The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Exit the Highway for Summer Giveaway! Win a $50 Visa Card!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Exit the Highway for Summer Giveaway! Win a $50 Visa Card!




Are you taking a road trip this summer? If so, why not exit the highway and go for a little adventure. Take a little time out from driving to exit and spend time discovering a hidden treasure, a scenic route or spend some time in nature.

We do this all the time. When we take road trips we make sure look at the map and see if there is someplace we can stop and check out. Sometimes, it is a cheesy roadside attraction, a funky restaurant,  a historic site or something amazing.

When we were in Northern California one year, we were driving and decided to get off the highway and check out the scenic route. It was fantastic. We ended up on a road lined with Giant Redwoods. We decided to stop and walk into the forest and it was the most amazing site ever. This picture is me walking through the forest in search of something amazing. To this day, that little adventure was one of the best we have had.  It was all because we decided to get off the highway and take some time for us.

Now Toyota and Audubon are teaming up to make sure you "Exit the Highway" and find some wonderful adventures. You can visit the site and check out the "Nature Near You" map to see what nature is near you or close to where you are traveling.

You might not realize how many hidden gems are nearby. In fact, a new survey conducted by the National Audubon Society and Toyota reveals that 85% of Americans wish they could spend more time outside relaxing in nature and 79% of us are willing to drive up to 100 miles for a new scenic destination or nature experience! That sounds so much like us. We are always up for an adventure!

The best part is if you visit the site, you can take the pledge and, if you do, you could win a Prius V! I already took the pledge because I want the Prius!! You can also gain extra entries when you share your photos, stories, and nature destinations with others. So make sure to share your story or photo on the "Exit the Highway" site. Those extra entries might get you that new Prius!

What I love is that you can also read the stories shared by others! Real life stories about exiting the highway. Some stories were fantastic. Plus, they also gave me new ideas where to go when we take our next road trip. And to make your summer road trip a little easier, I have a $50 Visa gift card to give away to one lucky reader!! WOO!  You know the drill. Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experiences. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

598 comments:

  1. Yes, as a matter a fact I did. When I exited the HWY in WI on Cty rd 29, I came across a house/bar. The name of the bar, " The Neutral Zone". If you know MN and WI football team's, then you'll get this. Half the bar was purple and the other half yellow, I honestly couldn't see a real neutral zone there, not on game day. So being the curious person I was, I went in and it was game day. It was energized to say the least. That was my little adventure!!!

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    https://twitter.com/mngirlinssp/status/349134745717850113

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  3. oh yes! in VA there is a ton of "exit highway" things to do

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  4. https://twitter.com/pixystik4u/status/349142065524928512

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  5. took the pledge!

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  6. I did take a road trip from Minnesota to California it was a ton of fun, I can't even remember all the great things I got to see on that trip it was so many years ago now.

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  7. I Tweeted https://twitter.com/iammeuc/status/349146343039721473

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  8. No adventure for me, I don;t do much traveling

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  9. No adventure for me, I don;t ravel much

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  10. My pledge - tweeted - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/349148884725006336

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  11. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/349149226497888256

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  12. I haven't had an adventure by exiting the highway.

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  13. I haven't had any excitement as of yet. But we're thinking about taking a road trip to the NY Aquarium this summer. So, who knows what we might encounter.

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  14. I took the pledge...around r way gmail dot com

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  15. A few times. I just feel like going off the main road and seeing what is in the local area.

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  16. We haven't yet, but my husband and I talk about it!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. we took a road trip from NC to california and back, took many detours and exits and found some fun stuff, we got off in tennesse or maybe kentucky and randomly found the bush beans musuem and stopped in, carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  18. We love to take random exits and find country roads to explore.

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  19. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/349175513429983232
    carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  20. My husband and I took a road trip one summer just driving down the coast of Oregon and Washington. We didn't have any one destination in mind. We just drove and stopped in any town that we liked. It was one of our best trips ever. The whole trip was one big adventure.

