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Wanderlust and Its Offspring

Posted by April W Gardner on March 28, 2012

At breakfast this morning, I told my 10yo that I had no idea what to write about for my Reflections post today (just bein’ real, folks). He suggested trees. Trees?? I’m still not sure where he meant for me to go with that topic, but it did make me think of the redwood I hugged in California last week, which made me recall with fondness that entire trip, which made me think of ALL the trips I’ve taken recently, which made me wonder how many states I’ve visited since we moved back to America in July of ’09, which gave me the idea for today’s post. Thanks, Buddy!

I thought it would be fun to share pics of all the cities and states I’ve visited in the last 33 months. Most recently, I traveled from Georgia to California–East Coast to West Coast. It took me nearly 24 hours from start to finish, and it wowed me. We have a HUGE country. Granted, it was a round-about way to get to Cali (Atlanta to D.C. to Denver to Ontario, CA), but still, no one can deny America is big. And breathtakingly beautiful!

After eleven years living overseas, we moved from RAF Lakenheath, England to Robins AFB, GA in July of 2009. Two days after arrival, we drove from Atlanta to Nashville and haven’t stopped exploring our amazing country, since. Here are a few shots of those adventures…

Ruins of Negro Fort, FL. February 2011

Galtinburg, TN January 2010

Jacksonville, FL Christmas 2011

Summer 2011. Nashville, TN

April 2011. Mojave Desert, CA

April 2011. Las Vegas, NV

February 2012. Freeport, Bahamas

Thanksgiving 2011, New Orleans, LA

ACFW Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Sept. 2010

SeaWorld, FL. I always wanted to be a dolphin.

September 2010

Pass Christian, MS, November 2011

The Coke Museum, Atlanta, GA

March 2012

Corona, CA. Hugging a redwood.

March 2012

Travels not included here–

Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington D.C., Kentucky, and Alabama

Where will we go next? I have a another research trip to Florida in the works. I’ll be exploring the setting of the third book in my Creek Country Saga.

The travels never end!!

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6 Responses to “Wanderlust and Its Offspring”

  1. Oh, this is fantastic! I’ve visited all 49 continental states, but there’s nothing like seeing other places through someone else’s eyes.

  2. April, you are so right about the incredible beauty of America and it can only be appreciated by driving across it. It is a WONDER! Thanks for sharing your sweet photos. Are you getting permanent seat belt lines across your shoulder??? LOL

  3. Ruth Millar said

    Beautiful photos, beautiful people,, but not too much of that tree hugging!!!!! New Age, and all that Jazz! I take it you didn’t talk to any of them? I need to thank the Gardiners, Ozments and Defields for proving to me that there is more to the U.S. than Walmart, Cracker Barrel and Starbucks. I loved it!

    • LOL! Didn’t talk to the tree, Ruth, but if I had, I’m sure it would have had some amazing stories to tell, it being so old and all.
      come on back for a visit and we’ll see some new stuff! :-)

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