Day 3070 – How Hard Things Lead To The Best Things

It’s funny looking back, but our first cross country road trip happened because we didn’t have much money. It’s pretty darn pricey to fly during the holidays (the average just for flights for us is about $1000-1500+). When Bret was in school, we had a lot more flexibility in our schedule of when we could travel. We figured it would be cheaper to drive across the country than to fly. I’ve talked about this before, but I was struck today with the thought that this thing that I love so very much (road trip travel), happened because of a very hard time in our lives. It makes me wonder what the hard things I’m going through are preparing me for down the road.

Deaths of friends lead to a life of enjoying every day, and no regrets.

My alcoholism lead to sharing my struggles with others.

My money struggles lead to thankfulness every time we pay something off as soon as it’s charged.

And our need to drive thousands of miles to save money lead to one of my deepest passions.

Take heart friends, the very thing that’s dragging you down today, may be what changes your life.


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Day 2503 – Countdown To Our Roadtrip And A Question For You!

I can’t believe we’ll be on the road in just about a month! It has been nearly 29 years since I traveled the northern states. It’s also very exciting to know that we can actually take our time and enjoy the trip this time! Some of our southern route drives have been brutal. Once, we made the drive from California to Maryland in about 51 hours. That was insanity right there.

As I prepare, I have a question for you! What is your favorite audiobook? On previous trips, we’ve listened to The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Wheel of Time. I’m all about a reader who can do different voices. Thanks!


Day 2189 – Side Trip To Monterey Bay

While here in California visiting Bret’s family, we were able to take a side trip to Monterey Bay. We got to see the sunset, grab some delicious fish & chips and clam chowder in a bread bowl AND go mini golfing in a black light/3D course! Such a fun time. 🙂 Lots of driving, but worth the time.



Look, we can actually take a nice picture together!!






Day 2011 – Fat Chipmunks = Bret Getting A Passport

We are tentatively planning a cross country trip this summer. I asked my Facebook friends for some suggestions and chatted with my dad about fun places he’s visited. Through conversations, it came to my attention that we gotta check out the Canadian Rockies. I chatted with Bret on the way to school about this suggestion. This will be a paraphrase of our conversation…

Jennilyn: We should get our passports so we can go into Canada and see the Canadian Rockies.
Bret: Why are they better than the American ones?
Jennilyn: I dunno, they’re more majestic or something.
Bret: Eh, seems like one of those “grass is greener on the other side things.”
Jennilyn: Well, apparently, the fat chipmunks are on the Canadian side. Did I tell you about those?
Bret: No.
Jennilyn: When my family drove cross country when I was a kid, we hiked up this little mountain. At the top of the mountain is a tea house. Inside the tea house are these little chipmunks that are like this fat. (Here I put out my hands to about the size of a kitten…no joke).
Bret: Seriously?
Jennilyn: Yea!
Bret: Find out if that was actually in Canada. If so, we’ll get our passports.
Jennilyn: ::laughing::
Bret: I’m serious.

There you have it folks, fat chipmunks are the way to Bret’s passport. If I had known this, we would’ve gotten ours a long time ago!

I am SO ready for this trip! Where are your favorite places in the United States? We’ll more than likely be spending a bit of time in the north west side!