Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ready, Set, Go!
Our journey began on Wednesday, July 20th when we went from Virginia Beach to Gettysburg, PA. Wednesday morning was crazy because we weren't packed yet, but somehow managed to squeeze all of our belongings into the back seats and the trunk of my car. Sampson rode the whole way on our laps in the front seat, scaring us a few times by throwing the car into neutral while we were driving on the highway. We spent a night camping in Gettysburg visiting with my Granny, Aunt Pat and Uncle Sal. It was great to see family and break up the long trip to NY!
We drove to Salem, NY on Thursday and stayed with my family. We caught up on sleep, enjoyed some sunshine by the pool and were so thankful to spend Saturday with our families and friends. It was so great to catch up with everyone and get some quality time in before we left! We were, of course, still packing Sunday morning, but were able to get on the road at a decent hour. We rented a Nissan Altima Hybrid which saved us tons on gas and was a super comfy upgrade from our original compact car. (B's legs were extremely thankful.)
We broke up our trip from Salem to Chicago with a quick detour to Niagra Falls. We'd both been here before, but the falls were still impressive and it was great to get out of the car and walk around. We made it to Chicago late Sunday night and spent the day Monday with Jordan enjoying the city and catching up! It always feels like home when I visit Jord and we always have a great time. Monday night we got to see my second family, the Hoffmanns, and B met them for the first time. We wish them safe travels and all the best in their new home!!
On Wednesday we continued west to Colorado, where we were grateful to stay with B's friends, Sam and Kate, in Colorado Springs. We walked through the Garden of the Gods and went out to eat downtown. The change in terrain was unreal! We were up early and ready to go on Thursday morning. Driving through Wyoming was a pleasant surprise, as we weren't expecting the state to be so beautiful! We were continuously taken aback by the mountains and valleys, and the sheer, desolate, beauty that were drove through. The pictures we took just didn't do it justice!
We got some pictures of the Great Salt Lake, but were way more impressed by the salt flats in western Utah. Our next stop was Lake Tahoe, which is now high on our list of places to go back to.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped make this trip happen. We are having the time of our lives and can't wait to share pictures and stories. We are thinking of our families and friends every second and can't wait to see everyone again!! More to come...