Behind the Times… {journal}

I’m way behind around here. In everything…

Pe@rl on the road again
Pe@rl on the road again

But it’s okay. Because I decided to take advantage of self employment, and rearranged my schedule to fit my purposes… For a change!

Bounce the baby
Bounce the baby

We did a whirlwind 2 day, overnight, trip to VT to take advantage of visiting family!

We packed up the camper, and drove down. It’s the first time I’ve ever camped in the winter (and we were quite comfy…!) despite it being in the teens! 

It was the first “weekend” I’d had off in a while, and it happened on a Thursday-Friday so now I have no idea what day it is…

My brother, sister-in-law, and niece were visiting my parents’ for the week. And it’s the second time we got to see baby niece, now she’s about 9 months old, and a small bundle of smiles. 

Despite having caught some germs on the plane ride here, she was still cheery and we got in lots of baby bouncing and snuggles… 


Now back to regular programming…

Road Trip 2015 Conclusion

Thanks for coming along for the ride on our 2 week road trip- Maine to Seattle! 

All total, our trip totals according to my mileage tracker app…

  • 7336 miles
  • 542 gallons of gas
  • $1389 in fuel (for an average of $2.56/gal)
  • Averaged 13.5 mpg!

We drove thru 20 states. Slept at 4 Walmarts. Stayed at 3 campgrounds, and 2 Ohio travel plazas (Blue Heron & Middle Ridge). 

Pe@rl was amazing, and more than exceeded all our expectations. And I can’t wait to go camping at our favorite places with her! It’s definitely made it much easier to travel with such crazy allergies. And will make camping easier, but still camping 🙂 You won’t hear much about her for the winter, but she’ll be back next year!

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The Road Home – Road Trip 2015 Day 16-17

After our late night, we woke up quite late in the Blue Heron Travel Plaza. Probably a combination of being up way too late, closing the shades to block out the street lights, and the heavy dark clouds preventing daylight from happening…

And I was really glad we were close to home, since during the night I woke up to a puppy dog who’d eaten too many treats puking on my bed… True story. Thankfully it was the little cute one, less volume that way…….

We decided to stick to I80. Since we were back on familiar tuft per say, nearing the East Coast. And things are much closer together and much more congested.

Chipotle dinner while watching Pe@rl
Chipotle dinner while watching Pe@rl

We decided to head straight for home. So we stopped for some snacks, and another Chipotle dinner near the Ohio Pennsylvania border. 

Yummy (no I didn't share, no chocolate for doggies)
Yummy (no I didn’t share, no chocolate for doggies)

So I’m not a huge Oreo fan, I know crazy… But those? Are really good!

We drove thru Pennsylvania in the dark. Which seems to be our thing, I was telling my PB I’m not sure I’ve ever seen I80 thru Pennsylvania in the daylight… We almost always drive that with the truckers at night. So maybe we should try it in the daylight next time! 


We made the Maine border mid-morning. And when we stopped in the rest area near Yarmouth, I took over driving and decided we should go up Rte 1 for a more scenic drive!

Which it was, and we even stopped for ice cream 🙂

Maine coast
Maine coast

It was great getting home! Even though right away, before we could even unpack, I had to vacuum up 2 weeks worth of dead flies…!