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East Coast Adventures

Logan and I had a lovely week on the east coast and had so many amazing experiences! We spoke at the Yestermorrow Tiny House Fair, visited New York City, Boston, and little towns throughout Vermont. Since returning to Red Bluff, I’ve been trying to figure out how to write a wrap-up essay about the trip. After some thought, I decided to share a list that includes 19 things I loved about our travel adventures and three lessons I learned.

Let’s get started!

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1. Travel logistics to the Yestermorrow Tiny House Fair were both challenging and fun. Our trip included planes, trains, and automobiles, which gave us an opportunity to gawk at the beautiful scenery on the east coast.

2. After a red-eye flight to NYC, Logan and I wandered around Central Park and spent hours in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We were exhausted after the red-eye flight, but wanted to explore the city while we could. One of my favorite places in The Met was the roof top garden because the view was stunning!

3. Reconnecting with my family in NYC was the highlight of the trip. They made me feel at home and I loved in their cute apartment, which is across from Central Park!

4. Carpooling from Boston to Vermont with Dee and Joan rocked because we had the opportunity to catch-up on tiny house news.

5. Burlington, Vermont is a lovely city. It’s walkable, bikeable, and right on the edge of Lake Champlain. While we were in town, we had lunch with Ethan at a cute little cafe and chatted about tiny houses.

6. Speaking at the Yestermorrow Tiny House Fair, with Logan, was awesome! I loved meeting fellow tiny house enthusiasts and connecting with bloggers, designers and builders that I’ve corresponded with over the years. It was nice to have face time. I also loved camping on the Yestermorrow campus and looking at all the cute cabins.

7. Vermont’s landscape was stunning because the state is filled with green open spaces. As a bonus there are no billboards on the freeway and there are trees as far as the eye can see.

8. I enjoyed having meaningful conversations with my friend Dee about grief.

9. I loved sitting in my camp chair and writing about the meaning of home in my journal.

10. We had a memorable afternoon in Boston visiting with Logan’s former co-workers. We took a ferry to their new lab for a tour and then had a beer in Charlestown at the Ironside Grill. As we explored the city, Logan and I played the “what if” game. In May 2012, Logan found out that his boss, along with his job, would move from Portland, Oregon to Boston. He was offered the same research position in Boston. However, rather than moving to Boston we opted to move back to California. Living in Boston would have been an interesting adventure, but the opportunity came at the wrong time in our lives.

11. We splurged and had lobster rolls for lunch in downtown Boston. They were tasty!

12. My cousin makes delicious gin and tonics; a perfect happy hour beverage.

13. When I lived in Sacramento, I used to run with my friend Kai three or four times a week. We would meet at 5.30 a.m. and run around downtown Sacramento. He moved to NYC shortly after we moved to Portland in 2010 and I was so happy to meet-up with him at Joe Coffee in the West Village!

14. On our last night in NYC, we ate at Carmine’s on the upper west side. It’s an Italian family style restaurant and the food was excellent.

15. When we wandered through Washington Square Park it was a hot, muggy day. The flowers were in bloom, the bees were buzzing, and a street performer was showing off his pigeon friend to a group of tourists.

16. I loved people watching in Boston, New York, and in Vermont.

17. I don’t like underground spaces because they make me feel claustrophobic. On this trip, I decided to conquer my fear of the NYC subway. Now I see why the locals use the subway; it was fast, fun, and air-conditioned!

18. Each time I visit the east coast, I fall in love with the architecture and history. I loved snapping photos of the beautiful buildings in NYC and Boston.

19. I’m SO happy I left my DSLR at home. I used my iPhone to take travel photos and they turned out really well! I’ve been thinking of selling my DSLR and buying a small Olympus EP3. {Note: Russ has a great video summary of big versus small cameras.}

Parting words . . .

I learned three lessons from our east coast trip, including:

1. You don’t have to plan every moment of a trip. Going with the flow and being flexible made our trip really enjoyable. For example, we planned on driving from the Boston airport to Yestermorrow and setting up camp. However, we were exhausted by the time we rolled into Concord, New Hampshire. Rather than push through the drive we stayed at the Holiday Inn and had burgers and beer at The Barley House. Making sure we were well rested — and well fed — made our travels much more enjoyable.

2. Downtime is essential. Attending conferences both inspires and drains me. Over the years, I’ve learned to build in downtime for myself while I’m traveling or at conferences. Rather than staying up late every night, I tried to go to bed early.

3. Make more time. I thought one week would be enough time on the east coast. But it wasn’t. I wanted a few more days to explore NYC and to hang out with family. On my next trip east, I’m going to add a few more days to the journey.

What have you learned from your summer travel adventures? Share your tips in the comments section.

Be well,
Tammy

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  • Linda June 26, 2013, 12:16 pm

    I loved this post, with your highlights from the trip. I’ve enjoyed seeing all your gorgeous photos.

    I just wrote about some of the things I discovered while camping over 3 days:

    – cooking breakfast on a tiny campstove took forever, but allowed me to slow down and enjoy the moment.
    – being outside most of the day left me feeling healthier than I feel at home, both mentally, and physically.
    – I liked having only the necessary items around me, and was less frustrated.

    Looking at ways of applying these things in my daily life.

    Thanks for sharing your lessons too. Especially downtime – we try to pack so many things into holidays that we end up exhausted by the end of it. It’s perfectly ok to rest up in a nice place too. 🙂

  • Betsy June 26, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Yes, Vermont IS beautiful!! And there is soooooo much more to Grief than I ever in my life could imagine. Thank God for the Grief Counselor I have just found. They have found evidence of so many more things – physical, emotional, mental, even Spiritual – that can make one a basket case. Wish I’d had more time to chat with you about this topic as it has been a VERY emotional year since my Dad died…FAR more than I EVER thought possible 🙁 But, I am starting to now understand it much better now. Not that it makes it any easier, but understanding took a lot of the fear of it away.

    • Tammy Strobel June 26, 2013, 12:55 pm

      @Betsy – I wish we could have talked more too. It was a busy weekend. And I agree, there is more to grief than I ever expected (both good and bad).

      I’m working on another post about my dad. My mom and I went through all of his clothes after I got back to CA. It was SO hard.

      Sending you hugs,
      Tammy

  • Christy King June 26, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

    To your comment about not needing to plan every aspect of your trip. I’d like to add that because I am a bit of planner, I tend to make lists of possible activities/places to see before we go, grouped together by town or city neighborhood, along with things like hours of operations and if there’s admission, the cost.

    Then while we’re out and about, we have freedom to choose what we feel like doing, but have some idea of our options.

  • Sandra Pawula June 26, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Your point about the need for downtime is well taken. I think this applies in life equally as well as it applies to travel. I’m glad you had such and enjoyable and meaningful time.

  • Sarah June 26, 2013, 9:12 pm

    thanks for the so beautiful pics and great advice. I have yet to see the East coast and this has been inspirational to plan a trip for 2015:)

  • Ethan June 27, 2013, 5:23 am

    It was so great to meet you and Logan! You’re welcome back in VT any time. And- thanks for the tip about the small cameras for Bicycle Touring. I definitely want to go smaller for my next tour.

  • Katie June 27, 2013, 11:02 am

    Great list Tammy, I always find that helps to make a good article. Sounds like you had a blast, I would love to visit that part of the world. I LOVE not planning trips, and leaving a lot up to chance, or making it up as I go along. This summer I travelled south from France into Spain, organising ride shares through websites like bla bla car, and meeting lots of wonderful strangers! Travelling this way felt more spontaneous and adventurous, and sociable, which is what I love in my travels. Katie. X

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