Across the USA we go! (went!)

After 5 months in Chico, on July 18th we set out for the other side of the US – Fall River/New Bedford, MA! We have now been living here for a week, and there is more to come on what that has been like later. It took about 2 weeks to get across the country, and it was a wonderful trip. We encountered some fun adventures and great people. Check it out!

Reno, Nevada:

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We started our trip by spending the weekend with Angie’s mom and family. Delicious barbecue, homemade ice cream, and time with family. One of the highlights of our time here was getting to spend time with Angie’s mom before we temporarily moved across the country. We also had to say goodbye to our lovely Darla dog. She is living with Angie’s mom while we are in Massachusetts. Angie had this mission of hitting up as many co-ops (Read about what is a co-op) as we needed to feed us for the journey. Stay tuned for another post about our food for the trip and striving to be Paleo on the road.

Reno to Salt Lake City, Utah

On our way to SLC, Angie indulged me and went on a hunt for a ghost town I had read about. Unfortunately the road eventually got to rough for our loaded-down XTerra, even with 4WD. So close!

On our way to SLC, Angie indulged me and went on a hunt for a ghost town I had read about. Unfortunately the road eventually got to rough for our loaded-down XTerra, even with 4WD. So close!

After making it to Salt Lake City (and driving through the alien-like Bonneville Salt Flats!), we got to spend some time with some wonderful friends and their 2 little nuggets. We had such a great time with Crystal and Danielle and we hope to spend more time in SLC in the future! We stayed in the mountains near Park City, in an amazing AirBnB ( our Favorite Airbnb on the journey). Creed from the AirBnB gave us excellent recommendations for the next morning’s adventures. Before leaving Park City, we spent some time adventuring at the Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Olympics are held and where many Olympians still hone their skills. We did a ropes course!

Our wonderful AirBnB

Our wonderful AirBnB

Navigating the ropes course that is set up right next to the bobsled track. PT friends, please notice my excellent body mechanics (that fell apart about 3 seconds later)

Navigating the ropes course that is set up right next to the bobsled track. PT friends, please notice my excellent body mechanics (that fell apart about 3 seconds later)

Angie's face when she thinks about how little West Coast snow there was this year.

Angie’s face when she thinks about how little West Coast snow there was this year.

Salt Lake City to Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Angie’s parents lived in Steamboat Springs for a while, so we thought it was only fitting that we make a pilgrimage there. Steamboat is a beautiful town situated right in the base of the Rocky Mountains. It has a lively, active culture that revolves around skiing, fishing, and everything connected to the outdoors. We would love to come back in the winter!

Part of our drive into Steamboat.

Part of our drive into Steamboat.

Trying out the car wash that Angie's dad built in the 80s.

Trying out the car wash that Angie’s dad built in the 80s.

Steamboat Springs to Denver, Colorado

It’s hard to explain how big the Rocky Mountains were. The pass we drove over to reach Denver from Steamboat brought us up to 11,315 ft on the Berthoud Pass!

We were up so high that we were actually above the tree line at some points! Despite all of the signage promising that moose would be crossing the street, we didn't see any.

We were up so high that we were actually above the tree line at some points! Despite all of the signage promising that moose would be crossing the street, we didn’t see any.

Denver was…sigh. It started out with a gas leak in our first AirBnb. After we got settled into our next AirBnB which was under our expectations, we tried to go out and explore the city. Unfortunately we ended up in the most touristy part of Denver (my fault) which was just chain stores and unfriendly people. HOWEVER, we did stumble upon a genuine cat cafe. That’s right. Pay a COVER CHARGE and snuggle with all of the adoptable kitties you want while you sip your coffee. Needless to say we did it immediately. Denver we are willing to give you a do over….under certain circumstances.

This was Bindhi. She really liked us. Or not. Who knows.

This was Bindhi. Angie liked to call her Bindi Erwin. She really liked us. Or not. Who knows.

