Day 3474 – 51 Hours To Drive Across The Country

Facebook reminded me today that 7 years ago, we had just arrived home from our drive from California in 51 hours. For a little while, I wore that as a badge of honor….but now, it makes me really really really tired to remember.

Have you ever driven across the US in a really short amount of time?

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Day 3268 – Fallback Friday To The First Part Of My Life Changing Cross-Country Trip

I posted this on June 23 in 2016 and thought it would be a great fallback Friday post. It’s been a crazy week and I wanted to be gracious to myself and not try to crank out a long blog post.

How’s your week going?

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On Friday, we started the first leg of our journey across the country. Our first stop was a concert in Philly with friends. This drive should only take about an hour and a half without traffic, that day, it took us about 3 hours. Oy. I was not happy.

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So, after a rough start, we decided to give up driving altogether. Thanks to our friends, we got to quit….at least for a few hours. 🙂

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Then we rocked out to our favs – Thrice. What a great show! Both of us were in the pit most of the show.

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But then I decided to move to the front. Dudes, it’s more intense up there than the pit! But I got some great photos!

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It was a really cool venue!!

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After the show, we drove back to our friends’ house. Ok, these two are some of our favorite people. Kenny and Naomi have been instrumental in our relationship and marriage. They are never afraid to ask hard questions and be encouraging. AND they are very hospitable! These two cut up mangoes and heated up chili at ONE in the morning…AFTER letting us take showers. It was a great start to our trip! We love you guys!!

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We drove through the night, both of us drove and got a chance to sleep a bit. We were pretty energized the next morning!

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Ok, well, I was at least. 🙂

Then we stopped for breakfast/lunch near the other side of PA. I’m really glad we did sandwiches in the cooler! It was a great way to save money, an easy fix and quite delicious.

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We made it to Chicago in the evening on Saturday. There were lots of fun things to see!

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We, of course, had to have a deep dish pizza in Chicago!

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On our way to the car, we saw this outdoor concert! Pretty nifty!

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Day 2567 – Road Trip Part 8 – Leaving Utah to Denver to Garden Of The Gods to Giant Things In Kansas And Illinois to Home

Ah, the last post on our road trip. Did you see all of them? Here’s a link to each:
Road Trip Part 1 – Baltimore to Philly to PA to Chicago
Road Trip Part 2 – Minnesota to The Corn Palace To South Dakota To The Badlands
Road Trip Part 3 – Bear Country To Rushmore To Crazy Horse
Road Trip Part 4 – Devil’s Tower To Montana
Road Trip Part 5 – Yellowstone to Jenny Lake
Road Trip Part 6 – Leaving California to Arizona to Zion National Park
Road Trip Part 7 – Arches National Park

Oh and this post (How To Go From “I’ve Always Wanted To Do That!” To “I Did That!”) is good to read before today’s post. Mostly because of the “I’ve always wanted to do that” section.

Ok, now that you’re all caught up!

We left Arches….bye Arches!….to go to Denver.

One thing I love about driving cross country is seeing the changing landscapes. In a matter of hours, it can change completely. Sometimes, it’s a matter of minutes. Our transition from South Dakota to Wyoming was like that. It was crazy how quickly it changed. Look at how different the landscape is as we transitioned into Colorado!

But you still have those red rocks. Ah, so beautiful.

Another cool thing about driving cross country is seeing things you never expected. This lake was just such and example. I’m not sure why I didn’t think I’d see something like this, looking back, but there are sailboats in a mountain lake! So cool!

We arrived in Denver at sundown. Seeing the sunset over the Rockies was just plain amazing. This was another time I wished I had a professional camera and not a phone. Because phone pictures aren’t as good at capturing how things really were.

We arrived at our friends’ place and what incredible hosts! We took showers and just relaxed and chatted while Jen made dinner. Now, I want to take a minute to talk about Jen and Jeff. These two are such cool people. They embody the “I’ve always wanted to do that, so I’m going to do it” mentality. They have had several dreams of doing things and they have attempted to do them. I met Jen at a photographer meet up in the Baltimore/DC area and we became friends. She does amazing photography work in Denver now. Ha ha, as I pulled the link to her website, I was distracted for a good ten minutes. 🙂 Anyways, as we were talking about many things (I think all told, we talked about 8 hours between the evening and the next morning), I mentioned how I was excited to write a blog post about “I’ve always wanted to do that,” Jen echoed many of my same thoughts on the subject. Later, I asked why they moved to Denver. Jen’s response? “I’d always wanted to live here, so I did it.” THAT my friends made my heart sing. 🙂 I’m so grateful for the time we spent with Jen and Jeff. I’m also grateful for friends in Denver now! 🙂 Bonus? Friends that can cook! I was the FIRST to get seconds AND I cleaned my plate! I’m normally one to leave something on my second plate and give the rest to Bret. Nope! All mine!

It was like home away from home!

Our next stop was Garden of the Gods. It was a quick loop to see everything, so it didn’t take too long. But a nice side trip.

And then…everything got flat. 🙂

Kansas wasn’t as hard to drive through as I expected. I think because we broke up the drive with some fun side trips. The first was a giant Van Gogh painting! Fun, quick stop only about 5 minutes off the highway.

Since we weren’t stopping at another hotel on the way home, we decided to splurge on meals. We stopped at a local restaurant and I got a WHOLE catfish. Oh baby, it was delicious. Melted in my mouth. Mmmmmm.

Our last big stop was Casey, IL. The town has a TON of “world’s largest” things! What a smart way to get tourists into your town!

There was the windchime, which you could RING!

The rocking chair….which, you couldn’t sit in. 😦

The bird cage you could sit and swing in!

The mailbox that you could go in AND actually mail things from! The flag goes up too!

The shoes…

The pencil…

The pitchfork…

Ok, I’m not going to lie to you. The last part of the drive was really hard. Ugh. Took forever.

Day 2551 – Our Little Devil’s Advocate

This year we rented a car for our summer visit to Bret’s family. Funny story about this little guy, the license plate had DMN and 666. Little freaky but mostly humorous. I told Bret we needed to name him, I ran through all my normal names but it wasn’t until Bret was pointing out another side to a story that the name came to us. I said something along the lines of “stop devil’s advocating me!…. That’s the car’s name!”

Our little devil’s advocate has done a great job so far!

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