Since I have so much to tell, it seems that it would take hours to post all the happenings, and you would probably find yourself falling off your chair with sheer boredom...so, to save us both some frustration I am going to hit the highlights for ya!
And so, I suggest that you sit back with a nice cuppa something hot and steaming, and come with me on a tale of how Pa and I crossed this great nation of ours in a 25 foot motor home, along with two dogs and a cat...and how we made the long haul with
The story goes that when the author, Horace Greeley, coined the phrased "Go West, Young Man," thousands of young men in Oregon and Washington fell into the Pacific Ocean, never to be seen again...no, that's not my story...I'm just making sure you are still with me...wink, wink!
We started off from Connecticut on a Sunday, and arrived in Southern California the following Friday...that's essentially 3000 miles in 6 days...you do the math...our Pa is a schedule animal, but we made it intact and on time, and most important...still speaking to each other.
|Look at handsome Pa...Captain, my captain!|
|Pa's first mate and Co-pilot, Teagan...at the ready!|
|Good bye New England...take care of my babies for me!|
|Mr. Loo had his own safe ride along area...we had a keen strap that attached to both his harness and the seat belt.|
|God Bless the KOAs!|
|Very Cozy Quarters!|
|Even Pounce had her own cozy space each night|
As we passed over the mighty Mississippi and gazed upon the Gateway Arch, I truly felt as though we were entering through the Westward gateway, and truly making our way home. I found myself thinking about those early wagon trains who headed west over the course of months, how they must have felt when they finally reached the Mississippi River!
|Look at us...like old friends who have always known each other!|
She showered me with gifts, including bags of my most favorite sf candies, the most amazing home made Cinnamon rolls (that Pa and I devoured), a yummy fall scented candle (a sweet house warming gift), two beautiful bags to carry it all...and the most beautiful "Jardin Prive" design that she had stitched into a gorgeous pillow...
|The colors are beyond gorgeous, and this beauty sits upon the bed in our guest room for all to see|
Oh my word, we giggled our way through The Silver Needle! I'm sure, dear Lindy, thought we were beyond nuts because we just kept giggling and whispering, except to stop and exclaim...OMGosh just look at this!
The store was jaw dropping amazing, I don't think you could appreciate all it has to offer in one trip...it would take many trips, indeed!
When it was time to leave the store, as they nudged us onto the sidewalk and locked the door behind us...giggle...we headed over to one of my favorite spots for a burger and a soda, and how we were able to eat remains a mystery as we never stopped talking...so much to say...it was as if we were sisters from a different mister, so to speak.
Sage and Pa got to visit a bit, before it was time to leave, and found their footing in the language of computers and IT, boy did they hit it off! It was awesome!
It was hard to say goodbye, when the time came!
Kiss, kiss, kiss!
We headed on to our next stop which was the KOA in Albuquerque NM, where it just happened to be the annual hot air balloon festival, and with it any number of fun sponsor RVs...
For instance, the one and only official Jelly Belly RV...wowza!
And on we drove...
We spent a day in New Mexico, which is just beyond gorgeous, and had planned to head off course to Sedona for the afternoon, but it was a rainy and windy day so we decided to head on to our KOA, instead, and spent a relaxing afternoon just hanging out.
Next, came the desert...
After what seemed like a vast and endless view of the Mojave Desert, which is awe inspiring but loooong....it was with a happy heart that I gazed upon this sign...
It has been two weeks since we arrived in Cali, and a busy two weeks it has been! I miss the kiddos tons, but I know that they are all doing great, and that we will be seeing them soon when they all head west for the holidays...thank you Horace Greeley!
I must share one last treat...I gotta tell you about the most amazing part of our move west...we now live across the street from my Ma and the house that I, myself, grew up in! It's funny how true the saying is, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Go figure...lucky me :)
Oh, and one more thing...I have a LNS...can you believe it?
Thanks for stopping by on this Monday morning, dear friend, and for staying with me through this long silence. I am back in the groove and life has settled into the slow and mellow pace that Southern California has to offer. I am sending you off with a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck! Stop back soon, as this blog is back on track and so is this Ma!
Road Trip Hugs