2015 Road Trip Wrap-up
Dear club members,
Well, that about wraps up our epic 2015 summer road trip. After living in Seattle for the past 11 years (the last 3 aboard Kingsley the sailboat!), we've set off for warmer temperatures, new scenery, and a new adventure.
We settled on North Carolina (of all places) because Captain Wifey has family there, we'd been many times on vacation, it has lots to do outside - with mountains, ocean, farmland, kayaking, sailing - and it seems like a change of pace from the busy city-living (even though Seattle never really felt like a big city).
In the coming months we'll start sharing stories and travels from our new state. But it's hard not to look back. Above all, we'll miss our countless friends from the Pacific Northwest. I guess I haven't really accepted the fact that we're really gone from Seattle - it still seems like home. But like all the places we've lived, loved, and eventually left - if we didn't leave we'd have never have ended up there in the first place. Seattle: we miss you. North Carolina: let's get to know each other:)
~Paul, Amber, (and yes...the cat somehow survived) Kali ETC
Exploring Dogwood Canyon, MO
Our last mini-adventure before the big push across Appalachia to our North Carolina destination was Dogwood Canyon.
With so much to do at the 10,000 acre facility - hike, tour, fish, and more - we came in the last few hours before closing and rented bikes.
We even obeyed all rules about where to ride, and used our zoom lens to get a few pictures from beyond the Jurassic Park-like bison gates...
It was a blast - a great stop in southern Missouri. Next stop: North Carolina!!!!!
~Paul, Amber, Jon, Mom
If you're looking for a place to stay while visiting Eureka Springs Arkansas, look no further than the Crescent Hotel & Spa.
Since we were only in town for one day, we didn't have time to book a night...but, man, what a place (and very welcoming to non-booking explorers like ourselves).
Originally built in 1886, the Crescent has a lively history. First a fancy resort, then a young women's college, a junior college, a few more changes of hands, and finally a more recent hotel renovation in 1997.
The musical instruments in the lobby were almost enough for me to visit! Some truly historic pieces that I've only read about in history books!
Needless to say, we'll be staying here next time around. An amazing history, great views, cool rooms, a truly 'Grand Budapest' hotel right here in the Ozarks!
~Paul, Amber, Mom ETC
P.S. They say the place is haunted...
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