Hi friends! Did you have a nice long weekend? An extra day off is always the best, isn’t it? In case you’re new around here or haven’t visited in a while, I’m about halfway through my cross-country road trip from Washington, DC to Seattle, WA.
For those of you needing to play catch-up:
Today, I’m writing to your from Castle Rock, Colorado after covering over 1,600 miles since last Wednesday. As a reminder, I drove solo from Washington, DC to Columbia, MO; stopped for 3 days in Columbia to spend time with family; and now my mom and I are finishing the last leg of the trip together.
Days 2-5: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado
Being home in Missouri is always a small shock to the system. There is a lot more land and space than what I’m used to in DC, and it was a nice treat to spend some time with family and let my mom pamper me with home cooked food 🙂
Before my mom and I hit the road again, my whole family stopped over in Kansas City, MO to see the Addam’s Family musical dinner show. I wasn’t sure what to expect (honestly, I thought it was going to be really cheesy) but it was great! The food was amazing and the show was super entertaining. What a fun sendoff!
↑ Hipster Barbie inspired me
I’ve been (f)unemployed for less than a week now, but I’m loving it. Obviously this isn’t a sustainable lifestyle, but the break has been wonderful. I also feel very lucky that I’m able to see so much of the United States on this trip. While the drive through the midwest wasn’t the most scenic, it was still beautiful to see so much wide open space.
I’ve taken about a million photos already, so here is a deluge of some of my favorites. Fewer words, more pretty photos 🙂
↑ Homemade latte using my dad’s fancy equipment 🙂
↑ Water tower in Columbia, MO
↑ Wind turbines in Kansas
↑ But first, coffee from Mildred’s Coffeehouse in Kansas City, MO. (P.S. my mom is almost 60 – let’s hope I get these genes!)
↑ Nightly walk around the neighborhood with my dad
↑ Couldn’t help but take a photo in front of this 🙂
↑ The most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen on our way through the Colorado plains
↑ The most authentic Mexican Food I’ve ever had at El Renaldo’s in Burlington, CO
↑ Shelby, my aunt & uncle’s adorable husky
↑ More gorgeous view in Colorado
↑ Can you spot my mom? This is one of the wings from a wind turbine.
↑ We tried to stop at Alma Creamery in Kansas, but they were closed 🙁 I still loved the yellow truck!
↑ Hiking in Colorado
We are headed to Wyoming and the Grand Tetons tomorrow. We’re staying at a little log cabin and I’m looking forward to more of a ‘rustic’ feel. I think the scenery will also be a little prettier on this side of the country 🙂
Side note: I finished reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and I’m curious: what are your thoughts? It was darker than what I was anticipating and I thought the middle dragged on. However, the character development was phenomenal and Hawkins’ use of imagery drew me in. I’m so torn!
- Have you read The Girl on the Train?
- Any good mystery or thriller books to recommend?
- How was your Labor Day weekend?
- Anyone starting school this week?