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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-21-2008, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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As I was flying over Charlotte on my way to Houston in mid November, I looked out the window and thought: WOW, these woods look so nice with the leaves changing in such vibrant colors.
Then I thought, hmm, the U.S, has so many different unique landscapes to offer (like the dry landscapes in Arizona) and I wish I could drive cross country once in my life.

1) But then I thought, hmm, I would need a really nice camera to capture the things, places, people I see.

2) Also, what am I going to do with Pablo? I would want to take him with me, but isn't that going to be boring and stressful for him?

3) I can't possibly drive on my own, too dangerous and too exhausting. Who would have enough time to travel with me?

Well, I am getting my Nikon in a few days, which covers 1).

Then I had the idea, to visit all the Hav forum friends along the trip; basically turn this trip into a trip that is focused on meeting as many forum members&Havs as possible, which covers 2).

When I talked to my DH, cousin, and mom about this, all of them weirdly thought that this was a great idea! So I would always have someone with me, but given their personal time schedules, it will probably be one at a time traveling with me for a week or two, which covers 3).

You may think I'm crazy, but I've been through a lot of stress lately which led me to contemplate about my life and how I should enjoy being young, living in the U.S., and having plenty of time and lovely people I could meet. Since we don't have any kids yet and I haven't started my residency, I thought I were a fool if I didn't take advantage of this opportunity, right?! Even though I'm currently applying for a residency, I won't start working until June or July '09. Which leaves me with enough time to enjoy this adventure. Now I have no clue, where and when exactly to start this trip, but the vague idea is to start on the West Coast mid-late March when the weather is nice and take about 1 month +/- 2 weeks to really enjoy the trip rather than rushing through.

What do you guys think? Am I crazy or what?!

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It sounds like a wonderful adventure!

BTW, I'm just down the road (I-40) from you in Statesville!
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Maryam, it sounds like a wonderful idea actually. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity considering that once you start work the opportunity to travel the country at a leisurly pace will disppear.

I work with a woman who drives cross country at least once or twice a year by herself. She has a good, reliable car, a cell phone, and a dad that requires a call from her each night to be sure she got to a hotel safely.


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Maryam, that's a marvelous idea and I say go for it. My DH and his two best friends drove all the way from the West coast to the East coast and even to Canada right after they all finished their Ph.Ds. They too had their job offers in hands and decided to see the US before they started thier respective jobs. It has been such a wonderful, memorable part of their life. I told DH I would love to drive across the US when we return to CA in a few years.

If you visit our neck of the woods, we would love to host you. The two lookalikes would have a ball no doubt.

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you, pablo, and who ever is with you at the time will have a place to stay near Boston. What a great idea. I am envious in a good way.

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Maryam- It is amazing how many places you can really go with your dog. Being we have driven across country twice in the last year, I say do your research ahead of time. Some big parks let you in but the dogs aren't allowed on the trails (how stupid!). Arches National Park was the worst. It was like 100F, we paid to get in but dogs weren't allowed on the trails but not allowed left in the car (obviously with the heat we werent going to do that) But we were able to take the kids to some great places. Unfortunately with the drive from CA to SC, it was very very warm after AZ, almost 100F each day so they didn't get to hike and get out as much as we wanted. But we kept a list of places depending on how we felt or if we needed a break with dog parks, state parks, national parks, restaurants that were pet friendly, etc. My pups didn't get stressed out but they are used to traveling a lot and I think they have each other so that helps. Belle never gets stressed and get so excited each time you open the car door that Dash and Dora can't help to think we are at another great place. They did have a lot of energy though each time we stopped since they pretty much just sit in the car for several hours at a time. But I think it can easily be done and everyone can have a great time

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Sounds like "Travels with Charlie (Pablo)," although Charlie was a poodle and Steinbeck insisted on going without a human companion. Maryam it sounds like a wonderful idea, and you really should read the book. Meanwhile, if you make it to Minnesota bypass Golden Valley (Steinbeck has the best part of going here and seeing neither valley or anything Golden-it's just a terrible suburb) and come visit Posh and me we can either hang out here in the "country" with the kids and chickens or in the big "city" aka Minneapolis which has so many fun places that are dog friendly, even cool restaurants (I don't know how they get past the health department...)!
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Oh you guys are so awesome. When I first had this idea I really everyone would think I'm nuts! But now I see it isn't such an unrealistic idea after all...

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I'd LOVE to do that kind of a trip! If you have the opportunity, go for it! If you start, or end up here, at any point, you can come visit me! You can't get much more "west" than on an island in the northern Puget Sound! Tucker would love a visit from an eastern Hav!

I'd be in college classes at the time, but there are plenty of things to see and do around here to keep you occupied!

What a blast!

What type of Nikon are you getting, anyway?

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What a cool idea! You're welcome here any time....and we can speak German AND cook you Persian food if that makes it more tempting to put Seattle on the roadmap...Washington State is wet, but it's still beautiful (heck, it's so nice and lush and green because of the rain...).

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