And in my life…
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And in my life…

I apologize that my blog has fallen by the wayside in the last few weeks. Sometimes it is hard to motivate yourself to post about one thing when your life is consumed with another. My dad passed away last Monday after a year-long battle with cancer. Although there were many ups and downs over the last year it wasn’t until a month ago that things really started to seem dire. And three weeks ago when they gave him six months to live I thought I’d have more time than two weeks. 61 seems too young to die and 28 seems too young to be without a father.

Like me, my dad also loved to travel and also loved to eat. When he was diagnosed with tongue cancer and the chemo made it too painful to eat he started making a list of all the restaurants he had always wanted to go so he could eat there when he got better. A few months ago, after chemo didn’t work, they had to remove his tongue and voice box and we knew he would never get to experience any of those places.

The last year has been hard and right now everything seems much harder. But this past year has also inspired me, more so than ever, to try and live the life I want to live. I want to see the whole world, I want to experience everything possible, and I don’t want to let opportunities pass me by. Because life is too short.

I just wanted to drop in and let you know that while I am on a bit of a hiatus in posting I am not going anywhere. OK, actually that is not true because I hope to be going everywhere. But you know what I mean. I hope to be back to blogging daily soon, but I’m just not up to it right now.

And here’s to you dad, the one who inspired my travels and drove my family to Disney Land and Disney World when I was a kid and who drove me from Chattanooga and back to see a hamburger eating contest and who always filled up my gas tank when I left my car out front. I’ll miss you for who you were and for everything you’ve done.

Val's dad and grandpa at a horse statue

Val's dad at a playland

Val and her dad on a Dumbo ride at Disney

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Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.

About Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.