If you’d rather listen to the podcast, click the play button.
Since the blowout, the plan has been to avoid extreme heat and only travel through and to places with 90-degree and below conditions. That means higher altitudes and driving through deserts during early morning hours. The plan is working – keeping us on beautiful mountain roads, beside glistening lakes, and now, in the lush Sonoma Valley where we’ve been visiting wineries, meeting lovely people, and detecting the occasional autumnal breeze wafting over vineyards of chardonnay and zinfandel, promising cooler days to come, lighter traffic, and more choice places to camp in state and national parks.
Rumination of the last two months is like flavor picking a complicated wine. It’s all great, but we can’t remember the precise order of things – the details co-mingle, creating a well-balanced, fruity but confounding blend. “Where were we when we had Pico’s nails trimmed? Was that two or three weeks ago? Wasn’t it next door to that great bakery in Mammoth? No …” Lately, we mind-meld a lot – pause and lock eyes – hoping our combined energies will cultivate a break-through.
But, because Jim prefers technology over vulcan mind tricks, he’s designed a visual journal of our travel to cut through the miles and miles of mangled memory tape before it’s too late.
Introducing: The Living in Beauty, Our Travel Map. We hope to find more ways to connect photos, blog posts and campground reviews right into the map to make our journey as comprehensive as possible.
The link is located near the top of our page on the menu line.
It shows where we’ve been on the U.S. map and where we are, currently. It tracks our Maiden Voyage as well – when we picked up Beauty and The Beast in Mississippi and towed her to San Diego.
We’ll keep it as current as possible.
Now, we’re off! Tomorrow, we’ll be heading toward a new destination. Where, we are not quite sure. As usual, it depends on travel conditions and no reservations – for us, that’s key to what the excitement’s all about!
I always conclude with, “Have a Great Week” and I do mean it, but my best intentions often fail to adjust to the realties of this crazy “on the road” life and, sometimes, it’s another half or two weeks till the next entry. Sincerest apologies for that, but things happen … like wineries and microbreweries!
We will catch up soon with more posts about the events of this summer along with some comprehensive campground reviews. Until then, Have a great week!