Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Wyoming
We arrived in Seattle nearly two weeks ago and have settled into our apartment with the exception that most of our belongings are currently on a broken-down truck somewhere in South Dakota. Yeah, I’m kinda regretting using Allied Van Lines to move everything, but it’ll get here eventually.
Anyways, some some selected thoughts from our recent road trip:
– Before traveling through the South (ie, Kentucky) check the NASCAR schedule, or else you might find yourself stuck in traffic for hours.
– My uncle in Illinois still makes the greatest BBQ sauce in the world.
– Drivers in Red Bud, IL have no idea how stop signs work.
– There is a Churchill Museum in the middle of nowhere, Missouri. Random.
– Columbia, MO has some damn good beer (see Flat Branch Brewery)
– I was amazed at how many wineries there are in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Now this may be the California chauvinist part of me speaking, but, seriously?!
– Everyone said that driving through Kansas is horrible. I can see where they are coming from as far as the monotony of the drive, but I actually thought it was quite relaxing. I love cruising along with some good music.
– I am pretty sure I was the only person driving through Kansas with a surfboard.
– Colorado is incredibly beautiful, especially during thunderstorms. I loved Denver and Fort Collins (the breweries definitely helped) and could definitely see myself living in Colorado. Thanks to Liz, Nick, and Wrigley for their hospitality.
– State troopers in Wyoming don’t care if you pass them at 85mph in a 65mph zone.
– Yellowstone is really that amazing and deserving of its reputation. Photos will be up shortly.
– Buffalo meat should be served in more restaurants.
– My Xterra is a bug killin’ machine.
– There are only two radio stations in Montana. One plays country music; the other plays nothing but “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult.
– After driving for two weeks, I actually miss being on the road.
– I am very, very glad to be in Seattle while the rest of the country is experiencing a heat wave. Our temperatures here have been in the high 60s/low 70s.
– I can’t believe I actually left DC. This is truly a dream come true. I was actually shedding tears of joy as I sat in Beltway traffic on our way out of the metro area. It has been a long, strange, frustrating, and simultaneously wonderful decade in our nation’s capitol.
Oh, and it cost me $577 to drive across the country, just $30 shy of Cost2Drive’s prediction. Not bad.