Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wilmington, NC . . . 2,554 miles! Living in southern California, this is not a sign typically seen on our congested highways. Only having been gone now about an hour, and at this point on the journey, this truth seems rather daunting when North Carolina is one of our most eastern points of destination.
Today’s departure didn’t go exactly as the months of preparation were gearing toward. As Mother Nut (the nickname of a dear dear friend) feared, the “gathering” of our life proved to be an arduous task. Many many late nights preceded the exit out of the driveway. You’d think we were going to the middle of the Sahara Desert with the amount of “stuff” we packed. Thankfully, as my dear husband reminded me, if we did forget that needed “something”, it’s a certainty we’ll come across many Targets, Wal-Marts and Costcos . . . perhaps even a few mom-and-pop shops during our travels. Whatever we may have forgotten, we’ll probably be able to find! So, with the “rig” packed with stuff and people, down the road we headed on the biggest adventure our family has yet to experience.
Four hours in, we found ourselves in Needles pulling off the road to enjoy a Blizzard at Dairy Queen! The Master Maneuverer needed a stretch and a stop. His happiness and comfort is critical to the success of this endeavor! Considering his passion for ice-cream, all “received” while participating in his “need”! The “secret” we came away with from this stop . . . ask for your cone to be double-dipped. The “California Hot Rod Man” promised us it was unbeatable! Wonder in what city we’ll try that out?
At 270 miles thus far, the scenery is an endless display of cactus, rocks and sand. In many ways, it seems as though we’ve not covered much ground, yet there is the realization that this will be our life for the next four states . . . Arizona, New Mexico, a wee bit of Texas, and Oklahoma. By Friday evening, we ought to be seeing some trees and greenery as we hope to hit the Arkansas territory.
The “mood” in the rig is chipper and excited! Boys are taking turns “assisting” the Master Maneuverer in the co-pilot’s seat. The chicks are realizing the great length of patience they have already gained in their short lives. Of course, this Mama attempts to keep ‘em all contented with nourishment, as well as surprise treats and activities. There is such joy to be with each of them!
And the journey continues . . .
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