Well folks – the road trip west was a success as I have officially arrived! Got in to Denver Sunday about 11am (mountain time -cray!) and it has been a whirlwind ever since! Moving, organizing, exploring, and getting acclimated.
The trip out here went smoothly and was actually pretty fun. I headed to my sister’s place in Cedar Falls, Iowa last Friday. My sister and bro in law are in Mexico but it was so nice to spend time with my two adorable nephews. It’s crazy how quickly they grow and I will miss them like crazy. Grateful for Facetime and Skype!
Saturday morning my parents and I set out for the first half or our trip. One car, one truck, and lots and lots of stuff! My mom and I rode together in my car and it was packed so full you could not see out the back at all. Kinda scary!
Of course I like entertainment when on a long road trip so we listened to a book on tape – V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton. 85% of it is extremely boring. It did get interesting and exciting for the last bit but not sure I recommend “sitting” through the boring parts.
I also love to play the alphabet game during road trips. First person starts with the letter “A”. You need to spot a word that starts with the letter “A” either on a billboard or building. Cannot be on a motor vehicle! Next person gets “B” and so on. Welp – we got most of the way through the alphabet but my mom got stuck on that dang letter “X”. There are seriously no words that start with X. We are convinced. Three letters away – I guess we gotta keep driving west ha.
It worked out well to stop in Ankeny to meet my aunts and uncles (dads side) for lunch. I haven’t seen them in a few years so it was very nice to catch up in-person and say g’bye before my new adventure. I also got to meet this Chow Chow cutie. My aunt and uncle raise Chows and when I was little I bought our dog for $1 from them. I was very proud. Miss our Charlie Bubba.
I gotta tell ya – driving across Nebraska is tough. Not a whole lot to see but MAN they sure have incredible sunsets. Who knew?!
We planned to stop somewhere west of Lincoln but we were making such great time that we made it all the way to Ogallala! Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and popped over to Margarita’s for a well-earned authentic Mexican dinner and of course – margaritas.
Sunday driving was a breeze as we were only three hours from Denver! As soon as we spotted the mountains the butterflies in my stomach would NOT stop fluttering! My heart was seriously racing with excitement that I had to take
a few several deep breaths. Channeled the inner yogi in me ha. But really – mountains excite me.
Loving my new digs so far. I feel like I’m on vacation – it hasn’t hit me that this is actually my new home. WOAH!
What was your fav road trip and how did you stay entertained?
What big move or life change have you experienced? How did you handle the new lifestyle?