Saturday, June 20, 2009

In which you learn MORE about me - #29

Don't ask me why I number the posts. I just like knowing how far I've come.

The other reason I've been remiss in posting (well, besides the fact that it's summer and I'm taking advantage of not thinking about lesson plans, etc.) is that I took a cross-country road trip with my brother (seen in the past post, graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy). His new station is in CA, and he needed a buddy for the road trip, so I volunteered. All in all, I was gone for about a week.

Gosh, where do I begin? I might have to do this in installments, so you're not overwhelmed.

Matt arrived on Wednesday evening. We promptly took him to a late dinner at Demos's of course. Matt was sufficiently impressed, as all our guests to Demos's are. Oh, I'm salivating just thinking about their rolls & juicy steaks now. Thankfully we managed to finagle Matt into staying the night here.

Matt and I hit the road early Thursday morning - 5:30am. I took over driving, since he had driven on his own all day Wednesday. Our goal was to hit up some friends in Colorado: Taylor is a classmate/'09 graduate of Matt's and had graciously offered us beds in which to crash. A lofty goal for our first day of driving, yes, but a late arrival and time to rest sounded better than stopping somewhere in between, paying for a hotel room, getting to CO & spending just an hour or so before hitting the road again. So, Destination: Colorado commenced Thursday morning. We had to stop in KY to get Matt's oil changed. We arrived at 8am and were back on the road at 8:45 - fantastic!

Sadly, Matt did not tell me that he intended to get pictures of all the state signs. So, when we hit KY, we were stuck behind 2 giant trucks. Lame! The same happened for IN...actually, for that one, he was eating and unprepared (hey, I tried to warn him this time). The countryside didn't seem to be much to speak of. My first photo op was this little friend:

Hooray! I was driving & Matt was asleep, so with my wrists propped on the steering wheel, this was the best I could do. Hi, Arch!

And we continued on through St. Louis (there was some crazy traffic going on there. not my favorite city by-pass, seeing as we kinda went THROUGH the city instead of skirting it)...on to the rest of the Show-Me State (Missouri, for you unknowing) and into Kansas.

If you're road-tripping, here's some valuable knowledge about that great state which inspired a band name:

OK, so I don't want to hurt Kansas's feelings, because part of my deep-seated begrudgery might stem from the fact that we had been driving a long time. And we were ready to be done (I was still driving at this point. I wanted to.). But Kansas...well, she just didn't know when to quit. Miles and miles stretched before us. One field/pasture after another.

I will say one thing: we got to see our first wind farm up close & THAT was pretty rockin. I had NO IDEA how big those turbines are. Holy smokes. Do NOT want to meet those in a dark alley late at night in Hong Kong. Oh yeah, and Kansas had some fabulous sky:

I'm still a little bummed that we didn't at least get a picture of the sign advertising the world's largest prairie dog. It was too late to stop in and see it (this is about 8:00 I think), but the sign would have been nice for posterity. So, I record it here. We could have stopped to see that AND a 6-legged steer. Yeah. Chew on THAT.

Finally, Kansas came to an end, and we were VERY happy to see the sign for Colorado. It was pretty dark at that point, so no way did a picture come out. Booo. Taylor & her family welcomed us with open arms at 12:50am (well, okay, just she & her mom were awake); they graciously let us crawl into bed and sleep to our hearts' contents Friday morning. Matt & I had already discussed taking the day off on Friday and spending some time sight-seeing with Taylor & family. BOY, am I glad we did. Colorado is a state that could make me like being land-locked. And with that, I leave you.

Next installment: Adventures in Colorado! in which we answer the question: Did or did not Matt get charged by a wild elk? Stay tuned!

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