Choose Your Adventure: 90’s Road Trips, Route 66 and Disappearing

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delicious candy corn cupcakes we found at the grocery store!

October has been a very very busy month for me. I’m torn between not believing November is almost here and wondering why my Halloween costume isn’t done yet if November is almost here… like I said, busy. I have a lot of plans and ideas floating around in my head and (I’ll talk about this more in my Meetup post) November will really be for focusing and re-setting my priorities. I’m really excited about it, actually.

Here are some adventures I’ve stumbled upon recently:

Jena Coray talks about why Disappearing was the best thing for her business

Best Western reminisces on a Retro 90’s Road Trip

I just found out about this Giant Route 66 Tag Sale (90 miles!) and wish I had the money and time to go. Maybe someday…

Great short film  – Route 66 – Ten Years Later the Movie

 

How has your October been?

Planning an American Road Trip: Favorite Tools

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Last week we spent a few days planning our next road trip. How much planning we do for any given road trip often depends on a handful of factors:  time frame, budget and if we already have a set of places to go in mind.

This particular trip: we only have 7 days, a limited budget and at least three major stops already planned. We are also traveling to a part of the country that can have areas of no civilization / cell service. Because of all of these factors, we are planning a little more detailed than usual. We aren’t calling ahead for hotels or campsites, but are making lists with addresses and phone numbers for possible places to stay which means by the time we leave we should have a good idea of how far we will be driving each day and what our itinerary looks like.

The last time we went on a big road trip, I didn’t have a smart phone. We didn’t really use a lot of apps or even websites to plan, other than Google Maps. We just kind of drove and saw what we saw. Since then I’ve discovered a bunch of fun websites and apps to help us plan and so I decided to write this post letting you know about them!

Websites

Google Maps is a big one. With the website, you can put in multiple destinations and get a general idea of driving time (both total and between one location and the next), possible routes and a good far away look at what your route looks like.

Roadside America started to come into play for us after our first big trip. Once we saw how much craziness there is to be seen in America, we wanted to find more of it. This website is the ultimate list of World’s Largest and other awesome and nutty things/places you can see across this fine country. Choose a state and search by town, choose a map and trace your route, search for something specific – how you search is up to you. What’s also great about this site is that people chime in and update each listing so that others can know if an attraction has shut down or moved or expanded and enlarged.

RoadTrippers is fairly new (at least to us) and amazes me in so many ways. You can put in your route (with multiple destinations) then choose what you want to see on the map (attractions, places to stay, restaurants etc) and little dots will appear along your route telling you what of those locations is nearby. It also estimates distance and hours to be traveled as well as how much gas will cost (although our estimate for this trip seems a bit high). I love using this website in conjunction with others, but I don’t think I would use just it alone. The places to stay seem to be limited to quirky not chain and although that is nice sometimes, others you just need a Best Western. Overall, though, I found some fun unique places to see for our trip through this website!

TripAdvisor is great for hotel reviews. I always make sure to read some of the good ones and some of the bad to find the truth in reviews.

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As for phone apps, I’m limited. RoadTrippers and Roadside America both have apps but they are unfortunately only available for Apple devices. Both Matt and I have Android phones. However, I will definitely be using GasBuddy and am on the search for any other handy apps. Will update if I find anything else great!

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Books and Other Helpful Things

GPS – we will be using our Garmin GPS for most of our journey. We used it on our Honeymoon and it worked beautifully. Google Maps on our phones may also come in handy if we need to detour or something goes wrong. We will also have an actual paper road atlas in case we lose cell / GPS signal.

AAA – I always stop by AAA and pick up a couple maps and travel guides for the places we will be going. It’s free with your membership.

The Next Exit  – this book is awesome. It’s so helpful and easy to use that I recommend anyone that ever travels by car have one in their back seat. Most times I find it easier to use this book than the GPS. It has all the restaurants, gas and hotels off of EVERY EXIT off of every major highway in the United States. It even tells you if something is only on one side of the highway (and what side). We have the 2012 edition and love it. If you are on the East Coast there is another similar book just for I-95 which is equally awesome.

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What are your favorite tools for planning a road trip?

