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The Great American Road Trip: Savannah, GA

After a sweltering night and hike at Cumberland Island National Seashore, we made our way up the coast to historic Savannah, Georgia. We’d heard a lot about the town and were excited to check it out. Though we didn’t stay too long, we had a great time walking through the historic squares; taking in James Edward Oglethorpe’s thoughtfully planned city layout was a great experience.

I’ve never seen a more photo-friendly city than Savannah; everywhere you look is visually stimulating and worthy of being captured.

We stopped at the Savannah College for Art & Design Store to check out what some of the brightest creative and artistic minds have been putting out. We weren’t disappointed.

And finally, what trip to Savannah would be complete without a visit to Leopold’s Ice Cream, by this point a city institution? The classic atmosphere was a perfect place to wind down our day in The Garden City.

The Great American Road Trip, Continued – Westward We Go

Those first three weeks flew by- so much so, in fact, that I’m way behind on posting. I’ll start catching up here in the near-ish future, but until then, here’s a quick look at our 20,000 mile itinerary for the next 9 weeks. Let me know your thoughts/suggestions! Nothing is fixed except for the stuff in bold.

9/14: Madison, WI
9/15: Minneapolis, MN
9/16: Fargo, ND
9/17: Theodore Roosevelt National Park (NP) – Medora, ND
9/18: Badlands NP – SD
9/19: Wind Cave NP – Hot Springs, SD
9/20: Thunder Basin National Grassland -Douglas, WY
9/21: Grand Teton NP – Moose, WY
9/23: Yellowstone NP – Yellowstone, WY
9/25: Craters of the Moon State Park – Arco, ID
9/26: Helena, MT
9/27: Glacier NP – West Glacier, MT
9/29: Waterton Park, Alberta
9/30: Kettle Falls, WA
10/1: North Cascades NP – Upper Skagit, WA
10/3: Vancouver, BC
10/4: Olympic NP – Port Angeles, WA
10/5: Seattle, WA
10/6: Mount Rainier NP – Ashford, WA
10/7: Portland, OR
10/8: Crater Lake NP – Klamath, OR
10/9: Redwood NP – Crescent City CA
10/10: San Francisco, CA
10/12: Pinnacles NP – Soledad, CA
10/13: Yosemite NP – Yosemite Valley, CA
10/16: Kings Canyon NP – Kings Canyon, CA
10/17: Sequoia NP – Sequoia National Park, CA
10/18: Channel Islands NP – Ventura, CA
10/19: Santa Monica, CA
10/20: Death Valley NP – Death Valley, CA
10/21: Joshua Tree NP – Joshua Tree, CA
10/22: Saguaro NP – Tucson, AZ
10/23: Petrified Forest NP – Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
10/24: Grand Canyon NP – Grand Canyon, AZ
10/26: Bryce Canyon NP – Bryce Canyon, UT
10/27: Zion NP – Zion National Park, UT
10/28: Great Basin NP – Baker, NV
10/29: Capitol Reef NP – Torrey, UT
10/30: Arches NP – Moab, UT
10/31: Canyonlands NP – Moab, UT
11/1: Mesa Verde NP – Mesa Verde National Park, CO
11/2: Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP – Gunnison, CO
11/4: Rocky Mountain NP – Este Park, CO
11/5: Denver, CO
11/6: Chicago, IL
11/7: Three Oaks, MI
11/8: Denver, CO
11/9: Great Sand Dunes NP – Mosca, CO
11/10: Santa Fe, NM
11/11: Carlsbad Caverns NP – Carlsbad, NM
11/12: Guadalupe Mountains NP – Salt Flat, TX
11/13: Big Bend NP – Big Bend National Park, TX
11/15: San Antonio, TX
11/16: Austin, TX
11/18: New Orleans, LA
11/20: Nashville, TN
11/22: Covington, KY

The Great American Road Trip: Cumberland Island National Seashore

“We’re going to miss the ferry, aren’t we?” Stef asked, as we loaded up into the car and left the Waycross Hampton Inn. I considered the 64 miles we had to cover, looked at the clock (10:20 AM) and the fact that we were expected to arrive 30 minutes early for our 11:45 departure, and said, “Nah.” That may have been a slightly less-than-confident response.  Continue reading The Great American Road Trip: Cumberland Island National Seashore

The Great American Road Trip

This post has been a little overdue, so I’ll do my best to catch you up on everything that’s transpired over the past few weeks.

