This year I have found myself spending less and less time on social media. I am not sure if it is needing a break from all the politics, being preoccupied with planning what travel looks like for us and will look like for us, finding books I haven’t wanted to put down or just the normal ebb and flow of it. Whatever the reason less social media always seems to result in more reading for me (and really being more productive in general). I thought it would be fun to share some of our recent reads and some of the other things we have enjoyed lately. Here are some of our favorites so far this year.
What We’ve Been…
Adam – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey and Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Jenn – The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church, Did You Ever Have a Family? by Bill Clegg and The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Adam and I don’t typically read the same books. Hence the separation in favorites above. However, we actually both read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and enjoyed it. I’d say it is a Sci-Fi book for people who don’t really read Sci-Fi (like me!).
Listening to: What Should I Read Next? Podcast by Anne Bogel. I wasn’t really a podcast listener until I became a mother and this is one of my regular go to listens. I’ve got a list a mile long of books I want to read because of it (and ones for Adam too!). And if you aren’t already in the know Anne Bogel, who is the woman behind this podcast and the blog The Modern Mrs. Darcy, sends out an email DAILY with a list of awesome Kindle deals. All the books mentioned above were bought from those emails, some because I heard about them on the podcast and some just because they sounded good and for a few bucks why not. You can never have too many books – especially in Kindle form. Sign up here. Seriously do it!
Eating: The Noble Folk, Ice Cream and Pie Bar, Healdsburg, California.We may have stopped here both times we were in Healdsburg. They change up their ice cream and pie selection regularly but I had a Cardamom Almond ice cream that is definitely up there with my favorite ice cream flavors. The second time we went back we also tried a Grasshopper Pie – chocolate brownie and mint cream goodness that I would definitely eat again.
Guava Tree Cafe in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Adam first discovered this place when he was working at a nearby coffee shop in July 2015 when we were in ABQ waiting on slide out repairs for our old RV. We went for lunch together after he raved about it. Idgie was not quite one yet and the staff was super sweet and brought her her own bowl of black beans on the house. When we found ourselves back in ABQ to do some research on truck camper options we knew we had to go back and check it out. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but we both got a Cuban sandwich with yucca fries, and Idgie devoured a bowl of rice and beans.
Loving: Campgrounds that make you feel like you never want to leave such as Refugio Beach State Park, California ($35/night dry camping, flush toilets and pay showers).
and City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico ($10/night dry camping, vault toilets, showers near the visitors center). In both cases we planned to stop for a night or two and ended up staying a week.
Exploring: Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In the beginning of February we met up with the Mali Mish crew who had just picked up their Casita after spending the last year traveling in a truck camper (Two adults, three kiddos and a cat!). We had been following their adventures as a traveling family before we started our own and it was awesome to finally meet them. We explored Carlsbad Caverns together and while there is not much else in the area besides the caverns it is definitely worth the trip.We hiked the 2.5 mile loop down into and around the caverns and took the elevator up. I wouldn’t recommend the opposite although we did see some people taking that route. Idgie rode on my back for almost the entire hike and even took a nap for part of it.
We’d love to hear what your favorite things have been so far this year.