Announcing: The Great Americanadia Summer Break Road Trip

May 2, 2013

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It’s official, guys.

I’m on summer break!

Well, at least for the next couple weeks. I will be teaching some classes later this summer because, you know, girl’s gotta eat. But until then it’s PARTY TIME! (And by “PARTY TIME!” I mean “Staying all the way up until 11:00, and it ain’t even Friday, yo!”)

Admittedly it does seem a bit weird to be on summer break seeing as it was snowing all of two weeks ago, but, hey, who am I to look an academic calendar in the mouth?

I took this photo 2 weeks ago. TWO WEEKS!

I took this photo 2 weeks ago. TWO WEEKS AGO!

Luckily, this week the weather has finally decided to stop being ridiculous.

It’s been a balmy seventy degrees almost all week, and there are a million billion blooming flowers everywhere.

I’ve already had to kill at least three mammoth flying things in my apartment so far.

And I’ve started to replace all my sensible footwear with flip-flops and all my meals with ice cream and beer. You know, as you do.

I took this photo this week. Yay! Summer! Or, umm, late spring.

I took this photo this week. Yay! Summer! Or, umm, late spring.

As exciting as flip-flops and beer are, I’m even more excited to announce that I’m going on a ROAD TRIP!

Yep, I have about a week and a half of driving and adventure planned to get my summer break started. First, I’ll be heading west through Pennsylvania and Ohio to Michigan. And then I’ll be driving up Michigan (all the way to the tippy-top part of the mitten) and into Ontario. And then through Ontario and into northern New York State and the Adirondacks before heading back to Buffalo.

To give you an idea as to where I’ll be heading exactly, I made you this super fun route map, complete with a jaunty purple hat and googly eyes.

Introducing: Mr. Mappy, the most dapper route-map around!

Introducing: Mr. Mappy, the most dapper route-map around!

My trip will involve lots of visiting with family and friends. But I’ve also got some fun solo lady travel stuff planned. And I imagine I’ll be following all the signs for random roadside attractions that I can. Anyone know if there are any huge balls of twine in Michigan? I could really go for a huge ball of twine on this trip.

I should probably mention I’m leaving for this trip TODAY. As in, like, a few hours from now.

Which means I should probably be packing and not drawing jaunty purple hats on route maps.

But that’s BLOG DEDICATION, you guys.

And procrastination.

Besides, I’m driving! So who needs luggage? My car will be my luggage! I’ll just throw my flip-flops and all my summer clothing into the backseat and be done with it!

But, first, I need to Google search balls of twine.

Got any fun travel plans for the summer? Or have any suggestions for things to eat/see/do in Michigan/Ontario/upstate New York? Or know of any huge balls of twine I should see? Tell me.
P.S. Thank you to all of you who left me supportive comments and sent me comforting personal messages after my last post. Knowing that I have so many awesome people cheering me on has been incredibly uplifting. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond to all of your comments like I usually do, but, I want you to know that they meant a lot to me. And YOU ROCK.  And I owe you ponies even more than ever. But you’re probably just going to have to make do with pictures of big balls of twine. That’s cool, right?
P.P.S. Things will probably be pretty quiet here on the blog while I’m on the road, but I’m going to try to regularly update my Facebook and Instagram with lots of photos of blurry roadsides and my lunch. So follow along, whydontcha?

I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On May 2, 2013 at 10:50 am Carmel said:

    I love a good road trip. Shawn and I were talking last night and our last real road trip was almost 5 years ago! I’m trying to plan a little side road-trip on our way out to my uncle cabin in northern Idaho this summer. But first, we need a car. Oh, details…
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  2. On May 2, 2013 at 10:59 am Deb Kerns said:

    Safe FUN trip! Do keep us posted…Montreal trip (for us) is right around the corner so we are looking forward to everything you have to say about your experience there!

  3. On May 2, 2013 at 11:37 am tom said:

    Michigan is great. Check out Midtown Detroit and Hamtramck. Eat at Polish.Village Cafe, Slows BBQ, and Le Petite Zinc.Drink amazing beer from Bells and Founders. Check out The Heidelberg Project and Belle Isle. Outside of Detroit, see the beaches on either lake Michigan or Huron. If you’re going to be closer to Huron, Tawas is the place to go. Don’t forget to eat A pastie, Michigan’s mining food, or Detroit either!

  4. On May 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm Priya said:

    Yay! Blurry roadsides and your lunch! What more could a girl ask for!
    Have fun! And don’t do anything stupid… Or do! and then write about it!
    Priya recently posted..Never Traveled Alone. Ever.

  5. On May 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm Madhu Bhardwaj (@madconnection) said:

    you go girl!
    And i do want my pony but till then will settle for the pictures from the trip. 🙂
    Have fun. Talk to nice looking strangers.
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  6. On May 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm will wander said:

    OOOHH! I am so envious! I SO want to go on a road trip right now! Also to be out of school…also to have spring. We had 4 days of sunshine and 70 degrees and then the TEMPERATURE DROPPED 30 AND THERE IS SNOW ON THE GROUND AGAIN.

    I am hoping to get something worky and responsible this summer but internship deadlines are passing so I will probs be stuck in Indiana to knit and write and watch babies all the time. Because that will totally help me get a job later. Also I will try to convince my parents to give me money for a road trip…or a music festival…take your pick.

