I finished my postlude on Sunday, September 17th then we were outta town! Wendy and I were on the road to Michigan at 12:17 p.m. in my new(ish) Prius. Although it's smaller, we were able to fit everything into it and averaged 48 mpg all the way to Michigan ($82 in gas total!). Jazz, my German Shepherd, is staying with Chelsea.
The first day of travel (which was only a half-day since we left in the afternoon) took us to Amarillo, Texas. We went through New Mexico and drove through a beautiful pine area called Ruidoso. The rest of New Mexico looked just like Arizona, although we did see a few alien-themed items on the side of the road as we approached Roswell. No U.F.O. sightings this time. Darn!
Wendy: There was lightning happening inside some clouds over Roswell as we passed through, so we can't totally rule out the lack of UFO sightings...
Also, while there's no point in spending a lot of money to crash somewhere for just a few hours, is it so much to ask that a place not have paper thin walls, extremely weak water pressure, and sticky, fake hardwood floors?
J: On the second day of travel, we were able to get to Effingham, Illinois. Traffic was actually really great the whole way to Michigan. No major holdups or accidents to be seen! When we entered Missouri we could tell the leaves on the trees were just beginning to turn. The hotel in Effingham was terrible.
W: "Terrible" is an understatement. Rock hard beds, a half-empty water bottle on the nightstand left from either a maid or previous occupant, again with the water pressure being non-existent, and this time, a curved shower curtain rod that tilted downward, forcing the curtain to fall away from the walls on both sides throughout the shower, soaking my clothing in a humid state, thick with fog (see below) as we left the room. Oh, and I can't forget the musty, smoke smell. Ugh.
J: I was totally making fun of Wendy for the brown spots on the back of her legs. It's pretty muddy in Michigan (especially since we're staying on a dirt road) and when she gets out of the car, her leg brushes the mud on the car. She thought it was really funny when I was caught with mud on my leg, too! We are being more careful now...
J: This is a true story! I was standing by the kitchen sink at the house in Michigan. I was looking out the window and thinking how nice it must be to have this great view of the woods while you wash dishes. I thought to myself (I'm being serious!), "It would be so cool to see a deer while you do dishes." I looked a little further to the right, and there they were. Two young bucks - standing right there! I quickly grabbed a picture through the window so please forgive the reflections.