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After 61 days, we have returned home. Other than some afternoon thunderstorms when we were in Savannah, Georgia on the 4th and 5th days (May 23 and 24) of our odyssey, it rained one other time during the daylight hours - for twenty minutes! Pretty incredible. Blue skies and bright stars pretty much the entire time. (This photo was taken in South Dakota.)
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#dogsofinstagram #tomandsamwiseroadtrip #southdakota #willsredcoat #nature #freedom #weather #perfectsummer #summer
After 61 days, we have returned home. Other than some afternoon thunderstorms when we were in Savannah, Georgia on the 4th and 5th days (May 23 and 24) of our odyssey, it rained one other time during the daylight hours - for twenty minutes! Pretty incredible. Blue skies and bright stars pretty much the entire time. (This photo was taken in South Dakota.) . . . . . . #dogsofinstagram  #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #southdakota  #willsredcoat  #nature  #freedom  #weather  #perfectsummer  #summer 
It feels grand to be home in New Hampshire. We stopped off to see friend @nhbef to drop off a signed copy of "Will's Red Coat." I cannot believe how much work he and Sue have done to @moosescoopsicecream. The place looks incredible!
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #moosescoopsicecream #warrennh #icecream #summer #bakervalley #moosilauke #dogsofinstagram
Thanks a lot, Mr. Horny Bison. Whenever I look back on this trip around the country, I will always remember this as the day Samwise lost his innocence.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #birdsdoitbeesdoit #bisondoit #bison #sexontheprairie #dogsofinstagram #bisonofinstagram #nature @badlandsnps
Between 1982 and 1985 I was a student athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky. Today, I returned. So did the memories. Poignant and nearly overwhelming. Laughter, heartbreak, friendships, dreams reached and shattered. Ghosts came out to greet me as we weaved our way through the streets of Lexington, stopping at some of the old haunts. Oh my, what a morning. A cornucopia of memories and a heart sighing to sentimental notes.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #uk #ukfootball #theycalledmeboston #bookstagram #kentucky #willsredcoat #followingatticus #gratitude #memories #happychandler #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #vw
Between 1982 and 1985 I was a student athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky. Today, I returned. So did the memories. Poignant and nearly overwhelming. Laughter, heartbreak, friendships, dreams reached and shattered. Ghosts came out to greet me as we weaved our way through the streets of Lexington, stopping at some of the old haunts. Oh my, what a morning. A cornucopia of memories and a heart sighing to sentimental notes. . . . . . . . #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #uk  #ukfootball  #theycalledmeboston  #bookstagram  #kentucky  #willsredcoat  #followingatticus  #gratitude  #memories  #happychandler  #dogstagram  #dogsofinstagram  #vw 
Thank you, @olegirl1, for sending along these captured smiles from yesterday's joyous "Will's Red Coat" event at @stullscountrystore!
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #williammorrow #followingatticus #stullscountrystore #andyville #friends #joy #bookstagram #gratitude #veganbbq #kentucky #booksigning
I am filled with gratitude for the turnout at two "Will's Red Coat" book events in the last three days. However, today was its own gift with a trip to Gethesmani to walk the fields and forests Thomas Merton walked fifty years ago. It was a quiet thrill.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #kentucky #gethesmani #merton #thomasmerton #peace #gratitude #summer #books #willsredcoat #booksigning #spirituality
This is how we listen to Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Top down, volume up!
