ENGRAVED WOODEN WATCH

We just returned home after being in the Caribbean for four weeks and I'm already counting down the hours until we head out again. We are spending Valentine's Day in Florida and I can't wait! I've mentioned to Bryan several times that I want to start wearing a watch for when we travel (when I don't have my phone) but mostly just in general (so I don't have an excuse to look at my phone whenever I need the time). When I laid my eyes on this wooden watch by Jord, I was instantly drawn to it. When it comes to accessories, I'm very lazy. I wear my wedding ring, a few special rings from my travels, and my very special 'Bjorn' necklace. This wooden watch goes with everything (score) and is very classic and simple (another score). Oh yeah, and the best part is, my initials TKO are engraved on the back! That is Bryan's favorite part. ;) It was my Valentine's Day gift to myself (you're off the hook Bry). I always count down the hours to our next adventure and now I can do it in style!

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My initials engraved on the back! I'm obsessed!!!

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You can shop this watch here! There are also tons of different styles and colors available. SHOW ME NOW!

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If we aren't traveling around, you will most likely find us cuddled up on the couch or in bed with snacks and our shows (aka It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on repeat).

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SHOP JORD WATCHES! 

There are a ton of different styles for both men and women, and the wooden box they come in is so cool! It's Bryan's birthday next month, I might have to get him one as well. ;)

MY WATCH

WOMENS WATCHES

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GIVEAWAY!

Click here for a chance to win a $100 gift code to use on any Jord watch of your choice! One lucky person will win, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth 10% off once the contest is over. Good luck!

XO TKO

RV THERE YET? CROSS COUNTRY TRIP (PART III)

This is the third and final blog post from this amazing trip! Below is a video Bryan put together highlighting all of the places we explored with our sweet Bjorn, we hope you enjoy it! <3

15th Stop: THE REDWOODS

Bryan had been to 47 states before this trip, but somehow California wasn't one of them. He was so excited to see the Redwoods and wow were they incredible. We drove through a number of epic Redwood forests but the coolest was the Avenue of the Giants area. We squeezed Whipley (the RV) through some tight spaces and had a blast exploring. Redwood forests are so different from what we are used to, it almost feels like being indoors. We could have spent months exploring this part of California!

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We were exploring early morning on a Thursday, so we had pretty much the whole place to ourselves. 

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The scale is still hard to wrap my head around.

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I have a feeling that we are going to be back here a lot. 

16th Stop: SAN FRANCISCO, CA

We drove across the Golden Gate bridge and straight to Los, Gatos for a lovely dinner with our good friends Jack and Katherine, who we were very excited to see.

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17th Stop: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

I have always wanted to visit this park, and it was stunning! We got there in the evening so we immediately found a campsite inside the park. We set up a campfire, made dinner, and Bryan practiced more of his astrophotography. The next morning we drove into the valley and decided to go on a hike. The hike was way harder then we were expecting but totally worth it. Next time we go I want to check out Glacier Point, I'm bummed we didn't get to go there this time because it looks absolutely insane.

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We made a point of cooking our dinner over the fire and it was awesome! The stars were also about the most striking we have ever seen. We could not have asked for better weather during the entire trip.

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Astro photography is about as satisfying as it gets.

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This hike kicked our asses. It somehow managed to be uphill the whole time both ways. 

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Yosemite is another place we will have to come back to for a month. 

18th Stop: DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Death Valley National Park may seem like a simple enough concept: it's the hottest place on earth. Cool. In reality, it is one of the coolest places we have ever shot. It is full of so many awesome features like badlands, huge salt plains, sand dunes and super-colorful canyons. It is a photographer's dream park. 

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We were here on Bjorn's second birthday!

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Eight pounds of adventure. 

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Completely out of focus and I don't care because look at Bjorn's smile!!!

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I am occasionally accused of being salty...

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See sea level?

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Probably the prettiest dirt we have ever seen. 

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Unleashing his inner Walter Mitty (but Walter Mitty never had to skate back up his epic hill, haha)

19th Stop: ZION NATIONAL PARK

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Zion was absolutely breathtaking. The park has so much epic beauty in a relatively tiny area. You can drive through the entire park in an hour. We liked it so much that we parked the RV and went back through again on the scooter. There is a long tunnel cut into the mountain that was particularly cool to drive through. A quick hike brought us to one of the most scenic viewpoints we saw on the trip!

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All of the parks in the West had so much natural beauty, we could pull off anywhere, climb around the rocks like a bunch of kids, and get fun shots!

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I'm obviously into bad boys.

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20th Stop: BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Bryce Canyon was not on our original itinerary, but as we were making our way back east from Death Valley, we made the very good impulsive decision to check it out. We didn't have a lot of time to spend and people told us that the park was small, and there was no road through it (only into it), so we conquered Bryce Canyon on the scooter. We did an early-morning ride in and out that only took about 90 minutes including stops. The vistas were awesome!

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The area right outside the park had probably the coolest non-park rock formations we saw, so we took the drone up and got some good photos and video. As annoying as it is that you can't fly drones in national parks, it is probably less annoying than having five hundred drones constantly bumping into each other above the country's most beautiful places....

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I figured we wouldn't run into people we knew, so I allowed Bryan to wear those finger shoes in public, as long as nobody was around. 

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Final Stop: CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

Our last stop was also unplanned. Bryan had heard great things about the park and when we found that changing our route to drive through it wouldn't add much time. This was only a few hours after leaving Bryce Canyon. Again, we weren't disappointed in our decision. The colors were unreal and the rock formations were some of the most striking we had ever seen. It was definitely a good last hurrah for the trip. 

