Friday, July 12, 2013

Chronicle of The Move, Part I

We've been without internet for a few weeks, thanks to complications with the move. Sometimes, it just takes a few days (or more) to get everything installed in a new home.

We are (semi-officially) moved in!

Granted, we are still unpacking boxes, but they are more than half way finished, and we have all of our utilities set up! Most importantly, the KITCHEN is unpacked - which means we can actually cook here! Yes, I'd call that moved in.

I now feel that I have the time to go through our crazy moving adventure, which began a month and a half ago. Without further ado, here it is.

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Part I: The Road Trip.

We started in North Carolina, prepared for our 10+ day adventure to California with a caravan of my car, the Jeep hauling a camper, and the pets! 

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On Day 1, we made it all the way to the great state of...North Carolina! Although we intended tto go quite a bit farther, the camper trailer blew a tire near Asheville, and we had to have it fixed. Twice. We stopped for the night, and made it to Memphis after a long drive the next day...which included a stop for a THIRD tire! Apparently, these things come in threes.

Our road trip continued on through Oklahoma City, where we narrowly missed a tornado that overturned several trucks at a truck stop right next to the campground where we stayed!

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We also stopped in Amarillo, TX, where we enjoyed some amazing steaks at the Big Texan. The entire day, we'd seen signs advertising their "free" 72oz steak dinner...if you can eat it all in an hour. We watched two young men attempt it during our dinner. We weren't about to try!

One of my favorite stops along the way was in Albuquerque, NM. We were lucky enough to catch up with one of my friends from active duty time, and it had been a year since I'd seen her! I was happy to enjoy some sopapillas while were there, too, and of course, we visited some of the sights while we were there.

We continued on to Arizona, making stops at the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, and a full day at the Grand Canyon. Arizona provided some of the most amazing views of the entire trip. It was incredible. 

Unfortunately, it lead to our last border crossing of the trip, and our road trip wound to a close. Look out for the next part of our move. I'll talk about our arrival in San Diego, a quick visit with my parents in Los Angeles, and finally, our arrival in Monterey!

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