From SoCal to NorCal

The Darbyshires are on the move. Again. Turns out just over one year in Southern California was all we needed. I am not aware that we are in any witness protection program, for the record. After some time in Rancho Cucamonga, I realized in my heart that it would be a temporary location for us….

Day Trip to Joshua Tree

When I first thought about life in Southern California, the close proximity of new-to-me National Parks immediately excited my outdoorsy/granola-y/tree-hugging side. I even mentioned it to everyone I informed of our decision to move here – “we’ll be close to Joshua Tree!” But the new year rolled around, and my back to work routine had…

we are moving to…

Time to let you all in on some breaking news. A new beginnings type of adventure is about to commence. Today, I am boarding a plane to an unfamiliar destination. Well, boarding three planes to be exact, so my eardrums should be exploding entirely by the third runway touchdown. It isn’t Boston or Richmond or…

Best of the USA Road Trip

I began tabulating this road trip post months ago, but never finished it until now. And fittingly, it is being published & shared on the exact one year anniversary of when Andrew and I set off in my little Honda Civic, bidding farewell to all we knew from our life in Seattle and driving all…

Churchill Downs

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” When you visit Louisville, you must go to Churchill Downs. Plain and simple. It does not matter what day of the week or time of year it happens to be. Although the timing of my visit was ideal because Derby weekend was only three weeks away, and serious…

And then, I arrived at Boston

Most of you know I’m in the UK already. Been here two and a half weeks actually, which is mind blowing. And I’m sure you are anxious to hear what I’m up to over here and read all about what this lovely country is like. Especially right before Christmas, when the festive spirit is so…

In a New York (City) State of Mind

It felt like years since I’d stepped foot on that island they call Manhattan. Probably because it had been. Four to be exact. When I knew I’d be visiting family and friends in New York State, there was absolutely no question that a visit to the city would be in order. My super fun &…

Exploring DC in the midst of a Government Shutdown

What are the chances of visiting Washington, DC during a government shutdown? Perhaps more common these days, but of all the days and weeks we were traveling, who would have thought we would arrive in DC when all the museums & government buildings were closed? Unfortunately, our timing was spot on! ^^even during a government…

Forget Georgia, I’ve got Virginia on my mind

Apart from various family vacations ((and one memorable friendcation with my girls E and J)) to Virginia Beach, I hadn’t spent much time exploring Virginia before this USA road trip. They say better late than never, right? Right. Because weeks later I am still thinking about all that Virginia has to offer. First stop from…

A perfect day at Bald Head Island

Living the life of a “retired” person is an entirely new world. Did you ever wonder what life is like outside of that office, school, hospital, store, etc. while you are hard at work? I often did. Sitting in front of my computer or in a meeting was all I knew five days a week…

Now Entering: North Carolina & the East Coast

Departing New Orleans, it hadn’t yet occurred to me that this would ((for the most part)) be the end of my time solo with Andrew, until he mentioned it during the car ride. Since my family is spread up and down the East Coast of the USA, which meant no more camping or hotels. Family…

Admiring the sights in La Nouvelle-Orleans

Part of this USA road trip adventure is to see the country, and experience various cities along the way to determine where to end up if we return upon returning to the states after touring the UK and Europe. Austin is certainly on the short list of serious considerations. It felt like we had only…