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Look at Bjorn's cute smile!!! Bryan and I are so happy we got to take Bjorn on this epic adventure. He was such a little trooper, always down to explore, he would snuggle on my lap in between adventures and just brought Bryan and I so much happiness. Looking back on this trip brings back the best memories and I'm so grateful for that. We love you so much Bjorn. <3

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I hope you enjoyed following our trip. Next month I will put together a post with details on where we stayed, more things we did, and tips and tricks for taking an extended road trip. 

RV THERE YET? CROSS COUNTRY TRIP (PART II)

If you haven't already, be sure to check out PART I of our trip!

Our Wheels

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This RV did such a good job getting us across the country and back in style, that we thought it deserved a little feature. Like I mentioned before, it is a Winnebago Vista 27PE. Whipley is small for a class-A (meaning bus-shaped) RV, at only 28 feet long. It is laid out perfectly for extended trips for a couple (with or without small kids) or a short overnight with friends. It has two slides, a ton of space in the main living/kitchen area, and lots of storage. Probably its best feature is the awesome King-sized bed in the back, which is really the only way to travel, we now realize. We spent five weeks in this little box on wheels and never felt claustrophobic or limited in what we could do. It felt like we spent the entire time going straight up mountains.... and our gas consumption seemed to agree. Over our whole trip, we averaged just under eight miles per gallon, we were really glad we weren't in an even heavier RV! The scooter on the back only got taken down three times, but we were really glad to have it at Zion and Bryce Canyon. 

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8th Stop: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Holy. Shit. This place was UNREAL, and we barely saw any of the park haha. When we arrived, we found out there was a vehicle size restriction of up to 21ft to drive on the main road through the park (we were 27ft, womp womp) The "Going-to-the-sun" road is apparently the most epic drive in the country, so I was pretty bummed about not being able to go on it. But turns out a huge portion of the road was closed down anyways due to wildfires. We decided to go on a hike the day we were there, met a really nice guy that walked with us (since it was Bear season and we had no protection). The first night we stayed at the primitive campsite right on the water, it was insane (image below). We were very lucky to get a campsite when we rolled in around 4pm, because most had already filled up (it probably would have been much worse during the busy season). The following night we stayed at a KOA campsite right by the West entrance and it was amazing. It was the last night of the season so we got a prime spot for half the price.

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Look at that Eagle! Bryan took this shot with his drone, pretty amazing.

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We were so lucky to see the most beautiful part of the country during the peak of the leaf change season. The colors out west are totally different than what we are used to, talk about yellow!

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RV parks vary wildly, from converted hotel parking lots to insane, amenity-packed resorts like this KOA south of Glacier National Park. 

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How amazing is this camp spot?!

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9th Stop: WHITEFISH, MONTANA

My cousin and aunt live here, and wow was it beautiful. Isn't my aunt's house INSANE?! She designed it herself and it is perfection. It sits up on a mountain overlooking Whitefish Lake. 

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My cousin has a house in the woods of Whitefish, and he offered to let us park our RV on his land which was incredible and super convienient! We ended up staying there two nights, Will (my cousin) took us bar hopping and my Aunt showed us around town. It was Will's birthday and it must have been the altitude, but we learned that people take their bar crawling much more seriously out west. They both used to live in Virigina very close to us and I completely understand why they moved out to Montana, it was incredible.

10th Stop: COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO

My other aunt lives in Coeur D'Alene, and Bryan and I fell immediately in love with the town. Why the heck do we live in  the Virginia Suburbs and not in the mountains somewhere next to a lake?!

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Just living the dream! It was FREEZING out and Mike was pushing his pontoon boat to go 40mph, it was amazing! We sipped wine, enjoyed the sunset and they took us to this incredible Italian restaurant called Tony's afterwards. It was the perfect Wednesday night!

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BTW, did you know that you could order a 300-hp motor for the back of your pontoon boat?!?

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How cool is their house?! It also sits up on a mountain overlooking the lake. They were rebuilding their deck when we got there, I can't wait to go back when it is done!

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Water break! Adventure Pom could drink from anything!

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Coeur d'Alene is the coolest!

11th & 12th Stop: LEAVENSWORTH & SEATTLE, WA

Leavenworth is a cool town with a cool story. Apparently a few decades ago, when the timber industry started declining in the area, the town decided to become a major tourist attraction by adopting the style of a Bavarian village, complete with schnitzel houses, and classic alpine styling. 

*We got to Seattle really late, found an RV "park" right off the highway, packed an overnight bag, grabbed Bjorn and took an Uber into the city. We met up with my cousin Kat and Andy and bar-hopped the night away. We woke up and had an incredible breakfast, then my hangover hit and we Ubered it back to the RV and left for the Olympic Penninsala. I didn't take any pictures at all (good job Taylor) but Bryan got some video footage which you can see in the video at the end of part 3!

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This goofball decided to go for a swim in the near by river, found a large stick and carried it all the way back to the RV (about a mile walk). It was his souvenior and he chewed on that thing the rest of the trip.

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13th Stop: OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

The rainforest was so magical! We stayed in Forks, WA one night (where the Twilight movies were filmed) so obviously we watched all the movies while eating Twllight themed burgers and fries from this little restuarant next to our campsite that was also Twilight themed. It was awesome.

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He face-planted into the sand, haha poor baby.

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Dip toes in Pacific at pretty much the farthest-West point we could possibly go: check!

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14th Stop: OREGON

We drove down the Oregon Coast, stopped by Cannon Beach for lunch and just enjoyed the gorgeous coastline.

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Cannon Beach! 

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Bringing our house around the country with us meant we never had to unpack or find accommodations. That means more adventure!

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The Northern Pacific coast was an incredible drive. We would love to do another trip spending weeks just exploring Oregon and Washington. 

STAY TUNED FOR PART THREE!!!!!