Monday, July 10, 2006

Roadtrip America Honeymoon

We're back from our WONDERFUL honeymoon, and, sadly, back at the deskjob and dreaming (so vividly it's almost tangible) of our future farm life...

We made 5000 miles and to 8 states in 10 days, including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. All were beautiful, but if I HAD to rank, it would be Idaho for Overall Beauty,

Utah for Surrealistic Beauty,

and Wyoming for Dramatic Beauty.

We also went to MaryJane's Farm Fair in Moscow, Idaho, and it was wonderful! I got to meet and chat with the inspiring MaryJane, AND pass around all the photos of the wedding (which were adored-- so exciting!). I met many lovely farmgirls, and got to sit and chat for at least one evening (while I left the hubby at the campsite) with them.

I bought a couple of great things, including some homemade soap and a baby bella for a friend with a newborn, and just generally enjoyed just being at the farmgirl mecca...

We went whitewater rafting on the Snake River and to the rodeo in Jackson Hole, saw all sorts of wildlife.... and camped a lot. I must say, I have only camped (in a tent) about... um... twice in my entire life, and luckily, I now LOVE camping! Besides Montana, where it was 47 and windy in the morning, it was great! It even rained at many of our campsites and I had a GREAT time!

On another note, our quest for farming has become significantly more of a reality because of a very special book that Wes found, called YOU CAN FARM!

It's by Joel Salatin, one of the forerunners in pastured livestock, and it's just what I've been looking for in a how-to book. A step-by-step book on exactly HOW to leave your lucrative city job and start working towards a lucrative farming job. I'm so excited! It really seems like a viable lifestyle now!

Okay, well there's more photos, but blogger's being uncooperative, so perhaps there will be another post tomorrow...


Blogger shannon said...

Welcome home!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Juli said...

What a wonderful trip! I've camped in most of the states you visited and I don't know that I've ever been so excited to wake and start my day. I love the west and can't wait to move out there. Like you, I have dreams of pastures... mine include mountains. :)

Thanks for the book suggestion... I'll look for that one, too.

9:17 AM  
Blogger KFarmer said...

That is one of my dream vacations- I'm glad you had a nice time and met other farmers/gardeners such as yourself. Lovely pictures- "sigh"

9:53 AM  
Blogger sugarcreekfarm said...

I'm so jealous you got to attend MaryJane's Farm Fair! I'd love to go someday. We camped in the Jackson Hole area when our oldest was just a baby and hope to take all the kids back there when they're old enough for hiking. Glad you had such a wonderful trip.

10:44 AM  
Blogger KFarmer said...

PS- The hubby and I were looking at a map the other day and I showed him your travels- He was as jealous as I was :)

Waiting for the rest of the pictures :)

6:19 AM  
Blogger HomesteadHerbs said...

What a wonderful trip! How long were you gone? You covered quite a bit of country. And you were able to meet and talk to Mary Jane- what an honor!

The book is a great book...its been my bible for a while!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Rurality said...

Beautiful! Loved the wedding pictures too. :)

5:53 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Lucky Lacy to meet the Queen of farmgirls, how neat is that! Welcome home!

2:37 PM  

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