Trippin’ the Americas

Travel has always been a priority with me, fortunately I found someone who shares, not only my love of travel, but my travel style.  You see, we like to absorb a culture, not just pick up on what is being offered to us commercially.  We stroll the streets and neighborhoods, we seek out local flavor, we want to live in the green spaces.  Concrete is not our friend, and doing what everyone else is doing?  That is so not us.  We sometimes call it speed touring, we cover a lot of miles when we travel, in our quest to see it all, sometimes you have to keep moving.

quotescover-JPG-14Because we are observers of life, we pick up on things that most don’t.  We eavesdrop on conversations, not deliberately, but just to know where people’s heads are.  As we walked the streets of Boston last week, it would have been so much fun to have a tape recorder just to catch the snippets.  Things overheard included these types of words:

“So exactly where does the Underground Railroad come out?” heard outside the African American Meeting House.

“No, I have my phone off, that way when I turn it on and see some text messages, I can feel good about myself.  If it’s on all day and no one texts me, that will make me feel bad, so I only turn it on when I choose to.”  Heard on a walking path in a National Park.

People amaze me some days, some in their stupidity – yes, I said it; others in their lack of interest in what is around them.  Most in their self absorbance.  I’m not perfect by any means, if you ever hear my husband say with a sweet lilt, “I looove you,” and he’s laughing, it’s because I have let my inner blonde show again.  It happens often, my brain just doesn’t absorb a pattern around me, I am always lost, I read signs the way I want to read them, not necessarily how they are written. These kinds of things happen a lot.

But, I digress, my point is that travel is important.  Get off the beaten path, look at the neighborhoods, look at the lives being lived.  Talk to people, ask them why, show an interest.  Our favorite parts are when we get to hear someone’s story.  When I started writing in 2011, it was because we were travelling full time, that was the start of our real story.  That was when I realized we could share with others some of the cool things that we see.  My blog was Trippin’ the Americas, it is still active, and going to be more so.  We still see some amazing things, we still eat at some amazing places and take some great photos.  I will be featuring places to eat and things to see, roads to travel.  My goal is posting twice a week there and twice a week here, but I could use your help getting my readership up.  Stop over and see what we see, it will be undergoing a facelift soon, but the posts are still good and easy to find.


Day 307 – Current Project

houseOur December is being spent in Montana restoring a house built in 1903.  The address is 312 S Maryland, Conrad. It has three bedrooms upstairs, two baths, a formal living and dining room, large kitchen, family room, library and office.  It is 4,320 square feet, with a two car garage.  The place is humongous.  I bought it a couple of years ago, sight unseen, because it looked cool.  And honestly, it is cool.  I love the house.  Our plan is to flip it, but of course, our biggest challenge is finding time to spend here.  This part of Montana is not on our regular travel plan.  We tend to run I-40 and I-80, finding us North of I-90 is a bit unusual for us.

We’ve done all of our shopping this week, cabinets and carpet, tile and appliances.  All are purchased, now we just need to put it all together.  Of course, I want to do it NOW!  and all the stuff is still in transit, I feel a bit useless.  So, we are spending our time on paint and primer, getting prepped for the day it all comes together.  My fear is that it all shows up about the 20th of this month, and then that will mess up my after-Christmas plans.  That will be a bummer.

My plan after Christmas is the same as last year, five days working the Rose Parade, building floats.  Haley and I did that last year starting on the 27th and working right through the 31st.  It was an incredible experience, not only was it bonding between her and I, but it helped me to see the work ethic that young lady has.  I love doing volunteer work and this was a labor of love.  I blogged that experience on Trippin the Americas last year, if you are interested in how that process comes together, check this out.  It had been on my life list for a long time, I just wanted to repeat it again this year and I’m not feeling very confident about that right now with all the work ahead of us. 😦