Our Endless Honeymoon

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hello my friends,

It's official! Jake and I are a married couple! It was the most beautiful wedding I could have imagined. It was small, intimate and so much fun.  Just wanted to catch you all up on our recent journey. I guess you can say that our life together has been one long honeymoon. We have been nomadic since we met, yet within those travels always manage to spend a lot of time together, often working together, so this recent road trip is really just an extension of the lives we have been creating together.

Well, just after our wedding, we pretty much spent the following two weeks packing our things and preparing ourselves for a second trip through the United States' extensive range of terrains. We began our trip, as always, by staying in San Francisco for an inspirational start thanks to a visit with our close friends, the Murphy's and our dear friend George, before our departure

We had to forego our pre-planned detour to San Luis Obispo, because it turns out that it was Memorial Day Weekend and aside from the traffic and large crowds, the campgrounds and were already booked. So, to avoid the hustle and bustle we just decided to begin our trip and drove for 10 hours straight, landing us in Needles, California, on the border of CA and AZ. There were gusty winds the entire way there due to the elevation and climate changes. It was a good 100 degrees there, which was a nice adjustment from the 60 degree weather that we left in Southern Oregon.

After spending the night in Needles we got an early start and continued on the I-40 to Sedona, AZ, and arrived by 3:00 p.m. The drive through the mountains was beautiful and we found a campground along the gorgeous river that runs from Flagstaff to Sedona where we set up our tent. Then we drove into Sedona and enjoyed the scenery as I learned more about the energy of the land and how behind all of the tourist overflow, it is known to be a vortex with healing powers.

After a day spent in Sedona's natural parks, we took a second slight detour into Santa Fe. Santa Fe was incredible! The combination of cultures and the captivating artistic adobe architecture was a sight for our tired eyes. We decided to make this honeymoon a little more luxurious and spent a day and a half in Santa Fe and got a great "honeymoon special" deal at a beautiful hotel in the center of the downtown. We walked around and enjoyed the art, the museums and other famous landmarks. We visited the artistic outdoor market on the square put on by the local Native Americans promoting their jewelry designs and other various skills using rocks, minerals and stones. 

After recovering in Santa Fe, we hit the road again heading towards our next destination, Lubbock, TX. It was a rough start on this day because of the heat, the gusty winds, the high altitude (7,000 ft +) and the accidental long detour that I took us on as I lost my way in the map... oops. Well, what should have been a 5 hr. drive turned out to be a 9 hr. drive. So, after arriving exhausted, hungry and tired, we decided to make up for it by staying in a 4 star hotel in Lubbock by using the honeymoon card again and once more landed a great deal! (Although it was mostly due to our AAA card). While in Lubbock, we made a visit to their grandious Texas Tech Red Raider University football stadium and checked out their beautiful campus. We were eager to get to Austin, so we took off early in the morning and drove straight through northwest Texas and arrived in Austin by 6:00 in the evening. At last!

Austin was just as great as we remember it. Jake had been in contact with the director of the Austin Seminary and had an itinerary made out to meet with some of the professors. The Austin Seminary was a beautiful campus right next to the University of Austin campus located in the heart of Aurtin's Guadalupe Street. We ended up staying a whole week as guests in the Seminary. Our time there was amazing and Jake had some great encounters with remarkable individuals who are now really pulling for Jake to attend their institution.

After some serious, practical thinking, we decided that driving through the flooded Mississippi River and into Tuscaloosa around a lot of people in stressful and devastating situations, with everything we own in our little 2-door echo with Oregon liscense plates, was probably not the safest idea. Instead, to give our little car a break, we found a clean and safe storage facility and parked our car in a unit so that it would be safe in Austin for the duration of our summer in New Haven. We fully enjoyed our week in Austin visiting some of the great restaurants that were still fresh in our memories and then swimming in all of the best river spots and natural springs in the area. Once our Austin trip was over, we were ready to fly to the East Coast to start our summer positions enjoying the Yale University campus (which we'll tell you about in our next entry). 

Until then, 

The J's
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