Friday, March 6, 2015

Last Full Day of Driving

Day Five on the road to California and our last full day of driving. Our cross-country odyssey is nearly over.  I think Sebastian is ready to switch up the adventure to something that doesn’t involve riding nearly every daylight hour.

We began the day in New Mexico, passed through Arizona and ended the day in California.

Here are a few shots of various landscapes we passed through.

The views were beautiful in every direction.

I think I had always dreamed of driving all the way across the country from one coast to the other,

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but I’m not sure I ever thought it would happen and for sure, I never imagined the trip would materialize in the form of moving our daughter to the other side of it.

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This sign was the one we had in our sights since first time we climbed into the truck.

Now the other part of the adventure begins.

love & hugs,

signature   &   sebastiansigns

Thursday, March 5, 2015

On the Road to California – Day 4

Here we are at Day 4 of our grand adventure westward.  At this point we have more behind us than we have ahead of us.  We began Day 4 in Abilene, Texas.  Again another gray day but no rain for which we were thankful.

Texas is a very large state and the landscape was varied.  At first we saw a lot of these wind turbines, mostly around Sweetwater.

We saw many of these 5 years ago when we went to Iowa.  Even having seen them before their size and quiet whishing is still impressive.

We also saw a lot of oil wells.  We were in Texas after all.  Sometimes we saw wind turbines and oil wells in the same field.

The land is vast and expansive which is reflected in the highest speed limit we have seen in our travels in the US.

 

As you can see in the photo above and the one below, we began to see a little bit of blue in the sky and the flat land gave way to mountains rising in the distance.

Then, finally, a Texas mountain under a nice blue sky!

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Soon the sun began to set and it was dark when we crossed into New Mexico.  I made a valiant attempt to take a photo of the welcome sign.  Use your imagination on this one.

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Thus ends our travels on Day 4.

love & hugs,

signature   &   sebastiansigns

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

On the Road to California – Day 3

Day 3 began in Arkansas and ended in Texas. Sebastian, your sign?

Here are a few photos taken on the road in between.

Again the weather was gray and cold. This was taken in Fort Smith, Arkansas. What I learned about Arkansas in the little time we were there: It has some very friendly people. There was one gentleman who waited on us as we headed out of town who claimed to be the orneriest and meanest fellow in the county. As hard as he tried to convince me of it, I just didn’t believe it. It was a good laugh to start our travels.

Fort Smith is the home of the only former brothel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I’m a tad curious about that one. What makes a brothel historic?! Fort Smith might be on my list of places to go back to one day – when I can see what makes this western town famous.

Shortly after getting on the road we passed into Oklahoma.

There was still some snow on the ground in places. I took this photo which seemed pretty typical of the landscape.

The day before I had heard there was a winter storm a couple of states away that was on our route so we turned south towards Dallas, Texas hoping to avoid it.

Sebastian asked me to include this photo of him I took when we stopped for a bite.

He wanted to see if you could guess what he is sitting on but I said it was pretty obvious if one took the time to really look closely. 

That’s all for Day 3 from me & Sebastian.

love & hugs,

signature   &   sebastiansigns

Monday, March 2, 2015

On the Road West – Day 2

For us, day 2 on the road began in Tennessee. That’s your cue Sebastian.

The weather was rainy and gray all day.  We saw this from the road but we have no idea what it was.  Very curious looking pyramid.

We crossed the mighty Mississippi River and that was exciting but went by quickly.

In the same breath we crossed the state line into Arkansas.

And this photo was taken in Arkansas somewhere between the Tennessee state line and the Oklahoma state line!  You can see still raining. 

Two days behind us.  Just a few more to go.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

On the Road West – The Beginning

We are on what we are calling The Grand Adventure – moving our lovely and talented daughter to the other coast. From North Carolina to California – one mile at a time. There are twenty-three hundred of them or 2,300 miles. This is one part of our wagon train.

Sebastian is with us. He let me take his photo this way but insisted he would not be riding 2300 miles backwards!

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We’ll be spending most of our days heading down the interstate highway so I venture to guess that most of my photos will be taken from the cab of the truck going 60 miles per hour like this one.

These were taken just before we left our home state of North Carolina. So beautiful. I love where we live!

Then we crossed the line into Tennessee. I hope I don’t miss any of these state signs as we make our way across the USA.

Here’s the first photo I took in Tennessee. The ones following were very blurry so I won’t bother to post them.

So that was our Day One. Westward Ho!

love & hugs,

signature   &   sebastiansigns

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Covered Bear and Others

Now that Sebastian has shared his fun in the snow, I thought I would share a few photos I took today after the snow accumulated overnight. But first, remember this little bear from a previous post?

Here’s what he looked like today.

This is a lot of snow for us.  Poor trees!

Another view.

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Even the chains on the swing set.

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Finally, our Japanese Maple.

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Stay warm and cozy if you’re on this side of winter.

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