Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Polaroid Book

When we left our wedding, the guys at A Bryan Photo gave us this small book of polaroids to take with us. The below video shows a few of the shots...it really is great to have something tangible to take with you as you leave.

Right now we're on our way to Georgetown, TX to spend New Years with some of the Wolf relatives. Hope y'all enjoyed seeing some of the wedding pics and hope everyone has a memorable New Year's Eve.

Still travelin...

- Jeremiah and Sarah

Poche's Fish-n-Camp

Last night we made it to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and ended up staying at a little rv/fishing park. It's been great and we'll get back on the road in a few hours and head towards Texas. Below is a quick video of the camp...

Also, we recently updated the main Ring Around America map with our latest projections.

Thanks for keeping up!

- Jeremiah and Sarah

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Few More Pictures...

Now that we have a better internet connection, here are a few more pictures from last week (and one from the wedding day...more from that soon).

We are at the coolest little 'Fish-n-Camp' in Louisiana tonight and I have to run help Sarah finish the pancakes. We'll post a video tomorrow morning.

Love to all - Jeremiah

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Dinner (Thanks Deet!)

On Christmas Day, the weather at St George was beautiful and we walked on the beach for hours. The island felt deserted and it was great to be out in the sun. After that, we settled in for the night and cooked our Christmas Pancake Dinner with our special new griddle. It was pretty exciting...

This morning we are at Grayton Beach right next to Destin. We were driving by last night and the place looked pretty, so we stopped for the night. We'll head farther down the coast this afternoon.

- Jeremiah

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sweet Bunnies

We got our first roll of film developed on Wednesday while we were having our Christmas Eve dinner of fried shrimp and crab cakes. The roll was from the "mom" camera the abryanphoto guys got us. Here are a few of our favorites...

Right now we just left the island and we're driving along the coast towards Pensacola. We don't know exactly where we'll stop but it's a beautiful day so we'll probably end up hanging out on one of the beaches along the way. This internet connection is pretty rough so there will be more pictures and videos to come - Sarah and Jer

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Feliz Navidad/Walking to the Bay

Merry Christmas!! Sarah and I opened a few presents from our family this morning before taking a walk out to the bay. Now we are back in the Mav making some cookies before we head out to the beach.

There's a beautiful trail across from our campsite that winds through the woods to the bay on the other side of the Island and here's a quick video of us there a couple days ago.

We are taking a lot of pictures and will start posting them soon...we just happen to only be shooting film so it takes a bit longer to get those turned around (hence the stream of videos right now).

Thanks for keeping up! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas...

- Jeremiah and Sarah

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

St George

Here's a quick video of us arriving in St George. It was a beautiful evening...just a bit windy.

Arriving in St George from Jeremiah Sizemore on Vimeo.

It's Christmas Eve and we are in Appalachicola for the afternoon before heading back to the island for the rest of the week.

- Jeremiah and Sarah

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's Getting Beautiful Here...

The weather in St. George is great and it's getting warmer. It's supposed to be about 75 on Christmas. It's pretty funny being at the beach...by ourselves...living in a motorhome...and listening to Christmas music. But it's so much fun.

We have tons of pictures and videos to post when we get a better connection. We may head into town tomorrow to eat some hush puppies and get online...otherwise it could be a few more days.

Thanks again to everyone for being a part (not apart) of our wedding. We just got some firewood so we are off to start a fire and try to bake/fry chocolate-chip cookies on it. Sounds like a long-shot but we'll see.

- Jeremiah and Sarah

Monday, December 22, 2008

On Our Way!!

'The Journey' has begun and its pretty exciting. We want to write more about the wedding soon, but for now, I wanted to post this link.

- Jeremiah

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Changing the Route?

So...as the beginning of the trip gets closer, we are starting to reconsider some of our route choices. The weather is the big wild card with our budget being a close second. Because of these two things, we are now considering going to St George Island and then heading West first, before hitting the east coast in March on our way back. If we run out of money, we want to make sure we can see a lot of the National Parks first. You can view our current map but it may be changing soon (and if it doesn't load correctly, you may have to hit 'refresh').

It is supposed to be in the 70's this weekend in Montgomery. Rain is the big question now...

One other thing - I meant to post our engagement pictures on here but I never did. If you are bored, you can look at them here.

- Jeremiah

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ring Around America University

Spending two or three months on the road will give Sarah and me plenty of free time. One of our goals for this trip is to learn a bunch of new, and possibly random, skills. We have been working on our list of things we need to learn, but we haven't gotten too far as of yet. So...if you have any thoughts or suggestions regarding what we should learn, please leave a comment or send us an email (jeremiahsizemore@gmail.com) with suggestions.

Some examples we have been thinking of include - learning a language, learning to play an instrument (the harmonica and guitar are the two current options), learning to play poker (this one is a bit risky), snow-shoing, kayaking, making 'ships-in-a-bottle', puzzle making, etc...(personally, I want to 'learn' how to start a hedge fund, but the point is to do things together)

Also, if there is something else that would fit the 'I always wish I had...' category, let us know about this one too.

