Friday, February 5, 2010

Road Trip: Moving from OH to WA

It seems like forever since we made the trip, but in reality it was only 5 weeks ago. Joe flew to Ohio on Christmas Eve and 1 1/2 days later we got on the road. As I said before, we packed my trailblazer to the brim! And, although it was a project getting something out of it, it was nice to have the cooler Corey bought me for Christmas and all the food my mom gave us, including a plate full of cookies!

We had pretty decent weather, except for the snowstorm we ran into when we left (up until Columbus) and again in Idaho. The trip took us a total of 2 1/2 days... we drove through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois during the night. Iowa was the next state, and that seemed like it took all day to drive through! Very boring! Highlights include: windmills, the World's Largest Truckstop, and more windmills. Once we got into South Dakota, the plan was to stop at Mt. Rushmore and drive through the Badlands. Well, I didn't realize (until we got a brochure) that Mt. Rushmore closes after Christmas. (I just looked up when Mt. Rushmore reopens and it says it is open 7 days a week all year round except for Dec. 25th.... Bummer! I guess we could have gone!! I must have read the brochure wrong! It would have been nice to see in the winter.) We did however, get to drive through the Badlands. There wasn't much to see, but it was just nice to get off the highway for awhile. When you're in a car that long, the smallest things will excite you... deer frolicing in the wild, a Porky Pine hanging out on a tree branch...

After South Dakota we drove through part of Wyoming and then Montana. Montana is by far my favorite state to drive through. It is so beautiful! You'll see a couple great Mountain pictures I took through the windsheild. Once we got into Idaho we hit a couple snow storms driving through the mountain passes, but we made it through. Once you cross over the Idaho/Washington boarder, Spokane is only 15-20 minutes away.

So here I am, living in Spokane, Washington. 2200 miles away from the fam. Although it might be awhile, I can't wait to make a trip home. I recently got a job at Starbucks. I'm only working 20 hours a week right now, but I get benefits...if anything it will be a nice 2nd job. I get a free bag of coffee once a week and the great thing about it is I'm saving money by walking to work (it's only a 3 minute walk), but it's funny how walking to work and not relying on a car gives you such a pleasure. New York here I come! just kidding :) So Starbucks is good so far...minus smelling like a coffee bean when I get off work! My plan is to get something part time or even full time at one of the golf clubs in the area, working in the golf shop.

Other than that, nothing else is new... I committed to a 1/2 marathon (13 miles!!!) in May. Not sure what I was thinking, but Joe's sister asked me to do it with her & her friends. I haven't ran in a LoNG time, but it will be good for me...I need to start working out again. I've been trying to go antique shopping on my days off. I really love this cute little shop called the Vintage Rabbit here in town. I've found some cute buys. I traveled to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho was a perfect day...45 degrees, sunny, cute little shops, beautiful scenery...the only thing that was missing was Joe :)

I've including a slide show of our Road Trip. There aren't many pictures, but I hope you enjoy!


Kelli said...

Tabby~You are such a doll! I'm laughing about smelling like a coffee bean, I felt the same way when I was a barista. I always had to come home and shower after work. So glad you're getting settled in! You'll have to take some pics of your apt and put them on here so everyone can see how darling it is! I'm so excited for you to run the 1/2 marathon with me =) Hope to see you soon!
ps~i think it's super cute that your bro got you a cooler for xmas, and that your fam sent you with goodies for your roadtrip back to the west!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Kelli that you need to get some pictures of the apartment up so I can see what everything looks like! All of the pictures were really cute. CARL says hi. lol I miss you!

PS.... you can't see the background to well.... also I knew you updated your blog the moment you did, i just didn't have time to comment to it then.

*love Felicia.

Siri said...

Oh Tab I know it is difficult to move so far from your family (itsn't it strange that I was the other way around;)) but if it is any consolation I am happy that you are here! I am also excited that you are running the 1/2 marathon! It will be so fun. Give Spokane grows on you!!