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A Different Kind of Road

My son is preparing for a big Scouting endeavor.  He’s joining his troop’s Philmont crew.  The Scouts who trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico prepare for a very long time; it’s a physically and mentally challenging effort.  The Scouts go up into the high country, carrying everything they’ll need for a week of adventure.  Many Scouts never make it to Philmont; far more troops ask to go each year than the ranch can accommodate.  We have lots of training walks and hikes to think about during the next several months.  It’s going to be a challenge, but I know he’s up to it.

Find out about the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum here.

This weekend’s road trip got me thinking about how fortunate I am to travel as much as I have.  Many people save for years to get to just one of the amazing destinations I’ve visited.  There’s nothing like that “wow” feeling you get when you see, say, the Grand Canyon for the first time.

There’s a tradeoff, of course.  I have to move every two years or so, whether I want to or not, because of the demands of my husband’s job.  This brings us to new places, and I truly enjoy exploring them, but it also means I sometimes forget which kitchen I’m standing in.  I’ve moved 10 times in 22 years.

Fortunately, I like new places and make a big effort to get out and experience the best of any place I live.  At our very first duty station, in San Vito dei Normanni, Italy, I met people who literally never left the base.  Ugh.  That’s so not me, but you’ve probably figured that out by now.

Here’s some info on two small but significant science museums I’ve visited, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the College Park Aviation Museum.

This weekend, I went to Almost Heaven (West Virginia) and had a truly wonderful musical experience.  Friday night, we went to a free SHeDAISY concert in Sugar Grove, W. Va., at our previous duty station.  Wow!  I am not usually a country music fan, but the SHeDAISY ladies are first-class performers and people.  They braved the mountain roads in their souped-up tour bus, posed for photos with the VIP’s and award-winning sailors, and delivered an incredible performance.  They sing beautifully, and their music touches the heart.  I’m sure Pendleton County will be talking about this event for years.

Last night, we drove down Route 33 to Bridgewater, Va. and listened to our favorite Shenandoah Valley Irish pub band, Scruffy Murphy.  Paul, Sarah, Mahlon and LB put on a great show, introducing several new songs and bringing guest blues harmonica guru, Dave, onstage for an awesome mini-set. 

If I’m on the road and listening to great music, I’m blissfully happy.  This weekend was brilliant.

If you’re on the road in southern Maryland, check out the Calvert Marine Museum.

As a child, I was allergic to dairy products.  Some treats were just off-limits.  Among them was my all-time favorite, ice cream.  Even now, although I love ice cream, I don’t buy it often.  (I can eat it without having an allergic reaction, but I have a Tonnage Reaction instead.  Not so good.)

My husband, on the other hand, will go into Seek-And-Destroy mode if someone even mentions the words “ice cream”.  (Or “ice”. Or “food”.  You get the idea.)  He’s never admitted it, but I believe he’s memorized the location of every East Coast franchise of his favorite roadside stop…

Dairy Queen.

I had never heard of a Blizzard before I met my husband.  We just didn’t do road trip desserts.  These days, on long road trips, gas station stops miraculously coincide with DQ locations.  My children know every DQ exit between our home and Indianapolis.  They pace their Blizzard consumption based on our next mealtime.

I have willingly fallen into this trap.  When I’m in the car with the kids, I can easily be persuaded to veer off the interstate and into the DQ drive-thru lane. 

Mocha MooLattes, anyone?

This Blogthing is right up my alley.  So to speak.


Your Travel Personality Is: The Adventurer


For you, travel is how you learn about the world. And you like to learn the stuff that’s not in guidebooks.
You truly have wanderlust. When you’re not traveling, you’re dreaming about where you’ll go next.
And your travels are truly legendary – they leave you with stories you’ll be telling for the rest of your life!

What’s Your Travel Personality?

…Overwhelmed! of Overwhelmed With Joy!  Check out her blog; it’s packed with gorgeous photos of Ireland, one of my favorite places.  Please add her adoption quest to your prayer list, if you have one.

Thanks to everyone who participated.  You have helped me learn so much about blogging and moderating comments.  It’s been great fun!

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 First, I apologize to the people who linked to my first post (accidentally deleted by yours truly).  I have your comment info and will include you in my drawing.

Now, on to the good stuff.  I’m participating in the Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway.  I’m offering a nearly-new copy of Susan K. Perry’s book Playing Smart, which includes all kinds of learning activities, games and other ideas for keeping kids entertained.  The book focuses on ages 4-14.  The cover has some minor wear, but the inside pages are practically pristine.  It’s a fun book.

To enter, just add a comment to this post before 6:00 P. M. Friday, July 25, E. D. T.  I’ll draw a name from the commenters and send the winner the book.  Don’t forget to include your e-mail or link so I can find you!

 To see the full list of giveaways, head over to Rocks In My Dryer.

Hat tip: Melissa