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #bloodsweatandtears #dogsofinstagram #convertible #dogsinconvertibles #wisconsin #classicrock @vw
It is said that bison don't see very well. That may be so, but as was the case with Will and his diminished vision, so much can be seen in the eyes of any soul. This elder approached us today. He did not seem the least bit agitated. If anything I would guess him to be curious. He stood so close to us I was able to take dozens of photos with my iPhone 7. What was he thinking about? Got me. But I was thinking about his eyes and how I met in the world between two species. I will miss the bison as we leave them behind tomorrow. Perhaps I should look into a rescue farm for unwanted bison who were once in captivity. I could go for that.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #bison #southdakota #naturephotography #instanature #wildlife #grace #vegan
It is said that bison don't see very well. That may be so, but as was the case with Will and his diminished vision, so much can be seen in the eyes of any soul. This elder approached us today. He did not seem the least bit agitated. If anything I would guess him to be curious. He stood so close to us I was able to take dozens of photos with my iPhone 7. What was he thinking about? Got me. But I was thinking about his eyes and how I met in the world between two species. I will miss the bison as we leave them behind tomorrow. Perhaps I should look into a rescue farm for unwanted bison who were once in captivity. I could go for that. . . . . . . . #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #bison  #southdakota  #naturephotography  #instanature  #wildlife  #grace  #vegan 
It is so appropriate his name is Samwise, for I feel like We are a couple of hobbits after being on the road for the past nearly-two months, seeing extraordinary sights, experiencing wondrous adventures, storing up memories that will never fade. And like the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings, we will head back to a place known for its green hills and bucolic nature.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #badlandsnationalpark @samwise #hobbits #willsredcoat #williammorrow #southdakota #adventure #theshire #tolkien #lotr #memories #friends
It is so appropriate his name is Samwise, for I feel like We are a couple of hobbits after being on the road for the past nearly-two months, seeing extraordinary sights, experiencing wondrous adventures, storing up memories that will never fade. And like the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings, we will head back to a place known for its green hills and bucolic nature. . . . . . #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #badlandsnationalpark  @samwise #hobbits  #willsredcoat  #williammorrow  #southdakota  #adventure  #theshire  #tolkien  #lotr  #memories  #friends 
"No offense, but you don't act much like a dog."
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #dogsofinstagram #badlandsnationalpark @badlandsnps  #bighornsheep #newyorkercaption @newyorkercartoons @southdakota #willsredcoat #williammorrow #followingatticus
Day 52.
Something remarkable is happening right now.
On the 4th and 5th afternoons of our trip, while we were in Savannah, we had thunderstorms. We've had no rain since then during our trip. Blue skies and bright stars constantly. You might say we've been blessed. There is no rain in the projected forecast for the rest of our trip either. But right now, here in Hill City, South Dakota, we are getting a late afternoon thunderstorm, which won't last long. Tonight it will clear up again and tomorrow as we visit #badlandsnationalpark at dawn, the sky will be as blue and as hopeful as it is in this photo from this morning.
Day 52. Something remarkable is happening right now. On the 4th and 5th afternoons of our trip, while we were in Savannah, we had thunderstorms. We've had no rain since then during our trip. Blue skies and bright stars constantly. You might say we've been blessed. There is no rain in the projected forecast for the rest of our trip either. But right now, here in Hill City, South Dakota, we are getting a late afternoon thunderstorm, which won't last long. Tonight it will clear up again and tomorrow as we visit #badlandsnationalpark  at dawn, the sky will be as blue and as hopeful as it is in this photo from this morning.
'Twas a hauntingly beautiful first night in the Black Hills.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #dogsofinstagram #muledeer @mountrushmore_nm @southdakota @vw #adventure #travel #nature
Samwise and Bill on the Needles Highway in the Black Hills.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #samwiseandbill #blackhills #blackelkpeak #southdakota #dogsofinstagram #vw #convertible @vw
For our last three nights before we head east to Chicago, we're staying in these delightful but rustic cabins in the heart of the Black Hills. We are in the shadow of Black Elk Peak. If you've read the book "Black Elk Speaks" you'll know the name. Black Elk was a gifted Lakota Sioux medicine man who had his first vision at 9-years-old atop what was then known as Harney Peak. He said: "And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being."
