cross country travels: SFO and Charlottesville, VA [24]

The first weekend of November found us heading back east for a friend's wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia. But, of course, not without some delays... We thought it would be a swell idea to fly from the small regional airport in Monterey to SFO to catch our flight to Dulles Airport. Of course, we were delayed … Continue reading cross country travels: SFO and Charlottesville, VA [24]

local faves so far [21]

It's a little surreal to think about how we've been in California for close to two months now. It still feels like we just got here - I am definitely¬†still unpacking. Oops? In the almost-two-months we've been in Monterey and the month we've been in our house, we have had some time to get to … Continue reading local faves so far [21]

settling in : the beginning of monterey [17]

Hey y'all! Sorry for the radio silence. Turns out the actual moving part of this move has kept us pretty busy - not to mention two trips back out of state almost immediately after arriving in California (posts about those cities to come). We have been in Monterey for almost three weeks now, and just … Continue reading settling in : the beginning of monterey [17]

the long drive : utah/nevada/california [16]

We had been planning our drives pretty strategically, keeping the long days to 6-7 hours maximum, but we knew that would eventually run out. And Day 15 of the trip was that day. Our route for that day covered 550 miles, from Utah through the entirety of Nevada to Truckee, CA, on the northern shores … Continue reading the long drive : utah/nevada/california [16]

hidden gems : salt lake city, part 2 [15]

Saturday morning we got up, went to The People's Coffee for pastries and caffeine, then took our stinky dog to get a bath. Some vacation, right!? Turns out after two weeks of being in cars and hotel rooms together, a stinky dog is less forgivable than it might have been otherwise. We dropped the dog … Continue reading hidden gems : salt lake city, part 2 [15]

full of surprises: salt lake city, part 1 [14]

Where Cheyenne was disorienting because it was a pretty alien experience to me, Salt Lake City reminded me not to assume things about cities. I wasn't sure what to expect from Salt Lake City, and in my stereotyping brain I just sort of assumed it would be a pretty white-bread city with not a lot … Continue reading full of surprises: salt lake city, part 1 [14]

an east coast girl in the wild wild west : cheyenne, part 1 [12]

  It took us 2000+ miles, but this East Coast girl who has managed to feel right at home in all the cities we've visited so far finally found one that took her out of her element. Cheyenne makes Mystic look like a bustling metropolis...which was incredibly¬†weird for me. I am a small-city-or-at-least-populous-suburbs type of … Continue reading an east coast girl in the wild wild west : cheyenne, part 1 [12]

nebraska adventures : omaha / lincoln [11]

Tuesday morning, post-cat wrangling, we thankfully had a short day of driving ahead of us. Our next major stop was planned to be Cheyenne, WY, but that's roughly a 10-hour drive from Des Moines to Cheyenne, so we needed somewhere to stop in the meantime. Enter Nebraska, a place I never thought I would be … Continue reading nebraska adventures : omaha / lincoln [11]

midwestern cat wrangling: des moines [10]

"If I take one more step, it'll be the farthest away from home I've ever been." - Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring In this episode: the part of the country where we don't know anyone, bizarre American roadside attractions, lots of beer, and the joys of traveling with animals … Continue reading midwestern cat wrangling: des moines [10]

touchdown jesus and melty cheeses : south bend & chicago [8]

Friday morning saw us driving from Cleveland to Chicago. Because my family (except myself, naturally) is full of Notre Dame sports fans, I wanted to stop in South Bend to pay my respects to Touchdown Jesus: Max, a Purdue alum, was less than thrilled (thanks, babe, for being a good sport!) so I promised him … Continue reading touchdown jesus and melty cheeses : south bend & chicago [8]