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May 15th, 2011 (06:08 pm)

So now the responsible post...



Our first stop in Amarillo was a Walmart to pick up some spray paint to tag these.... So much fun! We spent a solid hour (at least) tagging and taking photos, and once we were done we of course took photos (including flat!Gibbs). It was so much fun!






* After the baseball game we took a carriage ride back to the hotel and passed this awesome buffalo herd. ;)



* Today, after breakfast with Mark Harmon *swoon*  we headed to the Cowboy and Indian museum. It was actually pretty dull, and waaaay too much art. Recent art. Like, wow, that was done in 1999... I want to see stuff from the old west.

Next we headed to the OKC bombing memorial and museum. I don't think I could top the photos of the memorial that I got last year, so I didn't take many, but going through the museum was new (and oh so very sad).

This clock was in the federal building and stopped on 9:02 when the blast went off. I don't remember much of it when it happened. I believe I was in Orlando on vacation, and I remember a bit of news coverage, but not much.





*A few things left on the fence outside. So many small personal things left behind.

Tomorrow will be a long day. I'm dropping Caitlin off at the airport at 5:30 and heading up through Kansas City to pick up my dad at the airport in Omaha. It's roughly 8.5 hours of driving, but I won't be late since I'm getting such an early start.

And yep, still swooning.

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May 15th, 2011 (04:37 pm)

I really hate to only talk about Mark Harmon when this is supposed to be a road trip blog, but at the same time... I can't help it! So I'll do two posts - one about the epic awesomeness that is Mark Harmon (i.e. Special Agent Gibbs on NCIS) and a second post with real photos of real things other than MH.

Yesterday was the baseball game, and as much as I dislike baseball... it wasn't that bad (they also only played six innings). So here are my fav. photos from yesterday.







These are the same as those that have gone up on FB, but I realize not everyone that follows this is a FB friend (hi mom!) so...  yeah.

And I'm not really sure what to say about the game (his team did win 16-14), or about him other than... wowzers. Also, he was at breakfast this morning and blinded us with his pasty white legs as he was wear shorts and sandals (thankfully no socks). Kind of weird to be eating breakfast and listening to/looking at 'Gibbs'. A little surreal. And now, everywhere I go, I expect Mark/Gibbs to walk right in (and yes, total first name basis - though when I asked him to sign flat!Gibbs he totally remembered how to spell my name. Obvious BFF's).

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May 14th, 2011 (12:08 am)

Wow... I'm beginning to think some swoons last a life time.

I was going to make a big post about yesterday, driving through New Mexico, a bit of Texas and into Oklahoma, but today pretty much trumps all of that, so I'm going to just give a little play-by-play for this evening.

So we got to the bowling alley where the event was held (Mark Harmon's 11th annual charity... whatever) and as we're pulling in to the parking lot we see someone directing traffic and telling cars to go park down the street. We get up there and they ask for our VIP parking pass, otherwise we need to drive down the street. I don't have one, but I smile pretty and tell him I'm looking for Lisa because she has all my tickets. Turns out, Lisa is this guys wife, so he was like "well, in that case, here you go..." and slips a VIP pass in my car and lets us right in. Hells Yeah.

Mark Harmon showed up around 7 and I pretty much hit the floor. Not really, but close enough. I really don't feel like words are needed (only photos) so... enjoy.



*My first sighting of MH....



*This is actually the second time we spoke. He kept getting pulled away.



*Meeting flat!Gibbs for the first time. He was pretty amused and had his friend take our photo, too!



*Yep.


BEST. DAY. EVER

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May 11th, 2011 (11:55 pm)



Clearly I'm missing a post from the first day - yesterday - but we drove 13 hours to Salt Lake City and by the time we rolled into our hotel, we were done. We didn't even watch NCIS until this morning (more on that later).

Originally our plan was to be on the road by 5am so we could be in SLC by 8pm to watch NCIS. Unfortunately, the day before we left, my car... something with the window on the passenger side... and we had to bring it in yesterday morning at 8 for them to disconnect it, push it and prop it up. Fail. But not as much fail as driving to OKC with plastic taped in the window. So... lesser of evils.

The drive was long, but it took us only 14 hours to get to SLC (13 hour of actual driving with about an hour spread out over a few stops). It's been decided that Idaho is the armpit of America, as it pretty much smells like ass (no - it doesn't make it the ass of America, but I don't have enough time to type my reasoning for that one). It was a decent drive, only hitting one rain storm just in time to see a rainbow. Beautiful. My one beef with driving through SLC is the massive (read: 5-6) bulletins for getting a colonoscopy (sp?) - actually, after seeing that many HUGE signs, I shouldn't have any issue in spelling it.

