SPLAT at Wonderworks and Ripleys

The day after the beach I went to WonderWorks and Ripley’s museum. I had been hoping that on a weekday things would be less busy, but during the summer we saw camps that were spending time at both locations. Not so easy to get in much hands on time at WonderWorks then. It was a really hot day outside and so when I passed this heat detector, I had to find out if the heat was affecting me. 

 

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SPLAT Hanging out at Home

We are between trips for a little over two weeks, and I have been a bit restless. So today I decided to do something about it. It’s entirely possible that I got up to some mischief and may have caused some trouble, but hey, I had fun.

Technically I am not supposed to drive my tank in the house, but I thought I had things well under control… that is until I crashed into the dog bed. Oops, at least no one was sleeping on it at the time. Time to abandon the scene and find a new way to get around.

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SPLAT Phoenix Comic con 2016

I had been lost since Burning Man and missed several cool trips, but finally I managed to make it out of the closet and back into action. My first stop was a not so quick rinse in the hotel sink, playa dust just does not come off very easily. Got to admire the view from our 24th story room while drying off too!

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Then I was fastened to the front of a bag  (FRONT. Really where else does the most important mascot belong?) and off on an adventure!
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Expectations vs Reality: Saguaro Man

We had never been to a local burn before, had never even heard of them until we went to the Big burn. I guess we jumped right into the deep end – so since we did this journey slightly backwards I thought I would try to compare what we expected a small burn to be like vs what it was actually like. After all good or bad, reality never quite matches up with what you expect.

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Saguaro Man 2016

This was a tough burn.

We woke up early in the morning with our car already packed and ready to go on our next adventure. A two hour drive finally got us to the dirt road leading into the event. At first the dirt road felt abandoned; but we soon started seeing funny signs and helpful directions to Double Dolphin Farm. It was a bit rough of a dirt road but even our small car with all the weight still made it through.

As soon as we reached the gates we knew that we were at a burn, the greeters were friendly, welcoming and wonderful people. We got our map, list of events and our first gift. Then as first time Saguaro Man attendees we got to ring the bell. (Or if your Max, slam the bell more like a gong. That’s ok though, Erica got to ring it twice). Finding our spot was tricky, and since we arrived early on day one the “great” spot we chose ended up getting buried behind other camps.

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10 truths of traveling with anxiety

So, I have pretty bad anxiety of all sorts, and anyone with anxiety knows that it is a constant struggle. Every day living gets a bit more challenging when everything makes me stressed and anxious. I am lucky that I have a great support in Max, but I still face some unique additions to my travel life. Don’t get me wrong it is not all bad – and I have learned to adapt. I try to jokingly refer to my anxiety as a superpower, and every superpower comes with drawback or weakness right? So here just a few of the things that I have noticed come with living a travel heavy life and having anxiety. if-only_i_had_superpowers

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Always Wandering. Always Home.