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Rising To The Road | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire seacoast. How, in 34 years of life — more than half of which were spent next door in Vermont — I never managed to visit this beautiful little corner of the world, I do not know. Luckily for me and my camera, I rectified that situation last weekend. My 34th birthday fell on a Tuesday this year, which gave me a choice of two "birthday weekends." My birthday itself was absolutely wonderful, celebrated with my parents and my daughter, who made it so, so special (hearing my three year old sing a heartfelt rendition of "Happy birthday!" looking right into my eyes made my soul explode with love). But I wanted to do a little more for myself this year for a few reasons. 

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Rising To The Road | Sydney Fish Market

As I cross the finish line of week one of my Elimination Diet, one of the few non-plant-based proteins in my repertoire is seafood. Thanks be to seafood. Which only inspires me to dream of my visit to the Sydney Fish Market a couple of months ago. If you don't like pictures of dead sea creatures, then I apologize in advance and urge you to choose another post to peruse this AM before you scroll forward one more line. Hate me if you must, but these photos make my mouth water.

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Rising To The Road | Bastrop, Texas

I first laid eyes on downtown Bastrop, Texas en route to find authentic Mexican food (a determined and successful mission achieved at Las Cocinas off of State Highway 95) nearby our KOA campground on the banks of the Colorado River. I was mesmerized by the local scene passing by our car windows, and having forgotten my camera, I begged my now-ex, then partner, to drive slower and to later bring me back to photograph what I saw. It was the first town we'd passed through in Texas that just felt so, Texas.

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Why Flying With Young Kids Is Better Than Flying Solo

I've always been a travelaholic, which means I will raise a well-traveled child by default. She was photographed for her first passport at three weeks old, and on her first international flight to Spain at five weeks. She crisscrossed Europe for three weeks before returning home and has been on a flight every other month, on average, since then. Likely for that reason, she loves to fly. 

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5 Travel Tips For Flying With A Toddler

After six weeks with my parents in New Hampshire, my daughter and I took two significant flights. First, a six hour flight out to Los Angeles, where we spent four days catching up with her Papa. Then, a seventeen+ hour trip from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia (12 hours from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, a quick layover, then another three hours from Auckland to Sydney), to visit my sister, her husband and their 36-weeks-and-growing baby belly. That amount of flying is not a joke.

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Rising To The Road | Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway

The thing about RV travel is that more often than not, timing — especially at it relates to the weather — is just luck of the draw. Such was the case when we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was one of the few times we had a deadline, as we were attempting to visit friends before they left on a weekend excursion, and we had to hurry from Washington D.C. down to Asheville, North Carolina.

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How To Be The Host(ess) With The Most(ess)

I'd like to say I'm writing this post because I'm the most amazing hostess you'll ever stay with. But that's not why. Instead, as a travelaholic, I've had the pleasure — and admittedly, sometimes displeasure — of being hosted by many, many people. I'm grateful for each and every time someone opens their door, bed, shower and generosity to me, regardless if the experience ends up pleasurable or displeasurable. Truly. However, once you've been hosted by someone incredibly thoughtful and in tune with what a guest might need, it's hard to forget. Inspired by those experiences I aspire to be the most amazing hostess you'll ever stay with. 

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Rising To The Road | Washington, D.C.

D.C. was a bit of a last minute impulse. I mean, everywhere we stopped and parked our trailer was somewhat impulsive; we planned our route and destinations as we went along. But Washington was not really along our path. It wasn't very far our of the way — maybe a two hour detour or less — between the previous stop in Hershey, Pennsylvania and our next destination, which was Asheville, North Carolina.

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Rising To The Road | Hershey, Pennsylvania

The next day we headed into Hershey to explore Chocolate World and planned to have lunch at the Hotel. While Hersheypark works overtime to be an exceptionally happy place, its surroundings stand in stark contrast. It is so beautifully rural surrounding Hershey — and was especially so in the bright colors of fall foliage — but the town of Hershey itself has a bit of a depressing, been-there-rode-that, old industrial feel. Especially since the rides in the park were closed for the season and we visited on a gray, dreary day. 

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Rising To The Road | Foliage in New Hampshire's Monadnock Region

As I've said more than once, the foliage in New Hampshire's Monadnock Region was pure magic. As a native Vermonter, I'm no stranger to burning autumn leaves. With few exceptions, it's surrounded me nearly every fall of my life. But any time you get to witness something familiar through another's virgin eyes, you get a fresh perspective. And such was the case with the leaves this year and My Love, who had never experienced the season from beginning to end. 

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The Best Travel Apps for Road Warriors and Explorers

Seasoned travelers will be quick to say that all the GPS technologies that we now enjoy have killed the joy of traveling and discovering. You used to be able to find a deserted beach and claim it as your own for years, whereas now any bozo with Google Earth can not only find 'your beach' but quickly make it popular on TripAdvisor. So these days, it may seem as if there’s nothing else to discover and to lay your flag on.

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