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Out here again

So, We are doing it again. We decided that we didn’t want to spend the winter on the mountain this year. Things have changed a little since we arrived in the RV in 2015, unfortunately we have no pets now, but we have a human child. As much as traveling the country with a cat and dog seemed strange, traveling with a one year old baby seems even more crazy. We’ve been thinking about this trip for a long time. We plan on doing it a little more efficiently this time, staying with friends and camping more on public lands and state parks. The theory is that since we would have paid for flights to SF, Georgia, and Florida for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. That we would save that money and put it directly in the gas tank. We’ve tried to get the RV ready for the road in the last month...

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Memphis, Tennesee

We technically stayed in Arkansas… because there’s a great RV park right along the Mississippi river in West Memphis. We did go out in Memphis twice, I think this was the first time we had been to a city that neither of us had been to before. It was a better choice than Branson…

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Texas, Round 2

When we got back into Texas it was like a different world from when we left. They had been getting rain about 4 times a week for 3 months and everything was so green. What was dusty western scrub brush was lush grassland. It was an AMAZING sight. It really was a stark difference from the extreme drought in southern California. It set the scene for a great visit in Texas

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

We decided to stay up in Santa Fe instead of Albuquerque because we had always heard that it was a great town filled with Art and food. We were on our way through the southwest to Texas but we managed to hit Santa Fe on a weekend. So we got to pack in a lot of food and adventure in to a short time. I would have to say, they weren’t wrong, this place is awesome.

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Holbrook, Arizona

There’s not a lot going on in Holbrook, AZ. We stayed in the North side of town where there are a few hotels and restaurants for the people traveling on historic route 66. In the south side there are plenty of ridiculous dinosaur statues and one or two mexican restaurants. But it’s a good stopover if you’re passing through the area.

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Flagstaff, Arizona

It felt like we had been in Vegas long enough. So we planned out our route home on Roadtrippers.com. Laurel wanted to go through Texas again to see her grandparents and friends in Dallas so we took the southern route again. If we hadn’t had to go that way we probably would have gone north through Colorado. Our first stop on this was just a couple of hours outside Las Vegas, Flagstaff Arizona. It’s another ‘college town’ home to Northern Arizona University. It has a really fun downtown area with great little shops and restaurants. My phone went dead one day, so there aren’t as many pictures as there should be.

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Virginia

Coming home, leaving some things, moving on.

It was a little strange rolling back into Northern VA after having been on the road for so long. Everything’s sort of the same, but it feels different. We parked the RV in my coworkers driveway and continued our life just like it was the days before. The stop wasn’t all great for the family, while we were here we lost two members of the family. Laurel’s grandmother had been in failing health for a while and we knew that we had to get back to see her one last time. At one month over her 100th birthday she passed away. She was a great woman who led her family with respect and intelligence and we will miss her.

In a tragic turn of events, our dog Baby also passed while we were home in VA...

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Morgantown, WV

We got the local tour because we were staying in town for longer than a month. We parked the RV behind a double wide meth lab and moved into the in-laws place for a week. It’s a different town when you’re not just going to the brew pub on Friday, wine and jazz on Saturday and driving home on Sunday. There’s more to WV than drinking! but it’s still a big part of it!

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Illinois

We drove from Memphis up through some beautiful countryside. Over a few rushing rivers until the land became flatter and flatter. We were heading for Illinois.

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Las Vegas

Finally out of California! If you don’t count Guatemala and Mexico, We had spent almost 6 months in California. But the state is pretty huge and the cities are very different. But now it was time to visit Nadine and Daryl and my cousin John in the city of Sin. But Laurel had to fly back to LA for a conference and she decided to also fly back to Virginia to visit her 100 year old grandmother. So that left me alone in Vegas for a lot of the time. John was still working nights at a restaurant, so our schedules didn’t overlap much. So I spent most of the time exploring by myself. I played a lot of disc golf, hiked, rode my new bike around, ate ceviche, hung out at the pool, and spent almost zero time gambling.

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