Last week, my wife and I went on a cross-country journey to move our daughter from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Seattle, Washington. Yes, that’s right, we drove cross-country on a family trip in January. To top it off, my daughter has two cats and two birds. Seems we’ve lost our marbles.
Part of me dreaded the trip, while another part of me was looking forward to spending more time with my daughter and, of course, helping her get to her new job with Microsoft in Seattle. I’m so proud of her!
There was no time to stop and look at the places we’ve never been, and that was a struggle. But after driving for 8.5 hours and then realizing the round-trip drive to a nearby national monument is another hour makes you change your mind about seeing it in that moment.
Case in point: We stopped for the night in Rapid City after driving all day. At first, we thought it would be cool to see Three Surveyors and Some Other Guy at night, since they light it up every evening. We’ve never seen the “boys on the hill” (as my wife calls it) before, but it just wasn’t in the cards.
One thing is for sure — we took in all the sights we could along the way. None of us had ever entered most of the states through which we traveled. Each state was beautiful in its own way but it wasn’t until we reached Western Montana that my chin hit the floorboard. Absolutely stunning countryside. My wife and I are already planning a trip to stay and explore Montana in the near future.
Another great feature of this trip were the never-ending sunsets. Since we were chasing the sun, and we didn’t hit any rain or snow, the sunsets were spectacular and lasted for hours!
By now, you may be wondering if I’m going to make a point with this story. Nope! Just wanted to ramble and share my experience with you all. If you want to catch-up on the trip, i.e. see how we planned it, progressed through it, and finally arrived in Seattle, check out this thread where I started out by asking for advice on the route we would take.
Note: You must be logged in to SurveyorConnect to read our travel saga, since it is posted in General Chit Chat. It’s not surveying-related, so it’s not public. 🙂
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