Interlude in Traverse City

As I write this from the Silver Saddle Motel in Santa Fe, NM, I realize I have some catching up to do in my travel narrative. I'd initially planned on updating this every day with a few images and stories from each day's journey. What I didn't realize was how draining it can be to be on the road and living out of a suitcase. By the time I get to a hotel, I usually find myself to tired to do much -- and if I have more energy, I'm out having fun!

But anyway, to bring this up to date... I initially moved out of my place in Chicago in mid-April and spent ten days in my hometown of Traverse City, MI. Technically I grew up in Leelanau County, and that's where I usually spend most of my time when I'm "home". I really enjoyed spending time with my friends and family before actually starting my road trip. I also love the natural beauty of the area, and I hadn't been back for a visit in springtime in probably 10 years. It was still quite cold, and the ice formations on the lakes were amazing.

I was blessed with the opportunity to spend Easter with my stepmom and her friends (they've pretty much adopted her into their family). So I got to spend the holiday with family and some adorable kids -- I don't think I've seen an Easter egg hunt since I was the little kid hunting the eggs! The teenagers hid the eggs, then the younger children ran around and found them.

Finally, I left Northern Michigan on Monday, April 28. And the westward migration begins.

And now I'm going take advantage of the free continental breakfast here at the Silver Saddle, and will post more pictures and stories from the trip here later.