Monday, October 20, 2008

Where'd It All Go!?

Just a quick note: I've reduced the number of articles that are on the "Front Page" down to 2 in order to reduce the load time. The old posts aren't gone, you will just have to look for them.

To view older posts you can:
1. Use the Blog Archive to the right to find posts by their Date/Title.
2. Use the Tags to the right to find posts by their tag or category.
3. Browse chronologically by using the "older posts" link at the bottom of the page.

Just keep in mind that we sometimes put up 2-3 posts at a time, and because of that a post that's only 1 day old may not show up on the front page. If you really want to keep up to date, you should sign up for email notification by emailing me or mom, or dropping a comment on this post. Heck, we'd love to hear from you anyway : )

Bye for now!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ireland/UK 2009 - Part 1: Visualizing the Route

Alright so I have done some more looking at where we are going to want to see while in Ireland/UK next year, and the list is becoming a bit daunting. Being the visual learner that I am, I decided to put all the destinations into Google Maps and see what the driving distances were like.

One look at the resultant map was enough to make me realize I'm eventually going to need some professional help planning this thing (read travel agent imminent) so that we don't run out of money/patience/steam/time...

It also made me think about the price of rental cars! According to Google Maps the total travel time between all the places represented below is 1d and 23hrs; basically 2 full days of driving/ferry's. Divide that out over the ~30 days we will be there and you have about 1.6hrs of driving EVERY DAY! That's a ton of driving if you ask me, even for a vacation where we will largely be sightseeing from the car.

Although daunting, I know that with the proper planning we can use a mix of Trains, Ferry's, and Cars to get around reasonably well. Smart travel combined with keeping our list of must-see places to a minimum (not like any of them are going anywhere all of a sudden after hundreds of years) will help things go smoothly.

The end result is that we want to have a great trip, with as little stress/rush as possible and if that means waiting a year or two until we're European residents to see the rest of our destinations, then that's fine by us (oops, did I say that outloud?)

Next Time: Looking closer at some of the destinations!

Wye Island Trip

What do you do on a lazy Saturday afternoon when you don't have anything else to do? Well everyone knows that answer to that question is to go to the local Nature Preserve island and walk the trails for free...well at least that's what we do :)

Here some photos from when we went walking last weekend. Sorry its been a while since we posted, but we've been pretty busy. So here's something to hold you over until we can put some more stuff up.