One Year Later…

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Has it REALLY been a year? An entire year since we packed up Stella and hit the road for one of the most epic road trips and experiences of our lives?

It has.
It really has.

There isn’t a day that has gone by this past year we haven’t thought about or reminisced on our 94 days on the road; driving from one side of this beautiful country to the other – and, then, back.

We are celebrating today (although, sadly not together); reflecting back on the days of quickly made sandwiches in parking lots, not knowing where we would be sleeping in 5 hours, pulling over every few miles for photo ops, crying over sunsets, conversations with gentlemen standing next to us at the coffee shop, and knowing that these were some of the best moments of our lives.

While we haven’t posted in quite some time, we thought today was the perfect opportunity to say hello and let each and every one of you know we are thinking about you today. Each of you in Illinois, Nebraska, Montana, Washington, California, Texas, South Carolina and everywhere in between.

Although we are still in touch with so many of you, we wanted to give you a little update on our lives, one year later.

Where in the world are Cate and Michelle? Those two far from normal girls…

After spending the holidays with our families and catching up with friends, we rang in the new year with some of our dearest in New York City.

For Michelle, the new year brought time to reflect on the next chapter of her life and where that would be taking her. She enjoyed some downtime in Jackson, NC with her family and galavanting around the East Coast visiting and catching up with friends. From NYC to Asheville to Miami. The year was off to a busy start.

In March, Michelle made the “official” move to Charlotte, NC which is where she now calls home. Settled into her own cozy apartment, Michelle has been busy exploring her new town and rediscovering her love for ethnic cuisines. Michelle is working for a recruiting company specializing in technology placements.

Bitten by the travel bug and the want and need for exploration, she continues to plan her next adventure. Where? Anyone’s guess!

As for Cate, the new year brought another stamp to her passport. New Zealand.

While on the road, Cate was presented with an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. She spent the first four months of 2014 living in Tauranga, NZ (North Island in the Bay of Plenty) nannying for her, now, extended family. While she spent most of her time in the North Island of the spectacularly stunning and breathtaking country, a month of her time was spent traveling through the South Island dreaming of a life living amongst  the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Marlborough. A girl can dream, can’t she?

She returned back to the States at the end of May, just when the temperatures started to warm up again!

Cate is now back where it all started in Maryland. Not having been in one country, town, abode for more than four months in the last two years, she is enjoying being settled – at least for now. She is nannying for several families in the area and loves teaching the kids about where she has been and the adventures she has had these last two years.

If all goes according to plan, a move to the West Coast will be happening in the beginning of 2015…

Oh, and Stella. How could we leave her out? Stella is stupendous. As of this afternoon, she was clocking in at 122,011 miles (24,472 more than this day last year). After having a little work done this summer, she has a new lease on life. Cate has taken over her ownership and enjoys sharing Stella’s history and adventures with everyone that jumps in her car. She misses being out on the open road just as much as us.

And, what was she doing today to celebrate? She got her oil changed at Jiffy Lube. How else would she be celebrating?

We would love to hear from you, if you wish to reach out to us, our email is still up and running: twofarfromnormal@gmail.com.

We send you all deep love and warm wishes for a cozy fun and festive fall. After all, it is one of the best times of year…punkin’ ale and decorative gourd season.

Till next time.

xo,
Cate and Michelle
and Stella

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