The Basics of Car Travel

We have officially made it to summer and that includes summer road trips. I actually really like road trips because it gives me time to think through things if I am travelling alone or to have really good conversations when I am with people.  Aside from the conversations–there are certain things that you need in order to survive being in the car for an extended prior of time. Here are my top 5 items that I need  in order to make it from point A to point B.

  1. Sunglasses are ALWAYS a must in fact I have 3 in my car so that my passengers who fail to bring theirs, will still have a pair. This pair sounds like a good bet. 
  2. I am a huge believer in staying hydrated and soda isn’t the way to do it. Whenever I drink soda, I actually end up thirstier then before. So I always have water in my car. I have 1 bottle of water as a back up and my Contigo water bottled filled whenever I can. 
  3. I have Kleenex in my car at all times but I really hate having napkins in my car. I find them cluttery and an eyesore but I do recognize that they are needed on road trips especially when there are kids in the car. Wipes even do a better job. 
  4. Sometimes you really need to relieve the boredom by playing ridiculous car games. We usually play the alphabet game where you look for a word on a sign that starts with the letter you need and try to beat out the others in the car. There is also the license plate game where we not only try to see a license plate from every state but we always try to see one from all the states we have lived in. From there it is 20 questions, never have I ever, etc.
  5. Music can be the great equalizer and I make sure my car is filled with tons of music so there is no shortage of tunes to spin. Play a game with the songs but always remember to have fun. Here is a song to get you started.

 

 

Boston One of These Days

I have had numerous flights in and out of Boston over the years. In fact I will be in Boston again on Sunday as I fly back to Portland but one thing I have yet to do is leave the airport. I really need to make the effort to fly in and stay a couple of days. I have always wanted to visit Boston but my travels take me to other places first. I guess I just need a really good reason to pick Boston as the destination and not a lay-over.

In the meantime, here are 5 places that I want to visit when I actually make it to the city.

  1. Fenway Park. I am trying to visit all the iconic baseball stadiums (not to mention but this one is 100 years old).  
  2. The Mapparium. Just cool.
  3. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
  4. Old State House 
  5. I also know that I am supposed to eat a Cannoli 

My Joseph

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20 years ago I had no idea that there was a town in Eastern Oregon called Joseph. I had no idea that there was this hidden gem that could reconnect you with nature and make you feel “off the grid”.  Fast forward 20 years and Joseph is now something very special to me.

I am not going to lie . . . sometimes I don’t want to share with the world some of my secrets. I don’t want too many people to know about Joseph because I don’t want it to grow and become Jackson Hole. I want it to stay small–quaint, and closed off from the world that is around it.

As you travel I-84 to La Grande, Oregon–you have the option to veer off the highway and travel 80 miles to the middle of no where. The drive alone is worth the trip with its scenic mountains, prairies, rivers and lakes. It is a photographers candy shop and a nomads home.

There really isn’t much in the town of Joseph, including a stoplight but what it does offer is outstanding. There are cute shops to roam, restaurants and art galore. But all of this pales in comparison to what you see outside of main street.

While I am providing a link to the town’s website . . . all I really want to do is show you pictures from my last trip. Enjoy!

Luck in All the Right Places

There are a lot of places in the world that visitors travel to each year to bring luck or good fortune to their lives. I haven’t met a person yet that couldn’t use a little extra in the luck department. Below are some pretty lucky places to travel.

Which one is your favorite or do you have one not on the list?

 

  1. The Blarney Stone in Ireland 
  2. Trevi Fountain in Italy 
  3. Weeping Columns in Istanbul 
  4. Laughing Buddha in China 
  5. Everard’t Serclaes Statue in Brussels