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  21. I took the pledge. I would love to win a Prius-V.

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  22. Yes, our family has driven from Seattle to Kansas City and back a couple of times and it is a fun adventure.

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  23. I took the pledge as Kerrie @ mayansfamily . com

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  24. Saw Elvis eating at a diner in Tennessee

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  25. sure, we like checking out what we can find down an old country road

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  26. so far , no. Thank god

    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  27. https://twitter.com/holly_gardens/status/349243821021863936

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  28. Oh, yes, and it is always an adventure. So many hidden gems.

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  29. One time we got lost when we took the wrong exit but we came across the best restaurant we ever ate at.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  30. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/349252675310854146

    rounder9834 @Yahoo.com

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  31. We found beautiful waterfall by taking the scenic route off the highway!

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  32. Nothing exciting that I can think of.

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  33. I have not had this type of adventure.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. I can't think of any... We tend to plan out a lot of our vacations so we don't take the time to veer of course.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I took the pledge.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Yes, we've had many adventures & found lots of antique treasures by exiting the highway!

    Tina Renee Barker
    treneebarker at hotmail dot com

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  37. I took the pledge at the [Exit the Highway](http://www.exitthehighway.com/ site.

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  38. I did think I have

    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

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  39. No, not unless you count when my dad and I had to speed back to a McDonald's after he realized he accidentally handed the cashier at the window his keys!

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  40. When I was on the road trip to Utah I saw a deer really close when we exit the highway

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  41. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/349269695158947841

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  42. Most of my "exiting the highway" adventures occurred by going the wrong way getting back on the highway.

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  43. In the military we were stationed in many US locations and overseas in both Europe and Asia. Our life was a long series of going down exit roads and seeing what was there. I think Turkey was the most fascinating - we were stationed within an hours drive of several bible related locations including Ephesis.

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  44. I took the pledge! Don't expect to run into camels like we did in Turkey, but NJ holds amazing sites.

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  45. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/bettycd/status/349276349757796353

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  46. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/349276861009903617

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  47. I took the pledge . https://www.facebook.com/tcarolinep/posts/10200273074285644

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  48. YES, because we took a wrong turn. Patricia

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  49. We drove from OH to NYC and MN to CA last two summers, super fun road trips.

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  50. Oh yes, ALL the time. Getting Lost is a blessing in disguise sometimes.

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  51. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/QueenB_Tammy/status/349286224646766592

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  52. Yes, although it was not a good adventure...we got lost! ;)

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  53. https://twitter.com/martiparks/status/349293380632711170

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  54. sure hasn't everyone that travels gotten of the wrong exit and found them at a nice place. I found a beautiful park with cabins build at the edge so you could tie a boat up it was wonderful and i hope one day i can return and stay in one of the cabins for a few days

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  55. i've found some really quaint towns with great antique shops by exiting the highway.

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  56. I took the pledge I always like to take the slow way

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  57. I can't think of any adventures I've had by exiting the highway.

    seashell210 at gmail dot com

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  58. i took the pledge.

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  59. tweeted! https://twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/349321562928840705

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  60. twittered https://twitter.com/laurieabbott17/status/349322194318397441

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  61. I haven't had this type of adventure yet.
    Name on rafflecopter: Amanda Sakovitz

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  62. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/349326737861124096

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  63. We had plenty of hiking paths and photo ops driving through The Smokey Mountains.
    heaven_1_@hotmail.com

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  64. Yes, we do that quite often. There are some web apps that make this easy to do.

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  65. Took the pledge.
    heaven_1_@hotmail.com

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  66. We went off the highway in SC on a roadtrip and found a gem mining place that was so cool! My kids loved it. Would have never found it without just exploring the area around us.

    like2sweep@gmail.com
    Beth H

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  67. Tell me if you ever had an adventure by exiting the highway!

    are you kiiding..im lucky to be alive

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  68. i took the pldge

    kelly n ky.nicholson at yahoo

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    https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/349338135500554240

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  70. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/349340586974789632

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  71. I haven't had an "exit the highway" adventure yet, but we recently moved out of a big city to a more rural area, so adventures await!

