Monday, July 22, 2013

PCS/ETS Road Trip

We officially got word that the Army will not be shipping our car to California for us.  After much deliberation we decided that our least expensive best option is to drive our car from Ohio to California.  For a couple of weeks now I've been bouncing back and forth between excitement and loathing disdain indifference.  I used to love road trips but it's been so long since we've spent more than a few hours in a car that I'm just not sure anymore.  That all changed when I sat down to plan out our route.


We're going to be on the road for only 4 very long days with two day long stops and a few overnight visits with friends/family.  

We're going to spend our first night at Fort Leavenworth visiting with Jason's best friend from college, his wife and their adorable son they recently adopted from Ethiopia.   We are so excited to meet Ephraim and see our friends.  Day 2 we'll have lunch with my friend Melissa and her family at Fort Riley then, and this was the surprise visit that threw me over the edge into complete excitement, we'll spend a night with our friend Ashley and her adorable children in Colorado (we only wish her husband could be there too).  You see, as part of my 30 while 30 I wanted to send 12 just because gifts and I know Ashley's son likes ninjas so I sent him a ninja t-shirt.  If I hadn't sent that box to Trevor, I wouldn't have learned that they'd recently moved right along our route.  It's amazing the way God takes our plans and rips them to shreds and presents us with even better plans that we could have imagined.  Day 3 we'll drive to Jason's mom's house in Utah and stay there for a day before driving to California.

It's going to be a lot of time on the road but the stops along the way will totally make up for the long hours in the car.  Have you ever driven any part of this route?  Know of any great places to stop along the way?  We're looking for restaurants, scenic views, tourist attractions, anything to break up the drive!

6 comments:

Aubrey said...

I struggle with road trips, but it sounds like you have some really fun stuff planned. I don't know if you'll have time or where exactly you will be in Utah, but it would be fun to meet up if it works out.

Kara said...

We drove from Ft Leonard Wood to Southern California in 2010. We drove to Denver the first day then stayed for 3 days with friends. We made it to our destination the next trip, but I wish we would have stopped more. It wasn't horrible, just boring when I couldn't get any cell signal.

Chantal said...

Yay road trips! We've made the LA to Georgia/Alabama drive TWICE.

Melissa Woodard said...

I know exactly how you feel! I will be driving quite a lot this week and next week too - Kansas to VA, VA to NC, NC back to VA, then southern VA to northern VA and back, and then from VA to KAnsas again... Although your trip almost sounds better! I do wish we could spend more time together, but I am totally thankful and siked that you all included us in your long travel plans, when you didn't have to! IT means SO much to me! :-) wishing you safe travels! :-)

Modern Camelot said...

I think your roadtrip sounds fun! I wish DC were on the way :)

JG said...

Sounds like you'll have a great trip! Enjoy!