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #blackhills #blackelkpeak #blackelkspeaks #samwisesleeps #dogstagram #cabin #simplelife #willsredcoat #followingatticus
For our last three nights before we head east to Chicago, we're staying in these delightful but rustic cabins in the heart of the Black Hills. We are in the shadow of Black Elk Peak. If you've read the book "Black Elk Speaks" you'll know the name. Black Elk was a gifted Lakota Sioux medicine man who had his first vision at 9-years-old atop what was then known as Harney Peak. He said: "And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being." . . . . . . . #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #blackhills  #blackelkpeak  #blackelkspeaks  #samwisesleeps  #dogstagram  #cabin  #simplelife  #willsredcoat  #followingatticus 
This is one of the reasons we came to North Dakota. Teddy Roosevelt once healed his heart and spirit in this little cabin. On the day his mother died, a few hours later his wife died. One can only imagine the despair. He returned to North Dakota to put himself back together again. Yes, I've adored the bison, but the main reason we came here is to see the small space where TR reclaimed his life. We arrived before dawn and sat against it until the soft light started spilling over the hillsides. I imagined being in his shoes, being there with him.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #northdakota #teddyroosevelt #dogsofinstagram #ushistory #uspresidents
This is one of the reasons we came to North Dakota. Teddy Roosevelt once healed his heart and spirit in this little cabin. On the day his mother died, a few hours later his wife died. One can only imagine the despair. He returned to North Dakota to put himself back together again. Yes, I've adored the bison, but the main reason we came here is to see the small space where TR reclaimed his life. We arrived before dawn and sat against it until the soft light started spilling over the hillsides. I imagined being in his shoes, being there with him. . . . . . . . . #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #northdakota  #teddyroosevelt  #dogsofinstagram  #ushistory  #uspresidents 
Saying goodbye to @theodorerooseveltnationalpark at sunset. ''Tis a special place.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #bison #sunset #nature #wildlife #northdakota #adventure #dogs
Tenderness awash in early morning light. We watched them for about twenty minutes, always this close.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #bison #motherandchild #nature #wildlife #northdakota @theodorerooseveltnationalpark
Two ships passing in the night.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #bison @theodorerooseveltnps #willsredcoat #convertible #dogsofinstagram #nature #wildlife #northdakota
We arrived at @theodorerooseveltnps at lunch today. Looking forward to exploring the park tomorrow at dawn when it is cooler and no one is about.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #prariedogs #theodorerooseveltnationalpark #heatwave #northdakota #bison #adventure #altnationalparkservice #instanature
Dammit! I KNEW I shouldn't have ordered those little buggers that pizza.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #altnationalparkservice #seetheusa #devilstowernationalpark @devilstowernps #prariedogs #groundsquirrels #nature #wyoming
Thank you for a grand early morning @devilstowernps. Onward to North Dakota and @theodorerooseveltnps for a couple of days.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #devilstower #starsandstripes #bluesky #oldglory #seetheusa #altnationalparkservice #wyoming
#Repost @tomandsamwise (@get_repost)
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A reminder: Samwise and I will be at Anderson's Books in La Grange, Illinois next Thursday night at 7 pm. I will be reading from and discussing "Will's Red Coat." Hope to see many Chicago area people there
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #samwise #willsredcoat #followingatticus #dogsofinstagram #nytbestsellingauthor #memoir #books
A reminder: Samwise and I will be at Anderson's Books in La Grange, Illinois next Thursday night at 7 pm. I will be reading from and discussing "Will's Red Coat." Hope to see many Chicago area people there
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #samwise #willsredcoat #followingatticus #dogsofinstagram #nytbestsellingauthor #memoir #books
Getting up each morning between 3:00 and 4:00 to get to the national parks, forests, and monuments is worth it. But with the adventure waning over the next week, we will welcome afternoon naps again when we get back home. Of course we'll have all these new memories to dream about as well. For now we grab sleep where and when we can.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #earlybirds #dogsofinstagram #nap #willsredcoat #followingatticus #sleepdeprivation #adventure #pleasantdreams
We entered @bighorncanynps at 5:30 am. Didn't see another person until 10:00. It was an intoxicating stretch of nature and solitude. We had the opportunity to see a family of three fir over an hour, but what I loved most was watching these two together. Calm but aware.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #bighorncanyon #wherethewildthingsare #wyoming #naturephotography #canyon #wildanimals #family #willsredcoat #harpercollins #williammorrow #followingatticus
Large, Medium, Small.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #convertible #dog #wildlife #nature #wyoming #adventure #vw
We showed up at a popular overlook at dawn, but it was too popular. So we ventured down some dirt roads, found a faint path along a river, walked for a few miles, and let the early morning light put on a show for us.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #grandtetonnationalpark #mountains #instanature #dawn #wildflowers
He, like Atticus before him, is a nudist by nature. Even in Yellowstone we were able to find some places where Samwise was able to be his leash-less, free-bodied, freak-flag-flyin' self for brief interludes.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #yellowstone #instanature #freedom #mountains #dog #dogsofinstagram #summer #beachin #willsredcoat #adventure #followingatticus #williammorrow #harpercollins #bookish
Joy to the world from @yellowstonenps this gorgeous morning!
