Remember when you were little and you had to play games in the car to channel your limitless energy or stay occupied so your parents would not go crazy? I was a huge state license plate finder – always trying to find that Hawaii, Alaska or Montana plate. Much like that, during our road trip I made a tally of things I saw to keep me from driving Matt crazy by reverting to singing all the show tunes on my iPod.
So here they are:
Miles traveled: 2,489
Nights: 5, in PA, IL, SD, WY and MT.
States/Districts passed through: DC, MD, WV, PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, SD, WY, MT.
Bucks spent on gas: $708.76 – ouch, dragging a car and all you belongings can be a drag on your wallet.
Bunnies (possible vampires as were only spotted at night): 6
Wind turbines: 379
Deer: 267 – this includes Antelope, regular lady deer, bucks and rocks in the distance that looked like deer.
Fake lawn deer: 31
Jackalopes: 2 (worth googling)
Tolls paid: $0!!!
Emergency naps: 1
Bags of candy: 3.5 – Smarties, Sour Patch Kids, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and beef jerky (that’s considered candy out here).
Prairie Dogs: 44, worlds most adorable varmints.
Looking back it was a great trip, something everyone should do once and only once, trust me.
When we rolled into town the real hard work began….unpacking, fitting all my junk into a wee home and fixing all the little things that go wrong with a 1940’s bungalow that may not have been updated since then.
We have re-papered all of the cabinets, re-styled the grandma fans, re-placed the dirty blinds and re-planted everything in the raised bed gardens (I have the sunburn and broken back to prove it). I took before and after pics of all my little projects and will post them tomorrow.
There is much to be done, but I think I will go get a glass of wine, sit on the front porch and watch the sky turn pink and a thunderstorm roll in. Night!