I’ve been driving across the country for the last several days, and thought I’d share some of the memories….both the good and the bad. LOL. If you’ve ever driven any length of distance with children in the car, I’m sure you feel my pain.
On the whole, the trip was fun. It’s always fun to travel with the girls, letting them see some sites, play in hotel rooms, listen to some books on CD, and play car games. Well, play the games with the oldest now that she can understand them.
My route for heading out was through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and up through the desert of Nevada. Stops included, Amarillo TX, Tucumcari NM, Albuquerque NM, Gallop NM, Winslow AZ, Flagstaff AZ, Kingman AZ, Las Vegas NV, Beatty NV, Tonopah NV, Hawthorne NV, and finally the last stretch to Reno NV.
Traveling through Texas and half of New Mexico, the scenery is fairly pretty. Just like in Oklahoma, everything is green in Texas. The girls napped, watched Wreck It Ralph several times, and colored in their coloring books. We arrived at the hotel room about 3pm and it was nice to relax outside of the car.
So, instead of leaving at 3:30am we left at 2:30am. Boy was I mad when I figured that out, which was after we were already in the car.
The scenery was more on the boring side until we reached Flagstaff. I’ve always loved driving through forests of pine trees. It makes me think of Lake Tahoe. Oklahoma has pine trees, but not like west coast. The girls had another day of napping, coloring, and watching Wreck It Ralph again—even though I brought other movies…several of them. We arrived in Las Vegas about 2pm.
After staying in Las Vegas for a day and a half visiting family, we were back on the long stretch of I95 up through Nevada. To my shock, it rained off and on the whole trip, and we even hit snow in Tonopah. It was actually nice because it made for some prettier scenery than all the other times I’ve made the trip, and the cooler weather kept me from needing to use the air conditioner—which is always nice with my gas hog of a vehicle.
License Plates we saw: 1. Minnesota, 2. Tennessee, 3. Idaho, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Maryland, 6. California, 7. Texas, 8. New Mexico, 9. Ohio, 10. Pennsylvania, 11. Florida, 12. Missouri, 13. Maine, 14. North Carolina, 15. Oregon, 16. Illinois, 17. Utah, 18. Connecticut, 19. Mississippi, 20. Colorado, 21. Washington, 22. Nebraska, 23. New Jersey, 24. Virginia, 25. Iowa, 26. New York, 27. Alabama, 28. Kansas, 29. Arkansas, 30. Georgia, 31. Indiana, 32. Oklahoma, 33. Arizona, 34. Massachusetts, 35. Montana, 36. New Hampshire