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #books #bison #wildlife #nature #instanature #wildflowers #freedom #yellowstone #wyoming #followingatticus
For a friend who is embracing purple today. It is one of the finest colors.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #thecolorpurple #purple #nature #instanature #dogstagram #montana #mountains #wildflowers #willsredcoat #followingatticus
Although not staying in the park, this is the first of four dawns we will be in Yellowstone. This early, it feels like we have the park to ourselves.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #billthevw #samwiseandbill #samwise #yellowstone #rescuedogsofinstagram #naturephotography  @vw
We were warned about black bears, bison, big horn sheep, elk, wolves, mountain lions, and grizzlies, but no one told us about this shit!
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #wildanimals #wildlife #willsredcoat #followingatticus #montana #seetheusa #jurassicpark #dinosaurs #dog
Going to the Sun Road, @glaciernps this morning.
Going to the Sun Road, @glaciernps this morning.
Where the wild things roam...on the road and beside it.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #dogsofinstagram #nature #montana #followingatticus
@tomandsamwise are taking over today! Author Tom Ryan and his dog Samwise will be posting photos from their 60-day road trip across America throughout the day. See the link in our bio to read an excerpt from Tom's book Will's Red Coat, available now.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #instagramtakeover #willsredcoat #followingatticus #bookstagram #bookish #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #roadtrip #seetheusa #nature
Today (Friday) is the day I'm taking over the HarperCollins Instagram page. All our social media postings will be there until Saturday, when we begin to post out here again. To follow along, go to @harpercollinsus and enjoy. I've selected some highlights of our trip up until this point. On Saturday, check this very page, and our FB page, to see what we experienced in Glacier National Park.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #wanderlust #adventure #mountains #johnmuir #nature #bigsky #glaciernationalpark #dog #bookstagram #willsredcoat @williammorrowbooks
Today (Friday) is the day I'm taking over the HarperCollins Instagram page. All our social media postings will be there until Saturday, when we begin to post out here again. To follow along, go to @harpercollinsus and enjoy. I've selected some highlights of our trip up until this point. On Saturday, check this very page, and our FB page, to see what we experienced in Glacier National Park. . . . . . . #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #wanderlust  #adventure  #mountains  #johnmuir  #nature  #bigsky  #glaciernationalpark  #dog  #bookstagram  #willsredcoat  @williammorrowbooks
We found a little used road. We took a chance. It delivered us here.
We found a little used road. We took a chance. It delivered us here.
Happening tomorrow! Author Tom Ryan of Will's Red Coat will be our guest. Join him and his dog Samwise as they take over our account for the day posting photos from their 60-day road trip across the country in their VW Beetle, Bill. Start reading an excerpt from the book now—see the link in our bio.
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#instagramtakeover #tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #followingatticus #bookstagram #bookish #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #roadtrip
Two days off grid in a cabin wrapped in the mountains by a lake. No cell coverage or WIFI. Just nature and her quiet breath. Thursday it is on to Glacier National Park, until then, we have a date to be still.
Two days off grid in a cabin wrapped in the mountains by a lake. No cell coverage or WIFI. Just nature and her quiet breath. Thursday it is on to Glacier National Park, until then, we have a date to be still.
He was kind enough to stop chewing his stick long enough to look up for a photo.
He was kind enough to stop chewing his stick long enough to look up for a photo.
Going topless in @ncascadesnps.
Going topless in @ncascadesnps.
Wonder wading.
Wonder wading.
