Moss…

MOSS
noun /môs/
mosses, plural
A small flowerless green plant that lacks true roots, growing in low carpets or rounded cushions in damp habitats and reproducing by means of spores released from stalked capsules
– the trees are overgrown with vines and moss
– the bog is home to rare mosses
Used in names of algae, lichens, and higher plants resembling moss, e.g., reindeer moss, Ceylon moss, Spanish moss
A bog, esp. a peat bog



-r.

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Addendum… Road Trip…

…California 2.0…

We went from New York out to California and back to New York. On the last leg of our trip we hopped back on a plane and made (what took us 10 days each way to drive) it back to California for a wedding on the beautiful Northern California coast…

Our first stop however was to see a preseason Raiders game at the Coliseum…
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… it wasn’t a great game.. but Elvis was there so it made it all worthwhile…
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Our drive up to Gualala, CA (partially along Highway 1) was breathtaking…

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… we also were lucky enough to have a beautiful full moon during our visit.. which looked surreal over the ocean…

… on a side note it was also the August meteor shower and because of the full moon.. we didn’t see as many shooting stars as we would have liked… although we did get to see plenty 🙂

Our drive back did involve a bit of…

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… we decided to detour from there to the Marin Headlands and Fort Cronkite for a walk along the cliffs…

… check out this fisherman fishing from the side of the cliff all the way to the ocean below… although he didn’t catch anything it was still quite the sight…

As our summer comes to a close.. we both are so thankful to have had the opportunity to travel together and see so many great sights this country has to offer. Although we are both ready to sleep in our bed without having to unpack :)… it was an amazing experience that neither one of us will ever forget…!

We hope that you enjoyed all the photos (and following our adventures) as much as we enjoyed being in the places that they were taken in.

-r. & j.

… The NUMBERS…

Our Epic Roadtrip by the numbers….

  • 7387 miles driven
  • 22 states traveled through
  • 47 license plates seen (did not see Mississppi, Rhode Island or Washington DC)
  • 4 international plates seen (3 from Canada, 1 from Mexico)
  • 10 the number of hotels we slept in
  • 4 national parks visited out of 58 (not including 1 national memorial)
  • 3 nights camped  (2 in a tent)
  • 110 the fastest mph reached
  • 3 nights was our longest stay in one place (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • 27 days on the “epic road trip”
  • 2 number of rental cars we drove
  • 5 different sets of friends and family that put us up in their homes
  • 13 friend stops made
  • 3 the number of times we did laundry
  • 4 breweries visited
  • 7 number of doggie friends Capone got to play with along the way
  • 5 places Capone got to swim across the country
  • 3 the number of new time zones Capone got to experience
  • 11,158 ft highest elevation reached (the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 in Colorado)
  • 21 the number of times the car was unpacked/repacked
  • 7 campfires (3 with s’mores…yum!)

Thanks for following our TRIP 🙂

-r. & j. (&c.)

… New Jersey, New York… HOME!

…After a fun day at Hershey Park we made our way out in cloudy, rainy weather back towards New York City…

But before we headed out we visited our friends the Whiddens and met their little guy, Ryan…

… who took to Joe …


Despite all the cuteness that Ryan gave us we did have get on the road…



…Brooklyn in our sight!

… and on to Smith Street…

It was a great cross country drive… we (Capone included) had alot of fun!

Now to relax a few days (in reality a day and a half – and really we our just doing our laundry and repacking) before our journey back to California for another friend’s wedding (although this time it won’t take 10 days ;))!

-r. & j. (&c.)

…Hershey, PA…

Our final overnight stop brought us to Hershey, PA…


…we decided the best way to celebrate the end of our Epic Road Trip would be a trip to an amusement park :)…

Our favorite roller coaster was Storm Runner…

…check out the 90 degree drop – It was so much fun!! We rode it twice :):)

From their it was on to the Hershey Factory…

…to make our own chocolate bars…

It was a hair free environment so we had to wear hair nets AND (if need be) beard nets…



The process of making our chocolate bars was cool to watch…


…and the final product was personalized (and yummy too!)…

-r. &j. (&c.)

…Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania…

The last drive before we hit NYC :(… took us out of the midwest…
and into the northeast…
And straight into… Amish Country….

… this is why they have this sign…

*note.. the boy behind the Amish wagon lost his hat and was not being left behind

The rest of the ride through Pennsylvania was pretty uneventful… but a really pretty sunset…
Until we got to our hotel.. where we experienced our first false alarm fire emergency… so out to the street we went as they checked to see if there was a fire…

After the whole “false alarm” episode Capone and I were both pretty tired… thankfully Joe took my camera and captured us fast asleep…

-r. & j. (&c.)

…Gambier, Ohio (Kenyon College)…

Our visit with Rebecca (her pup Hailey) and a walk to the quarry…

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– r. & j. (&c.)