Texas To Washington… Part 2

Day 2 of our roadtrip found us waking up in Kansas and a huge storm passing through. Thankfully the worse of it was in Wichita and we only had a side of it in Salina. We waited for it to pass a little bit and for a break in the rain, once that happened we made a break for the car… Of course right as we got out the door it started pouring again. So we got pretty soaked loading up but that’s ok.

We drove and when we got to the border at Kansas and Nebraska we crossed the street to take pictures at the Kansas sign since we missed it the day before as well as taking pictures with the Nebraska sign. It was really windy so don’t mind my crazy hair in those photos.

We covered a lot of ground this day, we spent that night in South Dakota, but as I was going through photo’s I was already at 20 photos to share before even making it to South Dakota and the Badlands. So I’m breaking this day up into 2 posts. The photos are from all morning and early afternoon until we hit the South Dakota border.IMG_4137This is where Daphne spent the majority of the trip 🙂 We have lots of pictures of her right here but she just looks so cute sometimes you have to take a picture
IMG_4139 IMG_4157 IMG_4164 IMG_4166 IMG_4172Again please don’t mind my crazy hair. It was so windy out.
IMG_4178I live on a ranch in Texas and across the street are lots and lots of corn fields… But in June when we took this trip our cornfields in TX were close to 6 foot already and almost ready to be harvested… Here are the cornfields in Nebraska in June… It was a crazy difference
IMG_4194Daphne found Nebraska to be very, very boring
IMG_4199We saw this church while driving from a ways back and decided we needed to pull off the road and go take pictures of it. So pretty. Of course Daphne had to get in on the action and see why we were pulling over
IMG_4210 IMG_4215 IMG_4220IMG_4228 IMG_4231We saw the sign for the NE national forest and decided to pull off to stretch our legs a bit and let the dog get some energy out. We didn’t go too far into the forest because right as we pulled off they had this pretty little lake area to walk around so that’s what we did.
IMG_4233 IMG_4236 IMG_4241 IMG_4254 IMG_4264 IMG_4268The rest of Day 2 will be posted sometime soon! The rest of Day 2 is one of both Lydia’s and my favorite parts of the trip! Stay tuned…

 

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Texas To Washington… Part 1

Last month I took a major roadtrip… I went through 9 states in 4 days and got to see some amazing sites I thought I would never get a chance to see… And while the roadtrip was awesome and the sites beautiful there was still a sadness to the trip. You see my friend Lydia had decided to move back to Washington, and while I supported her decision 100% I was and still am very sad to see her go. But about a month before she moved she mentioned the possibility of me driving back with her and I jumped at the opportunity. We have taken many a roadtrip in our almost 4 years of being friends. So one last hoorah seemed fitting.

It started on Wednesday night the 3rd. She picked me up at my place and while we were loading my stuff and talking with Jamie, a friend who came to say goodbye we left the car doors open not realizing there were lots of mosquitos out. So as we started driving off we were being bit by lots of mosquitos. We killed most of them but not without getting a some blood on places in her car… We just hoped it was our blood… We stayed at our friends Jess and Laura’s up near Dallas and then said goodbye to them in the morning. We met our friend Georgeanne outside of Dallas at a cute little coffee shop called C2 Cafe, and hung out for about an hour. After that we said goodbye and officially got on the road!

So here are pictures from day 1 on the road. I’ll let the pictures do the talking and interject some info along the way…IMG_4003 IMG_4022 IMG_4033 IMG_4074We stopped to eat in Oklahoma City before going to the Oklahoma City bombing national monument. We had gotten a tour guide info magazine when we stopped at the rest stop right as we got into Oklahoma and it mentioned all the local places and when I saw Toby Keith’s I love this bar and grill I immediately got on my phone to check out what they had to eat and checked their prices. They had a pretty good lunch menu so it was a must stop… Mostly because I love Toby Keith!
IMG_4083 IMG_4087 IMG_4090 IMG_4094Why yes that is a disco saddle… Pretty awesome… Also awesome were these BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and freedom fries… The best BBQ pulled pork sandwich I have ever had!
IMG_4098 IMG_4101 IMG_4121 DSC06563 DSC06567 DSC06598 DSC06607 DSC06620After leaving the Memorial we got back on the road. I don’t remember why we didn’t actually stop at this sign to take pictures but we did take some at the border the next day. We spent the night in Salina Kansas.

Some other fun things to note about the day…

In Oklahoma they have several Scenic turnout signs… We decided to take one just to see… We pulled off the highway and look out… And it’s a field… There was a sign about what was happening to the ground that you couldn’t see since it was covered in grass…. So we get back on the freeway laughing and come upon the next scenic turnout… We thought well maybe that one was just a fluke so we exit again… There may have been one little foothill to see, but again just a field… We laughed about their scenic turnouts and didn’t take anymore.

As we are driving through Kansas we had this conversation… “It’s sure windy out there” said Juliann. “Well it is Kansas” said Lydia.

All in all it was a good first say on the road! And I promise to get the next days up soon!