From Start to Beginning

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”…

In our case, the journey began with 2 adults, 2 children, 1 dog and 1 cat all stuffed into my little car for a cross-country drive. It took three days to cross nine states, and somehow we all managed to stay sane. The drive started out with everyone excited to begin our trip.

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Utah, of course, was lovely with it’s rock formations.

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Wyoming has rolling hills, majestic mesas, snow capped mountains in the distance, and blue skies that seem to go on forever.

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It’s really no wonder why the original cowboys fell in love with the scenery of the Wild West.

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I never realized just how much of the United States was devoted to agriculture until I drove through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and realized they all looked the exact same — Lots and Lots of farmland!

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Pennsylvania provided a change of scenery with its quaint towns sprinkled through the Appalachian Mountains,

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and its pink-hued sunsets.

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Of course a long distance trip provides some logistical challenges… like how to sleep in a bed full of bed hogs,

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always being prepared to pay tolls,

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and combating the on-the-road-grumpiness that inevitably sets in.

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Luckily, Middle America is full of quirks that help keep the drive interesting….

There is a random Lincoln head statue in the middle of Wyoming’s forest.

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Nebraska is a veritable gold mine when it comes to sight seeing from the road: there is a T-Rex ready to make a meal out of unsuspecting vehicles, a crazy looking church in the middle of no where, a bridge with a Pegasus leaping off of it, and a silhouette of a coyote greeting the moon (or in this case the bright blue sky).

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Of course, there are also those little oddities you come across when you least expect them… like a bright yellow classic roadster filling up at the local gas station, what appeared to be a giant hippo covered in a blue tarp being hauled down the highway, and a truck stop with an eh-hem interesting name.

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There were two great things about this drive. The first was spending an unusually long time in a confined space with my family (and having not a single yelling match!), and the second was arriving at our destination.

Home, sweet, home… for now.

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One thought on “From Start to Beginning

  1. I’m so happy for you sweetie! I know you are really enjoying getting to do the traveling! Maybe at some point you could travel down south? LOL love ya!

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