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I didn't sell my car before I left to travel the world. I kept it in my mom's garage with strict orders to run it every once in a while and to have my sister drive it whenever she came by. Of course, when I came home, 15 months later, it was completely dead. I suppose I could have sold it before I left, but my original plan involved coming home after nine months to road trip around the US. That was before I fell in love with Asia and stayed months longer than planned....

On our last day in Hawaii, we took a drive, and veered off onto what the road signs appropriately called the "scenic route." We stopped for a quick hike and to explore the botanical gardens. We visited a waterfall, looked out over Waipio, and grabbed a plate lunch at a local hole in the wall. And then, by some miracle (or Andrew's navigational/guidebook-reading skills) we finally did the seemingly impossible: found a beach on the Big Island. And so, after a week in Hawaii, I finally got to put on my bathing suit, splash in the monstrous waves (one that pulled...

After Baconfest, so long ago, we bummed around a bar sipping waters to drown down the grease. I left early for a walk across the loop that was much needed. There was an event that night for Obscura Day that I needed to get to: Erika Nelson, creator of The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things, was giving a lecture....

1. I drove 3,004 miles and spent $235.38 in gas in 9 days. 2. I meet the best people while traveling. I do. 3. It still kind of weirds me out when people know me from my blog(s) before knowing me. But it's kind of fun. 4. If I do a big trip I will be an excellent packer because I am perfectly happy wearing the same three outfits over and over again and I used one lens the entire time. 5. If I drive somewhere two hours away it feels like forever. If I drive for 16.5 hours in a day it feels...

Thursday. After a bagel. After a quick stop at the rest area because Flopsy needed a bathroom break. After a detour to see a big pencil. I left Virginia and rolled my way into North Carolina. I headed out to Mt. Airy AKA Mayberry. A town devoted to Andy Griffith. And I met up with Sadie! Sadie is a HungrySister and is awesome and saw that I kind of had not much to do for a bit and offered to let me come stay with her a day earlier than planned! In "Mayberry" there was a statue. And a gas station. And some other stuff. And a jail. And a museum...

Sometimes a trip seems a day or two too long. It can happen when you need to get from point A to point B to point C and point B is only in town on a Wednesday and point C is going on on a Saturday and there was no reason not to leave point A on the previous Saturday. And so you just have all this extra time and not enough planned out to see. And let me tell you, I'm a planner....