Road trip – days one and two

Well, we’re embarking on becoming seasoned cross-country road-trippers. I think after this month, we’ll add that to our title collection. Hmmm . . . let’s try that out.

Hello, we’d like to introduce ourselves. We’re Mr. and Mrs. Seasoned Cross-Country Road-Tripper.

Kinda has a ring to it, eh?

So, the first day went very well, even though we didn’t get on the road until 8 pm (we both had to work the whole day) and only went a couple of hours. The full moon was bright and cheerful on the road ahead – it was like a beacon guiding us forward. We seemed to get our second wind after a long day, and the trip was relaxing.

following the moonlight

The motel had a very good breakfast the next morning. That set the tone for the rest of day two. Stopping for a picnic lunch in Vale, Oregon, we basked in the (very) warm breeze. I can say basked, because we knew we’d be getting back into an air-conditioned car. I can only stand a breezy 97 degrees for just so long before I start melting.

I had to get a picture of this sign at a roadside rest. It said, “No camping on lawn.” I wondered if maybe a lot of people hadn’t read that sign, because the “lawn” had a very camped-on look.

no camping

As we drove along, we noticed beautiful wild lavender (at least I think it’s lavender) growing alongside the road, amongst other wildflowers – what a special blessing. It smelled wonderful!

lavender

Even with the 3 mph road construction traffic in Boise (took literally one hour to go three miles), that wasn’t so bad. It gave me time to think, and to thank the Lord that it would not be like that the entire trip.

Even the long, straight stretches of high desert in eastern Oregon and western Idaho had advantages. I was able to finish one oven mitt for my brother (he loves cowboy stuff), for his apartment. I used scraps of pattern paper from a pattern I’d cut out, wrote the words out with a marker, and pinned it to the mitt so I could just embroider over the writing. Safety pins are the only way to go if you’re sewing while riding in the car! Can you imagine losing a straight pin in your car seat?? O U C H ! !

We stopped in Idaho to visit very good friends. That’s part of what makes these trips so special. And you’d think I’d remember to take the camera in and get a picture of the family before we left. Not.

So, how has your day been?

Road trip, road trip, here we come!

Doncha just love road trips! This is one we’ve been planning for a few years, and it’s (giggling in excitement) about to happen!! Any day now.

Now, what to take, what to take?? I’ll need jammies, toothbrush, dental floss, hairbrush, some…uhm…unmentionables, some mentionables (several of those), sandals, camera, computer, chargers, sewing machine, puzzle books, pills, snacks, purse, iPhone, Kindle, pillow, chewing gum, music CDs, hair dryer, travel iron, ear plugs, swimsuit, travel mug, and a case or two of water – nice, cold water. I’ll have to clear the car of empties before we head out, though. Thankfully they’re recyclable.

What?? What was that?

Why, yes, I did say sewing machine. Isn’t that always included on any cross-country road trip? Seeing this is my first one, I wasn’t sure, so I had to consult the REmissionary Road-Trip Novice Handbook. Right there it was, on the very first page:

If you are new to cross-country road trips, please read this section carefully! In order to fully savor the road-trip experience, make sure that your sewing machine is included, so that you feel at home no matter what part of the country you visit. This may raise the eyebrows of more seasoned, non-sewing trippers, but rest assured, you are proceeding according to correct protocol.

Now, that’s a direct quote! So there, seasoned road-trippers!

outside looking in

Once again, it’s time for that wonderful, mind-bending Friday Photo Challenge. This week it’s about ‘inside.’ There are so many ‘inside’ photos on my hard drive that it was hard to choose. But choose I did – these are a few of my favorites. Each gives an illusion of something being inside something else.

this looks like it's going right inside the red rock hills

Come on inside – the walk is great!

These red rock hills are in Oregon, and that path looked like it disappeared right inside the hills. We were on the outside looking in . . . it beckoned to us to come follow where it led – so we did.

dunno what was going on inside his head to ride like this on the freeway

dunno what was going on inside his head!

This fearless fellow didn’t seem to have a lot going on inside his head. We were sitting in a loooooong line of stopped traffic on the interstate in Ohio, and he came scootin’ up the high-speed lane beside us, trying to get farther up the line of traffic. They even go BETWEEN lines of traffic in California – scared me so bad the first time it happened! If you look at his bike, it looks like we’re ‘inside’ that little shiny thing below his gas tank – see the reflection of our little red car? See us waving and yelling “Hi world”? Oh. Well, pretend you can see us, OK?

looks like one building is inside another

looks like one building is inside another

This was in St Louis when we went to see the Arch. As we were walking down the street, I looked up and saw that reflection. It looked for all the world like that building had swallowed up its neighbors.

What says ‘inside’ to you?

rainbows and sundowns

Last leg of the California journey ended beautifully, I think, even though most of it was either through rain or fog or both. Coming along one stretch of Hwy 101, we were rewarded with a gorgeous rainbow. I was able to grab a shot of it out the window, which thrilled me no end. But the REAL thrill came just a few hundred yards farther, when we saw the rainbow’s end – on the road ahead of us! How many times have you driven through a rainbow?? It was SO. COOL.

Just past this really great rainbow, the road curved back toward the ocean, and we had to stop for awhile and take a few more photos. This one was taken in between rain showers, as the sun was getting closer to the water.

sunsets speak of the glory of GOD!

sunsets speak of the glory of GOD!

On down the road – or up the road, actually, since we were driving north – it started getting pretty dark. We pulled over and got a few shots of the sun going down on the water. These were taken within just a few minutes of each other, on two different cameras. Hubby took the one with the blue, and I took the orange one. The orange one is totally unretouched; the blue one was resized (it was a huge file).

I have to say, we had so much fun trying to get “that perfect shot” of the sun going down.  And I also have to say that even though we’re home, that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m done sharing photos of the journey. No sirree bobalouie! 

HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY

After over 2000 miles of travel, we’re home. And Spencer is so happy. At bedtime, he curled up in the middle of our bed, as close as possible to both of us. And of course, I let him sleep right there. Just thought I’d share those first greetings he gave us as soon as we got home. I didn’t catch his wild run of joy through the house though – he’s just too fast for the camera.

Can you feel the love here? We can! He’s begged us to promise not to leave him for so long ever again.