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Rest Stop

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At 9hrs, yesterday’s drive was a big push for us, perhaps one of our longest.  Still not where we needed to be be, we decide to overnight at an interstate rest stop.

In a perfect world, we prefer to limit our drive days to 2hrs max, our rationale being why rush from here to there when everyday is just another day on the road?  By  comparison, I’m guessing such an effort is nothing for these big rigs shadowing us.

I didn’t get the best night of sleep, but I caught a lovely sunrise this morning.

Noyo Harbor


 

Tonight we crash at a small campground steps from Noyo Harbor. Movie aficionados will recall Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell sailing out of this harbor at the end of their (classic) movie Overboard. These days the harbor is basically a staging place for crab fishermen.

Compromise

Road life as telecommuters is full of compromises.  For example, today is a travel day and we had to check out of the campground well before the end of our work day.   This being the case, we drove into town (Chamberlain) and found a shady spot under a tree within a nice quaint residential area.

As you can see in the picture above, Kelly is comfortable inside the air-conditioned truck conducting an interview while I sit in a lawn chair under a tree fending off unrelenting horse-fly attacks … which is nothing compared to the swamp-ass I seem to be developing in this humidity.

Continuing The Push Towards Minneapolis

Continuing our push east towards Minnesota, Kelly and I have paused in central South Dakota for the next 48 hours.  Our site, adjacent to the Missouri River overlooks the town of Chamberlain and provides a constant reminder that I hate Midwest summer humidity.

Right about now, I’d kill the cool air of the Pacific North West.

The Great Salt Lake

While visiting Page, AZ was very cool, the internet coverage very much sucked.  This wasn’t a big deal initially due to our stay overlapping with the Memorial Day holiday, but by Wednesday that week we’d had enough – the slow data speeds were driving us crazy and impacting our ability to work effectively.  Knowing that there was a great alternative state about two hours northwest near Zion National Park, we decided to leave Page and relocate to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, UT.

The site worked perfectly for our needs and we had great views of Zion, but … it was a huge bummer to be so close to a fantastic national park and not have time for a visit.

Working while overlooking Zion National Park

Working while overlooking Zion National Park

With a looming deadline in Salt Lake City (Kelly’s long scheduled haircut), we pushed hard from Hurricane and late in the day arrived to Great Salt Lake State Park, which was our base for the week.

Located about 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, this location was conveniently situated, but home to crazy aggressive – and big – mosquitoes.  Further, the lake levels were quite low, which coupled with hot temperatures seemed to be an incubator for intermittently stinky sulfur odors … all of which took away from an otherwise ideal and quaint place to squat for the week.

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University

University of Utah

University of Utah

LDS Salt Lake Temple

LDS Salt Lake Temple

LDS world headquarters building

LDS world headquarters building

Tasty dinner in Salt Lake City

Tasty dinner in Salt Lake City

Lilly in playing in a river on a very hot day

Lilly in playing in a river on a very hot day

Our campsite at Great Salt Lake marina

Our campsite at Great Salt Lake marina

Finally Full-timing

This morning Kelly and I awoke as full-timing wanderers. With California rapidly fading in our rearview mirrors, this chapter in our lives is over and we are excited to begin the next, wherever it may take us. from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1EXdROc

Glen Aulin High Sierra Trail

The Glen Aulin trail leads to one of five High Sierra Campgrounds in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park.  Starting  from the east end of Tuolumne Meadows the trail follows the Tuolumne River downstream to the Glen Aulin campsite.

Just over 13 miles round-trip, the path starts next to small, colorful pools known as Soda Springs, before winding through rolling woodlands as the Tuolumne River winds across meadows, providing spectacular high country views.  Quickly, the trail transforms to a boulder-strewn granite slope, forming river falls, cascades and deep, clear pools, as the terrain on most sides becomes steep and mountainous.

The views are awesome.

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