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In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, Marsi took a whirlwind 2-week summer road trip to explore the mountains and high desert of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, and shares her experiences here:

After four months of planning and anticipation, we set off on our journey west. Although we were eager to make it to the Rockies as quickly as possible, two long days in the car can make one a little squirrelly, so to break up our trip we made several stops along the way out to Colorado. Our favorite "breaks" included a classic diner breakfast at Ernie's Cafe in Columbia, MO, walking the grounds of 2015 world series champ Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium, and "cozy burgers" in Salina, KS at The Cozy Inn (est. 1922).

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Jane and I just returned from The Southern C Summit in Charleston, South Carolina! It was an inspiring 3 days of learning, networking and exploring beautiful Charleston. (My only regret is not digging my toes into the sand at Folly Beach.) We stayed right off King Street in a friend's carriage house. On our walk to the Summit we stopped by Bull Street Gourmet for yummy Lattés and breakfast treats to keep our energy up. We passed so many cute shops and restaurants, while we couln't browse them all, the ones we did stop by were so fantastic! The houses are so beautiful and all of the window boxes were in full bloom!

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