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    [7 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]

    It was a warm and clear night nearing midnight. Stars littered the skies and an almost full moon illuminated the landscape. I was driving the Ark as it effortlessly glided down the smooth and straight highway of I-10 just outside of Tallahassee. Traffic was almost non-existent. We had the road to ourselves. An audio book from the Jesse Stone series written by my favorite author, Robert B. Parker, was playing on my phone as it glowed on the dashboard. In my mirror I could see Sharon and Nora snuggled together …

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    [25 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

    I know that many of my frequent readers like the stories of travel where we have something crazy happen to us but we eventually overcome it. If you are one of those people then you are going to love this story.
    Sharon and I decided it was time to go down south to visit her sister Rachie. As a bonus, her other sister Aimee was also going to be down there visiting as well. At first we thought about just having Sharon go down and I keep Nora for a weekend, …

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    [20 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
    Lost Sole #435

    I was wondering how long it would take before Nora showed interest in finding shoes. Well now I know, Nora located her first Lost Sole at the age of 27 months :) She found it while walking to our local vegan restaurant. She noticed it before I did which I found to be pretty impressive. I believe that was the first time anyone spotted a shoe before I did.
    It didn’t take long before she spotted yet another in the park, but I had noticed that one before her ;) And …

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    [27 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
    This is the front of Devil's Backbone Brewing Company. Part of the Brew Ridge Trail. THE BREW RIDGE TRAIL - MORE BREWERIES THAN STOP LIGHTS. The Brew Ridge Trail celebrates the craft beer industry in Nelson and Albemarle Counties. The five breweries and two cideries that comprise the Trail offer award winning beer in unique and scenic settings.

    After off the mountain from Wintergreen Ski Resort in Virginia we stumbled upon quite a little treat. A Brewpub in what seemed the middle of nowhere that was reminiscent of a mountain lodge. It was the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company. A great establishment that had over 9 on-site brewed offerings. We sampled them all. Sadly I did them so qucik and did not take notes, but my favorites were the Cru Noir, a Black Belgian, and the Vienna Lager (Octoberfest-style). We only had soup so I cannot fully comment on …

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    [27 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

    I took the title from a line in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. If you have ever seen the movie, which I cannot imagine anyone that has not, you probably recognize that quote from when the mother, Ellen Griswold, and daughter, Audrey, were fighting about the Grandparents sleeping in her room, and that she would have to share a room with her brother Rusty. The reason I used that for the title of this blog is because half the time, we really feel like the Griswolds. But sadly, this season we …

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    [17 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
    Found while participating in the "Santa Monica Road Rally", more like the daily rat race in L.A. And wouldn't you know it, a cop stopped and wanted to know what I was doing. Of all the crime going on in L.A., they take the time to stop and harass someone just taking a photo of a shoe.

    Many times when some of the Gang gets together we like to reminisce about the old times, we retell stories from our past of adventures and sometimes-stupid exploits. We always ended up laughing until our faces hurt. But rarely do we all get together in one place, and even more rarely do we get to create new stories to be retold. This past August we got to do both.
    It was Sean’s wedding and Skippy, Jason, Mark, Gary, Scooter, Dink, Trish, Kevin, Jeff and I all went out to L.A. for …

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    [4 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
    This is one of the only pics we took that day and what cracks me up is how much fun it looks like we had if you didnt know the back story about Sharons wet shoes drying to my right by the fire from crossing a river to see a tunnel

    We woke up and got the Ark ready for departure and headed out of Charleston to Seneca State Forest. Things were going great for the first hour or so, then we got side tracked and the fun began.
    I did not realize we were going to be going by the New RIver Gorge until I saw a sign for it. It had been years since I have driven up this way. I was excited to show Sharon the bridge as it is a monster arch bridge over the gorge where one …

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    [26 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
    A few of Cloudland Canyon during sunset

    I must first say, I am so excited to be on another road adventure! There was a point I didn’t think we were going to find an RV that we could both afford and want, which meant my wanderlust was not going to ever be satisfied. But along came the “Ark” :)
    We left either late wed. night or early thursday morning depending on how you view 1 a.m. And if you travel with young ones you know why we left at such a crazy hour. It was a 6 hour …

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    [22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
    Here is the unveiling of the Nora's Ark logo, currently it is just in black and white and the only place we have used it is engraving it into the wood trim on the dashboard

    It has been a while since I have posted anything, it is not that life has been boring. Just BUSY! Although I know I should be writing down for our own sake, the milestones and such that Nora has been achieving. She has grown so much, and so seemingly quick! They always say they grow fast, well they do. She is now commenting on dresses, counting to ten, telling us if she is mad at us, or if something hurts and where. She loves the beach and asks to go …

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    [25 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
    I am not sure if this was one of the girls flip flips or not, but it was on the sidewalk of the scene of the accident. I learned of its existence through a friend who sent me a link to the story on the Pensacola News Journal. The article on the website had a photo of the shoe accompanying it and I knew I had to go photograph it and dedicate it to  Shakuriyah Jenkins.

    I am a few days late doing this report as it has been Easter weekend, and I just didnt want to post such a sad post. But on the eve before good friday a real tragedy struck not far from where we live,on a section of road we travel quite frequently. Two girls were pushing a double stroller across a street around 8pm and were struck by a motorists in the middle of the road killing a 1 year old baby girl. The girl was Shakuriyah Jenkins. The other baby …

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