Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Voting has closed for the Travelocity, Travel for Good contest, and we received a total of 3,109 votes. When voting closed, we were in 15th place, which should be enough to get us into the 2nd round. The 2nd round is determined solely by the Travelocity judges, and we will not find out the results until the end of June. By then we should be in Alberta, Canada.
This week was all about getting the car back and getting ready to hit the road once again. My mom and I drove down to Huntsville, AL, all in one day. The following day we retrieved the Rav4 (thank you Lott Motor Company!), dropped off the money hungry rental car, and headed back to Virginia (in 2 days). It was an exhausting turnaround, but blessedly uneventful. Big shout out to mom for tackling 24 hours of driving with me.
Back to Virginia in the Rav for the first time since early February
Tomorrow we plan to get back on the road, this time for the longest stretch yet: 5 months between “headquarters”. We’re already registered for a week-long trail building volunteer trip in northern Montana through the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation. The trip starts on June 16th, so we are going to be moving at a pretty quick pace through the great lakes and the Dakotas to get to our assignment. After using hand tools to clear trees from a historic phone line in the wilds of Montana, we will continue north towards Canmore, to visit Sharon’s Uncle Tony and Aunt Barbara. On the way we plan to volunteer with a First Nation community through the Muskoka Foundation. We will be teaching teens about photography and helping them to develop a portfolio.
John Patton at Chrysalis Vineyard
It’s going to be an awesome summer discovering the Rocky Mountain states and provinces and the Pacific Northwest. … and hopefully Alaska!
Hours volunteered: 0, but completed registration for a volunteer trail building trip in Montana in mid-June
4 (Sharon and Melinda), Virginia – Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas; Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama
2 (Jay): Virginia & Maryland
Budget: Over – finally got to drop off the rental car which was acting as a hole in our wallet
People Visited: Kelly Pugh, John Patton, Susan Barrett, Angela Churchill, Cousin Amy & Karl & baby Samantha, Aunt Mariel & Uncle Nathan, Uncle Steve, Aunt Janet, Cousin Janet, Cousin Will, Cousin Dennis & Hadyn & baby Soren, Tracy Rickett, Aunt Madelon & Uncle Chris, Cousin Stephanie & “baby” Natalia, Carmelita & Julius and their son Xan, biking buddies: Matt & Tom; the REI crew: John, Nick, Mike & Maria, Mike
Nights under the stars: 0
Best meal: Homemade beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce and greens from Sharon’s parents garden
Shout out to Celadon Thai Cuisine and the Afghan Kabob Restaurant in Springfield for some standout dishes.
Best beer: This week we branched out with margaritas and wine, we did not tour any breweries or sample any unique beers