Family Travel

Eastbound Day One: Visalia, CA to Gallup, NM

Headed back to Charlottesville. It’s been great to be back home but all good things come to an end, right?

Surprise, surprise, I’m bringing our youngest daughter back with me! Yep, Taylor is gonna be near Mom and Dad again. That means the family is together once again. We’re so happy.

Our Bug
Our Bug

For the next four days we’ll be pulling a trailer loaded with her things with us.

Today’s journey should take around 10 hours 30’ish minutes according to Maps and cover 739 miles. That is, of course, a best guesstimate. It’ll most likely take us around 12 hours what with pit stops and all. But the drive is really quite lovely.

Day one - Visalia to Gallup
Day one – Visalia to Gallup

I really do miss California. We are definitely California kids through and through. But now that COVID seems to be headed in the right direction it’s time to explore what the east coast has to offer.

Yosemite 2021 - Half Dome
Yosemite 2021 – Half Dome

Conversation with Bug

Our youngest daughters nickname is Bug. Here’s a conversation with Bug from 2011. Enjoy.

Can you tell we love movies?
Can you tell we love movies?


Family Potter

Christmas Dinner at Hogwarts

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London: “The Hogwarts dining room will be dressed for the occasion with the original props used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, including flaming Christmas puddings and hams studded with cherries. A wand will be waiting for you at your table and you’ll enjoy the first two courses of a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on the authentic set (vegetarian option also available).”

Sign me up!

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Arrived, Greenville, South Carolina

We’re done for the day. Packed up Ms. Haileigh, which took longer than planned, then hit the open road. The countryside out here is absolutely beautiful. It’s green with great, tall, trees everywhere.

We found a Red Roof Inn for the night. It’s nothing fancy but it will do. I’m beat.


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What a morning. I got up at 5AM, got Kim and I some coffee, packed up, and headed for Avis to return our car. One would think that’s a easy process, but in true Fahrni fashion, it wasn’t straight forward. We made to Avis and I realized I forgot to fill it up. So back on the road to hunt down a gas station in an area I’m not familiar with. We found a gas station 10 minutes later, then found our way back to Avis. First goal achieved.

Next stop the L.A. Zoo

No, we didn’t go to the zoo. We were at LAX, but the place is a zoo. You’d think these places would move people through much faster, they don’t. We have a new, very paranoid, system. The TSA makes getting to your flight more difficult that it should be, but we survived. I’d hate to see the porno scan of my body. Poor reviewer.

Away we go

Kim and I like flying Virgin America. That’s why we grabbed a flight out of LAX. We’re on board, settled in, headed for Virginia. We’ll be in the air for just over four hours. Kim will most likely read the entire time, a physical book none the less. I’ll most likely burn through some podcasts I queued up before leaving.


Random observations

While boarding it’s apparent we are a gadget crazed society. Just about every row I passed had at lest one iPad in it and many iPhones. I saw a few Android tablets and one Windows 8.x laptop (using WordPerfect for Windows with Reveal Codes active, remember that? I didn’t know the app still existed.) The remainder of the devices were iOS or Mac.

Additional Randomness

I’m composing this from my trusty iPhone using the WordPress for iOS client. I plan on blogging during the entire trip from this device.

Design Family

Mr. Fredricksen

Mr. Fredricksen, by Taylor Fahrni

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Back to the Valley

“Next Saturday night, we’re sending you back to the future!” – Doc Brown, Back to the Future

Back to the Future

We may not have traveled in time, but we did move back to the San Joaquin Valley. March 8, 2013 to be exact. (Has it really been a month?)

The last couple years on the Central Coast were really great, but something was missing; family. Family is really important to Kim and I. We have a close family and the two and a half hour drive was enough to keep us from visiting family and family from visiting us.

Before we moved we called Exeter home. This time around we’re trying something different. We’ve settled in Visalia. When we lived in Exeter we spent a fair amount of time in Visalia so we decided it was worth trying.

We will of course visit San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach as often as we can. We love them. But, this is the place we need to be and I’m happy to be back. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in our life. I have no idea where it’ll lead. I guess we’ll find out.

Family Life

Amen, Brother

Jerry Fahrni: “All I have to say is football season is here. Finally! Finally I can listen to sports talk radio again. Finally I can watch grown men try to kill each other on the football field. Finally I get to see Ray Lewis blow up some poor schmuck. Finally I can vent my anger at something besides people. Finally Major League Baseball will slide into obscurity again until next year. Finally football season is here. Holy crap it feels like years since I watched an NFL game.”

What he said.

Family Food Football fun Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for my family. I love you all very much.

P.S. – If you need me to make you one of these awesome photos, let me know. I don’t charge much, but I have a huge backlog, so sign up now for next year.