Okay, just a quick update from the road. Moving day (July 10) couldn’t have gone better. The movers showed up just before 8:00, loaded up, and drove off around 3:00. (It was a little weird watching someone drive off with almost everything we own.) We had originally planned to leave the next morning, but we decided just to hit the road that afternoon. So we loaded up our camping gear, had an early dinner with family, and were on the road by 6:00. After a gloriously sunny drive up the Columbia River Gorge, we pressed on to Spokane and collapsed in our hotel room, which I booked en route, just after midnight. A long day, but a good one.
Since then, we’ve spent two nights in Yellowstone (got soaked the first night), one night near Mt. Rushmore, and one night at a random hotel along the freeway. (We were supposed to camp again, but we wimped out.) Along the way, we have visited (or at least driven through) 2 national parks, 2 national forests, 2 national grasslands, 1 national memorial, and 3 state parks. I asked my girls what they thought about the trip so far, and here are the highlights.
Things the Girls Loved
- Mammoth Hot Springs
- Midway Geyser Basin
- Norris Geyser Basin
- The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
- Wall Drug
- Badlands Loop Drive
- Swimming at the hotel
- Audio books in the car
Things the Girls Didn’t Love
- Old Faithful (they liked it, but thought it was overrated)
- Mount Rushmore (same here)
- Corn Palace (thought this was a waste of time)
- Getting rained on and not being able to make smores (but they liked playing games in the tent)
- Hours in the car (they’ve actually done very well with this)
All in all, the trip has gone very well. We arrive in the Wheaton area this afternoon and we close on our new house tomorrow. We’ll spend one night “camping out” in our new house waiting for our stuff to arrive. (According to the company’s tracking software, our truck is currently in eastern Wyoming.) And then it’s time to unpack and settle in.
We’d appreciate continued prayers with the transition, but overall we’re encouraged by how well things have gone so far.