Where do I start?
Should I first begin to explain my parents (incredibly insane) decision to drive all the way across the country? Or that they insisted on driving our huge green truck (that runs on vegetable oil) loaded with 3,500 pounds of oil so that we’d have enough to make it the 7,500 miles there and back?
I’ll admit, at first I was quite skeptical of the three week long road trip. Call me crazy, but between 10 hour days crammed into a not-so-big truck with my family of four, and the hankering I felt to have a normal summer hanging out with friends, I was less than trilled to reluctantly agree to the adventure.
And that is exactly what it has been; an adventure.
During the first week we made it through Oregon, Idaho (where we saw Shoshone Falls)
Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Conneticut, and, our final destination, Massachusetts.
I’ll just say riding in a car for a week solid is not my idea of… fun.
When we arrived in Massachusetts we were all just very happy our big truck made it! It was a relatively relaxing vacation, filled with spending time with family, shopping and even a weekend getaway to Newport, RI (another state visited, check!)
On the drive home (which I am currently in the middle of) we have made it through Massachusetts, New York (and visited Niagara Falls)
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota (where we saw Mount Rushmore), And Wyoming.
Later today we should be in, or around, Yellowstone National Park where we are planning to spend a full day and two nights.
Along the way, I have learned a good number of things. For example, never expect too much from low costing hotel rooms; you may find blood on the floor, damp sheets, questionable complimentary breakfasts, a tv that turns it’s self off or that your room is in the basement…. I’ve also found that finding good, mom and pop restaurants on the road is not as easy as Guy Fieri makes it seem; be cautious of mediocre diner food, a plethora of fast food (where, if you order chicken, you should be sure to watch out for something that looks more like a sponge than meat), wilted salads and nothing but big chain restaurants. Also, driving for hours on end makes me want to do nothing but sleep, ironically.
I now know all the lyrics to twenty one pilot’s vessel and blurry face album songs (because I’m the type of person who listens to the same songs for 3 weeks long). It pains me to admit that I am now a coffee drinker, whereas, a few months ago I wanted nothing to do with the substance. Also, so far I have read six books during my car time, including Blue Like Jazz, The Summer I turned Pretty trilogy, Wonder, & The good, the bad and the grace of God. All lovely books by the way, which I would completely recommend.
But the largest thing I have learned during these past 2 and 1/2 weeks is that I love Oregon the most. Although many states are beautiful, something will always draw me to Oregon, my home- overflowing with adventure and really, the nicest people I know.
However, all of this said, I have (and still am) really enjoying our adventure and I wouldn’t trade these past weeks for anything in the world. I got to spend quality time with my family, grow closer to God and see many wonderful things, which is something to be grateful for is you ask me. //
Something that is more than prominent throughout the whole United States is simple… God is love, beauty and grace. His work is everywhere, and I am blessed beyond words to have been able to see so much of it this summer.
What have you guys been doing this summer? And where have you been to?
Love all. Love Madeline💜💜
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