It’s taken me a long time to get myself together enough to have projects to post (which I am still doing). To be honest, nothing that exciting has happened over the last few weeks besides the weather being amazing and us laying around and basking in it. I felt completely exhausted for a couple weeks after all the Spring travel and work conferences. We both recently had great birthdays and are now ramping up for more travel.
Micah leaves soon for Columbus where he will be spending a few weeks learning about Central Asia at Ohio State University. He’s attending an institute for teachers. He’s gone on their programs before and has really enjoyed. I’m hoping Micah will fall in love with Central Asia and will finally agree to travel there. He has an aversion to all places once Soviet – it’s a long story.
After Columbus, Micah and I will be meeting up in Boston and finally embarking on our New England trip. We’re both super excited especially since we recently found out his parents will be moving to Burlington. His Dad took a 1 year assignment there. After a lot of thought, we finally have our itinerary. It’s packed but we think we will enjoy it.
Day 1 – Arrive in Boston
Day 2 – Portsmouth, NH
Day 3 – Portland, ME and farm
Day 4 – Portland, ME and farm
Day 5 – Head to Acadia
Day 6 – Acadia
Day 7 – Acadia to Mt. Washington
Day 8 – Mt. Washington and eventually head to Burlington
Day 9 – Burlington
Day 10 – Burlington or maybe a day trip to Montreal
Day 11 – Head to Watkins Glen State Park
Day 12 – Watkins Glen State Park
Day 13 – Head to Sarasota Springs
Day 14 – Head back to Kittery and then to Boston
Day 15 – Fly home
Instead of staying in hotels or lugging around a bunch of camping gear, we decided to do something different. We rented a VW camper van. I had wanted to do this in Hawaii but we decided to go the more traditional route for my first trip out there. Here’s the layout and what is included:
via Maine Campers
Our van includes:
- 2 double beds
- 2-burner propane stove
- Sink and onboard water tank (10.5 gallon/40L)
- Storage cabinets and clothes closet
- Water and electrical hook-ups
- 2 dining tables and swiveling front bucket seats
- Full set of privacy curtains and insect screens
- pots, pans, cooking utensils, and knives
- dining plates, cups, and eating utensils
- can & bottle openers
- coffee maker or tea pot
- cleaning supplies
- fire extinguisher
- first aid kit
- road maps
- campground directory
- folding camp chairs
- sheets & towels
Basically everything you need for adventure. We won’t have to worry about hauling stuff around in our suitcases, checking in and out of hotels or rushing to our campsites so we can pitch our tent in daylight. I think the only nights we’re in hotels are the first two and the last night. Friends of ours have a farmhouse vacation home outside of Portland that we plan to visit. Portsmouth is a recent unintentional addition. We added a day to the trip because there was a last minute change to Micah’s institute but our van wasn’t going to be ready in for pick up a day early. If this goes as well as we’d like, I think a camper van is how we are going to see the Big Island in Hawaii.
A week after we get home I have to head back to Zambia. I know, I wasn’t going to travel for work this summer but as usual, something came up. Luckily, it will be a short, short trip (10 days). I am definitely home for September though I don’t know about October. In November I’ll be in Atlanta for a week for a conference and then Micah will meet me in New York for a wedding over a long weekend. We haven’t been back to New York since we moved back to Seattle 6 years ago. We’re really excited to visit.
There also might be a trip to Ethiopia in the winter too. All this travel is exciting but definitely very overwhelming. Somewhere in between all this Micah will start a new job, we are hoping to install a barn door in our Family Room, I will have to throw a baby shower and my sister will be having a baby boy. Phew. Oh, and there is our everyday regular life.
I hope to have some projects started, completed and posted soon. In the meantime, who has suggestions for Columbus, Portsmouth, Burlington/Montreal and Atlanta? Anything we have to do in Brooklyn that wasn’t around 6 years ago? We’ll be in Brooklyn most of the time.