Denver to Omaha, Nebraska

The drive to Omaha is long and full of a lot of corn. One thing it is not full of is gas stations. We were within about 20 miles of running out before we found one about 15 miles off of our route. Omaha itself is actually a pretty neat place! We stayed in the historic midtown area a few blocks away from where Gerald Ford was born (who knew?). The little Airbnb (Check out the Bathtub!) was a true charmer and Kerry ( the owner) really sold this town! My recruiting company for this assignment is based in Omaha, so my recruiter took us out to eat some genuine Nebraska steaks. It was delicious! Afterwards we found some cocktails and wandered around. Omaha was truly a pleasant surprise in the middle of CornLandia.

MEAT. WHISKEY-MARINATED DELICIOUS MEAT.

MEAT. WHISKEY-MARINATED DELICIOUS MEAT.

Omaha to Madison/Berlin, Wisconsin

We stayed in Madison and Berlin for 4 days to visit Angie’s grandpa/aunts/uncles/cousins/2nd cousins. Angie’s Aunt LuAnn was in the hospital (now out and recovering in acute rehab) in Madison, and we were thankful to have the time to spend time with her and all of her family. When we weren’t at the hospital you could find us: attending our first ever Buglemouth Bass Tournament, learning how to cook brats in beer with Angie’s Aunt Linda, or listening to Grandpa Jack’s war stories, we biked and explored downtown Madison. Madison has a vibrant downtown scene, with delicious cocktails, a free zoo, tons of bike paths, and an amazing farmer’s market (thank you Robin for the suggestions!). We are so glad we spent a few days here, and hope to go back soon!

Grandpa Jack, telling his favorite stories.

Grandpa Jack, telling his favorite stories.

Honey Man. People were flocking to his wares at the Farmer's Market

Honey Man. People were flocking to his wares at the Farmer’s Market

Riding along the lake with our haul. Not pictured: the sweat we were dripping from everywhere. Humidity is no joke.

Riding along the lake with our haul. Not pictured: the sweat we were dripping from everywhere. Humidity is no joke.

Madison to Cleveland,OH

When we were writing out this blog post we Completely forgot Cleveland. It must have been because it was our least favorite place. Both of our hearts filled with sadness due to the drastic segregation we saw within Cleveland. We staying at an Adorable AirBnB.

Cleveland,Oh to Geneva, New York

First of all. From the moment you leave Wisconsin until the middle of Massachusetts, there are enough tolls to steal your soul. Luckily we budgeted in cash, or else there is no way we would have had the $61 in cash that it took us just to drive on the highway ( they Don’t take Debit)! Besides that, upstate New York was our favorite part of our entire road trip (followed closely by Salt Lake City). Our first stop was Niagara Falls, where did the Cave of the Mists Tour. We literally were in the Falls and soaking to the bone! That time we spent looking up at the amazing power of all that water will stick with me.

We were so close that some of the decks were flooded.

We were so close that some of the decks were flooded.

Quite possibly one of my favorite pictures ever.

Quite possibly one of my favorite pictures ever.

After leaving Niagara, we headed to Geneva, NY. Geneva is right on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in the center of the state. And if you did not see our Facebook post about the Finger Lakes… SNL. Geneva itself is full of old old mansions and estates from the late 18th/early 19th century. We stayed at a quaint little cottage AirBnb right on the lake, complete with a dock for jumping into the lake and Adirondack chairs to watch the sun go down. It was definitely somewhere that we could have spent several days. We will be back!

Geneva Lake off the dock at our AirBnB

Geneva Lake off the dock at our AirBnB

My favorite person at one of my new favorite places.

My favorite person at one of my new favorite places.

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Geneva to Albany, New York

We are almost there! This was our last night out on the road. Most of the day was spent reaching into our wallets to find toll payments and visiting toll oases, which is basically a truck stop right on the freeway so that you don’t have to pay more tolls. By the time we reached Albany we were about ready to be done, but we found a brew pub with an amazing beer list and $2 hot dogs of all different sorts/toppings! After stuffing our faces, we slept like rocks in our AirBnb, which was a sweet loft inside the old Police Station. Albany overall did not seem very safe and quite dirty.. easily could have been where we were staying though?

Our AirBnB

Our AirBnB

Albany to New Bedford, Massachusetts

We made it!!!!! But that is another post 😉 We will be here in New Bedford for the next 3 months. Stay tuned for more adventures, most of them involving the ocean and the Azores Islands 🙂

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