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I'm Crystal Vaughn

a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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I've learned part of the reason I travel is to know myself.  Who am I in different scenarios?  If I live a life that is spent consistently in one place, doing one thing, how can I really get to know myself?  How do I watch myself grow?  Maybe this is why I am always drawn to hit the road or jump on that flight.  I get to know other people, places and cultures but I also get to know myself in a new light.  To watch myself explore and work through things that are absent in daily home life.


One exciting part of our journey last year was also getting to know my husband in a similar manner.  We have traveled together before.  Pretty much right from the start.  When we began dating I had a three month trip planned to the south of France and he came to visit for almost three weeks.  Talk about getting to know someone well and fast.  We went from secretly dating to not seeing each other for a couple months to spending every moment with each other.


It is interesting to look at our relationship growth through the window of travel.  After spending 6 months together pretty much non-stop I can see how it has changed and blossomed into this amazing partnership.  Don't get me wrong, we definitely have our moments and don't always agree on how things are supposed to get done but for the most part it's pretty amazing.


Maybe this is a good test for every marriage to go through.  We learned a lot about conflict resolution, a lot about each other's strengths, also some weaknesses and how to just be together.


Now, onto this beautiful location...


It's been a beautiful journey and here is one small stop on that train: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.


Cape Breton wasn't originally on our itinerary but after some recommendations we decided we must go.  It was just the two of us again.  We had dropped Walker off in Halifax and driven back northeast.  The only thing I would change is the scheduling.  I definitely think Cape Breton should have been done before Newfoundland. 


It was wonderful following the Cabot Trail and it was beautiful but after Newfoundland it did seem to lack a certain epicness.  If you are planning a trip to this area I would recommend doing the Cabot Trail before you board the ferry to Newfoundland.  It will be the perfect build up!


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