Ben’s Birthday!

We thought we were going to be at the Grand Canyon for Ben’s birthday. It would have, of course, involved amazing hikes surrounded by breathtaking scenery. We would have explored all day, met fellow travelers and invited them to our campsite for dinner that night where we would have exchanged stories, had some beers and listened to music.

Ahh, if only. Instead, we were here, but we had more fun than we expected.

Mount Pleasant, Texas is a dry town (of course it is), so as a toast, we split the last beer left in our cooler. You better believe we enjoyed every sip of that thing. We plan to celebrate Ben’s day more appropriately when we’re back on our journey, which will hopefully be early Sunday morning!


  1. Ellen Woodoff

    You two are awesome. One day you’ll look back on this and laugh. No, really.

    Comment by Ellen Woodoff on June 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

  2. south mauldin

    Oh no, no way in hell you were going to turn around and come back here, even if it means I’m not buying the 18 pack of Natural I was about to buy and instead sending the money to you. And the thought of a dry county, or being stuck in a dry county, is a fate far worse than one suffered in a movie on the Chiller Network at the hands of some monster or family of cannibalistic inbreds.

    You’ll remember this trip for the rest of your lives, so put your head down and keep plugging. I always wanted to do a cross country trip like this, but the next thing I knew I was 43 with 4 mortgages, so I’m living vicariously through you. Like others, I have become oddly fascinated with your trip although I haven’t been able to watch the videos as my internet card appears to be from the 80′s. Hope you get the van back on the road soon and happy travels.

    Comment by south mauldin on June 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

  3. follow this trip

    Haha, you are hilarious. Thanks for your encouragement!

    Comment by follow this trip on June 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

  4. Reedy

    Happy Birthday Ben!! We love keeping up with you guys. Ryan is super jealous of your no bake cake! He’s already requested that for next year’s bday!

    Comment by Reedy on June 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

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