Saying Goodbye…

2012 was a great year for us. We ventured out on a lot of fun weekend getaways throughout the year (many of which we still need to write about…) and took one amazing, unforgettable trip to Iceland.
It was also a year of adjusting to new jobs, saying goodbye to the lives we knew in Los Angeles and starting fresh back in our beloved home state of Texas. 2012 will also go down as the year that we said goodbye to a member of the 6-pack travel crew. A member that was very near and dear to my heart…feet.
After four years together, two sole replacements, countless polishings and a last-ditch repair effort that involved duct tape, it’s time to say goodbye to my favorite pair of travel boots.
They’ve served me well. These boots have traipsed about some of the most amazing landmarks in Europe; danced the night away in Paris; celebrated my 30th in San Francisco and toasted with new friends in Iceland.
Reykjavik, Iceland 2012
Reykjavik, Iceland 2012
They’ve been with me through multiple hair colors (good and bad). They’ve climbed the stairs of Notre Dame and strolled through the streets of Brussels; sheepishly inched into the Red Light District in Amsterdam and stomped through puddles in Vancouver. They even snuck into my bag on our honeymoon. I love these boots.
Eiffel Tower, Paris 2008
Eiffel Tower, Paris 2009

Believe it or not, they are not the only pair of shoes I own. I’m not one to get attached to inanimate objects but for some reason I can’t bring myself to trash them. I know these old boots will never make another trip overseas (or around the block for that matter) but they hold a lot of sentimental value.

Gastown Vancouver, Canada 2010

Maybe it’s because they were a gift from Bryan. Or maybe it’s because they’ve been to places that just a decade ago, I would have never imagined I’d have the opportunity to visit.

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That being said, I am sure they will get shoved to the back of the closet and collect dust. If that’s the case then they made their last stop at one of the true wonders of the world. A random spectacle we happened to pass while roadtripping in Texas over New Years Eve weekend. The world’s largest wheelbarrow. Seems like kind of an anticlimatic way to go.

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Possum Kingdom State Park, Texas

Now, do any of you know an amazing cobbler?



Do you have a favorite piece of travel gear?

Alcatraz Island San Francisco, CA 2010
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7 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye…

  1. genesisamador

    Paris is a wonderful city! I went there myself and used up a pair of black vans. These vans are so dirty and worn now, but like you, I can’t seem to trash them. They walked the streets of Paris with me! Not many shoes have done that!

  2. I wish I had a good pair of travel shoes – this is the part of traveling I always struggle with, what shoes to wear! My idea shoes is a pair of thongs (flip-flops), but they don’t really work unless you are in a hot country and you get a lot of weird looks (I spent a week in Paris in thongs once…people gave me lots of weird looks)

    1. It’s hard to find a good pair! I’m not a big sneaker fan, although I’m sure that would be the best on my feet. However, they don’t look near as cute! Ha! I don’t blame you; flip flops are the best. I could probably walk miles in a good pair, too. Poor Shades walked around Amsterdam once in a pair of Converse that were a wee bit too tight. It was not a pretty sight at the end of the day.

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