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  72. I have little sense of direction, so I have had a few travel adventures when I got off at the wrong point. Nothing too interesting, though once I did find an amazing bbq restaurant when I got lost.

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  73. Yes I have....that's where you find the strange people and places.

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  74. We also exited the highway to see the beautiful redwoods and were so glad that we did. I love having little adventures.

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  75. I pledged to exit the Highway!

    colljerr at comcast dot net

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  76. yes i have several time. we have seen great places exiting the highway.

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  77. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/349504862226104320

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  78. https://twitter.com/pixystik4u/status/349505592773189632

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  79. I Tweeted https://twitter.com/iammeuc/status/349507964123615234

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  80. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/349524494446116865

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  81. My husband and I traveled across the United States and had many a wonderful adventure by exiting the highway and taking country roads. We found a lot of beautiful country and fantastic people. It was the trip of a lifetime for us.

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  82. I have no adventures we don't go much

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  83. not yet.. too afraid of getting lost!

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  84. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/349561357164752896

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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    https://twitter.com/mngirlinssp/status/349601550580199426

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  86. https://twitter.com/sohamolina/status/349604294917492736

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  87. https://www.facebook.com/sohamolina/posts/10151428444776707

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  88. Daily tweet! https://mobile.twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/349608914607808512

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  89. https://twitter.com/holly_wert/status/349614162042826753

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  90. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/349627583261982720

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  91. oh yes! We get super bored on road trips and always venture out!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  92. My husband and I had just been marries 2 weeks and we drove from my home in WV to his Mom's home in California to meet the parents. We were going through Texas(I think)stopped at a Steakhouse for dinner. The sign said open but we could clearly tell it was closed. Then we spotted a sign that said to ring the bell. We rang the bell and to our surprise a man came out of the house next to the steakhouse and yelled, "Be right there!" Sure enough he came out of the house and opened the steakhouse for us. We ordered the steak and while he cooked our meal he told us they raised their own cattle for the meat. Honestly that was the best steak I have ever had. The man was very sweet and attentive to our needs as we ate. I wish I could remember where this place was. I would love to go back and have another steak!

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  93. no, I have not:(

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  94. no, I have not

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

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  95. All the time! I love backroads and hole-in-the-wall attractions and restaurants.

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  96. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/349702828496920576

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  97. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/bettycd/status/349714118183362561

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  98. Not too many opportunities for that here in Hawaii!

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  99. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/349721950387568640

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  100. https://twitter.com/martiparks/status/349817395688378368

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  101. https://twitter.com/pixystik4u/status/349859231731679232

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  102. Sadly, I do not have any adventures since I rarely do any traveling. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  103. I took the pledge.

    tinabrownsv(at)aol(dot)com

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  104. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/MSweepstaker/status/349861818656759808

    Tina M Kohrman
    tinabrownsv(at)aol(dot)com

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  105. I Tweeted https://twitter.com/iammeuc/status/349867165354168321

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  106. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/349873486812033025

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  107. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/349879492581404673
    carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  108. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/349933209854816257

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  109. https://twitter.com/holly_gardens/status/349939234892812290

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  110. 6/26

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/349985369560846336

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  111. 6/26

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/349985369560846336

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  112. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/349993501854928897

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  113. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/349993985663700994

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  114. Yes, every time we take a road trip we try to get off the highway at least once to just explore. Have done it going cross country (FL to CA and CA to FL) as well as along the east coast.

