Moving to Cuenca, Ecuador – 2/7/16

  While we celebrated life in CT with friends and Steve’s family, including our 15-minutes of fame being interviewed on the WILI Wayne Norman radio show and, as Steve puts it, “eating our way through CT,” 2 months stretched in to 3-1/2 while we attempted to finalize everything for our big move. At least it…

The road trip winds down: July – Oct 2015

This is the final blog of our mega road trip that encompassed a whole year, put over 30K miles on our CRV and ended on Oct 24th. The morning of July 25th, our last day in CO, we were in a Best Western when I slipped in the shower and fell out backwards, screaming and…

Canyons, kivas, cliffs and more

July 16th was a warm, clear day as we left Fort Collins and headed south toward the Four Corners region where CO, AZ, NM and UT intersect. We bypassed the Four Corners geological marker and did not cross back in to NM. On tribal lands state borders aren’t marked and we didn’t always know where…

Colorado; 6/22 – 7/2015

Our first stop was to visit my former co-worker and friend Diane in Fort Collins. After enjoying their company for four days we are good friends with her roommate Jennie, too. We reconnected on Facebook a few months earlier and our next house/pet sit was within an hour of her home. Gee we’re having fun…

Nebraska and North Dakota; 6/2015

Fort Robinson, NE: When the Jones-Van Egeraats returned, while we were so close, we planned to go to ND, giving them some quiet post-vacation alone time, too. Andrew told us about the Powwow in NE so we went there first. Our journey took us through the Oglala Grasslands: Yup, we were in La-La Land –…

South Dakota; 5/16 – 6/22/15

Having been Facebook Friends with the Jones-Van Egeraats — Andrew,Jacqueline (A&J) and 6-yr old Meggie — since February, we were all excited to finally meet each other. Because we were in Xcalak back then, they called us “the snorkelers”. As their first ever house sitters and to make sure they were comfortable with leaving their…

Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Beyond; 5/2015

It was a clear, windy and cool day as we drove from Idaho Falls through Jackson, WY to Grand Teton National Park. The peaks were visible until the clouds quickly engulfed them ~ 3:30 P.M. We took Moose-Wilson Road to the Granite Canyon Entrance, walked a nature trail in the Lawrence Rockefeller Preserve, then slowly…