If you’ve been with me for a while, you know of my passion for travel.

To go. To see. To do. To photograph. To spend time with family. To relax. To experience.

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

I’m pretty sure this strong desire–this craving–to travel came from my mom. Her quick little jaunts to St. George to just get away. Our going to the farm. Instilling a love for this land and all that it has to offer and appreciate. And I’m sure my moving around has something to do with it too.

When I lived with my cousin in La Grande, Oregon as a teenager, one Saturday afternoon we sat in her VW Rabbit–map in hand–and plotted our cross-country trip to see the United States.

It was a grand plan. I loved dreaming about that.

Well, it’s 30+ years later and we still have yet to do that. Don’t think it will ever happen with her,

but…

now it’s becoming a dream with hubby and me.
And let me tell you, I’m rather excited about that!

Due to the nature of my job over the past several years–and greater technology, I can pretty much work anywhere, especially now with my own business. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to rent a beach house for a month and sit on the back deck, listening to the sound of the ocean while I work. Doesn’t that just sound ideal? The Oregon Coast or Maine just sounds ever-so dreamy. If any of you know of a great beach house that isn’t too expensive…. ;)

That’s on my to-do list, but it’s what’s spurred Dan’s suggestion for us to not just talk about driving cross-country, but actually do it. To get away somewhere warmer in the winter and out of the inversion crud that we get during the winter months.

And now that ‘technically’ we are ’empty nesters’ (so to speak–they still live here), we can do it!

I feel like I’m 15 again, sitting in that VW Rabbit planning a fabulous cross-country trip.

the mere thought of it. 

I can’t wait.

(maybe I should start working on a cross-country road trip playlist now. ;) )

And on that note–and because I hate posting without a photo–here are some photos of this gorgeous country of ours. A trip we took to Glacier National Park a few short years ago.

Grateful for this beautiful land that we live in. Isn’t it amazing? It is almost the 4th of July. :)