Returning home….

It’s been a long year (well…7 months to be exact).  But by the time we return to STL permanently, it will have been a year.  I am looking forward to getting back home, close to friends and family…and especially to the city that I have come to love all over again.  I was born and raised in StL.  I left as soon as I found a car able to handle the drive….but after my years of living away from my hometown, I found myself falling in love with it when I moved back in 2004…seeing it through new, unbiased eyes….gosh, I can’t wait to get back.

We plan on doing a bit of a detour before heading home.  We will leave PHX and take a round about way home…heading over to L.A., up Hwy 101 to Napa…the Oregon Coast…up to Victoria BC….over to Glacier NP….through Montana and N. Dakota…across Minnesota…stopping in Glidden, WI to spend some time with Grandma & Grandpa…then a straight shot down to St. Louis. …then catching our breath for a couple days before flying to Massachusets for a wedding!  Whew!  It will be a whirlwind summer trip but my goodness…it will be spectacular.  4500 miles in all….over 75 hours driving time.  We hope to camp, hike…do some good eating and drinkin’…check out some dairies and meet some cheesemakers…..not bad before I head back into the final year of graduate school….

Stay tuned for a more detailed plan…and I’m always up for suggestions!!


Oregon Cheese Festival

Living this far west isn’t all that bad.  Puts us in close proximity to the Pacific NW…not usually considered a weekend getaway destination when we were living in the heartland.  Now, the tables have turned and Portland is just a mere 1 hour and 45 minute flight from PHX.  Lucky for us…even more lucky for us is that we will be  attending the Oregon Cheese Festival being held this March!

At the festival, being held this year on  March 13 & 14th, thousands of visitors will sample cow, sheep and goat cheese from Oregon and northern California creameries.  Last year participating farms & creameries  included Fraga Farm, Juniper Grove Farm, Pholia Farm, Tumalo Farms, Tillamook County Creamery Association , Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Fern’s Edge Dairy, Rivers Edge Chevre, Ancient Heritage Dairy, Silver Falls Creamery, Vella Cheese and Rogue Creamery.

It will be like a springtime Christmas!