As we stood 103 floors above the city streets of Chicago, we realized our amazing Midwest road trip was coming to an end, as was the first year of our channel. Now we’re back home with the pups planning our next round of adventures, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are about to go out for nearly 2 months of straight travel. This trip will include road trips, car camping, OUR FIRST CRUISE!, and potentially our first vlog from a country other than the U.S. You can’t imagine how excited we are! Our first vlog went up on our channel exactly one year ago today, and we never imagined all the places it would take us and all the incredible things we would see and experience. And to think we’re just getting started is almost overwhelming. We are so grateful to be where we are, doing what we’re doing today.
A quick recap: you’ve already seen us visit the Grand Canyon, camp for the first time ever (for Andie) in Joshua Tree, make stops along historic Route 66, fish for our own dinner (thank you, Stephen, for handling that one), stay in some pretty unique spots like a train car, get multiple doses of music history, and eat and street art our way through some amazing towns and cities. We’ve seen some pretty quirky and under-the-radar sights along the way. And we’re so excited to share the newest videos we have in the coming weeks!
On our latest trip, we toured Hitsville, U.S.A. (Motown), went to the roller coaster capitol of the world where Stephen went upside-down in a coaster for the first time ever!, and we witnessed the birth of not one, but TWO, calves at a dairy farm in Indiana. We met the first of what we hope will be many new YouTube friends – hi Jenny and Kevin! And we got plenty of practice changing plans on the fly. It was a genuine adventure and a trip we won’t soon forget. Keep an eye on the channel for the videos, which start rolling out this Friday.
And that brings us to the next trip and YOU! As we mentioned, we have a lot planned for this one. But plans are already changing. We had intended to go back to California, spending some time in Los Angeles before working our way up the coast with a visit to Yosemite. Can you believe we’ve never been??? However recent early-season heatwaves and the record-breaking drought has us concerned that fire season may thwart those plans. While we know travel will always require us to be flexible, we don’t want to put ourselves into a situation that we may not be able to work with. And in this case, we’ll have a set number of days to get ourselves up to Seattle, because we promised to dog-sit for my sister’s dogs, after which we’ll be BOARDING A CRUISE TO ALASKA! Shhhhhh… you’re among the first to know! So we don’t want to risk an extra-long re-route that could jeopardize our rendezvous with the ship.
That said, we are looking instead at taking a route right across the northernmost U.S. states to Washington. And we need your recommendations! What do we have to be sure not to miss in states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Idaho? Keep in mind that most National Parks are fully booked, and the crowding at these places is at an all-time high this summer, so while we may go briefly to Yellowstone, Badlands, Glacier, etc, we’re also looking for that off-the-beaten-path location and locals’ secret spots to check out in these states. If you’ve got any for us, leave them in the comments! WHERE SHOULD WE GO???
We also want to know where we should go if we manage to work an international leg into the trip. Right now we’re eyeing Portugal and Costa Rica – we found INSANELY cheap flights to both in late July/early August! And there are a couple of other countries in consideration, as well. We’ll be putting polls in our Instagram Stories for our friends to vote on in the next couple of weeks, so please be sure to watch for those and vote for the option you’d be most interesting in seeing. Hopefully we can make it happen!
Thank you so much for your help in planning our next adventures, and especially for your support this last AMAZING, life changing year! We couldn’t have done all of this without you, and we know that with every mile we travel. THANK YOU, and here’s to an exciting year 2!!!