Those moments when trees speak.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #wanderlust #adventure #trees #pantheism #nature #pacificnorthwest #willsredcoat
Of all the wonders in some of the world's most magnificent woods, a simple stick is still his favorite.
Of all the wonders in some of the world's most magnificent woods, a simple stick is still his favorite.
"If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry." ~ Rachel Carson
"If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry." ~ Rachel Carson
Discovering an out of the way beach in Olympic National Park. One more dance with the grand Pacific!
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #beach #pacificnorthwest #washingtonstate #roadtrip #dogs #willsredcoat #followingatticus #bookish #olympicnationalpark #freestyle #adventure #explore
Samwise was curious and gentle while meeting his first crab as the sunset yesterday. Alas, the seagull who came after us was not as gentle.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #beachlife #beach #oregon #pacificcoast #crab #gentle #dogsofinstagram #willsredcoat #followingatticus #sea #vegantravel #bookish #harpercollins #williammorrow
Where land, sea, and sky conspire to welcome you home.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #followingatticus #bookish #harpercollins #williammorrow #beach #pacificnorthwest #oregon #dog #dogsofinstagram #kahlilgibran #earth #sky #sea
Wednesday morning.
Wednesday morning.
Day 32. The longer we travel, the less we take with us. I am finding that we are shedding things as we go. Yes, we have picked up a handful of necessities (and minor but meaningful items for pleasure) in the past month, but space is tight so that has meant shedding some possessions as well. It's been liberating, especially since that attitude has also spilled over into other areas of my life. It seems I keep dumping baggage as we go, leaving behind toxicity and pointless stress in various areas of life. Call it a "spring cleaning for the soul." It's left us both with a "peaceful easy feeling."
Day 32. The longer we travel, the less we take with us. I am finding that we are shedding things as we go. Yes, we have picked up a handful of necessities (and minor but meaningful items for pleasure) in the past month, but space is tight so that has meant shedding some possessions as well. It's been liberating, especially since that attitude has also spilled over into other areas of my life. It seems I keep dumping baggage as we go, leaving behind toxicity and pointless stress in various areas of life. Call it a "spring cleaning for the soul." It's left us both with a "peaceful easy feeling."
Thank God his driving has improved since our misadventure in the Navajo Reservation!
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #redwoods #willsredcoat #followingatticus @vw #vwbeetle #wanderlust #adventure #roadtrip #dogsofinstagram #williammorrow #roadtrip #seetheusa
It was a great pleasure having @tomandsamwise stay with us for a few days. I'm going to miss having this pup around and enjoying the world through his eyes. #tomandsamwiseroadtrip #vegantravel #dogsofig
Vegan portobello breakfast sandwich at @the_redwood_cafe with @markhawthorneauthor and Samwise A. Passaconaway in Cotati, CA.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #willsredcoat #breakfast #williammorrow #bookish #california #vegan #vegantravel #sonomacounty #vegansofig #greatfood #followingatticus
Day 31. After an unforgettable weekend with @markhawthorneauthor and lauren Ornelas of @foodempowermentproject, we are heading back in the road. We're off to see the Redwoods in what will be our last full California day. We will miss it, but Oregon beckons, as do new adventures.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #goodfriends #sanfrancisco #goldengatebridge #roadtrip #samwisesitting #ontheroad #adventure #vegan #vegantravel #dogstagram #dog #bookish #williammorrow #willsredcoat #followingatticus #california
Day 31. After an unforgettable weekend with @markhawthorneauthor and lauren Ornelas of @foodempowermentproject, we are heading back in the road. We're off to see the Redwoods in what will be our last full California day. We will miss it, but Oregon beckons, as do new adventures. . . . . . . . . #tomandsamwiseroadtrip  #goodfriends  #sanfrancisco  #goldengatebridge  #roadtrip  #samwisesitting  #ontheroad  #adventure  #vegan  #vegantravel  #dogstagram  #dog  #bookish  #williammorrow  #willsredcoat  #followingatticus  #california 
"At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.
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#tomandsamwiseroadtrip #sanfrancisco #sfbay #followingatticus #offleash #roadtrip #willsredcoat #willsredcoat #williammorrow #dogsofinstagram  #beach #bookish