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11 Reasons Why We Love Libraries

If you've been following along on our adventures for the last couple of months, you might have noticed that we mentioned going to the library an awful lot. The truth is, we didn't plan on going to the library much when we started our trip. We knew we would have to get work done somehow, and for us that means having access to the Internet. We'd planned on using cell service, but in some of the more remote places we visited, the closest cell signal was more than an hour away. After a frustrating attempt to use the wifi at a national coffee chain, we set out to find a connection somewhere else. As we drove past a library, I...

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Notes from the Road - Week 9, and the End for Now

When I wrote last week's post, we were planning on spending another week in Glacier before heading over to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Instead, I'm writing this post from the public library in Grand Junction, Colorado. We discovered that late summer in Montana can get a little chilly, especially at the elevations where we were going. We also discovered that being on the road for this long was starting to wear us down. And to top it off, we racked up our third and fourth flat tires. Luckily both those tires were still covered by warranty and didn't cost us anything but time to get fixed, but the experience took the wind out of our sails. Once we'd decided...

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Notes from the Road - Week 8

Happy Labor Day! Hopefully everyone has a good, relaxing holiday today. We've spent the last week around Columbia Falls, Montana, dipping in and out of Glacier National Park every few days. There's also been a good bit of rain, which means we've spent a little more time at the library than we'd planned. Luckily, the libraries around here are great places to hang out! We learned that there are several active wildfires around the area. It's fairly common for this time of year, and the smoke gives awesome color to the sunrise and sunsets.  Speaking of sunrise, we've done a lot more early morning hiking. We got up super early and drove to the Polebridge section of the park, arriving before...

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Notes from the Road - Week 7

Last week we got a lot of work done, which meant a little bit less sightseeing than usual. It had to happen sometime, right? We did manage to make it to Seattle for just a few hours (most of them spent sitting in traffic for a Seahawks game that we didn't know was going on). We checked out the Space Needle, then went to dinner with an old friend of Mike's. On Friday, we started booking it towards Glacier National Park. We drove for two days, but managed to stop at a few overlooks along the way. The photo above was taken at North Cascades National Park - definitely something we want to return to. Our current campsite is in...

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Notes from the Road - Week 6

Last week was all wet - from oceans, rainforests, and all around humidity. We started off the week with a trip to the Hoh Rainforest and Hall of Mosses trail, where everything was dripping with moss.  Just  for the fun of it, we decided to go to Cape Flattery, which is billed as the most northwestern point in the Continental U.S. We both thought that it would be a touristy "see-it-from-the-parking-lot" kind of thing, but it was actually a nice little hike with a gorgeous view at the end. We both agreed that it was one of the highlights of the week. We paid a visit to Rialto Beach and had some fun in the tidepools there... And went to Second...

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