Day 1: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
On Tuesday, June 16, exactly 30 years from the day we met, Laura and I started our journey from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Our kids, Thaddeus and Stephanie are travelling with us, and will live with us in SF, at least for a time. Also travelling with us are Gracie and Louis (the dogs), and Kali (the goddess of the underworld, and cat).
After a long day working with the movers, we all tried to cram into the car. It was after 8 pm, and we were all exhausted. The two big questions we had: would everything fit into the car, and would the cat behave. We had gotten a car-top carrier (no animals there, Mitt) to help. This is a fairly small car for a long trip (Kia Niro). We fit! At 8:16 pm we began to head west.
Now for the second question: would the cat behave. Well, about 1 hour into our first 5 hour leg, there was a terrible smell emanating from the wayback. Kali was just in a cat-carrying bag, without a litter box. Oh, dear god, not yet!
Good news: it was just a Cat Fart! The worst ever created and smelled, but it was passed, and then passed within a few minutes. We continued.
We pulled up to the Cabin just after 1 am, quickly unloaded, and fell asleep.
Day 2: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Are we there yet? No. Fourteen days left. Our plan is to stay at each location on our trip two nights. For this first stop however, we are staying three nights (because we weren’t sure if the movers were coming on Wednesday or Thursday). It is a nice little cabin with two bedrooms, kitchen, and shower.
We didn’t do a lot today. Just recovering from the move.
Day 3: Thursday, June 18, 2020
We did some hiking around the campsite.
Day 4: Friday, June 19, 2020
Juneteenth, the day the last enslaved people found out about the emancipation proclamation! Today we travel from Uniontown PA to Indianapolis, IN. We will stay at Lake Monroe near where Laura and I went to grad school, Indiana University, Bloomington. We were hoping to stop some in Indianapolis, but we got into town too late, and decided to head straight to Lake Monroe.
Day 5: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Dad and Connie were able to come down from Indy and meet us near the Four Winds at Lake Monroe. I don’t think Laura nor I had been there since our wedding in 1994.
One of the weird things this evening was a Parade of Golf Carts that went up and down the path by our cabin. But they threw out dog treats, so it was ok.
Day 6: Sunday, June 21, 2020
Today we take off for Des Moines, IA. Long day of driving, but we crossed the Mississippi River.
Day 7: Monday, June 22, 2020
A restful day in Des Moines.
Day 8: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
A long day of travel from Des Moines, IA, across Nebraska, briefly through Wyoming and then into Colorado. As we crossed into Colorado we were greeted by a nice rainstorm, and a double rainbow!
Day 9: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
We got some chores done today: some laundry, cleaning, and dog-walking.