I worked at Toyota for a little more than 8 years- I was able to experience a lot of facets of manufacturing, travel the world and the country, and work with a lot of driven, energetic people. Deep down, though, I realized that there just had to be more to life than coming in to the office for 8-10 hours each day, going grocery shopping, and turning on the evening news just to hear about another terrible incident somewhere in the world.

After meeting Stefanie and spending the past year with her, I’ve (finally) learned that life is precious, and each and every moment is a gift. We simply have to make the most of the time we’re given, because it could very well end at any moment.

So we began planning- at first we thought about traveling around the world, and then realized that we’d most likely be biting off more than we could chew, given that we wanted to start traveling this summer. After determining for how long we wanted to pursue the nomadic lifestyle (3 months), we decided that we should explore the very country we call home. Sure, Europe has history, and Asia has an abundance of culture, but the US is more than twice the size of Europe and has everything from deserts to swamps to glaciers to mountains. There’s a lot to see here, and it’s right in our backyard. Well, relatively speaking.

Starting today, we’ll be embarking on a 16,000+ mile road trip around the United States with an emphasis on seeing as many National Parks as possible- 38, to be exact. The route, below, will be split into two legs, with a week in Cincinnati between the two serving as a regroup/refresh session. The first will be a 3,800 mile jaunt around the East, from Cumberland Island in Georgia all the way up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, with 4 National Parks and a number of great cities along the way. The second part of the trip will have us leaving Cincinnati for the north, heading down the Pacific Coast, and throughout the south, a 13,000 mile, 9 week drive.

Great American Roadtrip
Our Great American Road Trip: nearly 17,000 miles around the United States, its National Parks, and amazing cities.

Am I nervous? Of course. Leaving a life of stability, a regular paycheck, benefits, and a general idea of what’s going to happen the next day is always difficult. However, I’m far more excited for what lies ahead. I never thought in a million years that I’d get the chance to embark on a journey like this, especially with a girl I care so much about. There is so much more to life outside of what exists in any office, and I can’t wait to find all there is to see.

 

Lobster & Lighthouses: A Northeast Roadtrip

It’s been more than two weeks since our amazing 1700 mile roadtrip through the Northeast. Here’s a quick day-by-day of what we did and where we went (details to follow).

Day 1: Boston

We walked most of the city, and closed it out with a Red Sox game.IMG_3336

Day 2: Portland, ME

Explored Old Town and the beautiful Eastern Promenade.IMG_3396

Day 3: Cape Elizabeth, ME

Portland Head Light is incredibly photogenic.IMG_1361

Day 4: Acadia National Park, ME

Drove up to Cadillac Mountain and witnessed early morning light after the storm.IMG_3518

Day 5: Edmundston, NB

Made our way all the way all the way to Northern Maine to catch a drive-in movie in Madawaska, only to find out the theatre closed due to equipment failure the day after it opened for the season.  Spent the evening walking around a rainy Edmundston, New Brunswick instead.IMG_3685

Day 6: The Golden Road, ME

Drove 75 miles over 4 hours through an active logging area. Forced to turn back after no one told us renovations had started on the bridge we needed to cross- the day before.IMG_3701

Day 7: Portsmouth, NH

Walked the third-oldest city in the country.IMG_3742

Day 8: Nantucket Island, MA

Biked 20 miles around the island and took in the gorgeous Sankaty Lighthouse.IMG_3833

Connersville to Metamora

I’ve always been a big fan of trains. I’ve been lucky enough to experience them around the world, from the bullet trains in Japan to the “hang-off-any-part-of-the-car” passenger rail of India. We took Friday off and drove up to Connersville, Indiana, about an hour northwest of Cincinnati, past Brookville. There, we boarded a caboose on the Fall Foliage Flyer, a special October train along the historic Whitewater Valley Railroad, and headed towards Metamora.

Metamora itself is a step back in time; the horse-drawn canal boats, still-working grist mill, and buildings dating back to the 1800s all combine to create a very nostalgic, if slightly kitschy, experience.

We grabbed lunch at the Smelly Gourmet, which is probably one of the more popular places in Metamora. If not for the rainy and cold weather, and half the stores being closed, I could definitely seeing this place being fun. I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun at Christmas, so we may make a trip back.

Regardless, the trip was worth it for the train alone. The folks who run the train are all volunteers and are outrageously friendly. We actually had a caboose to ourselves, and one of the engineers actually made sure the caboose was extra warm for our return trip to Connersville.  Can’t wait to head back. I’d wait for warmer weather, and make a day out of it- Connersville, Metamora, and Brookville are all really cool little towns that make for an easy day trip from Cincy.