Monday, July 29, 2013

The Last Big Road Trip (We're Outta Here!)

The Last Big Road Trip // Bubby and Bean

Tomorrow morning, Robbie and I are leaving town for a week to take what will officially be our last big road trip before baby comes.  Admittedly, we fly (like, a lot) more than we travel by car these days, but we've both been itching for a road trip to somewhere more than a few hours away for quite some time now.  We've had this idea in our heads for a couple of months, hoping to squeeze it in during his time off.  There always seemed to be something getting in the way though (ahhh, reality).  Even with running my own companies and having a kick ass employee, it's really difficult for me to take time away from the office for more than a few days.  And then of course, there's money.  And bills. And car issues.  And all of the other boring grown-up things that always make us talk ourselves out of just taking off on adventures - something that came so freely to us in our younger days, when I literally spent entire summers on the road.

After my grandmother Maggo passed away last Tuesday, we decided that we need to make this trip happen.  Robbie's Nana has been ill as well, and Robbie hasn't been able to visit her since February - so that was a major motivator.  (Our first order of business will be to drive to Kansas City and spend a couple of days with her.)  We are also well aware of the fact that once our little one is born, it's going to be infinitely more difficult to just pick up and leave - something that we've taken for granted for the last seven years of our relationship.  And Robbie having this much time off the road in the summer is a very rare occurrence, so we figured that we'd better take advantage. 

After spending a few days with Nana, we're going to visit Robbie's childhood home town, then take our time driving west through Kansas (which I always think of as being the longest state ever to drive across; thankfully it's usually gorgeously full of sunflowers this time of year), and into Colorado.  From there, we'll head up to Summit County for just a couple of quick days to see my dear friends John and Rhonda and their babies who live in the area, as well as Robbie's parents, who spend a couple of months each summer there.  Although I only lived in Colorado for a couple of years and moved away over ten years ago, I still consider it home in my heart.  (And to all of our wonderful friends who live in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins: we wish we had more time and could visit all of you, but we're doing the best with the time we have. We love you!)  After that, we'll head back home.  The drive from Colorado to Chicago, once you get out of the mountains (so basically 95% of it), is pretty grueling.  I love you midwest, but sixteen straight hours in a car with you = brutal. We'll find a way to make it fun though.  We're pretty good at that.

So that's the plan ya'll.  The blog will still be in full action while I'm away.  I've written and scheduled a few posts, have some seriously awesome guest posts, and I'll also be checking in from the road.  If you'd like to follow along with the adventures from our 'last big road trip,' follow me over on Instagram (@bubbyandbean).  See you in a week!

Photographs in this post are from various road trips that we've take over the past few years. xo

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  1. I love all of the pictures! One of my goals before children is to take a nice road trip. I'm hoping to do that once my boyfriend finishes his Phd and then we'll hit the road. Can't wait to see all of your pictures!

  2. Have a great time! Are you guys considering this your babymoon? My favorite road trip to date has been to northern Michigan. Lake Superior has some of the most beautiful water I've ever seen. It made Lake Michigan look like a swamp.

    1. We're hoping to use points to fly somewhere in late September since I have to miss the band's annual trip to Mexico in December. So I guess that will be our babymoon? ;)

  3. You're so right to do this before baby comes!!
    Love the blue skies and the cloud formations in the photos!
    Have fun and have a safe trip :)

  4. ahh, nevermind with my email question on where you are going! so happy you are taking this trip!!! enjoy! love you!!!

  5. Sounds like a great plan. I was in Witchita last week for the first time. very flat, and good for driving. Time with family is an awesome motivator. Your first trip after the baby should be a road trip to Maine! East coast love.

  6. It's a great time to hit the road right now. Can't wait to see some photos from this trip! I'm not on Instagram (yet), so I'll just have to wait for a blog post.

  7. Hope you'll have a great trip, your pictures look amazing. Happy to see a little bit of the world through your blog!

  8. I love living vicariously thought your travels, LOL!! :-D I hope you have a super fun trip and I can't wait to see your pictures, take lots of them!!!

  9. Driving through Kansas was oddly one of my favorite parts of going cross country. Western Kansas blew my mind. Like, who the fuck lives in those farm houses w. the wind thing surrounded by nothing but fields and a few trees in the yards? I wanted to move into an isolated farmhouse and get real involved in my new Kansas community (ie baking pies for church sales, etc). I still think about my fantasy Kansas farmer lady fantasy.

  10. I hope you have a great trip! I am always in love with your travel pictures so I'm looking forward to seeing those. =)

  11. wowza...gorgeous scenery! Ya get your travelling jollies in while you still can. I'm not saying your travel days are OVER...lets just say whether or not a winery tasting room is kid friendly will soon matter ;)

    Your friend IvyP is funny. Can I also out myself and admit to fantasizing about becoming a Kansas farmer lady??

  12. Thanks for your comments everybody! See you next week! (& on Instagram in the meantime). xo, m

  13. Wow. What gorgeous photos. I hope you have the most wonderful time on this one last big pre-baby adventure and I can't wait to read all about it. What with our imminent return to North America after living in one of the most expensive citie in the world, we've got mostly roadtrips in our travel future for the next while and I'll be looking to you for inspiration :)

  14. sounds amazing. I am dying to drive out west and need to take this attitude and just do it.

  15. I hope you guys have a great time! Peter and I have been talking about a road trip too since we can't really justify expensive plane tickets at the moment. We'll see. :)

  16. i hope you have the best time, enjoy the time you have together before the baby, and visiting his grandma is definitely a great idea. love you so much sis.

  17. I hope you're having a great trip! Sounds like a wonderful getaway!
    I've never driving across Kansas, but it can't be as bad as that's a boring drive!

    Love your last two photos here :)


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