us for getting him his first win as a ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Williamsburg September 2nd 2013

OK, so myself and Kelly have finally decided to be brave and hire a car to enable us to embark upon a mini road trip (a practice run before our bigger planned trips). This trip will run from Washington DC to Kissimee, Florida; 869 miles and 3 days in which to do it. The results are as followed; Day 1- Washington DC to Williamsburg, Virginia (110 miles). Well, I won't lie, the first hour of driving was freaking crazy and scary; thank the lord for the mighty Tom Tom! Once after the initial shock of driving all wrong and backwards, it was quite easy to get into (other than the 'its OK to turn right even if the lights are on red rule'). In all seriousness though, driving here is quite simple (and fun with cruise ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia August 23rd 2013

It has been suggested to me that I might want to consider writing an Ebook providing details of how I've managed to travel (cheaply) as a college student. It doesn't seem that revolutionary to me but then again, I know what I'm doing. Maybe others would be interested. Comment if you have an option. Thanks.... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington August 15th 2013

We're home, safe and sound, our grand adventure coming to an end. The house is still standing, the pets all still alive and the grass in dire need of a mowing. We're all conflicted about being here - not wanting the vacation of our lives (so far!) to come to an end, but all feeling the tugs of home calling. As Todd and I reflect on our last 28 days, we conclude the following: We did it. We lived with our kids in a confined space 24/7 for 28 days, and loved it. We were delighted by the impeachable weather we enjoyed - not having to modify plans once. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of rainbows we encountered in our travels (last count being 4 or 5). We accomplished Todd's ambitious itinerary, ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Dublin August 13th 2013

August 12th, 2013 10 PM EDT Day 34 Today was to be an easy day of traveling. Mostly back roads, some of these roads were worse than secondary roads, sometimes we had to guess which way to go, tried to use the GPS, we were ready to throw it over board. Left Cookeville, TN. at 6:15 am, drove 375 miles including wrong turns, backtracking and rain from 6:00 pm until we got to motel. Got here to Dublin at 8:30 pm which was 12-3/4 hours of driving time (30 minute lunch stop and 1 hr. time change). Now about the car, it was missing at low rpm, like when stopping at a traffic light when pulling out until the rpm would increase. Kept thinking water or dirt in carb., it always ran good with full tank ... read more
Secondary Road

North America » United States » Virginia » Roanoke July 30th 2013

Good Morning Everyone! This is my first of hopefully many blogs! I am currently sitting on the couch in Roanoke visiting with family and the cats. I really don't know what to write at this given time considering I have a "To Do List" that is increasing in length by the thought. But all I know is that I need to create this blog now in preparation for the upcoming days. It became real to me yesterday when I got my visa stamped that I am going. I AM MOVING TO COSTA RICA! (this is where you put in the HELL YES mixed in with the OH CRAP). Two years teaching at Country Day School in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica. Living abroad has been on my bucket list. I will live with the locals and ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Wytheville July 26th 2013

Second Day: Got off on Thursday almost an hour earlier than we expected - - off @ 3:40 PM. We left Thursday afternoon to avoid a 650+ mile Friday. Made it to Pelham, AL by about 8 PM. Had a scare when I couldn't get the top to go up - - CRS is really playing havoc with me! Had the trailer master switch in the wrong position. Everything is working fine now. Had a very comfortable night in a quiet campground. Slept in today and got on the road about 7:40. Drove 459 miles to Wytheville, VA. Had some pretty heavy traffic in Birmingham, Chattanooga, & Knoxville. Found our KOA and were able to set up without having to unhook the trailer (second night in a row - - hope that keeps up!). 527 miles ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington July 18th 2013

Well, 10:15 pm but we managed to get just about everything in the minivan, thanks in part to a bigger car top carrier. Nothing like packing for a trip at night. Won't be much leg room for anyone but the driver, but what's three days of sitting criss-cross applesauce, right? We'll stretch our legs at night and again in the RV! In addition to camping chairs, 8 duffle bags, 5 walking sticks, 2 electronics bags, 4 sleeping bags, 6 pillows and other creature-comforts, we even managed to squeeze in Todd's guitar. Can't have a campfire without live music, right? May have to ship the souvenirs back, of course. A big shout out to Chloe & Faith for helping us get everything packed and loaded. Could not have done it without you guys. Will post pictures of ... read more
Packing at night

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington July 18th 2013

Well, t-minus 34 hours (roughly) and counting. Todd is in full vacation mode, having finished his last day of work today. Marcia is scrambling to get as much work done in the next 34 hours as humanly possible so as to not be bogged down with getting a start-up off the ground while on this monumental vacation! The kids are squeezing every last minute of video game and TV time as they can and asking how big the stuffed animals they want to bring can be. A sprint to the finish line, to be sure. Todd posted our route (see map picture) on a wall map for the kids to see. Over 7,000 miles in 28 days. Yikes. Two huge loops traversing almost coast to coast. Feeling excited and trepidatious all at the same time. But ... read more

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