(*spoiler alert - if you haven't seen NCIS/don't want to be spoiled, skip to the next paragraph*)
We totally checked twitter to find out who died on NCIS. We couldn't handle not knowing, and finding out it was Franks was heartbreaking - because I *know* him, damnit. We decided to put it off until this morning, partly because we were hoping CBS would issue a retraction on the episode, but mostly because we wanted one more night of Mike Franks being *alive* in our world ... also because it was shit-thirty in the morning.

So we were up and on the road at 8am. Made a quick stop for caffeine and breakfast - who knew Subway made tasty breakfast food? We asked about the colonoscopy signs because, well, we were curious, and apparently SLC has lost several 'famous' people to cancer that would've been treatable? Anyway... go get a colonoscopy, okay?

Once we made it through Provo, we headed up into the snowy hills. It was beautiful! As we made it back down from the hills, we drove through a canyon of red rock and the temperature jumped a million degrees, causing us to flip on the AC. We hit a bit more snow in Colorado, and a dust storm in Colorado as well. Just before curving into Colorado, we stopped at a view point (photo) above. There isn't much to look at, but the colors are gorgeous!

We made decent time to the Four Corners Monument - where the four states (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado meet). We did a little shopping, and probably between the two of us, supplied one family with a regular months worth of wages.... but hey, I hadn't been shopping in... awhile.



And yes, I know how many peoples' dirty feet have stood there. Whatevs.

From there we went in search of dinner. We stopped at a parking lot to see via the GPS what was near by - nothing. As we were discussing dinner options, a stray dog that had recently had puppies came over and peeked into my car window looking for food. We had a few chips that I tossed out but that was it. Then, we decided to go to sonic (only 3 blocks away). After ordering, and getting our food, suddenly the stray dog reappears. If I had the room in my car -- and didn't have to worry about what to do with her while I was at Mark Harmon's charity events Fri/Sat. she'd be coming home with me. She was just precious (I have a photo on my phone, I'll try and post). I ended up giving her half my chicken, so hopefully it helped her out. She was so skinny, and if she still had her puppies... poor girl.

But anyway, we're now in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the night. Long day planned for tomorrow as we make our way through a bit of New Mexico, Texas and into Oklahoma.

Cheers!

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April 19th, 2011 (08:59 am)

As the departure date for this newest (mini) road trip draws near - May 10th, baby - it's becoming more and more real. In three weeks I'll be headed out with every intention of meeting Mark Harmon. Actually, now that I've written that... I'm driving to the middle of nowhere (because lets be honest, it's Oklahoma) to hopefully meet the star of my favorite show. Who does that? Ah well, it's for Charity, right?

Anyway, my route home has changed quite a bit. My dad, jealous of my first and much longer epicroadtripofwin suggested that he fly out to Omaha, we go to the Danish Heritage Museum in Elk Horn, IA (he is Danish afterall) and then take a bit of a detour home via the Badlands National Park and Mt. Rushmore. And since I don't have to be back at work until May 23rd, why not take a few extra days, right?

Here is the most recent and fairly final plan of roadtrip:OKC.





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*dust dust*

March 29th, 2011 (12:21 pm)

I do believe it's time to dust off ye old road trip blog... Six (omg, jetgirl07 we're leaving in 6 weeks!) weeks from now, C4 and I are hitting the road. This road trip is short, much shorter than the previous one though still over 4000 miles (my last one was just under 9000). 





Even though it's short, it's still classified as epic. I can easily get into trouble on my own... but with jetgirl07 along for the first half... I hope ya'll have bail money!

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I guess I should wrap this up...

October 25th, 2010 (09:37 pm)

It's Monday evening, and I've been home since Friday... I suppose I should give this proper closure.



The drive from Salt Lake City to Boise was uneventful, as was the drive home from Boise the day after. I had no car problems, no hotel issues (besides OKC, but really, not the end of the world). No problems with navigating big cities even when my GPS would tell me to turn down streets that didn't exist.

I've pretty much been sleeping ever since I got home. Tomorrow I have a delightful 90 minute massage to hopefully work out all the kinks out of my neck/shoulders, and then through the week I slowly start getting into some sort of schedule. Babysitting Wednesday evening, job interview Friday afternoon. It's always a downer to come home from vacation, but when vacation has lasted over four weeks, it's hard to even know where to begin to get 'normal life' going again.

I've seen so much (I went through: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, D.C. Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho), yet the curious cat in me wants to see more. Instead of taking the time to reflect on what I've seen/done, I struggle with trying to plan where I will go next.

I need to relax.

