Somewhere in Illinois…

November 26, 2009

Right now I’m sitting in the car as we drive across the country on our way to Delaware. Thankfully, we’re back into 3G coverage area, so I can use my phone to get online again. The West is scenic, but cell towers are few and far between.

For those of you who aren’t current on what’s going on in our lives, I’ll back the story up a bit. After a long year of searching for a job, I’ve taken a position with a company in Delaware. And while it’s great to be employeed again, it means packing up the family and moving across the country. I’m on my way right now, driving across with my brother Richard. Deb and Sophie will follow in a couple of weeks. (For some reason Debbie didn’t want to spend six days in the car with a 20 month old.)

We left last Sunday morning and drove to the grand canyon. After spending Monday morning exploring the canyon, we got back in the car and headed up to Utah. We drove through Monument Valley, then up to Arches national park. We spent the night in Moab, sampling some of the fine beers at the Moab Brewery.

The next morning we got up EARLY and hiked up to Delicate Arch to watch the sunrise. It was pretty incredible. We spent the rest of the morning driving and hiking around the park. Finally it was time to head to Colorado.

We didn’t spend much time out of the car in Colorado, but driving through the Rockies was cool, very reminiscent of going through the Alps with Debbie and her family a few years ago. After a quick dinner in Fort Collins, we crossed the line into Wyoming.

Now, I’m sure Wyoming is a lovely place in daylight in the summer. But when we crossed over the line it was already pitch black. For a while it was cool, because you could see a billion stars, but after about an hour we hit the clouds, and not long after that the blowing, blinding snow started and didn’t let up for about four hours. Finally as we approached the South Dakota state line the snow stopped. Someday I’ll have to come back to Wyoming and see what it has to offer in the daylight!

After crashing in Rapid City for what was left of the night, we got up and headed to Mount Rushmore. The mountain itself is cool, but the short hiking trail was closed, so after a quick walk through the museum (and gift shop of course) it was time to get back on the road.

Our next South Dakota stop was a place called Wall Drug. It’s a huge tourist trap, but you have to stop because they have billboards every quarter mile of the interstate across the lenght of the state. I’ll write some more about it when I post the pictures, but let’s just say it was worth the stop, and it was bizarre.

Then it was off to Badlands National Park. We were a little tight on time, but decided we just couldn’t pass it up. Fortunately, there is a great driving loop that let’s you see a good section of the park. It reminded me a bit of Bryce Canyon in Utah, although not as big or colorful.

After the badlands it was a straight shot across SD for about 8 hours, then about 4 more to get to Minneapolis. We stopped at our friends Dale and Jessica’s house for the night. They were planning on smoking a turkey for thanksgiving and we couldn’t pass that up. After a good night’s sleep followed by a great thanksgiving dinner this afternoon, it was back in the car to continue our journey.

Well, we just passed into Indiana, so it’s time for me to sign off. I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving. Keep checking the blog for more updates.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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