Monday, January 16, 2012

Road Trip Day 1 and 2

Wow we have had a long couple days. We left bright and early Sunday morning at 7:00 am. Getting out of Holland was thrilling and sad. I just kept thinking to myself... wow am I seriously doing this? Its not avoidable really but the further and further away we got from Holland, and eventually out of Michigan, I got more excited. We spent a while crossing Illinois. The snow piles kept getting smaller and smaller. We got into St. Louis and decided to stop and see the Arch. I was very excited to see it. Wow was it huge! We had planned on going to the top but unfortunately it was too long of a wait so we had to scrap the idea and continue on. However, I was able to get some pictures that I'm happy with. Getting out of St. Louis was interesting. We wanted to stop at a Starbucks but kept having a hard time finding one. We eventually found one but then we wanted to gas up after that and had a hard time finding a gas station. It took a while but we eventually got out of St. Louis and across Missouri. At the end of the day we stopped in Miami, Oklahoma to call it a night. 
Today went smooth. We made it across the prairie lands of Oklahoma. It wasn't the most breath taking scenery but it was fun seeing all the cows and horses. There were many billboards and signs talking about the Native American history of the area. As we drove it kept getting warmer and warmer. It was also extremely windy. We saw a lot of wind turbines, which I thought was great. Lets hear it for renewable energy right?! We got out of Oklahoma and into Texas. Everyone talks about how big Texas is but I think it was the state we spent the least amount of time in. We only crossed the pan handle which is the north part of Texas and its the smallest. We passed Amarillo which was just a couple hours north of Lubbock which is where my mom was born. There was a Starbucks in Amarillo that we ended up stopping at. There were many people who had accents and even saw cowboy hats. The south is great. We got out of Texas and into New Mexico where we switched into Mountain time! The sun was setting when we started to see the mountains. The road continued to get curvier and steeper as we traveled through the dark. I was bummed I couldn't see the mountains better but tomorrow we will get to see plenty of them. We are currently in Albuquerque resting for the night. Its been a great couple days. Tomorrow we are going to see the Grand Canyon. I'm very excited. Here are some pictures of course. =) 

Missouri Sky

He's been doing such a great job!

Me being a dork... =) 

Sun Setting in Oklahoma

Land in Oklahoma

In the car

My bear Bernie had his own seat

Loved seeing all this renewable energy in Texas!

More Wind Turbines 

New Mexico

Only 2 more days! 

~Vanessa M. Martinez

1 comment:

  1. Safe travels Vanessa! Love hearing about your drive :)