Monthly Archives: March 2016

We Made It!

Sorry for the delay…I blame long days and a lack of WiFi. But in case you were wondering WE MADE IT TO NEEDLES!

We left the Blue Swallow Motel around 8AM. Well…make that closer to 8:05AM (they almost left me in Tucumcari!)

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After a couple of hours, we found the singing highway in Tijeras, NM.

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The blue sign says “Reduce speed to 45 MPH to hear the song!”

Soon after that, we arrived in Albuquerque where we made an extended pit stop for donuts, thrift shops, and lunch.

The tricky part about finding lunch was it was a Friday during Lent (no meat!) While Mom popped into one last thrift shop, Glenda and I decided to cross a busy street with no crosswalks to a restaurant on the other side called The Grill. One glance at the menu told us there was no fish to be had. We asked the lady at the front counter if there was a place nearby that did have fish. She said to ask the man sitting behind us, so we did. He said, “Yeah, here!” We were slightly confused, but it turned out that he was the owner of the restaurant. He had some fish in stock for his own personal use, but he offered to make us 3 servings just because we asked! (Thanks, Phil!)

After Albuquerque we drove almost straight to Laughlin–our goal for the night.We arrived in Laughlin, NV late Friday night and drove the final half hour on Saturday.

JOURNEY TO THE MOJAVE DESERT–DAYS 3&4

HOURS DRIVEN: 10.5

MILES DRIVEN: 703

STATES VISITED: 4 (New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California)

Current Location: Needles, CA

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We’re FINALLY Not in Kansas Anymore

Hello Beautiful People!

Today was a long day and I don’t have the greatest internet connection right now so I’m going to keep this short. I’ll hopefully be able to catch you up on particulars in a day or two, but here’s the short version:

Kansas takes forever to drive through. And it mostly looks like this.

Kansas Countryside

This was the view from the window for most of the day today.

We stopped for the night at this really neat place called the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM.

I’m pretty tired and this chair in my room looks very inviting, so I’m signing off for now!

Comfy Chair

Doesn’t this armchair look super comfy??

 

We should reach our final destination tomorrow evening after a mere 10 hours of driving!

JOURNEY TO THE MOJAVE DESERT–DAY 2

HOURS DRIVEN: 13

MILES DRIVEN: 796

STATES VISITED: 6 (Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico)

Current Location: Blue Swallow Motel (On Historic Route 66) Tucumcari, NM

My Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Hello, Beautiful People!

My apologies for the 6 month hiatus. I haven’t gotten around to typing much since I discovered the connection between Emily Dickinson and Harry Potter. I could give you a detailed account of my life in that time, but I think I’ll just go with, “I bagged a lot of groceries,” and leave it at that.

Now, though, I’m foreseeing LOTS of new blog posts because (drum roll, please ./././././././)

I’m going to spend the next 5 months as a botany intern in the Mojave Desert! That means new sights to see, a new ecosystem to learn about, new plant species to identify, and lots of new roads to get lost on! Oh, and I start on Monday.

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My mom and I left the house at 7AM. One day down, two to go before we reach Needles, CA!

I set off from Phelps, WI this morning with my mother at 7AM. We drove for most of the day and ended up in Des Moines, IA. According to Google, we only need 24 more hours of straight driving time before we make it to our end goal of Needles, CA by Friday evening!

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Rounding out our merry band is my Aunt Glenda who agreed to move me halfway across the country!

The plan for tomorrow is to drive for 13 hours! I’ll hopefully report back then!

JOURNEY TO THE MOJAVE DESERT–DAY 1

HOURS DRIVEN: 9

MILES DRIVEN:507

STATES VISITED: 3 (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa)