Michigan

The main reason we come to detroit was not just to dump our stuff off, but to attend David’s best friends wedding - CONGRATULATIONS Benny and the Jen, we love you both and are so happy for you!  

We spent about 10 days in Michigan continuing to “get ready” for the road, hanging out and spending quality time with family and friends.  It was a great time and much needed break after all the traveling we had done throughout the month - not the mention the temperatures were amazing with no crazy 100 degree heat!

Dallas to Detroit

Time to start the road trip (kind of)!  We drove 1200 miles, which we spread out over about 3 days, to the suburbs of Detroit where our parents/in laws live, and David grew up. Initially, when we sold our house David and his brother, Adam drove everything we saw value in and wanted to keep, along with our boat, to Michigan.  Now we were on our way with more stuff to fill up their basement YAY!  Plus an extra car to keep in their driveway - big thanks to Karen and Keith, you guys rock!

 

Who knew there was a Glasgow in Kentucky! David and I driving down the motorway in Kentucky and all of a sudden he pulls over to the hard shoulder, so, I follow behind and park my car behind him and just sit there wondering what the heck he is doing and why we stopped.  The next thing he comes running over to my car, yelling over the loud traffic, “ come get a picture by the sign”.  What?! Is he crazy?  Yes he is! We got several pictures/selfies with the sign and quickly got back into our cars and drove off.  As we proceeded down the highway and the rush of what just happened hit me, I thought to myself, these are the stories you don’t tell your mum Aileen.  Hi mum, sorry but David is sometimes a bad influence!

Catching Up

Iceland

OK, I have been slacking on the updates since our visit to Dublin, so here is a quick update…

On our flight back to the USA we had a 5 hour layover in Iceland, so we decided to take a trip to the blue lagoon - one of Iceland’s top tourist destinations.  We showed up to the Blue Lagoon after a 15 minute (and $65) taxi ride, only to be told that we needed a reservation, and they didn’t have anything available until late that night.  BUMMER.  On we went exploring the area, without swimming :( we jealously gawked the the tourists taking advantage of the swim up bar and relaxing in this wondrous spa. Maybe next time!

Greenland

After our Blue Lagoon failure we boarded our flight to San Francisco, and mentally prepared for the 9.5 hour journey.  As I have gotten older, I’ve really began to hate flying - long flight times, long layovers, being packed in like sardines and the general bad customer service that you receive in the modern world of flight (don’t get me started on customer service).  So,  imagine sitting on a plane about an hour into your long haul flight, you get yourself situated and are starting to feel somewhat comfortable in the seat that DOES NOT recline.  You are slowly beginning to drift off to sleep and THE CAPTAIN BEGINS TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT  ON THE OVERHEAD.  Really?! This better be good.

Well, you can see from the picture that it was better than good, the captain wanted to let us know that we were now flying over Greenland and to look out the window.  WOW WOW WOW, what a spectacular view and definitely worth the interruption!

 
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California

Still catching up! It has been non stop for us since we finished up with work just over a month ago!  Next stop on travels (without the trailer) was Brice Station Vineyard in Northern California, for our friends Leda and George’s wedding - AKA Hidden Valley Camp reunion!  We have lots of friends on the west coast, who we know from camp, and so catching up with them in Murphys, CA and in the San Francisco Bay area was awesome.  Work is starting to seem like a distant memory and the travel life is not disappointing us in the slightest! ;)

 

Dallas

Back to Dallas - what?! We just left there! We flew back to Dallas for a few days to pick up (most importantly) Moose, and the rest of our worldly possessions, including our next travel vessel, which by the way, we need a name for - suggestions on a postcard please!  It was very strange coming back to Dallas, the place we have called home for the past 7 years, and not actually had a home to go to.  Thankfully we have lots of family to impose on when we are back in town!  

 

Dallas was hot, as usual, and we spent the best part of 3 days outside organising all of our things into our RV, the truck and my car.  It was just like playing a live game of tetris in the blistering 100 degree heat.  Finally we got all packed and ready to go, followed by goodbyes.  As much as I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with Dallas, surprisingly I was really sad to be leaving. Of course the hardest part is always saying goodbye to people, especially our family there - we miss you all so much and it feels strange to not see you every week!

Dublin

We made a quick stop in Dublin on our way back to the USA and stayed with our friends Wes and April, and their two kids Anna and Alice.  This was David’s first time visiting Ireland, and although I have been many times, there is always new places to explore.  

Wes, April and the girls took us an an adventure to the highest pub in Ireland, Johnnie Fox’s.  We hiked part of the Wicklow Way trail all the way to Johnnie Fox’s pub.  It took us about 3 hours and it was absolutely worth it for the cold beer and amazing food for lunch.  Wicklow way brought us some amazing views of Dublin and the Irish countryside - the bus ride back was an adventure in itself and I highly recommend this day trip if you are visiting Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnnie Fox's Pub - worth the hike for the food and beer!

 

 

Glasgow

Glasgow is and will forever be my home.  I may be biased, but I think it’s the best city in the world :)  So why don’t I actually live here?!  Well, that’s an easy answer - the weather!  If you have ever spent any time in Scotland or other parts of the United Kingdom, you will soon learn that summers consist of about 2 weeks of sunshine and temperatures in the high teens (celsius).  There is no need for air conditioning because there is no danger of the temperatures getting that high! 

Even though I grew up in Glasgow, there are a few things that I can never get used to when I come home to visit.  The weirdest thing to me is the long summer days versus the short winter days.  In summer it’s still daylight outside at 10 pm and the sun rises around 4 am, but in the winter there are only about 6-8 hours of daylight.  So, I usually tell people, if you're going to visit make sure you go in summer, because even though there is no guarantee of good weather or sunshine, at least there is a chance and it won’t be dark all day

My favourite thing about Scotland is that you really do have the best of everything at your fingertips.  Glasgow and Edinburgh (the capital city) are just a short distance apart and you can easily get from one to the other by train, bus or car - although I recommend train or bus since parking in the city is a nightmare.  It’s also a very short distance before you are in the country experiencing some of the most beautiful sights in the world.  On this trip we visited Puck’s Glen, (make sure you really annunciate the ‘P’ here!) a gorge walk close to Dunoon.  We also climbed Ben A’an, which is a great climb in the heart of the Trossachs National Park with a gorgeous view of Loch Katrin from the top.  There is so much to do and see in the country, every time I am home my to do list never seems to get any shorter! 

The most important thing for us, when we come to Glasgow, is to spend time with family and friends - if we can rope them into joining us on an adventure even better!  It’s always a pleasure to see everyone and never a dull moment.  Thank you so much for the endless cups of tea, laughs and memories made.  We love you all - until next time xxxx