We're Still on Our Way

Oh hey, it’s still Michaelyn!

Please excuse the delay; we found the part of Pennsylvania where 3G was nowhere to be found which is apparently all of Pennsylvania. Don’t worry, I’ll give you the rundown and let you how about awesome our trip was.

First off, we found Fallingwater! There was water. And it totally fell.


We were unable to go inside the house because they only do tours every other day, but we still got to walk around the property. That saved us a bit of money anyway. :) The house was really pretty. When I said “Can you imagine living here?” JT decided that he would rather live close to civilization. He is under the impression that grocery shopping being an all day affair would suck. I think he’s silly.

After Fallingwater, I attempted to write this update. We were using JT’s phone for music and internet access, but we couldn’t have both at the same time. This resulted in JT humming the tune of that Greatest Adventure song from the Hobbit. Yep. That happened. Then the internet died, so we switched over to real music. JT put on the real soundtrack from the Hobbit cartoon. So…yeah.(Thankfully, we only listened to a couple songs).  Despite there being no internet access, PA is pretty. It was a nice break from Kansas, which is where I live. Sometime we get hills there, but other than that it sucks to drive through.

We made our way to Maryland easily, which is where our hotel for the night is. We stopped to grab dinner at Olive Garden, and it was glorious.

Tomorrow we’ll move on to DC for adventures at the Smithsonian and Medieval Times. I think JT is more excited about Medieval Times. I’ve tried explaining the awesomeness of the Air and Space Museum and also the Natural History Museum but to no avail. He’ll see.

Here are some of my favorite shots from our trip! :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Aliasalpha

    That solo shot of JT makes me think he’s about to burst into song. Possibly Monty Python’s lumberjack song

  • geocatherder

    He is under the impression that grocery shopping being an all day affair would suck. I think he’s silly.

    No, he’s not. It isn’t the shopping, it’s the planning. As often as we can, Husband and I spend time in a vacation cottage in a VERY rural area. (There are times when he can arrange to work from home via internet for a week or two, and I’m a contract worker, so these aren’t necessarily vacations, just getaways.) There is a local General Store with bread and milk at painful prices, but anything else really needs to be anticipated ahead of a weekly 40-mile (one way) “run into town” that takes all day. Despite careful planning, despite shopping at at least two hardware stores, a pharmacy, and a grocery store, we always forget something. And it really takes the whole damn day. We creep home exhausted, unload our stuff, and fiddle at our computers for the rest of the evening. The exhausting part isn’t wandering around a store finding items on a list, it’s constantly thinking, do I need this thing that’s not on the list? Have I forgotten to write it down? I was thinking about this two days ago — did I forget to write it down, or did I reject it?

    I love our vacation house. I love being among the sagebrush and pinyon pines, seeing the rabbits/quail/deer hop/scamper/ramble by, or being excited by coyote tracks in the winter snow; I love long, slow walks up the canyons looking at the rocks and the native plants. I HATE the weekly food/hardware-store planning and that damned trek into town.

  • http://politicsandpucks.blogspot.com Mike Brownstein

    The Apollo 11 Capsule is at the Air and Space Museum, and that’s not the coolest thing there…

  • Jake

    Michaelyn, you are HOT!

    Too bad you are with that dork.

  • LadyBlack

    But the planning is the most fun part. And these days you can take into account, “Will there be a massive plague/zombie uprising/descent into anarchy” thing which will require the buying of essentials, like matches and candles and water purification tablets. All the things you’d need under exteme circumstances. It’s always got me that in the survival books, if you were in a plane crash for example, it’s good to have water purifcation tablets, but I will never need those tablets for any other reason. I won’t be buying them “Just in case” ever again, despite the earnest advice of the books. Which means that in the event of a plane crash, I will be unable to provide a good reason to be allocated a share of the meagre supply of food and will no doubt end up being eaten by my fellow passengers.

    Hey, I think about these things. They just come to me.