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  115. Tweet: https://twitter.com/theimaginetree/status/350002897318199296

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  117. https://twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/350076735770984448

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  118. We have seen some interesting things by exiting the highway coming home from family vacations. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  119. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/350082687865851904 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/350087340443697152

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  121. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/350103971303665665

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  122. https://twitter.com/martiparks/status/350181163354161154

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  123. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/350228954411569152

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  124. https://twitter.com/iammeuc/status/350231019540062208

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  125. https://twitter.com/QueenB_Tammy/status/350240559614537728

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  126. https://twitter.com/pixystik4u/status/350244860420292609

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  127. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/350242783463882752
    carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  128. https://twitter.com/holly_gardens/status/350279374454538240

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  129. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/350296218804555776

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  130. https://twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/350304937495887872

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  131. https://twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/350304937495887872

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  132. Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/350334615510192129


    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  133. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/350348772280238081

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  134. yes- off road mudding- was the scaries adventure ever
    tcogbill at live dot com

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  135. 6/27

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/350363622993690625

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  136. We have found some interesting sites by exiting the highway going to and coming home from the cabin.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  137. yes because I got lost, couldn't find the onramp going the other way and got even more lost - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  138. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/350409791996305408

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  139. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/350420077692198912

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  140. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/350443314866167809 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  141. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/350450144258428928

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  142. Of course! In California, Louisiana, Texas, and one in Massachusetts where I drove off with my purse on top of the car.

    On the Rafflecopter my name is Margot Core

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  143. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/350590141015916544

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  144. https://twitter.com/pixystik4u/status/350591100966289408

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  145. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/350595447921967104

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  146. I Tweeted https://twitter.com/iammeuc/status/350597501335777281

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  147. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/350597702964363264
    carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  148. 6/28

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/350600125447553024

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  149. Yes I have...many times!It is alot of fun exploring the local attractions

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  150. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/350616305981857792

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  151. https://mobile.twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/350663351073914881

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  152. https://twitter.com/holly_gardens/status/350689481025798144

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  153. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/350714544529747968

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  154. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/350715892214136832

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  155. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/350792273941889025

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  156. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/350806410956767233 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/350858071754543104

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  158. https://twitter.com/martiparks/status/350916227469803522

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  159. https://twitter.com/pixystik4u/status/350944743494135808

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  160. https://twitter.com/giveaways2enter/status/350948120596721664 tweeted

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  161. https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/350952546510180352

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  162. LOL. I have had some adventures by exiting the highway but it is usually to avoid traffic and I end up getting lost or taking the long way. So much for thinking you can save time that way:)

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  163. Tweet: https://twitter.com/njhhb/status/350956842677047297

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  164. https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/350958433614315522

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  165. When we were in New Mexico we did "exit the highway" fun to see small towns. chefl@swbell.net

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  166. 6/29

    https://twitter.com/CouponTammy/status/350974997017268225

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  167. One time in West Virginia we got off the highway to get gas. We followed the signs to get back on, but we must have done something wrong because we ended up on a one lane road winding through water, woods, mountains - you name it! It was quite the long detour and definitely an adventure. We kept hoping nothing terrible was about to happen to us. We always laugh when we are on a trip and pass that ominous exit now.

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  168. I pledged to exit the highway. But maybe not at that same spot as before in WV. We do like to exit the highway and take scenic drives. Especially now with the invention of GPS - you can explore and not get really lost.

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  169. https://twitter.com/BoutiqueOfLuck/status/350986283125972993

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  170. No, we pretty much stick to the roads we know.

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  171. https://twitter.com/iammeuc/status/351056015074144256

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  172. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/351056715795542016

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  173. I entered to win the Prius, thanks this would be awesome to win.

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  174. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/351085132796530690

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  175. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/351141655732174848

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  176. Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mybakersdozen/status/351175121035210753 vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  177. Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/351210259412553729

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  178. https://twitter.com/martiparks/status/351290639801008128

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  179. https://twitter.com/giveaways2enter/status/351297102325878785

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  180. When we were young, my mom took us to the zoo in Michigan and we ended up in Ohio when we left. She got lost and we did get to see a few things there, unplanned

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  181. https://twitter.com/sandyv1955/status/351307372716752896

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