Virginia Trip: Day Four

– Blacksburg, Virginia – Today was a pretty quiet day. I wish I could tell you Ripley and I had fantastic adventures while Mark was working all day, but we were somewhat boring for reasonable portions of the day. Our day started pretty early, since Mark needed to be ready to leave by 8:15am, so…

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Virginia Trip: Day Three

– Summersville, West Virginia to Blacksburg, Virginia – Today was quite a bit more fun than the last two. We spent most of the day playing around and driving slow, which is a nice change from just making miles. If you drive directly from Summersville to Blacksburg, it would only take a little over two…

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Virginia Trip: Day Two

– Nashville, Tennessee to Summersville, West Virginia – Another long day. We probably should’ve gotten up at 5, but that extra hour of sleep was so nice. I already miss that cavernous hotel room, too. I don’t think we needed any of the extra space at all, especially for just the three of us, but…

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Virginia Trip: Day One

– Denton, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee – It’s time for the last trip of the summer. This time, Mark, Ripley, and I are heading to Virginia and D.C. He has two work visits to make, one Tuesday and one Friday, and in between we have some small national parks to visit and maybe even the…

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Atlantic Canada Trip: Day Twenty-Four

– Birmingham, Alabama to Denton, Texas – Well, the house is still here. The plants are still alive. The pool still looks inviting. And Ana turned our air conditioner back down to normal habitation temperatures, so all in all, it’s good to be home. Mark, Ripley, and I have another trip planned in just under…

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Atlantic Canada Trip: Day Twenty-Three

– Ranford, Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama – Second-to-last day! We’re almost home. At this point we are like horses seeing the barn. We are ready to be home. It’s been a great trip, and we are still having fun today, but I bet tomorrow will be a bit of a slog, even with a stop…

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Atlantic Canada Trip: Day Twenty-Two

– Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Ranford, Virginia – Today’s drive would’ve only been about 5 hours if we’d done it directly, but instead, we spent the afternoon on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. We finally did get to run today. It wasn’t raining, but it clearly had been. Mark picked a trail that ran along…

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Atlantic Canada Trip: Day Twenty-One

– Portland, Maine to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The drive today was mostly pretty quiet. It was a rough morning, though. Mark, Ripley, and I didn’t get to run, since it was raining pretty hard when we got up at 5am. Very disappointing since we didn’t get to run yesterday, either, because our day was so…

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Atlantic Canada Trip: Day Twenty

– Saint John, New Brunswick to Portland, Maine – I predicted yesterday that today would be a long day, and I was right. We were up at 5am, on the road by 6:30am, and crossing the border before 8am. Our hotel had breakfast, and another pancake printer. It was difficult to make function, but being…

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Atlantic Canada Trip: Day Nineteen

– Moncton, New Brunswick to Saint John, New Brunswick – Well, we had a great tragedy today. The camera stopped working. Our faithful Olympus digital camera now has a shutter that is locked shut, and is frozen in the “taking a picture” state. No amount of poking and prodding has returned it to functionality, despite…

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