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the roadtrip

11 Apr

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As many of you already know one of my goals from last year was to drive across the country before I turned 30. I’ve always thought it sounded incredibly adventurous and the idea of roaming the country without a care in the world sounded beyond romantic. At heart I am a total free spirit; sometimes I think I forget that when I am busy writing to-do lists!

I am happiest going with the flow of life, without an agenda.

Leading up to the trip I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull it all off. Who was going to go with me? Mr. McClafferty would just die if I drove it by myself. How would I take all that time off from work? How would I afford the trip? How? How? How?

But as most things do when you trust the universe, it all fell into place perfectly. My wildly adventurous and free-spirited best girlfriend, Rachel of One Part Gypsy signed up to go on the trip with me. I got the time off from work and we somehow paid for most of the trip with the help of fabulous sponsors (thanks guys!). We got lucky, but we also worked our asses of to put this trip together.

We left on the roadtrip exactly one year ago and it ended up being the Best. Month. Of. My. Life.

Sure, there was some fighting…I mean, have you ever traveled in a car with a person for a month? Sure, we almost lost our lives in Mississippi when a big rig swerved into our lane and ran us off the road. Sure, we got lost more times than I’d care to admit (shhhh….sometimes we drove hours out-of-the-way). Sure, we woke up most mornings at 4am to start the drive. Sure, we probably both gained 10 (ok maybe 8) pounds eating our way across America…I mean, have you been to the South?? But, we survived it all with our senses of humor and an insane amount of red bulls, and we are better friends because if it.

There really isn’t another person I could imagine having accomplished this goal with. Traveling across the country with Rachel will forever be one of my favorite memories. I’m pretty sure when we are old and grey we will be telling our grandkids about the wild month in 2012 we conquered the USA.

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Read some of my favorite posts from that month!

– Marfa, Texas

– Getting chased by a dirt devil 

– Visiting Georgia O’ Keefe’s private residence

– Memphis! 

– Our night at a sweet little B&B in Alabama

–  Our day with wild horses 

– Santa Fe

– Struggs

–  Going to F. Scott Fitzgeralds home 

– We’re going to Graceland! 

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20 May

Sedona weekend continued…

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The Arizona Inn

15 Apr

ROAD TRIP

The Arizona Inn

{Photos by One Part Gypsy}

See Rachel’s take here!!

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85- Day 1 Tucson

14 Apr

ROAD TRIP

DAY 1

Arizona Sonora Museum

{photos by One Part Gypsy}

See Rachel’s take here!

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17 Mar

It’s starting to happen…I’m starting to loose sleep over the road trip because I am so damn excited about it!!! I seriously can’t stop thinking about it- I’m obsessed. I’ve already fallen in love with each city- I’m in love with the history, the restaurants, the hotels, the people, the food, the music….everything about this trip excites me. I simply can’t wait to be on the open road with Rachel! I’m so excited to write my way across the country.

 I’ve gone mad!! Why can’t it be April 12th yet?

Here are a few inspiration pictures (ok maybe a lot)

{Arizona Inn}

{Arizona Inn}

{White Sands, NM}

{Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe}

{Georgia O’Keefe Museum/ Santa Fe, NM}

{I guess I’m just hoping I see this!}

{Abiquiu Inn/ Abiquiu, NM}

{Ghost Ranch/ NM}

{Labyrinth at Ghost Ranch, NM}

{Barton Springs/ Austin, TX}

{Vintage shopping / Austin, TX}

{Degas House / New Orleans, LA}

{Galatoire’s / New Orleans, LA}

{Monteleone / New Orleans, LA}

{Preservation Hall / New Orleans }

{Dauphine Books / New Orleans}

{Blues City Cafe / Memphis}

{Cafe Du Monde / New Orleans}

{Martin Luther King Home / Memphis}

{F. Scott Fitzgerald House }

{wild horses on Cumberland Island}

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8 Mar

ROAD TRIP INSPIRATION PHOTOS: TUCSON, AZ

(images via my pinterest account aka my insane obsession )

I have a confession…I’m falling in love with Tucson…through pictures! The colors…the dustballs…the old churches…the idea of wearing a cowboy hat!

Maybe Rachel and I should dress in theme for every city we visit on our road trip? Just saying.

Have any of you guys been to Tucson? Do you have any favorite restaurants, coffee shops, stores, bars, hotels, activities or anything else to share with us??

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17 Jan

ROAD TRIP

My new road trip inspiration photo…minus the guns and the running from the law part.

I have been obsessed with all things road trip lately- The route! The cities! The music! The people! I am dying to get on the open road with no real objective other than to explore. It speaks to my soul- sounds dramatic but it’s true. I sincerely hope this isn’t one of those goals that sounds much better in my head and the reality of it sucks. I highly doubt it though. Adventure is usually always fun. Sadly, my normal partner in crime, Brian, isn’t available to drive across the country with me (Damn those jobs. Although he may fly in for a leg of the journey…we will see) so I had to move on to my next partner in crime, Rachel. She is a perfect person to road trip with considering she is adventurous, fun and also a beautiful photographer.

She came over the other day to brainstorm the road trip routes and dates and we had so much fun! We were getting more and more excited by each stop and idea! After a few hours we had our route and our departure date…

March 29th 2012

Los Angeles -> Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona -> Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona -> Silver City, New Mexico

Silver City, New Mexico -> White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands, New Mexico -> Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico -> Abiquio, New Mexico

Abiquio, New Mexico ->Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas -> New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana -> Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi -> Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama -> Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee -> Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia -> Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia -> Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina -> Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -> Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina – > Virginia (cities to be decided)

Virginia – > Delaware to visit my family!

When Brian got home from work, I excitedly showed him our plan and he said…”why these dates?” I said…”I don’t know, why not those dates? We kinda just picked them out of a hat” He said “what about a car and hotels and… and…and?

I said “Details, honey, details. Don’t you know how I work by this point, silly?

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine