Thursday, July 1, 2010

Virginia to South Dakota (Days 1 & 2)

Our adventure begins...
6:24 AM on Wednesday June 30th - Goodbye Roanoke!  As you can see, the car is pretty cozy... All that color-coding really didn't go very far once it was time to load 'er up.  Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!

I'm going to spare you all the details of our drive so far because, honestly, it has mostly just been interstate and farm land.  Here's a little snapshot of the last two days:

(FYI: I didn't actually take these photos, I found them on Google.  BUT, I did see them all!)

My view... (That's Davida - a friend of Amanda & Davey's that they sent along to be with us in spirit. We are SO thankful for her company.  And, yes, those are my feet. Sorry!)

The fact that THIS (a wind farm in Indiana, of all things) is the only sight that made us pull over for a snap shot on the first day should tell you something about the journey. (No offense to Indiana - of course!) 

For the record, we did plan the trip this way intentionally... We figured we'd get the really boring long driving days out of the way early while we still have sanity energy.  Seriously though, I'm not complaining! I'm quite enjoying the time to - literally - do nothing but catch up with my husband and eat gummy worms.

After a lovely night with my relatives in Chicago last night, we got a later start this morning...  So far, we've travelled a total of more than 1000 miles and crossed the Mississippi River, declaring us officially "Out West!"  Jeff keeps looking for a casino, but the one sign we followed off the interstate took us to an indoor amusement park instead; which I thought was fine, but Jeff refused to settle.  Hopefully I'll have something fun to report on that front later on! If not, there is always the Corn Palace and Wall Drug to look forward to tomorrow!  ;)

At a beautiful (who knew?) rest stop on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border overlooking the Mississippi River.  (I had NO idea it was so huge and beautiful... This picture really doesn't do it justice AT ALL.)

As far as the car-time itself... so far, so good.  (Of course, as I type this, Jeff has turned off the AC because he says the car needs a break.  As I begin sweating profusely, he grudgingly turns it back on, but not without rubbing the dashboard and saying - to the car - "I'm sorry poor girl... She's difficult." Oy vey!)

And, in case you are wondering, I actually have done some of the driving.  Yesterday, I covered about 4/12ths of the trip, and today 2/10ths.  I - honestly - would drive more; but Jeff won't really let me.  (He always wants me to, and then once he's settled in the passenger seat he gets all antsy and wants to drive again after three or four snacks, a game of individual Boggle, and calling all his friends on his cell phone.  I am CERTAIN that his anxiousness has NOTHING to do with my driving.)

Anyways, we are happy & safe!  I'll keep you updated! Thanks for following along!


  1. Yess...Wall Drug :) I went to college in NW Iowa, so I've got a soft spot in my memories for South Dakota! Plus, my bestie lives in Sioux Falls :)

  2. I am so glad that the drive through my boring state (Indiana) got a shout out, it really is boring i know! We pass the windmills every time we go to my husbands grandparents.

  3. Oh my gosh.... it was so great to see your blog tonight!! I have been checking all day to see if you had posted anything!! I don't want to be the terrible, pestering mom calling everyday!! Addy is great, happy as a clam!! we played in the mister today, played lots of ball, visited with the neighbor, and hung out with Mia!!
    I looked at the Badlands National Park today... looks beautiful!! Have fun!!

  4. omg the Corn Palace is HORRIBLE! lol We stopped there a few years ago thinking it might be fun, not so much! Maybe it's better now though!?

  5. I am so jealous- I want to go on a road trip so bad. Oh well, I will live vicariously through you.

    Can't wait to see more!

  6. So fun - we can't wait to see you!! Maybe you should just drive straight to SLC and stay with us for the rest of the trip - you could pull up some pics from google and say you went there. Be safe & see you soon!
    -McDonald family

  7. I am smiling at what Liz said!!!! so sweet!!!! Liz, yall are so cute!!! SLC is a special place for E and Jeff indeed!!!

  8. Hey E, I'm SO enjoying your blog.It looks as though you guys ase having a wonderful time. I'll be checking in with you every day!! :) Love you lots My Little Beautie, Aunt D

  9. So glad you guys are having a good time! Monday the 12th I will be heading out for the same trip...except not as a happily married couple (Long Sigh) It will be on a bus with lots of high schoolers...WOW :) We are going to miss you two at Fandango!


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