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Balancing the "American Dream" with my own Pursuit of Happiness


Adventures Past

NYC girls weekend, Day 1. – Shenanigans and Malarky.

An afternoon in Keystone, South Dakota. #BarnesRoadTrip2K14

To say that I wasn't thrilled about our first planned stop on our 2014 family road trip  would be an understatement. I never really had much interest in seeing Mount Rushmore in person. My husband was the driving force behind... Continue Reading →


13 Years. 41 States. A few hundred thousand miles. Countless adventures. Happy Anniversary to my favorite guy.

Chris and I had only known each other a few weeks before we ran away and got married. I was 18, he was 22, and no one knew about it until after it happened. This meant that no one had the... Continue Reading →

We weren’t born to just pay bills and die. #BarnesRoadTrip2K14 ~ The year of the wise adventure.

Fly-by-night beauty show shenanigans

My salon took a trip to the Premier Beauty Classic show in Columbus, OH. Columbus is, and has always been one of my most favorite cities within a one tank trip! The show ran from Sunday thru Monday, but we... Continue Reading →

Backpacking the Allegheny, Day 2.

We woke late after our first night sleeping near the lake. I wasn't sure what our scenery looked like, as we had shown up so long after sunset last night. I opened my eyes and rolled over to see Chris putting... Continue Reading →

Backpacking the Allegheny Day 1

This past weekend my husband - Chris, dog - Taco, and I set out on our very first backpacking adventure. Chris and I decided to try to out backpacking / back-country camping after learning a lot about it during the planning process... Continue Reading →

A little background on how “U-Turn and Travel” became my thing.

So, I started a blog! I'm not sure what drove me to finally start my blog today. For months I've been thinking about it. Dreaming about it. Talking about it. The out pour of support, love, curiosity and encouragement that... Continue Reading →

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