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Jun 22, 2018 - Stuff Happens

I'm a believer in luck coming in three's and, sure enough, I had a run of bad luck this trip, not end-of-the-world bad but spirit-dampening bad. First, after setting up my camera with timer and taking our BBB's group pic, I pushed a wrong button and lost all my photos. I'm holding out slim hope that a techie will be able to help me retrieve them. Then, I dropped the bag holding the precious depression glass bowls I'd gleaned on our antique mall crawl. It landed with a gut-wrenching thud on the cement. I could barely stand to look but found...

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Cum Laude

Jun 14, 2018 - Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Happy Flag Day! In the pursuit of happiness I headed through northern CA and zipped straight up the center of Oregon to ironically named Bend where I am staying the night. There were few bends in the road but perhaps the Deschutes River takes one nearby. I'm missing Quo Vadis, home on leave this trip, because last time through we stayed at nearby La Pine State Park, memorably beautiful. Tonight it's me and the truckers and bikers here at the motel. I had hoped to visit famously quaint downtown Bend this evening but couldn't get near the...

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Cum Laude

Aug 22, 2016 - Day 14 Closing Ceremonies

My olympian journey draws to a close. There will be no sambas, umbrellas, rock art, or Super Mario but there will be plenty of memories of gold medal winners and beautiful venues. There will be new things learned. What the heck is a spindle bomb? Who were the Wanapums? A plant with hair? Did you know that reclusive Ms. Bair kept hats by her front door so that when someone came calling she could don a hat and say she was just going out? Thanks to all of you for attending the events and cheering me on. Sharing the experiences with you has...

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Going for the Gold

Jul 29, 2015 - Day Fourteen - Time Travel

Re-entry was hard. Getting Quo Vadis over the Sierras on I80 is always grueling; it's steep, narrow, truck-filled, fast paced and inevitably under repair. And then you end up in the crazy Sacramento Valley,104 degrees this trip, with even more road work underway and full of wild speedsters. Welcome to California. I yearned for the solitary backroads. When I finally arrived home, sweaty but intact, I was in a mild panic thinking I had just one day to do all the post-trip chores before a weekend commitment. Turns out, my time travel with...

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Sacagawea and Me

Jun 21, 2014 - Day nine

We hit the road earlier than necessary this morning since I hadn't changed my watch back to PDT when we entered Nevada. The time change played games with my mind the whole day just as the long daylight hours of the approaching solstice did all during the trip. Aside from road resurfacing going on all across Nevada and the deplorable condition of CA highways (Eisenhower would be ashamed of his eponymous freeway today), the last day of travel was an easy one. An audio book and light traffic helped the miles fly by. Ursa and I looked forward...

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Travels with Ursa

Jun 10, 2014 - Pre-trip

Inspired by a recent invitation to host Flat Stanley's friend, Trevion, visiting the Bay Area and by conversation with creative friend, Christine, I decided to let the teddy bear who resides in my travel trailer help moderate this summer's road trip. Ursa (a suitable name for a bear traveling in Quo Vadis, don't you think?) will be on the lookout for interesting sights and sounds along the way and will report back to you and my granddaughters, Ryanne, Rae Lee, Fiona and Twyla.

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Travels with Ursa

Aug 18, 2013 - Road Trip ABC's

Day 17 The final day’s drive was so uneventful that I spent some of the time at the wheel devising an ABC review of the trip (once a teacher, always a teacher). Here’s my list. Thanks again for keeping me company these past 3000 miles. A Audio books and amber waves of grain B Bayley and Bobbe C Cece, Candy and cabins in the woods D Dogs across America barking in the night E Electronic connections, bless them F Fens, Faye and Flathead cherries G Girly giggles and gossip (AKA caring and sharing) H Highways and home sweet home I Independent...

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Apr 24, 2013 - Day 8

4/24 - The state of the sign denoting the location of Mission Santa Cruz is a hint: don't bother. No mission, shabby little museum. My last history stop was disappointing but the six other missions I visited were both interesting and beautiful. I bid farewell to El Camino Real and headed home via Highway 1, a two lane winding coastal drive, for one more nature fix. Even in the fog it was beautiful. I stopped to picnic at Bean Hollow beach, a family favorite, and then came on home to put Quo Vadis out to pasture until next trip. Thanks for...

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The Royal Road

Apr 22, 2012 - Day 12 End of the Road

Route 66 Trip Lists - Best Things: Long-suffering friends and family who traveled with me electronically, America's amazing landscape, trains all along the way, recorded books during long drives, being cozy in my little cabin on wheels, free senior pass to National Parks, Quo Vadis for serving me well, amazing and varied flora and fauna (roadrunners and purple cacti), all the considerate fellow travelers, being fortunate enough to turn 66 and have an automatic trip destination (don't hold your breath for my journey down the Central Valley's...

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Mar 15, 2012 - Home Sweet Home

I kept saying I would do one last blog about being home, but I kept putting it off. I've got to say, I've been pretty busy since I got home. I jumped right back into things without taking so much as a day off. Between seeing my friends, spending time with my family, and going back to work. I barely gave myself time to think until Tuesday when I woke up with a 103 degree fever that has knocked me out since. I hate being sick. But after being sick in Ethiopia and India, this is nothing. I have my mom and dad to take care of me. I can drink...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Sep 14, 2011 - The Countdown is On!

Last summer came up with the idea of taking a gap year to volunteer. It started with the thought that I would spend a few months in South Africa seeing my borehole and volunteering. Boy how things have changed. At times I was planning to go to Rome, Ghana, Nepal, or Vietnam. Every time someone asks me what my plan was, my answer was different. But one thing never changed: I knew I wanted to go to Dixie, South Africa and see the borehole. Now, my trip has developed into the one month in South Africa, two months in Ethiopia, ten days in...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Aug 27, 2011 - Planning... it's not easy

I'll tell you one thing- planning a six month trip through five countries when I've never booked a flight without my dad's help is no easy task. Every time I think I've got everything figured out, I get another email telling me that something else has gone wrong. This week has been especially stressful as I am finally feeling like it's almost time to leave, but I still don't have everything in place. And on top of that I'm working all the time so I'm barely home to work on my trip! But while some things have fallen apart, others have come...

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Sarah's Gap Year

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