Traveling Across America By Car: Arizona to California

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Today is the day, this is the last video of our trip traveling across the USA by car.  It was a week long adventure from Michigan to California but it turned out to be more eye awakening than we first expected.  Our intentions were to bring along as many entertainment items as possible to keep ourselves busy during the hours of boredom along the open road.  Strange as it may seem, our trip was filled with floods, blizzards, earthquakes and bouts of sunshine along the way.  It was a trip we will never forget, our stories will be able to live for many years to come as we relive them through the time honored tradition of storytelling.

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Traveling Across the USA By Car: Arizona Travels, Pt 2

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Traveling across the USA can be done in as little as 3 days, I would not suggest it unless time is very precious to your schedule.  Our schedule was planned to fit into the  holiday gap just after Christmas and before New Years Eve.  Thus, our intentions were to travel straight through from Michigan to California but we had some trepidation of traveling on New Years Eve to a new location in the dark.  In total we would have traveled maybe 10 hours on New Years Eve, something we were not ready to handle sharing the road with the holiday drivers.  So we planned to spend an extra day in Flagstaff, Arizona to not only have a little relaxation after the last 5 days of traveling by car and to spend the holiday in style.

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Traveling Across the USA By Car: Arizona Travels, Pt 1

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Today, we received Arizona, the land of National Park Systems filled with endless natural beauty.  Many of you might already know the Grand Canyon is located in Arizona but a less popular national treasure is the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest.  Personally I had never known these two parks were in Arizona, actually the location of these two parks were unknown, just mystery parks as the main focal point on postcards for the USA.  Am I the only one?  Hopefully ya’ll can give me some credit since I spent most of my life studying Japan instead of the USA.  It actually raises the question of where the exact location of other national treasures are located?  Millions around the world see breathtaking photos from these locations all the time, how many of us can tell where each one is located off the tops of heads?

Well, today I want to share with you these two National Preserved Parks that are actually go for a BOGO entrance fee.  Bonus!  Tourist can either enter through the top or bottom end of the park, it just depends on where you wish to start your trek.  For us, we were traveling today from Santa Rosa, NM to Holbrook, AZ so we started in the Painted Desert and traveled up to the forest.  It doesn’t matter either way though, just as long as you know where your car is pointed at the end of the trip to make it back home.

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Traveling Across the USA By Car: New Mexico Travels

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Travels through New Mexico, USA.  Thankfully we made it through the state of New Mexico and into our hotel in Santa Rosa, NM just before the sun was setting.  Our hopes were to get to the hotel just at this time to see the sunset over the valley from our hotel situated just atop the mountain.  It was the perfect timing and a gorgeous way to end the day’s long drive.  By today, we were getting a bit tired of being in the car, only to be accented by the flat terrain and empty, snow covered fields.  Our travels began…

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Traveling Across the USA by Car: Texas

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After a brief pause of the weekend, today I wanted to share with you our travels through the panhandle of Texas.  After our previous trip to Texas, I really wanted to spend some more time there however it was just a short trip seeing as we were traveling with our furry babies.  It may have been short but it definitely “spurred” our interests in going back again.  Unfortunately I was unable to find my favorite pickled jalapeños this time around so I will put on my eye patch, collect my shoulder parakeet and go on the treasure hunt for them next time around.  For now, here’s our traveling through Texas making a few noteworthy stops along the way.

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Traveling Across the USA By Car: Oklahoma Travels

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Hello Genki Friends!  Following up with our travels from yesterday, today I would like to share our adventures traveling from Rolla, Missouri on to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Our path was the historical Route 66 the entire way, only we are not going for gold.

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Moving Across the USA by Car: Michigan to Missouri

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Happy January 2016 Genki Friends!  Today I’m so thrilled to share the start of our trip across the United States of America.  As I look back through these photos, I am reminded of the landscape transformations that shifted with each state.  Prior to leaving the Michigan/Indiana area, our bags were filled with items for entertainment such as knitting supplies, Nintendo DS, PSP, loads of music, books and so on.  Funny enough, most of those items never even saw light on the trip.  It seemed every 10 minutes or so the landscape would change or something of interest would appear and our attention would be directed to the breathtaking views in front of us.  Hence, I would like to share this experience with all of you whom may not be given this once-in-a-lifetime chance.

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Last Photos from Indiana: Misc. Meals

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Avocado Toast Idea Vegan

Today I am blogging from California, however as I was looking through my photos from our previous home in Indiana, I found these last few bits leftover.  Instead of tossing them out, I thought I would share them with you just in case you were searching for some easy, nothing-is-left-in-the-kitchen type of meal ideas.  Our movers came 3 days before Christmas so there was hardly anything left in the kitchen, besides odds and ends that either were to be moved in boxes to California or those that were to be finished off before our departure.  Food should never be wasted, as it is a privilege to be blessed with food in the kitchen, so this is what we came up with to satisfy our hunger. Continue reading

🎍Happy New Years 2016!!!!🎍

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Happy New Year 2016!  New Years Resolution

Greetings from California!  Yes, it is true, we made the long 6-day trip out to California from the Indiana/Michigan area over the holiday.  From start to finish, our trip voyaged across an astonished collection of 9 different American states.  Genki Husband and I keep thinking of buying an American map to chart all the states we have traveled together since being married, including outlying ones.  Some day we wish to bucket list all of the states and territories.  For now though, we are amazed at the ones we have checked off our list in such a short time.  Why would this be on our bucket list, simply seeing as each hour or so there is something different to look at in the landscaping and cultural variations in each one.  Sometimes there are differences just within city limits, so astonishing to an eastern coast girl such as myself.

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Vegan Grocery Haul: End of Autumn Edition

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Vegan Fall Grocery Haul

Winter is just around the bend, creeping in just 4 days before Christmas.  If you live in a warmer climate (or you lucky beach bums in the southern hemisphere enjoying summer right now), it might be hard to understand the seasonal variations for produce available in the stores.  If you take a look back at our summer grocery haul (1,2,3) and autumn grocery haul (1,2,3) it is easy to see the difference in produce availability in the cooler regions in the northern states in the USA.  Thus, today I would like to share our Autumn grocery haul.

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