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And Away We Go!

This evening we will be flying over the Atlantic Ocean to begin our trip; and all I can think is that I am:

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And of course that I will miss my amazing family + friends! Until we  meet again, happy trails!

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Jelly Roll, Marmalade & Satchmo say “Thank You!”

To the purrfect new caregivers, maw + paw!

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It is going to be one eventful year on Woodstock, thank you {with many licks} for everything!

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Life in a Bag

Below is a list of everything I will be carrying on our trip.  Seems quite a lengthy list, but it all fits in my wildly small backpack  and the few indulgent items (ahem, harmonica) will keep us well entertained along the way.

1 deuter backpack with rain cover
1 canvas day bag
1 travel sleep sheet
1 camping pad
1 camelback water pouch
2 dresses
3 shirts
2 skirts
1 pair of shorts
1 pair of pants
1 long sleeve cardigan
1 rain jacket with hood
1 scarf
1 lace belt
3 pairs of socks
5 underwear
2 bras
1 hat
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of walking/hiking shoes
1 large bag of medications
2 pairs of glasses with cases
1 pair of sunglasses with case
2 small refillable bottles (1 for shampoo, 1 for facewash)
1 drylite towel
1 toothbrush
1 deodorant
1 sunscreen
1 hand sanitizer
1 sewing kit
2 cameras (big Nikon DSLR + waterproof Canon)
1 Nook Color in leatherette case
1 bag with all electronic wires and extra memory cards
1 set of international electrical outlet converters
1 large Gorillapod tripod
1 head light
1 set of binoculars
1 survival whistle
3 books (Nikon handbook, 100 Best Loved Poems, and Songs for the Open Road)
1 watch
1 bronze bracelet
1 document pouch for all important papers
1 safety travel pouch
1 organizational pouch
1 handful of ziploc bags
1 sketchbook/journal
1 set of watercolor pencils (12 in total)
2 paintbrushes
1 pen
1 glue stick
1 harmonica

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Among other things, very similar to my list, Lee will be carrying our 3 pound backpackers tent, an iPhone, and a compass.

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Country Escapes

Luckily, before Lee had to buckle down and study study study, we were both able to visit with his family in Louisiana and Texas.

Seeing Lee’s grandparents, father, brother, sister-in-law, and two nieces in North Louisiana couldn’t have been better! We indulged in the most delicious home grown & made breakfast, splashed poolside, shared more garden spoils, and enjoyed great company.

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And of course, Texas proved to be an adventure as well! From good talks and games with Lee’s mom and stepdad to feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs, playing with the goats + donkeys, and friendly horse “races” (one of Jelly Roll’s favorite activities!) we had a Texas-sized bundle of fun!

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Thanks for everything!  & Good Luck on your exam Mr. Leeroy!

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It was a wing dinger!

Nothing beats great friends and food in a dreamy setting, and this past weekend my family threw the most wonderous going away party for me.  Hosted in our backyard with white lights creating a twinkling tent for the reveling below, the party enjoyed a drink and appetizer from the 5 continents Lee & I will be visiting – each at it’s own silver bedecked station with home grown flowers from my best friend’s garden.
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Lee wasn’t able to join since he is spending the month in Texas with his family studying for his Step 2 Exam.  We all missed him and were wishing he was here throughout the night, his ears must have been burning!
It was so fabulous seeing everyone who was able to join though, catching up, and hearing their travel memories and advice.
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 In true Donoghoe fashion, we extended the dinner & cocktails into an all night dance party that made it’s way through the entire household culminating with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s “Home is Wherever I’m with You” at 5:30am as the sun was rising. The perfect end to a perfect send off!
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Now as we get ready to launch, I am so thrilled to know that my sister will be joining me in Laos & Vietnam to celebrate her 30th birthday, Christmas, and New Years; my mom and dad will be meeting up in Argentina for toasts + tango, and my brother {ever adventurous} will also join us along the route!
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Many thanks to all our amazing friends who made this night unforgettable – cheers!
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Au revoir Nouvelle-Orléans!

The last few weeks have been spent celebrating this great city and all of our fabulous friends!  From barbeques to drinks at Bouligny Tavern to jazz at Preservation Hall and a taste of it all at Bacchanal for our big Bon Voyage – it has been a blast! Thank you to all of our friends who make living in New Orleans that much more wonderful.

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And now our 4 day extended road trip from New Orleans to Connecticut with our Newfoundland: Jelly Roll, cat: Marmalade, tortoise: Satchmo, and all our belongings, along with a boat is upon us.

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We’re gonna miss you when we’re gone! (just a minor tweak in lyrics, but I always like to improvise those anyway!)