A New Adventure

Ciao regazzi!

The Orange Penguin is back in the blogosphere and this time on a new adventure with a great companion, my mom.

It’s time for a change in life. We packed up our little home in California and are on the move to job opportunities and new adventures in a “little” big city: Portland, OR. But, on the way we are taking a two month side trip across the USA to places we have never seen before. We will be hitting all four corners of the US: the south west to Florida to New England to Oregon with many stops in-between!

photo 1Day 1.

Miles Driven: 444

The day started out early as we frantically packed the final necessities of our home and placed them in storage. After shoving everything for our trip into our car, we were on the road by 11am.

This road trip is a bit unique for us. We have never been on such a long trip and traveled so far. We tried to break up the itinerary into driving days that do not last more than six hours and then have full days in between to explore and rest. We will be doing a combination of staying with friends and family, staying in B&Bs, and car camping! We fit the mattress from our old pull-out couch into the back of our Honda CR-V and created something that will be quite comfortable I hope. (photos to come later)

photo 1   Our first day’s drive took us through California’s San Joaquin Valley. It was interesting to see the variety of items being reaped from the soils of this valley.  From oil to almonds, it all grows here!

Lunch was in Bakersfield, per the suggestion of mom’s co-worker Ant, at Moo Creamery where we had delicious burgers and locally made salted caramel ice cream.

The drive continued through the Mojave Desert. It’s fun traveling with a smart phone these photo 2days because we can answer some of life’s questions, like what is the difference between a yucca plant and a joshua tree? can I eat it? or what is the difference between a waxing and waning moon? The answers: the joshua tree is actually of the genius yucca and no, you can’t eat them, but you can eat the roots of its sister yucca plants. The moon was waxing which means that it is becoming a full moon. You can tell the difference by the direction in which the moon is full and because it was visible in the evening sky.

We made it to our first stop, Las Vegas, and wandered the strip a bit before hitting the sack. It was fun to see the Bellagio and the Venitian casinos because they brought back memories of my time living in Italy. I was quite impressed how the designers were able to capture the feel of the the real towns of Bellagio and Venice. Architecture, like these casinos, are something that we are trained not to do in Architecture school, but it would be fun none-the-less to design.

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A dopo. (till later)