September 20, 2006

So Long, Farewell

We're off to see the country, the wonderful country of US.

OK ok. It's worse than a mixed metaphor, mixed and abused soundtracks. Mea Culpa.

We've been wined and dined by friends and neighbors. Taken our five minute pause to sit in our backyard and get misty as we said goodbye to our house. We've run that nice check to the bank as soon as we walked out of closing. And now we're off for the eight day cross country drive. We're heading north to visit my best friend from high school, then my aunt in Milwaulkee. After that we have no set plan. We'll get as far as we can stand each day and call ahead for dog friendly hotels or campgrounds. The original plan was to visit Badlands/Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. However, we'll have to cut our trip short so Jrex can help receive at the other end. So we dropped Yellowstone from the itinerary since we'd rather fly out for a real vacation rather than wave as we drive by in a rush.

No time to edit sorry if this is a bit choppy!

But I do have time for a slight guilt trip. My wonderful, funny, amazing sister coulda been a guest writer while I was gone, but NO. She's too busy with a toddler, a mostly full-time job, marriage and helping with a homeless shelter. If someone is going to reject my benevolent (begging) invitation you'ld think they should have a better excuse than that, right?

In any case, I'll write if I can, but have no idea what connections are possible in South Dakota. (Jrex insists there are more people in Baltimore City than in that whole state. But I think that's a prejudiced New Yorker talking. Does anyone out there know for sure?)

6 comments:

OTR sister said...

Do you remember acting out the So Long, Farewell scene from Sound of Music on our stairway after seeing the movie? I was the youngest sister and you were the oldest. I hardly ever act out movies anymore.

Have a great road trip! I still recommend swinging by Yellowstone or Rocky Mountain National Park. Even if it is just a glimpse, it's worth it. And life is short.

Thanks for the mention, love!

Inkling said...

I don't know about South Dakota's population numbers, but do know some visitor centers boast computers that can be used for free for about 15 minutes. That's how I kept in touch on our journey west. The centers aren't the typical rest areas, and are usually in the middle of smaller towns, the touristy sort. Other than that, I did find one small motel that promised free internet hook-up for laptops, and a coffee shop that offered that in exchange for the purchase of one drink.

Just take pictures along the way, and share them with us when you get a chance. Have fun, and enjoy the journey. We'll be looking forward to hearing of your adventures when you get to your new "home".

bg's Little Sis said...

Wow, have a great trip, enjoy the sights, sounds, and I'm sure there will be some smells too! Look forward to reading about your progress and/or arrival on the other side!

weigook saram said...

Have a fun trip!

scarp said...

A quick google search shows South Dakota's population (~760,000) edging out Baltimore's (650,000) by about 100,000 people. So...

Have a great trip. Hope to talk to you soon...

snickollet said...

Bon voyage! I look forward to hearing from you either en route or from CA.