Highlights and memories from a summer filled with road trips and state-side adventures.
Well, it’s September. I’ll let you soak that in for a second.
No more pool days. No more cold brews. All the pumpkin lattes.
Unsurprisingly, this summer flew by faster than Michael Phelps’ final victories. I’m slowly starting to accept that, when doing something you love (lookin’ at you, travel), time goes by ridiculously fast. But what’s the opposite? Having time going slowly as you begrudgingly do something you hate?
I’ll take the former. And this summer I did – a lot.
Here’s a quick recap of my Wanderlost adventures in summer 2016.
A summer of road trips
This summer, I found myself behind the wheel – or next to a road trip partner behind the wheel – quite a few times. And it led to some pretty epic adventures, starting with the …
Maine Road Trip
Harry and I kicked summer off with a Memorial Day weekend road trip to Portland, Maine. We went to five breweries, Peaks Island, the LL Bean outlet, and four lighthouses. And yes, Harry came along for every single adventure. #Dogmomprobz.
Southwest Road Trip
If you’ve been reading this blog or following my Instagram, you’re well aware I road tripped through the Southwest U.S. I mean, I can’t stop talking about it. (Literally – you can watch me talking about it even more here.)
My mom agreed to join me for this road trip, which included the new Seven Magic Mountains, hiking the South Kaibab trail into the Grand Canyon, exploring Lower Antelope Canyon, paparazzi-photographing Horseshoe Bend and visiting the Silver Reef ghost town in Utah.
Woof. Talk about jam-packed. Talk about amazing.
Northern California Road Trip
To end the summer on the right, sandal-clad foot, my mom and I also road tripped from San Francisco up through amazing redwood forests to California’s Lost Coast – 25 miles of remote, almost entirely untouched California coastline. We spent hours gazing at seals and sea lions, watched the sunset, hiked the Black Sand Beach, witnessed multiple shooting stars and even saw the Milky Way.
Mother Nature, you’re good.
The Wanderlost Way Blog Highlights
Summer was filled with IRL excitement, and that carried over to the blog. I just launched a new website design (thanks to Alpine Lane Creative Studio!), got several new vlogs up, bought a new video camera for better quality footage, and have seen traffic steadily growing. Travel writing wise, my first true “adventure” piece about the dangers of Everest was published on Mental Floss in August, too. Hoorah!
What’s Coming Up for The Wanderlost Way
I love fall for many reasons – football, cooler weather, scarves all day, erryday, but more than anything I’m super excited for this fall because we’re heading out to the UK for a road trip through Scotland in October. And of course, we’ll fit a little London action in there, too. Because London.
I also plan to take full advantage of the East Coast’s fall foliage with some camping, glamping and other outdoor adventures.
And… Guys, I think that’s a wrap on summer. Say it isn’t so!
But it is. So, onward, upward, and UK, here I come!