Monday, January 4, 2010

On the Move

I had every intention of blogging daily about our cross-country move. But by the time we've been pulling off the road and calling it a day, all I'm thinking about is dinner and a nice, soft bed.

Oh and a Jacuzzi.

We are in good spirits as we continue our journey from one Washington to another. J, the kids, and I are bonding well--getting to know each other again. Being thrown together 24 hours a day after being apart for several months has been interesting. Yet we still have the magic that makes us a good team. And that's reassuring, for sure.

We lost a travel day by remaining in Washington state an extra day, so we've been trying to make it up on the road---especially since we don't know what the rest of the trip has in store weather-wise, even though we chose the southern-most route. So if you don't see us along the way, it's not because we don't want to--we're just trying to make it back East in time!

Before we could begin our journey, we had to celebrate the New Year right

Preparing to take our directions from Navi as we left the post for good. Our ETD was supposed to be 6:00am.

Portland, Oregon, is where we had our first chow break.

Medford was our first pit stop. Isaiah couldn't wait to get his swim on.

C-a-l-i-f-o-r-n-i-a is a really, really, REALLY long state.

But it greeted us with such beauty. I can't be mad at it.

Mt. Shasta reminded the girls of Mt. Rainier. I think I'm "homesick" already.

We had a "meal and a show" at a Denny's in Redding. We had barely been seated at our table in front of a huge window when 4 cop cars stopped a couple in a pick-up truck leaving the parking lot, gave the female a breathalyzer and field sobriety test, the dude a pat-down, and had a tow truck come and whisk their truck away. When our waitress asked us if we needed anything else, the guy at the table next to us said "Yeah--a remote to turn up the volume!"

The kids at a Harley shop near Stockton. We were pressed for time, but Daddy could not resist that H-D draw.

Something you don't see everyday. Well, unless maybe if you live in Cali...or Roswell.

On the way to Southern California

Mariah poolside tonight at our hotel. It was dark when we got here ~I cannot wait to see where we are when the sun comes up.


Michele said...


Acuff said...

What a great accounting of your road trip thus far....Will any of your travels bring you through Northern Ohio and/or Southern Michigan? If so, we'd love to cook you a real meal!! You can email me...

Tiffany Acuff

Jamie said...

Sorry we missed you, but so glad your trip is going smoothly!!

My dad lives in Shasta Lake & my sister lives in Redding and owns the Manhattan Bagel store there....if I had known you were stopping there, I would have had her hook you up!

Tonya said...

What a beautiful family! Blessings to you for the New Year!

Judy said...

Hope your chow in Portland was tasty, warm, and filling!