Another wonderful encounter I had was in Connecticut. I parked on Mohican land in a parking lot overlooking a lake. Another camper was there with a wonderful couple, Cami and her husband, and their puppy. I parked next to their camper and we drank margaritas and had a great evening watching a strawberry moonrise. They next day they kindly took me down to a breakfast buffet at the Mohican casino. We gambled a little bit 

We went hiking to waterfalls, explored small towns, made sangria and got to help make some AMAZING food with Youssif, since he's just graduating culinary school. There was no way I would have been able to explore upstate and see its true beauty without them! It was hot, hot, hot out, so I got a break from a hot bus and slept in an air conditioned apartment where I could see the bus right down below. 

One of those stops you're sad to see in the review mirror. In Rhode Island I made a tough decision and put the bus up for sale on Craigslist. While at a Starbucks using WiFi on my laptop, I struck up a conversation with a super cool film student. He needed a subject for a video for a scholarship entry and I needed some good photos of the bus to put on Craigslist. So we made a trade! He filmed and interviewed me, and sent me really cool photos of me and Sunshine. It was a hot day, and he captured a rawer side of a chick who hadn't showered in a few days, had an unkept bus, and was just kinda of sticking out like a sore thumb in New England. I love these photos and they came at a perfect moment. 

I also saw the liberty bell, very touristy. Ended the day at a sweet not-so-touristy spot, The Mutter Museum, a medical Museum of anatomical oddities and specimens in jars, bones, human mutations stuffed, recreated in wax, and photographed. I spent hours there as it was one of my favorite museums I've ever been to. Made my way though New York City, and to upstate where I was lucky enough to see some good folks I knew from San Diego! Pelly and Youssif took a very smelly Alex and made her very happy after a long week in New York City. I was shown the beauties of Upstate New York with amazing company. They lived in Poughkeepsie (Poh-kep-see).

Alex Oetzell

Though these states were smaller, they were equally as exciting as the rest, but a quicker area to cover. Often times in New England I would park while it was dark, not knowing the surrounding area, just a random rest stop or something, and wake up next to a beautiful forest or a lake, pleasantly surprised. I went into Philadelphia for a day, went to some markets and a Pizza shop called Rosa's Pizza. Rosas Fresh Pizza lets you buy as much pizza as you want, a dollar a slice, and you can also buy pizza for a stranger in need by giving them a dollar and putting a sticky note on the wall. Each sticky note is a voucher for a free slice of pizza for a hungry stranger. 

Smaller States 

‚Äč(Delaware, New Jersey, Upstate NY, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island)

     after breakfast, all in fun, and they said goodbyes! Sunshine, the bus, was a huge reason why I got to meet so many people, she's a conversation starter, ice breaker and a breakdown beauty queen of an old bus. The night I slept overlooking the lake was so wonderful I fell asleep with my door wide open and woke up to the sun rising, a memory photo really, and can't do justice to the cool breeze blowing through at night, and the first rays of light waking you up.