Our Mini Linky Party | Week 313

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Adam and I are celebrating our 10 years anniversary this year, and we've already begun thinking about how we want to celebrate it in light of the pandemic. 

Over the last few years, we have been planning for a trip abroad. Unfortunately, that will not happen this year. Even with the vaccine starting to be distributed to the general population as early as this spring, we do not foresee that protecting us and others should we choose to travel to another country. 

Are we bummed about not getting to visit new countries? Absof***inglutely. We're gone through every stage of grief accepting that our 10 years anniversary will look a lot different than we had hoped to have. Travel is a privilege. Rather than travel abroad irresponsibly, Adam and I have a plan B. 

We are planning a social-distanced road trip for our 10 years anniversary this year. 

Our hope with a road trip is since it will be just me, Adam, and Bowie in the car driving, we are limiting exposure to others while we physically travel (as opposed to what we wanted to do: fly in an airplane). 

The goal is to try to limit our interactions with people as much as possible, so we're hoping to hit some national parks and will try to avoid the most heavily populated areas as much as we can.

We will take any and all advice that you have to offer us (including if you have taken a long road trip and have any advice on that, or if you have taken long road trips with your dog). If you have any road trip tips or suggestions for summer destinations that are a few states away from Arizona, be sure to let us know! We're still planning out our road trip for this summer, and we're needing to make sure what we do is dog-friendly since Bowie is coming along with us. 

Check out the features from this week: 

Free Goal Sheet Printable "21 Goals in 2021" from Krafty Planner

2021 goal planner sheet printable

Easy Vegan Instant Pot Black Bean Soup from Healthy Helper

vegan instant pot black bean soup

10 Easy and Cozy Flannel Craft DIYs from Satsuma Designs

small dog sitting on a DIY dog bean bag chair

Lemon Chickpea and Rice Casserole from Strength and Sunshine

lemon chickpea and rice casserole

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  1. Your road trip sounds wonderful!! We have done that often with young children, teens, and as seniors, but never with a dog. A friend of mine DID do it with a dog and found vacation rental cabins and the like were a great option and she found some who were great with Bishop (her dog) going along. We enjoyed Bryce Canyon and Zion in Utah, Durango, CO, and a long list of CO options. Have a great adventure exploring and Happy Anniversary. My husband and I celebrated 56 years in December.

    1. I have been toying with some spots in Utah and also CO! Thank you so much!! And congrats on your recent wedding anniversary! 56 years is a lot of commitment congratulations to the both of you!

  2. Happy weekend, Cathy! Your road trip idea sounds perfect - Happy Anniversary! We road trip in the NW and have been out and about this year for sure as we can't fly. I think it's a great idea. Our dream is to check out the Utah parks - please put that on your list as friends have said they're incredible! Thank you, too, for featuring my flannel crafts - cozy for winter! xx jen

    1. Thank you! Yes, Utah is definitely something we're considering since it's almost entirely outdoors. Thank you so much! :)

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my 21 goals printable and for hosting the party! Have a wonderful weekend

  4. Wow !! A road trip sounds interesting but not sure if it may be ideal, given the circumstances. We have a 'stay at home order'in all of Ontario region. They are imposing fines if we leave the house without a valid medical or urgent reason. But I hope you have a safe trip, and since you're taking all the precautionary measures, I trust your trip will be a memorable one.
    Much love to you on your anniversary.

    1. For sure. The U.S. has not established a stay at home order and that could definitely change in the summer when we would go on this road trip. The plan is if things aren't getting worse, we will plan to do our social-distanced road trip and stick to destinations and rentals that are not heavily populated. We want to be responsible, but also celebrate our special milestone in some way beyond staying at home if there is any way we can manage. Thank you! :D

  5. We were planning a road trip over the summer, but plans fell through. It really seems to be the safest way to travel, in regards to reducing interactions with others.
    Thank you for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you! And I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


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