Monthly Archives: June 2010

Down By The River

Just off the highway in Virginia we found a beautiful spot to rest.

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Day 2: Entering the Great Smoky Mountains

Traveling has proven to be exhausting. We passed out the second our heads hit the pillow at 9pm. There was plenty of stops along the way for bathroom breaks, leg stretching, and a bit of food here and there. From this we were able to check out some locals and local places. We quickly found that Delaware truck stops have their own species of people, KFC in Maryland don’t have popcorn chicken (what the heck), New Jersey is the worst state to drive through ($8.25 toll, really?) and Connecticut was just Connecticut (though we did stop at a Costco).

Trivia has been a hit! We have gotten more followers on our Twitter page and even some correct responses. Thanks Dan and Jon. At times people have come up to us and asked about the trip or trivia answers. Others point at the van while hitting the person in the passenger seat to get a quick glimpse. Though, sometimes I’m not sure if they are pointing at the trivia or our mustaches. A little girl gave us a thumbs up at one point and a man in a silver Mustang gave us a fist pump (I think they like us).

We are making progress and great time. Today is our longest day; once we surpass this, the rest will be a breeze.

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Day 1: Austin, TX or Bust

After much planning, Carl and I have set off on to our great adventure to the unknown: Austin, Texas. The four day trip ahead of us is anything but short. With that in account, we prepared some car-ride entertainment (for us of course) and car-side entertainment (for the general public).

As an interactive activity for ourselves, friends, and strangers along the way, we have created a drive-by-trivia game fueled by a newly created Twitter account @trivi_van. The concept is as follows: every 100 miles we will post a new trivia question on our Twitter account and the side of our van. Answers will be posted within the next 100 miles along with frequent updates of our status. If you have a Twitter account, follow us! If not, you can follow our status updates at the following link: http://twitter.com/trivi_van
You might be surprised by some of the things we find along the way.

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Packing Pains

I don’t think packing will ever qualify under “Things I Love to Do.” During this tedious process I attempted everything to speed up this process. I clicked my heals together three times, closed my eyes, and hoped it would POOF into completion. Needless to say, that never happened.

I had to pack up my life into four suitcases to last me a year and a half. Ugh what a process. But the help of friends motivated me to finish. I couldn’t have done it without them. Almost everyone that I know here in Boston is in the process of moving. It’s a sour sentiment we all feel. Whether moving back home for the rest of the summer, traveling across the country or across the ocean, its a process hated by all.

With these packing pains, adventures wait to come and the next steps in our crazy lives will start before we know it. I just hope with our parting ways, we can all keep in touch. Thank goodness for technology.

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iPhone Photo Fun

Apps on SmartPhones seem to be the new form of entertainment no matter where you are. You have to love all the cool things you can do now; its constant amusing and almost impossible to put down. We will never be able to claim that we are bored anymore. Apps are getting smarter and faster with each software update. With the average cost of $1.oo, they are right at your fingertips. This photo app so far is one of my favorites.

(Photos courtesy of Carl Harkness)

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Road Trip Planning

Planning a road trip can be a bit intimidating. As we calculate out our traveling time for each day, this trip is going to be quiet a long one. Mapquest estimated 1 day and 8 hours if we drive non-stop from Boston to Austin. Here is our route. Four days seems more reasonable to me.

Day 1: Boston to DC

Day 2: DC to Nashville

Day 3: Nashville to Little Rock

Day 4: Little Rock to Austin

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Departing from Boston

Time is dwindling down and my dream of travel and adventure has finally arrived. This is a bittersweet arrival as I will be departing many of you for an extended period of time. Visits are highly recommended and welcomed, whether it be in San Diego for the summer or Madrid in the upcoming year. I will be there from September 2010 to August 2011, which is plenty of time to plan a trip (especially with a free place to stay with me!)

Though this distance can seem scary, I have no intentions of forgetting or loosing touch with any of you. Thank you Internet! So whether we keep track through my blog, Facebook, twitter, email, chat, or Skype. I will still be there and want to be up to date with the latest drama, stories, and news. It may just be a bit delayed. Ahhhh so crazy! But now, I am done with this sentiment and ready for the many travel adventures ahead. Love you all!

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