• Running On the Road

    Posted by  Brooke Tower on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    Traveling brings wonderful opportunities as well as countless unknowns. This requires much more thinking and planning. When I am at home in Michigan, when I want to run I know how far certain loops are, where there are sidewalks and safer areas. When I need accountability, I have friends I can run, walk, swim, snowshoe or cross-country ski with. I know when and where I can take yoga, spin or TRX classes. I have a basement in which I can do fitness DVDs.

    On the road in a 5th wheel, running, hiking


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  • "You may NOT lick your dinner plate, but you MAY lick your dessert plate."

    I am a classic firstborn in many ways. I like knowing what is expected and rules are one way of communicating expectations. When we check into a RV park or campground, we always get a list of rules and expectations that I usually read. Every culture has many spoken and unspoken rules. What fascinates me the most, though are the posted rules.

    I have a theory that most rules are a response to one person breaking another perso


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  • Three Kinds of States

    Posted by  J Tower on Thursday, October 2, 2014

    So far on this trip we have visited 17 different states. Some we have visited for days, some for hours, and some for just minutes.

    As we've scheduled our trip, we've seen that we have to be selective about where we spend our time. One year just isn't long enough to see it all. However, we have noticed that a pattern has emerged. Our experience with each state seems to fit into one of three different categories: states we lived in, states we visited, and states we drove through. Below are my thou