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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! 

Day 5, Part 2

22 Apr

ROAD TRIP

Day 5, Part 2

Ghost Ranch

This is Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Need I say more?

See Rachel’s take here!

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Day 4, Part 2: Puye Cliff Dwellings & Abiquiu Inn

20 Apr

ROAD TRIP 

Day 4, Part 2

The day of u-turns, cliff dwellings, black holes & cookies

After the epic (I don’t use that word lightly) few hours spent lounging around in hot tubes and saunas at Ten Thousand Waves, I  was feeling refreshed, relaxed and blissfully unaware of the next few hours to come.

Rachel and I spent them very lost, with no cell service, trying to locate the Puye Cliff Dwellings, which was next on our itinerary for the day. The Puye Cliffs were home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D.

Seeing the dwellings was something both of us were dying to see while in New Mexico because we thought it would be a wonderful way to learn about the history of the region, so there was no way in hell we weren’t going to find it.

It was a comedy of errors- we lost our packet of directions, had no cell service, took many wrong turns and at one point ended up on a tiny, curvy two lane highway in the snow-capped mountains above Santa Fe.

I’m truly floored that Rachel and I don’t end up killing each other during these high stress moments. Instead we both sit there silently managing our emotions.

After spending 3 hours making u-turns (silently) we finally made it to The Puye Cliff Dwellings not even sure if we would be able to tour the site anymore considering we were 2 hours late and they were closing. Luckily, the people who run the dwellings are the KINDEST people and said they would make sure we got a tour even if only for 10 minutes. Steve, our tour guide, is actually an ancestor of the people who inhabited the dwellings at one time- how cool is that? He ended up staying an hour late to give us the full tour- I mean how lovely of him, right?

I have been on a tour of cliff dwellings before and hated it, but this was a completely different experience. On the last tour I felt like I was a million miles away from the cliffs and couldn’t spot a thing. I ended up lying to the group and said that I could see the dwellings, windows and murals because I was getting so annoyed with everyone trying to point them out.

 But this was a completely different experience! This time we got to walk through them!!!  It was an amazing and I am still blown away that this was even allowed!

The only problem with being able to walk through the ruins was having to climb this enormous ladder wearing heeled boots and skinny jeans.

I’m sure graceful wasn’t the first word that came to mind when I climbed it.

But the view from the top was worth the climb.

After the tour we got in the car to make the hour-long drive to the Abiquiu Inn in Abiquiu, New Mexico. We were both excited to check in to our hotel and get some work done. As we got deeper and deeper into the mountains, both our phones lost service again and it was then I realized that I would be without my phone for the next two days while we explored Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch. Ugh, very frustrating but hey, at least I had my computer and could finally get some blogging done!

Sadly, when we checked in to the hotel we were told the rooms didn’t have internet service- I almost died. How ridiculous is that? Here I am at a beautiful hotel in a breathtaking location in the New Mexico mountains and I am worried about internet service. Shameful! I re-grouped and reminded myself to go with the flow and enjoy the adventure.

When we got to our room, we were greeted by a plate of warm Biscochito cookies (New Mexico’s official state cookie- it’s an anise flavored little piece of heaven) that immediately made everything  better.

 See Rachel’s take here!

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27 Mar

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This road trip is shaping up to be the most insane adventure of my life! It’s becoming way more fabulous then I could have ever imagined it to be. I’m not going to lie, our itinerary is insanely ambitious and we may die from exhaustion trying to stay on schedule but that’s part of the adventure…right? Rachel and I will have to survive the driving and appointment booked days armed with laughter, cameras, our beloved computers, lots of red bull and the support of all our readers!!

New things added to the itinerary

{Living Desert Museum}

{Living Desert Museum}

AMAZING!

(Cup Cafe- Tucson}

I have a feeling that my Huevos Rancheros breakfast from the Cup Cafe is going to be pretty amazing!

{The Compound Restaurant}

I just LOVE this.

{The Compound Restaurant}

Is that not the prettiest dining room you have ever seen?? I hear the food is even prettier…

{Puye Cliff Dwellings- New Mexico}

Puye Cliffs was home to 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D.- I cannot wait to see it in person!

{El Cosmico- Marfa, Texas}

Sleeping in a teepee!! Yes Please!!

{Torchy’s Tacos- Austin, Texas}

I have been dreaming of eating a taco from Torchy’s Taco’s again ever since I tried one three years ago…so delish!

{Hotel Provincial- New Orleans}

This hotel is supposed to be haunted! I can’t tell if this excites me or terrifies me.

{Haunted Ghost Tour- New Orleans}

To really ensure we see a ghost while in New Orleans we have signed up for a ghost tour as well…

{Poogan’s Porch- Charleston}

The menu at this restaurant makes my mouth water- Rachel and I have decided that we MUST order the fried alligator salad because how often do you see that on a menu?

{Graceland- Memphis}

Elvis! Need I say more?!

{Smith-Byrd House, Alabama}

Is this not the sweetest Bed & Breakfast you have ever seen??

{Carriage Tour @ Middleton Place– Charleston}

The above picture is going to be re-created with Rachel and I inserted in to it.

Have any of you guys been to any of these places?? Do you have any tips? Thoughts?

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21 Mar

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{photo by One Part Gypsy}

I had no idea that simply planning this across-the-country road trip would be so much fun! Rachel and I are both equally obsessed with every little detail, taking great pride in finding the perfect hotel, restaurant and activity in each city we stop. It’s definitely been a process reaching out to local businesses across the US but we have been over-whelmed  by the support we have received from each city- people are so welcoming!  It’s making me even more excited (if that’s possible) to get on the road and connect with people and learn about the history of each city.

This process has reaffirmed my belief in manifesting my dreams, because this 365 til 30 goal is manifesting in a huge, exciting way and I am very thankful for it all!

Los Angeles-> Tucson-> White Sands -> Santa Fe -> Abiquiu -> Austin -> New Orleans -> Jackson -> Memphis -> Montgomery->

Saint Mary’s -> Savannah -> Charleston -> Wilmington

Here we come!

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2 Feb

INSPIRATION PHOTOS : DRIVE ACROSS THE USA

WHITE SANDS , NEW MEXICO

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17 Jan

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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