On the Road to San Francisco

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).

The movers are loaded. Some Free Stuff leftover.

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.

We fit! We are all “happy.”

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!

We ride into the sunset out of Philly for the last time.

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.

Uniontown PA. Nights 1, 2, and 3.

We didn’t do a lot today. Just recovering from the move.

Day 3: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hiking a Rails-to-Trails trail.
Thad and Laura and hidden friend in the woods.

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.

Our Little Cabin in the Woods. Hot!
A nice meal over the fire.

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.

Dad and Connie join us at Lake Monroe.
A nice fire/cooking area.

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.

Parade of Golf Carts.

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!

Double rainbow, man. Photo by Stephanie Blank.
Dogs get to have a little play time.

Day 9: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We got some chores done today: some laundry, cleaning, and dog-walking.

Louis, The Regal Beagle, watches the Human Show (as he calls it).