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Join Dan and Janice as they talk travel, dream big, and set out on a new adventure in their 27' Airstream trailer, Evangeline. Out for 64 days on the road this summer with their 13-year-old, 3-year-old, and dog, they're exploring the American Southwest while navigating through life's challenges along the way. Listen weekly and come along for the ride!

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    Day 13: A Theme Park for Shiplap

    Maybe when you think of Waco Texas you think of the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound the 1990s. Well, there's a new compound in Waco that's getting all the attention now: The Magnolia Market at the Silos, a fortress of a different kind buit by HGTV design stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.

    Long a staple hotel room cable viewing for Dan and Janice and the family, they took advantage of a late checkout at the campground to go visit this place and, listener, it was bananas.

    It's hard to explain, but basically it's a theme park for upscale rustic living. And it attracts 50,000 people a week. Plus us.

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    Day 12: Secret Texan

    Another drive day lands Janice and Dan and the family on the shores of Lake Waco in Waco Texas.

    They had to back up again and, without the help of a nosy neighbor (but admittedly heeding his advice), it went great!

    Too tired (and hot) to get the trailer set for cooking, everyone instead decamps for storied Texas burger chain Whataburger! After Dan orders a Dr Pepper Shake, Janice reveals that she is, in fact, a secret Texan!

    Chow down with The Hitch as week two continues.

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    Day 11: Backing into Texarkana

    After a long drive day crossing Arkansas diagonally, Janice and Dan finally get to their campsite located on a very high lake in the town of Texarkana Texas. And that would be that except for the never-ending advice of a campsite neighbor.

    While the advice was welcome at first, as the site was the first back-in of the trip and backing up a trailer is a skillset not fully in Janice's possession yet, it just kept coming and coming and coming.

    So it goes sometimes, but just in case he'd hear something and come back again this episode was recorded using our quiet voices.

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    Day 10: A Change is Gonna Come

    It's the last night in Memphis and Dan and Janice sit on the porch of the campground laundromat and reflect on their visit to the National Civil Rights Museum. Listener, they both get choked up.

    Located at the site of Martin Luther King's assassination, the Lorraine Motel, the museum tells the story of the struggle for civil rights in America. Deeply moving, powerful, and thought-provoking, it was a heavy but important capstone to the week spent in Memphis.

    Getting ready to move on, but thinking of everything they've done, Dan and Janice come to the conclusion that this won't be their last visit to this city.

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    Day Nine: Walking in Memphis

    Some days you set out with a clear plan and a destination in mind, other days you just set out and see what happens. Today was one of those days: no real agenda, a nice temperature, and a surprisingly quiet downtown Memphis lead Janice and Dan and the family to simply go on a walk.

    So, of course this episode was going to have to be called Walking in Memphis. Apologies for the earworm.

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    Day Eight: Like Disney if Disney Sucked

    Week Two starts with a visit to two Memphis tourist destinations that both feature ducks. Sure, let's do it.

    First up is watching the 90-year-old tradition of ducks descend in an elevator and then walk a red carpet into a fountain at the Peabody Hotel. No, really. There's a whole ceremony, an official Duckmaster and, well, it's actually pretty fun!

    Then there's the Bass Pro Shop, which is inexplicably located inside a gigantic pyramid just off of Downtown Memphis and it's got ducks inside it too, and fish, and alligators and, boats, and taxidermy and it's all inside a gigantic pyramid. Typing all that it sounds fun! Listener, it is not that fun. Why? Let Dan and Janice sort it out.

    Come on and hear duck tales at the campsite tonight.

    Week two starts here!

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    Day Seven: Staxing the Deck

    Week One wraps up with an epic Father's Day in Memphis.

    While some days are living simply (or simply living), others are as full as they possibly could be. Or maybe that's just Dan and Janice's stomachs as this fathers day featured not just a big breakfast at the Waffle House, but also a huge mid-afternoon dinner of Memphis-style barbecue.

    But the main attraction was a visit to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, built on the site of the legendary label Stax Records. Long on Dan's list of places he wanted to visit, he finally got his chance. And it wasn't just Dan that was blown away by it, everyone was--even the three-year-old got down on the dance floor at the museum. An important piece of music history, black history, and Memphis history, the museum managed to cover it all in a way that felt both reverential and celebratory.

    It was a wonderful day and a great way to wrap up the first week of the trip. There's still so much more to come, so subscribe and tell your friends!

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    Day Six: Parklife

    When Janice and Dan sat down and stared plotting this summer's trip, Memphis was high on the list of places they wanted to visit. And so when she started mapping out the whole thing, Janice made sure to make Memphis the first place that they parked Evangeline for a more extended stay. And now that they're there and have gotten settled in, it really feels like the trip has begun for real.

    And so of course, the first thing they did was change plans. Originally a day to visit the Civil Rights Museum and the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, instead the whole family took advantage of the sunny weather to hit a park and... and they kind of never left.

    Sometimes you have to slow down and just be a part of the life around you, and this was that kind of day. A beautiful park, a good playground, a run for Janice and oh right: a hamburger where the buns were two grilled cheese sandwiches for the 14-year-old.

    Pretty much a perfect day.

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    Day Five: You're Still You When You're on the Road

    Janice and Dan and family decamp from St. Louis to head down south to Memphis. But not before (another) late start, this time not because of any technical reasons or lack of sleep, but instead because they had to try and buy wrestling tickets for a show in Chicago after the summer is over.

    That's the thing about spending so much time on the road: even though you're far from home, you still need to keep tabs, you still need to keep working, and you also need to think about things that may need to get done once you're back. Some of it is very banal, like making sure the lawn is getting cut, others are exciting like high-flying wrestlers.

    But it's all part of balancing the the many parts of a life on the road--and sometimes that means a late start.

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    Day Four: Arch Exploration

    Week One continues with more from St. Louis!

    Join Janice and Dan as they talk about exploring around the Gateway Arch--you know the gigantic arch in St. Louis. That is, if they ever get there.

    There's a lot of work involved in living in a tiny space and if you get behind on it, it takes a lot of effort to catch back up. And, guess who got behind? Everyone. So before they can head out to see the Arch, they have to pay off all the debt of dishes, recycling, and all the other things that need to happen in a day.

    Routines are totally new and they take time to relearn. They're not there yet, but that doesn't mean the adventure stops--but neither does life.

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