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Another update from the road… this time, it’s “officially” from the road. I’m sitting in the passenger’s seat as Kayla drives us through Iowa on our way to Minneapolis after a few days in St. Louis.

We were just getting started on our Highway 1 trip when we posted last and there have been many experiences since. We drove through the “Avenue of the Giants” and got up close and personal with the coastal redwoods, managed to keep the Jeep on the road through over a hundred miles of twists and turns along the coast, and made it safely to San Francisco to be welcomed by amazing friends and their two crazy(awesome) dogs.

Our friends graciously took us around SF and showed us some of the ins-and-outs of the city. They had us feeling like locals within the first day. Kayla even partook in eating a few raw oysters at the infamous Swan Oyster Depot. We took a little time to become “tourists” and visited the typical SF staples, while leaving a few more to hit later on.

We narrowly escaped the monsoon that brought high winds and rain to SF and we flew into St. Louis to spend some time with Kayla’s family and enjoy some R&R. Our “R&R” consisted of a Blues game, a High School performance, a show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre and even a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. We are extremely lucky that Dede and Keith never seem to run out of things to do and places to experience in St. Louis!

The next couple of weeks will be spent with even more family and friends throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and we’re looking forward to disconnecting, slowing down and spending some quality time with some important people before we begin the first travel assignment in early January.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays!

As usual, here’s some photos from the past few weeks.

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