Monday, July 30, 2012

Heading into the mountains

Saw mountains, real mountains, today for the first time on our trip
Went four days without a shower
That shower today was amazing
Headed to Yellowstone tomorrow
Wyoming, oddly enough, is my favorite state so far
We had the most amazing thunderstorm last night that ended with a full rainbow, doubled on one side
I took about a million pictures
I miss washing dishes
If I never own a dishwasher, I will be OK
Driving across South Dakota reminded me of Little House on the Prairie series
I love those books, and I'm not afraid to say so
I miss my cat
I can sleep outside in a tent
I can sleep quite well actually
But I do wake up to some strange noises
Elk last night, perhaps?
I no longer have bags under my eyes
I bought booty shorts and I wear them with hiking boots. I think that's OK
I hope I can have a garden
I am working on not complaining about anything
I appreciate my toes for carrying me so far
We have put 6000 miles on the car since we got it

Sunday, July 22, 2012


  • splurged on a hotel last night. Kalamazoo, MI.
  • After 3 weeks on the road, we will finally escape Eastern Daylight Time. Movin' West!
  • Chicago today
  • Wisconsin next
  • Being on the road is odd. It's nice, but it's strange to not have an anchor, a home. It's odd not to know where we will end up, and when we will get there.
  • Most days are spent driving several hours, stopping at some grocery store to pick up food (and beer, usually). Walking aisles, trying not to buy perishables, trying to figure out what will cook fastest, or what will only use one burner on our little camp stove
  • We have setting up camp down to a science. It takes us about 10 mins flat to set up the tent, and get all the sleeping accoutrements out.
  • I made Alex drive totally out of our way to hit up Detroit to hit up the Henry Ford Museum. I've heard about this museum since I was a little kid. It was awesome to be there, but it would have been better if my Dad had been there. He would have loved it (although he has been there before). They had "Model T rides" for $5. I thought, I can have one whenever I want! Ha!
  • It's hard to do any maintenance on the road. As such, my leg hair is outta control and my toenail polish is in need of a refresher. I also bit off all my nails. I feel a bit of a mess. Thankfully, my husband still likes me.
  • We got rained in in Geneva, OH. That damn Lake Erie strikes again! We got rained on in Ashtabula when we went there for a wedding in May. Then this time, we saw a storm coming in, but thought it would be a couple hours before it hit. Wrong. No way to pack up our things wet, it was pouring so hard. And it was cold. Seriously, don't mess with those storms from those Great Lakes. They don't f around, that's for sure. 
  • Watching the tail end of the Tour de France. Last summer, we watched every or almost every stage. This year we missed it all. I'm looking forward to watching the Olympics, tho. And to hopefully getting some more running/biking in as we move west.
  • We drove through MI last night listening to a broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. It was awesome.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Update

2.5 weeks into trip
5 states: PA, MD, NY, CT, MA
2 provinces: Quebec, Ontario
St Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls
Numerous bug bites, including several on the bottom of my feet
One Civil War Reenactment
3 houses of family, one friends house visited
Lots of XM radio
Lots of road kill
5 campgrounds
Countless memories