An Amazing Adventure

 

Well hey there. It’s been over 6 months since posting on this blog.

So as is due, a quick catch up and then on to some reflections.

When we left off last June, we had arrived in Idaho to our rental house which had been trashed and defaced.

Although I could write a book just on that summer experience, let’s just say, that after being on the road for so long, we actually enjoyed our summer stay and all the hard work. We set up our camp inside the house (after lots of initial cleansing) and put our energy into creating something Beautiful from something that wasn’t.

Thinking back a few years ago, one of our initial goals when we set out on the road was that we wanted to travel for long periods, then to temporarily stay put in a community for a few months or so to get to know the local favors. Then this past summer we were forced into doing that very thing which we desired. Funny how the world works.

Now here we are into 2016 already!

Blessed with a new grandson in November, we are spending the winter months back in California, where we can be around the new baby and new parents, as well as enjoying the rest of our family.

We’ve had two house-sits to break up the winter, (and our van-stays) which were fantastic, both times taking care of lovey homes and lovely pets for wonderful people.

But really, it’s always so cozy to return to our little van home.

At years end, I spent time re-visiting this blog, and going through literally thousands of photos I’ve taken over the past two years.

I am amazed! And feel so blessed. And so unbelieving of all the incredible places we’ve traveled to, and all the beautiful experiences we’ve had traveling around in this little white van.

I have so many fond memories of gorgeous sunsets, amazing wildlife, ancient cultures, strange trees, bizarre inclement weather, solitary vistas, interesting people of so many different sorts, balloons in the air, red red rocks, birds of all colors, mile high camping, prehistoric looking animals, and on and on.

I think I could ramble on to eternity here, but I’ll spare whoever is reading this for the moment, and just say it’s a life worth living!  The times of feeling homeless, and worries of where to sleep for the night, well yes, there are challenges. But life is a challenge meant to be met head on, conquering fears, daring to be different, willing to try new experiences.

So thankful for the opportunity to make these choices. So thankful for all that has come our way these past few years.

In honor of those memories and a longing to make more in the future, I’m reposting some of my favorite photos of some of my favorite places.

Thanks to those who have traveled along with us through this blog. Hoping that there will be much more to come in the future.

Peace and Good Cheer as we roll along into 2016!

 

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Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, Utah

 

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Into Alberta, Canada

 

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Waterton National Peace Park, Alberta, Canada

 

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Jake at Grizzly Encounters in Montana

 

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Yellowstone River In Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

 

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Walking among the geysers in Yellowstone

 

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Where else? But Yellowstone

 

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Beartooth Pass over the Absaroka Mountains, Wyoming

 

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Sunset in the Grand Tetons

 

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Grand Teton Magnificence

 

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Enjoying the Local Wildlife

 

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The Amazing Pia Dog

 

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Finally a Moose in Colorado

 

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Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

 

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

 

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Camping Keevan Style – Alabama Hills, California

 

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With Family Along the Coast, California

 

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Into the Pacific

 

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The Beautiful & Majestic Sandhill Cranes

 

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More Coastal Splendor, Why do we Like to Camp Here?

 

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Showing Off for the Ladies. Elephant Seals at Las Piedras, California

 

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Solitude at Lake Mead, Nevada

 

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Wild Horses of Nevada

 

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Ancient Bristlecone Pines, Bishop, California

 

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Folsom Lake, California

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9 thoughts on “An Amazing Adventure”

  1. Happy New Year, Laurie! Thank you for the update and posting all the photos. I am with family in Southern California right now, but it would be great to go for a walk together at the end of the month, if you’re still in the area. Congratulations on the new grandson!!! Love, Catherine

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    1. Hey SusanElizabeth – glad to see you’re still out there. I find no words to describe the beauty of some of these places, my photos are an attempt to share those feelings and emotions with others. Thanks for your kindness.

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      1. They’re stunning and greatly appreciate for those of us who can’t make it out West. I especially love how the glow of the sun is in many of those photos and you can feel the warmth even if it was cool out.

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