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Takeoff for a Eurotrip

In the early hours of a Friday morning, I hopped in an Uber bound for MCI. Aside from a hour-or-so power nap after packing, I hadn’t slept in nearly two days and had just spent the previous hours crying on Ogilvy. In the day that followed, I would hop flights from Kansas City to Chicago to Dublin and then, finally, Venice. My parents …

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Over the Rainbow in Utah

Our drive into Utah was nothing spectacular. I’d powered through the vast, empty lands of Idaho before grandma took the wheel and we continued into the Promontory Mountains. As storms moved in all around us, we kept cruising under a strangely calm but darkening sky. In the distance, grandma spotted a thick, short rainbow near the ground. “Take a picture!” I whipped …

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Historic Highway 101 from California to Oregon

As we strayed from the interstate in northern California, the truck rolled up to yet another obscure gas station. We hopped out for another well-practiced bathroom break. Imagine my excitement to realize that the way-back-out snacks weren’t limited to candy bars or trail mix. 3.5 hours of this mess and no one hurled! 🙌🏻 #lauragetslost #adventuresintheniftyfifty #roadtrip #california #hyperlapse A …

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Yosemite National Park

After a gorgeous evening cruising through the Giant Forest and Sequoia National Park, we were excited to venture toward Yosemite National Park the next morning. Well, mostly excited. The dry climate had taken its toll on my contacts, and being so awesome at packing, I failed to stow both my glasses and a new set of lenses for the trip. …

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General Sherman and the Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park

Ask about my favorite moments from our road trip and I’m sure to stumble for an answer. Each and every day was packed with unreal sights, old-school map reading and ridiculously memorable (for better or worse) roadside meals. I will forever struggle to pick a best part purely because the entire thing was epic. But, the moments crouched below the …

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Westward, ho!

Staying in hotels still has that lingering childhood charm for me. Every check-in is like xmas. What will the room look like? Where’s the pool? Will the wifi work? When is breakfast? Breakfast. “The most important meal of the day” that I regularly succeed in ignoring completely. That is, unless I’m staying in a hotel. Two words: waffle maker. Over …

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To the Top of Pike’s Peak

No fewer than 17 years ago, I visited the top of Pike’s Peak with my family. I remember the idea of being on top of a mountain seemed thrilling. But, I don’t remember actually being there. I’ve seen pictures of the family trip. I generally know what the tourists’ center looks like. But I still don’t remember being there. So, when …

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Monument Rocks (or Chalk Pyramids) in Kansas

Last xmas, Grandpa Bob jokingly mentioned a road trip to the national parks. I said I’d go. Within a matter of minutes, we had set a date and loosely outlined our plan. We’ve seriously been discussing this for months unlike most of my spontaneous trips. So, when my grandma, grandpa and mom showed up on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago …

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Welcome to Downtown Portland

Never has there been a more unfortunate collision of weekend chaos, pedestrian congestion and Google Maps-induced road rage. Downtown Portland welcomed us with open bridges. As we cross over one of the giant iron arches, tall buildings reached out of the beautiful landscape to say “hey, you made it, have a cool view.” Both sides of nearly every sidewalk seemed …

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Big-Ass Sandwiches

Excuse the lack of exceptional photography on this one. Truth be told — I was trying not to drool on my iPhone while snapping photos as quickly as humanly possible. I just wanted to put this heavenly behemoth in my face. All other thoughts of “let’s blog about it” were secondary. We rolled into Portland around 1:30 p.m. with one …