Sunday, July 22, 2012

Are we there yet?

This is how my last day in California started: picking up the tow dolly (I'm calling the truck and dolly Haul and Oates for the duration of this road trip). 

Then we entered our first stop, the Fairfield Inn in Salt Lake City, into our trusty GPS, Rosie. She promptly shared that it was 645 miles to SLC and we would get there at 10:25 pm. Rosie is insane and doesn't actually know how to tell time. We didn't get to SLC until 2:30 am. It was a very long first day but we made it through and we made it through Day 2. 

I'm going to keep this as short as I can; it's almost midnight and I need to get some sleep. I thought I'd share a list of my favorite things so far from this road trip...with pictures.

  1. Scott had his first In-N-Out burger! He didn't have it animal style (he doesn't like all the items involved) but enjoyed the experience. We did wait in the longest line ever which might have contributed to our 2:30 am arrival time in SLC.
  2. I wanted so badly to make a Donner party joke in this blog but I realize there's nothing really funny about the Donner party. However, every time I see the name (as when one leaves the California), I think of my friend's mom who liked to joke that she wanted to put in their name as Donner at a restaurant so that the hostess would have to call Donner, party of 5 when their table was ready.
  3. Our room number in SLC was 227. Even though it was so late my brother actually asked me "Seriously?" when I told him the room number. Good times.
  4. I'm now officially obsessed with Wyoming. I've been in the state 3 times (all related to moves) and I really want to come back and actually vacation here. I want to go to Frontier Days (which we are missing) and buy cowboy boots. Also, I couldn't help but think of this really terrible Hallmark movie I watched starring Andrew McCarthy (non-bobble head form and looking very rugged and dreamy) as a Wyoming rancher who puts an ad in a magazine for ranchers seeking wives. Of course, a city girl answers the ad and typical Hallmark movie awesomeness ensues. I watch too many of these. 
  5. The Acrocats. I'm not making this up. There was a truck parked at a gas station we were at for the Acrocats. Check them out at I should have asked if they'd take Pumpkin on. Pet rent can't be paid in cuteness.
  6. At a Burger King at a truck stop in Rock Springs (maybe?) four teenage boys, wearing cowboy hats and boots, randomly broke into "Rhinestone Cowboy." It was fantastic and unexpected. 
  7. Thankfully my iPod dock has a battery option so we're able to listen to our iPods. Otherwise it'd be a lot of AM radio (we could get saved buy a different preacher every 100 miles or listen to awful talk radio) OR Christian rock (which we're not allowed to listen to). Scott put his on alpha by song. We didn't get to the Bs until Colorado. It took most of Utah, all of Wyoming, and a bit of Colorado to get through the As.
  8. We got to spend the evening with my friend, Amy, in Littleton (not too far from Denver). She graciously put us up for the night and took us to a great pizza place called Southside. You should go there if you're ever in Littleton.
That's all for now. Enjoy the photos. Next stop: Omaha, NE!!

Why is Wyoming so awesome?

Also Wyoming

Welcome to Colorado!

Scott and Muddi - new friends


  1. I hope Haul & Oates are treating you right, and Rosie gets her act together and figures out how to tell time!

  2. I think that movie was on Hallmark last night...also, if you like Wyoming, are you watching Longmire on A&E?

  3. Haul & Oates are doing well. We thought Oates would be leaving the trip here in Detroit but we were wrong. Tomorrow we load the car back on and head to Virginia.

    I haven't watched Longmire yet. I'm saving it for when I move. I didn't want to get involved in a new show when I knew I would miss several episodes. This is why On Demand was invented.

  4. Erin -- guess what, I just got an email from a local theater announcing that they are presenting the Acro-Cats, starting tonight! I'm guessing that when you saw them, they were on their way here. Since I am allergic to cats, I'd better pass (it's a small theater).

    1. Of course they would come to the Bay Area right after I leave! I'm going to check if they're coming to DC. I'll make Scott go (because I'm an evil little sister).