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You know what I miss most about our little road trip out West?  The wide open sky.  The never-ending blue with clouds as far as the eye could see.  Or, the amazing oranges and reds that could make your heart skip a beat.  Even better, at night, the deep black broken up by diamond-like stars.  Joshua Tree National Park, oh my gosh, the most amazing star-sighting I’ve ever experienced.

(Grand Canyon, sunset)    

I was driving home today as it was approaching sunset, I was heading westbound, and the sky was churnning out these great pinks and reds.  But, instead of enjoying the view, it was blocked by a skyline of telephone poles, traffic lights and palm trees.  (OK, the palm trees weren’t so bad!)  It just made me sad.  I guess traffic makes most people sad.  Or mad.  Or both.  It made me wish I were surrounded instead by wide open spaces that were beautiful enough for Ansel Adams to snap a picture.  Come to think of it, I was looking through an Ansel Adams photography book during lunch today…I guess that’s what got me thinking about nature – and the unnecessary number of human inventions cluttering it. 

Anywho, just some rambling tonight; a tidbit so that you all don’t miss me too much.    

What did you think about on your drive today??

Now that I actually have more than five minutes to type something, here I go….

The last year has been quite a journey. We had the chance to visit 3 countries (AU, NZ, USA), and traveled over 5,000 miles through 12 states (OR, WA, CA, NE, UT, AZ, NM, TX, OK, AR, TN, GA) in the USA. For part of the drive we were on the historical Route 66, which was pretty cool. What’s more, we had the chance to visit with 6 family members and 4 friends in different cities and states, attend a bachelorette party and spot 3 celebrities (kind of!).

All in all, it’s been crazytown, and we’ve loved every second of it!

For your reading enjoyment, some stats of our USA trip:

Start: April 13 – Portland, OR – 76,037 odometer
April 17 – Redwood National Park – 76,810
April 18 – San Francisco, CA – 77,140
April 22 – Joshua Tree National Park – 77,717
April 23 – Zion National Park – 77,907
April 28 – Petrified Forest National Park – 78,613
April 30 – Tennessee border – 79,897
End: May 04 – Palm City, FL – 81,331

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Many people have also asked us about petrol prices, so here are some we saw:

Crescent City, CA (northern CA) – $3.99
San Francisco, CA – $4.05
Amboy, CA – $4.49 (OK, this place was in the middle of nowhere in the desert!)
Zion, UT – $3.62
Gallup, NM – $3.47
Bushland, TX – $3.55 (Bushland…haha!)
Valdosta, GA – $3.59
Jacksonville, FL – $3.57

(All I have to say is, Can I get a bike!?)

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Some notes I made on the road:

“Eugene, OR area. Sheep galore. Green. Beautiful.”

“Drive to Joshua Tree – traffic on 60 East. Suburbia. Plaza after plaza, then totally different terrain. Dry. Wind farms. Twentynine Palm Highway. Morongo Valley, ‘Dig Your Own Cactus $0.59.’ Brown. No grass.”

“NM to TX. Bushland, TX. Cows. Smelly dead horse. Amarillo, TX. Steaks. Largest cross in the Western Hemisphere. Boring. Oklahoma. Windy! ‘Vote Democratic‘ billboard. Lots of cops.”

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Anywho, it feels good to be back in Florida. We’re still constantly pondering whether this will be the right move for us, but for now, it seems to be. It’s comforting and exciting to know that we’re in driving distance to some of our closest friends and family, and I love the fact that I’m in the same time zone as most of my friends!

So, what do we do next? Well, I guess it’s time to plan a wedding!

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