Why do we travel?  It’s an interesting question with many varying answers.  For me, it’s fairly simple:  In addition to relieving stress and giving people a much needed break from their daily lives, traveling also cements experiences into your memory that we can learn from and be inspired by.  Ultimately, it expands horizons literally and figuratively.  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this, but some of my most vivid memories in life are not what I’ve purchased or acquired, but the trips I’ve taken over the years and the people that shared them with me.

Our entire route from beginning to end. 9000 miles. 51 days.  A lifetime of experiences and memories.

RVing across the U.S and back. The entire route, from beginning to end, starting in Columbus, OH. 51 days and almost 9000 miles. A lifetime of experiences & memories. Map via roadtrippers.com

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Preface

Leaving west Texas, we were over 2 weeks into our 2 month trip, and it became increasingly clear that we were not going to be able to write our cross-country blog in real-time. We had hoped to finish a blog entry with each stop along the way about our time traveling in that specific part of America. But it was harder than expected to both actively write a semi-interesting story of our trip, AND enjoy it to the fullest extent. So we decided instead to take our time and live in the moment, not only to produce better content, but to avoid derailing our adventure by turning it into a job. I feel that needs stating, as many people have asked if we are “still on the road” when we share a new blog post. Unfortunately the answer is NO, but we took so many pictures and notes, that when we write about each segment of the journey, it’s almost like we’re living it again. Another wonderful by-product of travel – The experiences can stay with you longer than anything that is simply ‘material’. With that said, let’s go to the desert…

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There’s something about a waterfall that captures our imagination. It combines many features of our great planet that fascinate and enthrall. The dizzying heights of the cliff or bluff, the push of the water, the pull of gravity as it descends, and the thought that’s crossed everyone’s mind as some point – going over the edge. Fortunately for most of us, we can enjoy them at a safe distance, appreciating them for what they are, a gift of nature.

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They say that everything is bigger in Texas. I know, I know. You’ve heard it 1000 times before. But after driving from the eastern boarder near Shreveport, LA, across the entire state to the northwestern panhandle, I can tell you from personal experience that Texas is absolutely huge. It took us about 11 hours of drive time to make this trip. That’s pretty incredible considering we were in the same state the entire time.

Our path across the Lone Star state

Our path across the Lone Star state

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We’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, home is where family is and we are lucky enough to have some of the most amazing friends that we consider them family.  So heading to Dallas, TX from New Orleans to stay with our great friend Aaron was the most welcomed occasion.  And to make it even more exciting, our good friends from our hometown Columbus, OH were also visiting!  It was going to be a 3 day reunion of friendship and we couldn’t wait! 

There’s something so lovely about being hosted.  Having your friends show you around a city you’ve never been is simply the best.  Especially when your host is just as excited to show you around as you are to be there.  There’s so much joy witnessing the passion people have for the city they live in.  Aaron and his sweet girlfriend, Stephanie couldn’t wait to take us to the best BBQ joints, local farm to table eats and parks.

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