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North America » United States » Arizona » Maricopa May 15th 2019

Day 2 7/05/2019 Maricopa Beuno Vista Trail Head Happy 60th birthday Ron! 😍 We had a really good sleep and then joined the family in their Phoenix morning tradition of having a Starbucks coffee in the spa. What a great way to start the day. Could be dangerous if we decide to add a. spa at home (not much would get done). We had a light breakfast and then headed off to the BeaunoVista Trail Head. After a steep winding road to the top of the mountain we headed off for a walk. We decided to head towards the Fat Mans Pass. It was a beautiful walk with plenty of Cactus dotting the walk. Rob and Scott decided to do a different walk so Penni, Karly, Ron and I continued along the walk. We noticed a ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida May 15th 2019

May 14, 2019 – St. Augustine to Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 368 miles Even from the earliest of hours of the day, it was off to a “great” start (yeah, right) . . . each of us had woken up all night long from the window treatment at the hotel not covering the bright lights at the pool outside our window. We kept thinking it was after sunrise, even at 2 and 3 am. Little did we know that it was just a sampling of the crazy things we’d face as the day progressed. Last year, Pam had found an old hotel certificate at our Mom’s house, so Claire put on her hotel charm to use it to pay for our hotel. The hotel clerk discovered it was issued in Nov. 2000. Believe it or not, ... read more
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I'm writing this blog to help our parents and friends and family stay informed of where and what we are doing on our upcoming trip to EUROPE!!! Yes Again!!Heather (my sister), Kelly (our cousin), Suzanne (forever known as SuzyQ - my sister in law) and myself - Amy have been planning our next trip to Europe almost since we got back from the last trip 2 years ago.We are on the 4.5 week count down and time is slowing down to a crawl. We did really good on getting the excursions/private tours booked, until we starting thinking about G... read more
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Kelly and Amy.
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I'm writing this blog to help our parents and friends and family stay informed of where and what we are doing on our upcoming trip to EUROPE!!! Yes Again!! Heather (my sister), Kelly (our cousin), a sister from another mother, and myself (Amy) have been planning our next trip to Europe almost since we got back from the last trip 2 years ago.We are on the 4.5 week count down and time is slowing down to a crawl. We did really good on getting the excursions/private tours booked, until we starting thinking about Greek Islands. Now we ... read more
Heather and Amy.
Kelly and Amy.
Suzy, Amy, Kelly & Heather.

North America » United States May 15th 2019

Day 3 8/05/2019 Canyon Lake Up early with a light breakfast. We loaded up the car with food,drinks and water and headed off to Canyon Lake. On the way was the usual stop for our Starbucks coffee which went down really well. It was a couple of hours drive. Rob had headed off early to make sure that he picked up the pontoon. We met up with Rob and loaded the rest of the eskies, food and the noodles on board and then off we headed for a day on the water. We cruised around the lake which had stunning cliffs and scenery to find a sheltered space to stop to go for a swim. Rob found a spot and of course the men were the first in the water. Karly and I were a little ... read more

North America » United States » Florida May 14th 2019

Monday May 13th, 2019 Mileage 505 We picked up the van early from Hickory. The van was red, and we named her Scarlett. Even with a few hitches, we were on the road, quite early. Claire worked in the back while Susan drove. We hardly made it to South Carolina before Claire had her drinking problem. Her cup broke and we had to pull over and clean up the spilled drink. Our next stop was Edisto Gardens which contained a lot of lovely roses. We ate lunch on a bench in the serenity garden. Pam drove after lunch. We drove back roads because we were tired of the interstate. We dodged turtles, drove thru a tunnel of Spanish Moss, stayed out of the mosquito farms and were surprised to meet Forrest Gump when we got to ... read more
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North America » Canada May 14th 2019

My sleep-deprived brain is able to formulate one thought at the moment: I could be an airport intercom announcer. I speak fluent French, and I can have inintiligebly fast speech. That's all I need, right? Actually, I shouldn't trust my reasoning right now because I am running on 3 hours of fragmented sleep. The first plane of my two day flight itinerary left at 6 o'clock this morning and, as I am not the best sleeper during flights, it left me in a bit of a zombie state. That's okay though because it's a small price to pay for a three month trip to Uganda. All these months of planning, frenzied shopping, and packing have led to this: a group of U of S students (though it's just Casey and I in Toronto for now) stepping ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 14th 2019

Well here we are! Anne-Sophie (my nutrition student peer) and I are in Toronto Pearson Airport for a layover, awaiting our overnight flight to Brussels. I'm not sure the whole experience has struck me as tangible and real yet. I hardly slept last night in anticipation. I had to call in reinforcements for what I am tilting The Great Packing Crisis of 2019. I have a sinking feeling that I am forgetting something, and that I will discover it at the most inopportune time. This is my first overseas travel experience and I am unimaginably excited and anxious, in the best and worst ways. My stomach has been practicing gymnastics at my expense in anticipation for the travel and the culture shock. I am sure that after these next three months have passed I will reflect ... read more

North America » United States » Alabama May 14th 2019

Yes, we have arrived here in Red Bay: our destination. Pulled in around noon. A beautiful day. We left the YellowHammer Campground at 9:15 this morning. I suggested we leave late in order to avoid the morning traffic going through Birmingham. I actually fell back to sleep so we were extra late just because of my sapped self. Lulu was still sleeping, too. Cory decided not to disturb either of us.....you know....let sleeping dogs lie. It was a gorgeous traveling day. Lulu continued her role as navigator. Only blue skies and love bugs were visible through and on our windshield. We praised our new friends we met at the rest stop the previous day. Their traveling directions were right on spot. Easy driving...excellent roads. Not bad going through Birmingham, either. It helped that were drove through ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Maricopa May 14th 2019

Day 1 6/5/2019 Melbourne - LA - Phoenix At the airport early and with a quick check in with having premium Economy seats made the process so much easier and quicker. Again quite seamless going though immigration and then breakfast. The directions from the stewardess was to follow the black signs For premium economy with Ron it is always the “dark side” we just laughed. Seats are so comfortable there is now no going back. The meals were very tasty and as usual too much food being thrown at you. Unfortunately not a lot of sleep. Arrived in LA on time went through customs and immigration without any hastles. Wow what a difference in America with security you need to remove belts, shoes and everything from your pockets before going through the the security checks. Ron ... read more
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