Aaaand Relax (Days 20 & 21)

It is hard to believe we left Virginia three weeks ago today! The past few days have been a welcome break from the road. It has been great to sleep in a real bed, and have something approaching a normal routine. I think we didn’t realize how tired we’ve been from all the driving, exploring, and sleeping on the ground we’ve been doing! We’ve been doing a little work, a little relaxing, a lot of eating, and spending plenty of quality time with Aunt Pam and Uncle Ted.

There have also been ample amounts of puppy snuggles:


Another highlight was bottling wine with Uncle Ted. He had a large vat of his own 2013 Petit Verdot that needed to be bottled so we spent a couple of hours out in his workshop learning about the process and helping him bottle.

bottling wine with uncle ted

On the left you can see me in action corking a bottle. Top right is an up close of the wine corker. The bottle sits on the round black piece, and the cork fits in that little hole. As you press on the lever, the cork is compressed in the hole, tightly enough that the thin metal piece can press it right into the neck of the wine bottle. And, most importantly, the bottom right is the 25 beautiful bottles of Petit Verdot that came from our endeavors!


I’m the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I’m a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

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