Only 5 more days...

- Jeremiah (and Sarah)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Getting Closer...

The wedding is now less than two weeks away and Sarah and I are currently sitting in a coffee shop trying to figure out the remaining details of the ceremony. Neither of us are super-detail-oriented people and we haven't been able to completely finish this last step...but we are getting close.

We did some shopping for the RV last night after church and we think it will be ready to go. We still haven't posted any pictures of it but we will once we are traveling. It's still pretty incredible.

The only other significant trip-related detail is that we are once again considering driving to the Keys at the beginning of the trip. We initially wrote it off this summer when gas was close to $4 but making the long drive is much more tempting now that it will only be about $1.50/gallon to get there. Plus, it's been cold - even in Birmingham - and that makes the warmer weather that much more attractive. So we'll see...

That's it for now...

Jeremiah (and Sarah)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Blessing Shower

So...the other big event this weekend was the Blessing Shower. I had never heard of such a thing so I was very curious to see just how it would all turn out. If you haven't been to one, it consists of meeting a lot of people, eating a really nice dinner, and then having everyone offer blessings to the couple that is getting married.

Our Blessing Shower was hosted at the home of Tanya McLemore (that's her with me and Sarah in the picture) and the place was absolutely amazing. It was decorated - both inside and out - like few things I have ever seen. The dinner was wonderful and it was a great opportunity for our family to meet so many of the Wolf's closest friends. Once the dinner was over, Sarah and I sat in the middle of the room while dozens of friends and family offered their advice, wisdom, and blessing over our relationship. It was a pretty intense night and one that meant so much to the two of us. It would be hard to explain the specifics of the evening without having a video or reading the actual blessings, but we are so thankful for the encouragement and all the effort that went into the entire event.

Here are a couple more pictures from the evening.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Miscellaneous Tea

This past weekend Jeremiah, his family, and I traveled south for some pre-wedding festivities with friends and family in Montgomery. This was the first time our parents got to meet each other as well as the first little journey we've made together in our new motor home (see the pictures at the bottom), so for multiple reasons this trip was significant.

After a beautifully unforgettable dinner on Friday night and a wonderfully restful Saturday, we spent Sunday afternoon meeting and greeting some of Montgomery's kindest ladies who gathered with us to celebrate the approach of our big day. This precious event took place at the beautiful McElvy home where we enjoyed 3 hours of cake, punch, presents, and lots of smiling faces. Everyone loved getting to meet Jeremiah along with the rest of the wonderful Sizemores and another big hit was the Maverick which we brought along and parked next to the house for all the guests to see and explore ( and be jealous of :) ). We even had some of our favorite Birmingham friends make it down for the party which was so so special to us and made the afternoon that much more enjoyable and memorable. All in all, it was a sweet afternoon with sweet friends and after a gathering and a weekend like this it finally feels as though the wedding day countdown has officially begun... 26 days to go til we're on the road! - Sarah

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

We got one!

A Georgie Boy Maverick to be exact. We drove the beauty down from Chattanooga last weekend and it is now sitting quietly in a storage facility, trying to get mentally prepared for the long trip it is about to face.

We are taking it down to Montgomery this weekend and hope to post some pictures of it soon...it's pretty hilarious.

- Jeremiah

Monday, October 6, 2008

Finding the right RV...

Sarah and I finally got to spend a few days together last week in Birmingham, and we spent one of those days driving around the area looking for RVs. The whole trip hinges on finding the right vehicle and it was really good to personally see some of the options we had only looked at online.

Initially, we planned to go look at a Coachmen Concord in Chattanooga that we liked -

It was about 23 feet long and probably would have been a good option...but in the meantime we ended up at Suncoast RV south of Birmingham. They had a pretty big selection (apparently RVs aren't selling too well with $4/gallon gas...who knew) and I think we found our favorite one so far.

It's a Winnebago Aspect -

It doesn't look much different in the picture, but its a bit longer, has a U-shaped couch and a 'bedroom' (rather than just a couch bed). It's at the high end of our price range - of course... - but it looks like our top choice right now.

We'll keep you posted.

- j

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The 'Ring Around America' Blog

So, we made this website as a guide to our post-wedding adventure as well as a way for people to give non-traditional wedding gifts (we have a really small apartment and I don't really love 'stuff' anyways) and we really have no idea what to expect from it. My guess is that the few people who do see it will just kind of laugh and wonder why we are so strange. But either way, we hope it will be a good way of staying connected to friends and family over the months we are gone.

And that's the point of this blog. Rather than just a map of our travel plans, we can update this with actual stories and anecdotes about the people and places we see along the way. We also decided to add a brief 'Wedding' page to the website and there you can find the details about that event.

Until we drive away from our reception in an RV, this blog may not change a lot, but once the trip begins, we hope to update it frequently. We should have plenty of time to do so...

Thanks for reading.

- j