Hi folks! Today’s post is for a Swap-bot swap. This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests, share something that made me happy during the month of September.
September was a month of changes for me. The biggest change, aside from a job as a therapist that requires a masters degree (no pressure there, right?) was that we moved from North Carolina where we’d be living for a year on the boarder with Virginia, to Southern Utah. Talk about big. I drove the whole way. Kansas was the worst of it. Very flat, lots of farms. At one point, I called my dad to talk and the GPS said I had 3 hours to go till I hit Colorado. I talked for an hour and a half (I had to stop for gas). The GPS still said I had three hours to go. I wish I was kidding (please don’t be offended if you are from Kansas, I’m sure it’s a lovely state).
So, photo heavy post coming up! The kids left North Carolina before I did and in August, so the last picture we have of all of us with the Andy Griffith statue outside the Andy Griffith Theater and Andy Griffith Museum will have to wait for another day. But here I am on my trip, with my traveling companion Trek, the three foot tall triceratops.
He belongs to my daughter, and had I not said I would bring him in the car with me, she would have attempted to cram him into her suit case.
The first day, I made it from where I was in North Carolina, up through Virginia (to hit up a few Virginia LOVEworks signs) into Tennessee and ended the night outside the Nashville Tennessee LDS Temple where I spent the night (in an attempt to save money I slept in the car all but one night). I saw the Grand Ole Opry and downtown Nashville, which apparently doesn’t open until 10:00.
Day two saw me making a visit to the cemetery where many of my grandpas relatives are buried, though no one lives in Tennessee now. I pushed through and stopped in Metropolis Illinois where they have a giant Superman statue. I caught a glimpse of the Mississippi River, the St. Louis Arch, the LDS temple in St. Louis, the Ohio River, and I don’t even remember it all (and not in that order). I spent the night at the Kansas City LDS temple. I had hopped to make it a bit further, but I was falling asleep at the wheel and decided to error on the side of caution.
Day three brought the Missouri River, and Kansas…yeah. I was ready to be done by that point I think. However, I did get to stop at the “Brown vs. Board of Education” memorial site in Topeka, and the Russel Stover factory, which was good for chocolate. I hit Colorado, and then Denver just about dinner time. I visited the Denver temple and then, took advantage of a friend who lives near Denver and spent the night in a real bed and with a hot shower. Life was good, despite Kansas.
Day four was my last day on the road. I stopped to see the grave of my great grandfather. Half an hour, two grounds people, and several phone calls latter, it was discovered that he never had a headstone. So instead of pictures of grave stones as I took in Tennessee, I took a picture of a lovely patch of grass that was freshly mowed. I hit Utah just after 6:00 pm, and drove another four or five hours till I hit my parents house. Where I collapsed into my mom’s rocking recliner and slept all night.
I swear in the two weeks I was separated from my kids, my daughter grew about three inches and is now wearing the same size shoe as I am. This wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t for the fact that she’s 10, and I’m just not ready. One of the best parts of Southern Utah is the close proximity to the beautiful red rocks. The Navajo Sandstone that forms the backdrop to my daily commute is the same formation that forms the Grand Canyon. I do so love this part of the country.