    You should go to Ann Arbor, MI because I was born there and it’s basically the cutest town ever. Lots of cute restaurants (like Zingermans) and good bands go through all the time because of the university.

  7. On May 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm Ashley of Ashley Abroad said:

    Yay! Sounds fun. And Michigan is my homestate so I’m happy you’re going there. Definitely check out Macinaw Island, it has no cars (just horses) and is a beautiful little island.
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    • On May 18, 2013 at 11:34 am Sally said:

      I LOVED it there. It’s one place I’ve always wanted to go. I didn’t think it could live up to the hype (including the hype in my head) but it totally did.

  8. On May 3, 2013 at 9:20 am Jessica Hill said:

    How fun! I love a good American roadtrip. I’m looking forward to my own this summer, from Oregon to Colorado, with lots of stops in between. Drive safe – and don’t forget a pair of snow boots. You just never know.

    • On May 18, 2013 at 11:33 am Sally said:

      Oregon to Colorado sounds AWESOME. I’ve always wanted to take the train between the two — I’ve heard it’s slow but I bet the scenery is amazing.

  9. On May 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm Erica said:

    lots of cupcakes in NYC!! 🙂

  10. On May 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm Brittany said:

    Have a great and safe trip! It’s the start of road trip season (yea!) I am also about to embark on my first road trip for the year this weekend – super excited!
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  11. On May 4, 2013 at 12:14 am cosmoHallitan said:

    Have fun!! You can get awesome pierogies in Cleveland.
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  12. On May 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm Megan said:

    I’ve been following along for a while, but the inclusion of Michigan on a road trip itinerary brought me out of the woodwork 😉 Mackinac Island is awesome and adorable, as suggested. Painted Rocks are phenomenal. Traverse City is presh and so fun. Grand Rapids is a lovely, lovely city. There are also a number of wineries dotted around the state…and breweries…mmm, booze.
    Megan recently posted..Flashback Friday: Great Barrier Reef SCUBA!

    • On May 18, 2013 at 11:24 am Sally said:

      I was totally blown away by Michigan. I seriously fell in love HARD. I didn’t make it to Grand Rapids or Painted Rocks (I haven’t even heard of them — MUST. GOOGLE SEARCH. NOW!) But I LOVED Mackinac and stopped briefly in Traverse City and really liked it. And, yes, all the microbrews were AWESOME. I can’t wait to go back & explore more!

  13. On May 9, 2013 at 12:04 am Deedee said:

    I need to get my car in road-trip shape so I can do something fun like this, too! I love road trips!! I am so enjoying living (or driving?) vicariously through your posts!!
    Deedee recently posted..Stuck? Already?!

    • On May 18, 2013 at 11:23 am Sally said:

      Great! Then the next road trip I take can be with you and YOU can worry about the tire exploding all the time while I sit back and relax. Sound good?

  14. On May 10, 2013 at 6:56 am Emma @ GottaKeepMovin said:

    Hope you have an awesome road trip!! Glad the weather has perked up for you – over here in England we also had snow two weeks ago and now it’s bright sunshine?! What is the world coming to! Looking forward to hearing about all your summer adventures.

    • On May 18, 2013 at 11:21 am Sally said:

      Not gonna lie: it totally snowed in the Adirondacks while I was there. I certainly wasn’t expecting to see any snow on my “summer break” trip!

  15. On May 12, 2013 at 10:44 am Tom @ Waegook Tom said:

    I expect to see a photo post that is ENTIRELY dedicated to twine. Make this happen.
    Tom @ Waegook Tom recently posted..Turkish Food Is Sexy

  16. On May 17, 2013 at 11:04 am Teresa said:

    I really don’t use the “J” word in my life, I hate it (and I hate the word “hate”, it’s so strong). This post has brought me down to a level I don’t want to be at–using both in the same paragraph! I am usually not Jealous of other peoples travels. I am a supporter, nurturer and overall positive person. I am genuinely happy and thrilled for other people when they go on trips–this is no exception. However, in addition to being thrilled and excited for you, I have to admit, I am a LITTLE jealous. There, I said it—I guess I really am human after all. Or maybe its cuz I lost my special Superhuman powers when you took my cape 🙂 Needless to say, I am SO happy I get to follow you (stalk) as you go on this incredible journey. SOMEDAY you and I will meet over coffee and plan our adventure together as soul sisters! For now, let me introduce myself–I am TT the Trablophotant. You may find me at where I share about my own cape-less adventures! Soul Sisters Society UNITE!

    • On May 18, 2013 at 10:43 am Sally said:

      Aww, yes, coffee and adventure-planning should definitely be in our future. And now I need to go check out your blog so I can find out what the heck oa Trablophotant is! (Not going to lie: I’m a little scared by all those syllables. I’m sure it’s something… ummm… good?)

  17. On June 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm Heather said:

    Hope you’re having a great trip! Now that I’m back home after a blogging break in May (and oh yeah, a wedding and honeymoon), I’m looking forward to catching up and seeing what my travel blogging friends are up to 🙂

  18. On June 15, 2013 at 2:34 am Ceri said:

    To be able to go on road trips through the states is on my bucket list. 🙂 Can’t wait to read on about your adventures!
    Ceri recently posted..NY Bucket List: #1 – Visit Central Park

    • On June 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm Sally said:

      Maybe eventually I’ll start telling the stories from that trip — I’ve been so behind on my blog that I just kind of skipped ahead. But I’m hoping to catch up over July.


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