Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Here We Go...

Meet our Roaming Gnome. He's busy looking at the map and helping us get ready to begin our adventure across the northern part of the United States. We leave Friday morning, and our house is a total disaster as we decide what we need to take and what we can leave behind. It's a camping journey - tent camping. We have not done this in ages and are a bit nervous about it. But we're prepared: tent, ground cover, sleeping bags, camp stove, cooking tools, food, clothing (well, after the laundry is finished), maps, books, notebooks, camera gear, bug spray, camera gear, sunscreen, camera gear - you get the picture:).

This little gnome caught my fancy. I do believe you recognize him from some Travelocity commercials, though I haven't compared them side-by-side. He came with a passport, and a little history of garden gnomes and their journeys. It seemed so appropriate to have one, as a garden gnome begins in the country, in the garden, and then takes a journey away from that safe homestead. That's us!

While traveling we will have limited access to the computer so I will update as I am able. Please forgive me for not commenting on your blogs, or posting on a regular basis, but please check back for travel updates periodically. We will return around August 17.

Basic itinerary: Depart Friday a.m. from mid-Michigan, going south around Lake Michigan and then up through Chicago. Our first destination is Oshkosh, WI for the HUGE, week-long airshow, held annually. Air Adventure is the official name of the event, and for those who love aviation it's like a pilgrimage to Mecca. Photographic opportunities abound.

From there we continue west, visiting Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument. Then on through part of Yellowstone National Park on our way to visit family in Boise, ID. Continuing west, we will arrive at the Pacific Ocean, by way of Portland, OR.

Then we have to turn toward home...probably through Colorado. This part of our trip isn't as mapped out, but we will need to be thinking about home on this leg of our journey.

So, though I am absent from the computer some days, realize you will be rewarded with photographs and stories of our adventures as is possible.

So, here we go! Don't you think "Roamin'" is photogenic?


joyce said...

I think Roamin is going to guide you through a wonderful holiday! I would love to do something like that, but coordinating that much time off would be impossible.
And I love the TShirts at the doughnut shop in your previous blog!! Where do I get one to give as a gift?

Char said...

sounds like a fantastic trip - I hope you have the most wonderful time. take lots of photographs and especially of Roamin

Kamana said...

Very much so. Love the colours, and the contrast against the background of the map

ols1 said...

Gnomes are such funny little things. I love the suitcase in his hand - looks like he is ready to go somewhere :) Yes he is very photogenic.

Nenslens said...

I'm sure you will have a great time! We haven't camped in years either but we always had fun and met the nicest of people in the U.S. and Canada. Campers just seem to be a different breed.Enjoy!! "Roamin" is so cute!

Dan Felstead said...

WOW Sandy what a trip! I am envious and I am really looking forward to pictures of the air show...I have heard one of the best in the has to be a treat for you pilots!

Have a safe trip and we will be here when you get back!


Sandy K. said...

I may become more interested in gnomes through this trip. I'm already looking up info on the net! Maybe a children's story?

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

Have so much fun! Oh, I love travel! I will be living vicariously through you!
PS Roamin is a great name! Love it, made me laugh!

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Wow...sounds like quite the trip. We haven't camped since before the girls were born.
My husband would love to go to OshKosh to the Air Show...he has his Liscence.
Have a wonderful trip...
oh and hanks for passing by my blog and leaving such sweet words...I FINISHED the mural today...and just posted pics.
Have a lovely weekend Sandy!

georgia b. said...

he is so cute. i love gnomes. i've got one that i took pics of and made into postcards.

have a wonderful time if i haven't missed you already.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

I wish you both the most wonderful trip ever. You're blessed to live in a great country like this. I"m a bit jealous. Have a save trip and I'm looking forward to your travel pics. Say hi to your hubby and we'll meet after the holidays.

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

Hi Sandy, I know you are off traveling, but I wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog:)
I am so happy to have a new banner on my blog and feel so refreshed, like a clean house. I was really sick of the old one! Thanks for the compliment!
I hope you are having a fabulous trip!

Extranjera said...

Have a great trip!

Tagging you for a meme. Check my blog tomorrow.

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Toni Brockliss said...

Oh that is so cute!! Very Amelie!
Have a wonderful time and take lots of pics.