Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Three Trips Out

I must be feeling better. This morning I got an important quilt sandwiched – yes, even in these humid 90°F + temperatures, I was down on my hands and knees, pinning the three layers together. The colors are so beautiful it was truly a labor of love.

And – AdventureMan has been asking me about our next road trip. Oh, he is so subtle! He talks longingly of road trips we’ve taken, places we’ve stayed and loved, and how much he loves to be on the road. I understand; I get restless, too! So last night I began sketching out a two week road trip through the “four-corner” states.

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I have a sister who loves this part of the United States, and I have heard from her for years about some wonderful places I have never seen. Bryce Canyon. Zion National Park. Arches National Park. There is some Native American territory I want to cross and a couple places we’ve stayed before, and loved. Best of all, there are two adorable little toddlers I haven’t seen for over a year, and my arms hunger to hug them – Little Diamond’s children, no longer babies, growing growing so fast.


I just did a first draft – haven’t made any reservations yet. I’ve been getting advisories from Trip Advisor about flight prices from here to Denver; it’s one of the changes we are going to make, not making ourselves drive hell-bent-for-leather for three days just to get to where our vacation will start. We are also driving fewer miles and staying more nights at each stop. We discovered on our Vancouver Island trip how much we enjoy that style.

We’ve been thinking about this trip for quite a while. We are eager to visit Montana, and we are eager to do more exploring in Alberta and British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies, and we are also realizing, after all these years, that it is more rewarding for us to focus on a smaller area and explore it at greater leisure. We’ll spend three nights in Santa Fe – a place we fell in love with last time we visited.

We already have two other trips planned and finalized, but we really needed a good road trip together 🙂


August 29, 2016 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Cultural, Environment, Geography / Maps, Quality of Life Issues, Road Trips, Travel | , , , , , , , ,


  1. we’d love to have you 🙂

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | August 31, 2016 | Reply

    • LOL, I did not imagine you have time to read these entries. Always eager to see you, Little Diamond, and oh, I want to know these little characters who are your children 🙂

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 1, 2016 | Reply

  2. I suddenly found myself typing your blog address to see if you still wrote… What a great post to find you on. I confess I got busy and did not check your blog over the past two years or so. I do hope you’re keeping well.

    Yousef is 12 and Noor is 11. We have a cat, a bird and a tortoise. All are well 🙂

    Comment by BuYousef | September 14, 2016 | Reply

  3. ok – that comment was meant for your 10th anniversary post lol

    Comment by BuYousef | September 14, 2016 | Reply

    • BuYousef! I am so happy to hear from you 🙂 How are your pigeons doing? Any more pigeon cameras? Looking forward to seeing more on the new blog.

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 14, 2016 | Reply

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