Choose Your Adventure: J.K. Rowling, Outlander, Adventure and more

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Extra Guest at the Wedding we attended last weekend 🙂

Happy Friday! What a week. It started with a wedding and kept moving through road trip planning and exciting movie and tv news. We’ve spent a lot of time on Roadtrippers and Roadside America this week and I have to say, there are some cool things on the horizon for our upcoming road trip! I can’t wait to share tons of photos with you. 🙂 But let’s get back to that exciting movie and tv news shall we? Have some adventures:

J.K. Rowling to Pen Screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – all I really have to say to this is *squeee*

Starz’s Outlander series has finally announced their Claire!

and finally,

How Traveling Without a Plan Can Change Your Life – via Scoutie Girl

Although we are making a rough outline so that we don’t get stuck in the middle of nowhere without a place to stay, this article hits home for me. Often when we take these trips we just have a general idea of where we want to start and or end and then see where it goes from there. I can’t recommend traveling like this enough.

Note about 30 Days of Lists: I am keeping up with 30 Days of Lists through Instagram daily and had worked out an elaborate plan for blogging them. However, my plan fell through and I’m working with a new plan. I’ll either split them between Tuesday and Thursday or post all of them on one day or the other for the week. I’m hoping this will make it easier for me and also not take the place of other things I would like to post on the blog.

How was your week? Any fun adventures? How are you keeping up with 30 lists if you are participating?

Choose Your Adventure: National Parks, Route 66 and a Hint of 1950’s

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Boy do I love how quickly this week went! We have a jam packed weekend full of birthday (not ours) shenanigans and a wedding ahead of us, but I’m hoping to fit in some time to sort photos from our trip last weekend as well. We went camping at Green Lakes and spent a day at the New York State Fair. Two out of three nights there were crazy thunderstorms, but overall it was a really good weekend and I can’t wait to share photos and stories with you. Above is my favorite instagram from the trip – a slightly sketchy 50’s funhouse on the midway at the fair.

ParksFolio – I just discovered this (I’m still catching up on blog reading!) site subtitled A photographic journal of the National Parks and I can’t wait to explore it.

Route 66 in 15 Days – here’s one possible way to travel Route 66 in just 15 days.

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Last night I spent some time plotting out my blog posts for September. I’m not quite done, but I think I’ve worked out a way to continue my normal posts as well as fit in my 30 Days of Lists posts. There may be extra posts on certain days (and a few special Saturday posts as well) so this month will be a very full blogging month. Hope you enjoy reading my lists.  🙂 Happy Weekend!

Choose Your Adventure:

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Happy Friday! It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me but now I have a long weekend to truly relax, try to think of positive things and have adventures. My monthly meetup post will most likely happen on Tuesday (just a heads up) and the first two 30 days of Lists will most likely be posted shortly thereafter. I may tweet or instagram a photo of them day of, though so you can follow me there if you are interested!

In the meantime, have some little adventures:

Camping Courtesy: 9 Behaviors to Avoid in Public Campgrounds

Design*Sponge had two great Road Trip type posts recently – The Motel Postcard and Road Trip Playlist

Peek inside Guillermo Del Toro’s Notebook over at The Mary Sue

Choose Your Adventure: Carhenge, Baby Otters, Bookstores and National Parks

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Happy Friday!! Once again, I am incredibly happy to see the weekend arrive. This was a really rough week for me and I need to focus on some happy things this weekend.  The week started out so nicely, with a trip to Harkness Park and a peek at the ocean (see instagram photo above). Peace did not last long though. But in good news, I’m working hard getting ready for the Milford Oyster Festival which is NEXT WEEKEND (!!) and I can’t wait. It’s raining today so I hope that means Mother Nature gets it out of her system in time for a brilliantly beautiful day the 17th!

The town of Alliance Nebraska has bought Carhenge!  – I loved our trip there and am glad to know it will still be there when I go again.

National Parks (Subway) System Map – if the National Parks were connected by Subway

The Last Bookstore seems like a place I need to visit sometime. Apparently it has a labyrinth of books to search through!

Baby Otters make the cutest noises

Have a wonderful weekend 😀

 

Choose Your Adventure: Dragons, Veronica Mars, Lessons and More

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I don’t know about you, but I am so so happy it’s Friday! This week kind of kicked my butt and I am very much looking forward to the weekend. The Instagram above is my favorite of the week, a feather we found on our evening walk.

Here are some grand adventures for you:

Giant Dragon Skull Washes Up On British Beach – one of the coolest Game of Thrones marketing schemes ever. Wish I could go and see it!

When Adventures Take You Where You Least Expect Them To – some great tips on making your adventures happen over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Loki Crashed Marvel’s Comic Con Panel – via The Mary Sue

24 Incredible Lessons Learned from Being in Business – via The Suitcase Entrepreneur

This Veronica Mars sneak peek had me literally jumping up and down in my seat via The Mary Sue (also, Buffy reference!)

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!