One year ago today, Smartz and I pulled up the Pennsylvania stakes and started the fun journey across the country that would lead us to Seattle.
[If you click on the links, it'll take you to the photo galleries for each day. Tons of great pics!]
Our First Day on the road was short and very Civil War. I was my way of saying “so long” to my favorite east coast places. We hit Gettysburg, Cedar Creek (for the reenactment) and Antietam.
The Second Day, we drove through the Maryland panhandle and then stopped over for a good-bye at Rati and Dwija’s house. We stayed there for the night and for a whole day (the third day).
After the day off, we hit the road again. The Fourth Day started the actual trip. We decided to base the entire run around odd things that we could find without going too far out of the way. A corn field, rock garden and a memorial to a Native American chief were among the oddities we discovered this day.
The Fifth Day, starting in Richmond, Indiana, we discovered the world was flat as we sped through Indiana, Illinois and several other states that start with “I.” We followed mostly older two-lanes and discovered giant trees, old watch towers, crossed Route 66, the future birth place of James T. Kirk and quite a lot of other fun things.
After crashing on the floor of one of Sarah’s friends in Des Moines, we took off for the Sixth Day, discovering that western Iowa is pretty cool, even in the rain. We saw a bank hit by Bonnie and Clyde, the site of the first train robbery in the West, nearly got stuck in the mud looking for a tree in the middle of the road, saw a giant covered wagon, entered Nebraska and then hit a lot of snow.
A week into the trip, the Seventh Day brought us trains, old ghost towns, trains, a big boot, Carhenge, trains, buttes, Fort Robinson, trains, jackalopes, Hell’s Half Acre and one of the coolest motels I’ve ever stayed in. We made it to Wyoming.
The Eighth Day we started before dawn and caught the sun rising over the mountains. We traveled a lot of the same roads that I took during a couple days on Scoot 66. We saw more Jackalopes, more snow, Jackson Hole, a giant potato, the lava flows of Idaho, the first (very small) nuclear power plant, the Oregon Trail and ended up near Boise. This was a very beautiful day.
The Ninth Day was our last day on the road. It was a quick shot to Seattle, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t see some great things, like Baker City and an Oregon Trail museum, along the way.
We arrived in Seattle and into the loving arms of Ryan, Jaime and family who took us in for a few days until we found our own little slice of heaven in Seattle.
I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that we now live in Seattle. I’ll see a piece of mail or Mt. Rainier or the skyline and think “holy crap… we live in Seattle!” It never gets old.