|| “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” -John Muir ||
Oh hey, it’s February! I know I haven’t been posting much, and I promise there’s a good reason for it. I’ve been…. busy… Oh, ya know just, moving halfway across the country with my family. I wish I could blame all my lack of writing on that, but I admit, part of it is just procrastination, (too many episodes of Psych tbh) It’s not because I don’t enjoy writing this blog, I really do! But sometimes I even procrastinate things I love doing. I haven’t even written in any of my journals in several weeks… *gasp*
SO anyways! Today I wanted to share all the little adventures we had on our trip. We moved from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Oregon. (which is an estimate of 2,000 miles! All by car. *fun fun*) We went through all of Missouri and most of Oklahoma the first day, then continued through (the very top) of Texas, through New Mexico, Arizona and up the entire state of California until we finally arrived in Oregon. It took five days. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE road trips, they’re a lot of fun, and even though this trip wasn’t centered around fun I was determined to have a good time anyway.
However, this wasn’t my first rodeo. My family and I have driven from California to Virginia, from Virginia to Missouri (twice) and then from Missouri to Colorado and back, so I guess I could say I’m somewhat experienced. The thing with road trips is you pretty much have to expect things to go wrong. I’m not trying to be negative! It’s just the honest truth. Lol, but seriously don’t expect things to go as planned. Something always goes wrong, sometimes it’s just a minor issue, sometimes it’s a huge issue. Just gotta roll with it! (literally, roll with it, because cars have wheels… Ha. ha. haha.) If you have been on a road trip where nothing went wrong, well congrats! That’s so cool for you, the rest of us aren’t as fortunate.
I’m just gonna make a Pros and Cons list, because who doesn’t love a good list?! Amirite?
- Leaving Misery *cough cough* I mean Missouri… (It’s not my favorite place, but that’s another story)
- Music, lots and lots of music.
- Getting to watch the sunset every single night.
- Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee!!!
- Getting to see lots of cool states! (I’ve already been to them but it was cool to see them again)
- Stopping in Flagstaff, Arizona! It’s actually really pretty there, and that’s where I first saw mountains during the trip.
- In-N-Out Burger!! (It had been a really long time and I love that place… Don’t judge me! :P)
- Getting to see some of my friends along the way! (Even though it was only for like five minutes, haha) Shoutout to Jared, Lydia, Melissa, and Johnathon. You guys are the best!
- Being Stuck in a car with six of my siblings for five days……… Need I say more?
- Surprise toll roads in Oklahoma that we were not prepared for.. (They charge a fee at booths which can only be paid in cash, which unfortunately none of us had)
- Oklahoma. Just the whole state in general. It sucks. No offense to anyone who lives there.
- Disgusting cattle farms in Texas that nearly killed us with their stinky fumes.
- Altitude sickness. I’m used to being at a lower elevation, so whenever we drive through mountains I feel sick, which is no fun. We went through lots of mountains and lots of flat, low, stretches of land, so I guess you could say the trip had it’s ups and downs… Aha. ha. ha. See what I did there?! I’m so funny! Just laugh okay, even it’s just sympathy for my cringy sense of humor.
- Time changes. They really messed us all up, we were already exhausted from driving so much and the time changes didn’t do us any favors. Honestly, I just now adjusted to the two hour time difference and it’s been a little over two weeks.
- People. So. Many. People. People with road rage. Impatient people. People who smelled like mushrooms and looked like they wanted to hurt me. People in hotels with annoying service dogs (Okay question, who has a chihuahua for a service dog?! Like seriously, why?) Loud people who woke us up early in the morning. Rude people. You get the gist.
- Southern California. Oh. My. Gosh. I had no idea it was so creepy! Wowzers.
- Food. The first few mornings of hotel waffles were pretty nice, but after awhile I lost my appetite for EVERYTHING. (Except coffee, of course!)
- Listening to the same movie over and over and over again. I sat up front with my mom most of the time, and the kids watched movies to keep themselves entertained. And after hearing Alvin and the Chipmunks for the 67th time I was about ready to throw it all out the window. (Or just throw myself out the window, I mean, either way..)
- Driving 15 hours in one day after getting behind schedule. Not. Fun. My coping mechanisms included listening to a ridiculous amount of music and complaining to my friends about how tired I was.
- Laundry…. So. Much. Laundry. I mean there are eleven people in my family, so there was a lot!
Okay, I realize that my “cons” list is longer and more detailed than my “pros” list, I’m not a pessimist I promise. All those cons were what made it an adventure! I really did have a good time on this trip. There was a heck of a lot of family time that’s for sure! Even though most of it sucked, now I can look back and laugh at it all. I’ll have those memories (the good and the bad) forever, and hopefully, I’ll never run out of fun stories to tell.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this, and if anything I hope it made you laugh!
Until next time peeps!
P.S. This was our jam the whole way! It’s a great song, it fits so well.