Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Chapter 26 - June, 2019

In our May post we had just finished spending time with Brandon and Allyson in Arizona. Now it was time to sneak in a visit with Rosie in Honolulu before heading to Colorado for our next house sit. She had just gotten a new job there and we simply HAD to go see what she was doing and where she was living. Because we really needed a reason to go to Hawaii? Anyway, here are some of the highlights.

*** Honolulu, HI ***

Rosie at her "city" office
Waikiki Beach

Traditional dancers near Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay

One of Rosie's "country office" locations

Downtown Honolulu view from Rosie's lanai

*** Evergreen, CO ***

After Hawaii we headed for a house sit of some very close friends in Evergreen, CO, a charming little town about 30 miles SW of Denver. Evergreen is the perfect place to hang out in the summer because at 7500 feet it stays a nice, comfortable temperature. It's also very close to Mt. Evans which is always a nice drive to the 14,130 foot summit. Along the way you can see...

... a perpetually frozen lake

at Summit Lake Park with Jack

Charli, with Jack

... mountain goats

How's the weather up here? "Not baaaaaad."

... and sightseeing marmots.

Eventually, after navigating a frightening two-lane road with no guard rails for 10 miles you will reach the parking lot at the top.

 But this is not quite the summit. For that you still have to walk up another 150 feet or so.

Meanwhile, back down in the breathable air, Evergreen will give you fields of buffalo and elk on an everyday basis.

So you can see why this is one of our favorite house sits. This area is gorgeous and delivers abundant wildlife every day of the week.

*** Niagara Falls ***

After we finished our sit in Evergreen it was time to head to the Boston area where we were booked for the rest of the summer. But the day before we got there we decided to take a little detour and grab a quick peek at the creek. We didn't have time to go across the border but no matter, the US side is just as stunning, and not nearly as commercial.

Canada across the river

The Maid of the Mist ready to depart

Up close and personal!

And there you have our June in a nutshell. This is what 30 days looks like for us on the map... a total distance from Honolulu to Boston of 5,595 miles with 3,037 of them in the car.

But this is how we roll. We still haven't locked down where we'll spend the winter yet but with Boston queued up for 6 weeks this summer followed by some quality time in Florida I'm sure we'll figure it out. Until next time!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Chapter 25 - May 2019

With all the traveling and house sitting Charli and I have been doing it's definitely becoming more of a challenge to keep up with these posts. For one thing, every place we go we take about 200 pictures... so trying to decide which handful to show here makes my brain hurt. But hey, that's a good problem to have.

After finishing our last house sit in southern CA we had a small gap until we had to be in CO, which only means one thing... VISIT THE KIDS! Fortunately our son Brandon and his wife Allyson were able to take a few days off and do a little sight seeing with us up in northern AZ.

*** Volcano National Monument ***

First up, Sunset Crater at Volcano National Monument in Flagstaff. This place is way cool. Who knew you could hike through lava fields in AZ? We sure didn't.

Inside the Monument you will also find several of these ancient historic pueblos, still hanging in there after 800 years! It's estimated this Wukoki Pueblo was inhabited in 1182. I read that in Wukopedia.

Next up we headed to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We had been to the South Rim a couple of times already and were told the North side was just as amazing in it's own way, so we pointed the cars northward and set sail. But holy cow... who knew just driving there was going to be incredible?!

Navajo Bridge
Ye Olde Colorado River

*** Grand Canyon National Park ***

AZ has very diverse weather. For example we were there in May where in Phoenix it was like living on the sun, but up north we woke up to this. 29 degrees makes for a bit of a chilly night!

Us with Nala

Brandon and Allyson with Sabra

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon was stunning. Smartphone pictures can't do it justice but trust me when I say it is incredible. I highly recommend taking the time to take the extra drive to the north side.

*** Zion National Park ***

As I mentioned at the beginning, we had a few days between our California and Colorado house sits so we decided to take a few detours along the way. After our little adventures with Brandon and Allyson in AZ, we pointed the Prius northbound again and headed on up to Zion National Park... one of our favorite places in the US by the way. First of all, let me say that when your campsite alone is this beautiful you KNOW the park is going to be good.

And so it was...

Who needs a trail when you can just walk up a river?

We didn't have time to do the really crazy stuff like we did the last time we were there, such as Angel's Landing or The Narrows, but that just forced us to explore some of the other beautiful areas of this gigantic park.. which, as you can see, were stunning.

So living a house sitting lifestyle isn't always about house sitting. For us it provides the opportunity to explore the country while still living comfortably as we do it. And for those times where we have to get from point A to point B, this is how we get it done!