|Somewhere in the Mojave Desert|
I ought to say something about "the best laid plans" and all that, but I'll save the cliché. Obviously, we haven't finished moving to our new blog website even after 2 weeks. This is all the more embarrassing considering this is what I do, but when I get paid by other people for other work, that has to take priority, and that I've had a lot of work the last couple of weeks is my real (and best) excuse. It does serve as a reminder, however, that we actually still work, that we're not rich and retired globetrotters or trust-funders. Nevertheless, work is proceeding on the new website and the cutover is (fingers crossed) only a couple of weeks away.
To wet your appetite on the deluge of blogs that will follow getting the new website up and running, here's a quick rundown of what we've been up to since our last blog before our July 4th sign-off.
Once back in the states in June, we spent a week visiting our progeny and friends in Atlanta. From there we hit the wonderful American Interstate highway system, with our first stop in Gulfport, Mississippi to see more family there. Then we headed west along I-10.
Our first stop was San Antonio, Texas. We've only passed through before, but this time we got to see the Riverwalk and the Alamo. Then we plunged further west, stopping for a day at Carlsbad Caverns before continuing on to Las Vegas for the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) conference. After Vegas we set out through the Mojave desert for La Quinta in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs (a stone's throw from the San Andreas fault). We celebrated July 4th here, and we've also seen Joshua Tree National Park, the Mount San Jacinto State Park (via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway), and more. We'll be here until the middle of August. Also while here in Southern California, we've managed to get in some dancing, and in fact we plan to catch up on a few refresher lessons. And perhaps learn some West Coast Swing!
Some non-destination blogs that are likely to come out of this adventure will include a list of essential items for road trips, some thoughts on the American Interstate highway system, and the value of various American and English national park and heritage cards. We'll certainly pepper our blogs with some fun anecdotes and stories as we go.
One such anecdote is that, with the exception of a few stretches here and there, we've traveled the length of Interstate-10 from Jacksonville (we were there just this past Easter) to Los Angeles (we're in Southern California now, plus we've been here before). One day we'll go back and fill in those gaps of about a 100 miles total, but we think having traveled more than 2,300 of the 2,460 miles of I-10's transcontinental pavement is "close enough".
Wish us luck for no "big ones" while we're here and that our web site migration gets back on, and stays on, schedule, and please do "stay tuned" :-)
|On Top of Mount San Jacinto, California|