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October 20th, 2010 (07:41 pm)

 

I don't even know where to begin.... I left Bellevue, Nebraska on Monday and drove all day through the states (stopped at the original Pony Express station - see above) and arrived in Denver just after seven. Monday evening was all about relaxing and I was introduced to Man from U.N.C.L.E. Oh, baby David McCallum - what a cutie. It was a pretty enjoyable show, and I like that you don't really have to see the episodes in order to be able to follow along.

Tuesday I spent the day down in Colorado Springs exploring the city but mostly hanging around the Garden of the Gods. It was extremely impressive! There is a mile loop around the area and I pretty much stuck to the center of the path (the warning for rattlesnakes was slightly off-putting). I saw a prairie falcon and lots of bugs but no snake or anything like that.



And then it was a squee-ful evening of new!NCIS. A good ep, but I can't wait until next weeks - I guess it's got a lot of focus on Abby. I shouldn't write about NCIS on this journal. Save it for my other one.. oh well.

Today I drove from Denver to Salt Lake City through the southern part of Wyoming. It was actually very pretty, but a little boring. Just outside of Laramie there is a Lincoln memorial, and it's at 8000+feet above sea level. I had a bag of chips on the back seat (a flavor you can't get at home) and all of a sudden I hear a bang! My first reaction was "oh holy shit, my car broke" but then i realized it was from the air pressure and the chips. It made me jump.




I made a few other quick stops, but nothing real notable. I arrived in Salt Lake City around 5pm, grabbed Subway for dinner and have been tucked in since about 6. It won't be a late night, that's for sure. Tomorrow I drive to Boise (only about 5 hours - checkout isn't until noon, so I'm hoping to sleep in). And then from Boise I head home via quick visits to some fam. in Eastern Washington.

Is my trip really over? It doesn't feel like it should be... although my body is telling me that enough is enough, and I need about a week to recover from it all. My muscles in my shoulders are tense beyond belief and since I haven't been able to settle into one place long enough, I haven't been sleeping as long or as deep as I usually do. I'm tired.

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October 17th, 2010 (09:57 pm)


So this pic pretty much sums up the mid-west.

There isn't a hell of a lot. And the roads are really shitty. I keep thinking something is wrong with my car, but then I see the car in front of me bouncing around and then I realize that no... it's just the road.

I managed to somewhat sleep in, and then had a bit of a lazy am before driving back into Iowa to go to the Danish Heritage Museum in Elk Horn. I met up with Libi for a few hours and we had fun exploring the museum and chatting about family history and of course NCIS. Flat!Gibbs was a big hit with several other people in town (when is he not a hit?).

The gift shop failed as far as imports (food/drink wise, lots of other stuff though). I did find a few things though. I was really hoping for at least a Tuborg.

From Elk Horn I drove back to my hotel (I lied, I'm not really in Omaha, I'm actually in Bellevue, NE - which is named after Bellevue, Wa. Funny, yeah? In the hotel info packet there is a whole thing about Bellevue, WA and the puget sound area), relaxed, ordered dinner from next door (best bbq ribs I've ever had, though the corn bread was pretty lame - I didn't eat it) and have been relaxing every since. Tomorrow I'm off for Denver - which is about 7.5 hours driving without stops. I need to organize my car a bit before I roll tomorrow. 


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October 16th, 2010 (10:01 pm)



The world's largest truckstop? How could I not stop?

Today's drive went really well, and although I was tired, it seemed to go pretty quickly. I basically drove all the way across Iowa. It was pretty, rolling brown'ish/green farmland, much like eastern Washington. Getting out of Chicago was tricky, my gps does fine in the middle of nowhere, but has issues with all the tall buildings (had issues in NYC too). But once I was on the road, I had no problems.

Now that I'm at my hotel, I can't hardly keep my eyes open. I had all these plans for stuff to look up, organize my crap, etc etc, but... it's not gonna happen. I have to be up before noon tomorrow to drive back into Iowa to go to the Danish Heritage Museum. Rumor has it, there is a restaurant or two in Elk Horn that serves Danish food. Yum. Also, I guess the gift shop at the windmill has imports. Hopefully I can find some Danish yummies. I know it's a longshot, but if they have hindbær soda - I will max my credit card for reals, yo.

My hotel in Omaha is pretty nice for what I paid. I'm at a Best Western and it could be that my body is just so exhausted, but the bed is amazing.

Also, I've been looking at the calendar, and now I'm think that I won't take that extra day in Colorado. I'm just too tired, I need to watch my budget and yeah. I arrive Monday evening, will get going early to Colorado Springs then back to Denver for the afternoon/evening, NCIS, sleep, and then head toward Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Spent Thursday night in Boise. Home on Friday. I have mixed feelings because I don't really want to go home, not yet. If I had the money I'd go back the way I came... back out to the East Coast, along the South and then back up the coast (a week at Beverly Beach in Oregon sounds delightful). But at the same time - omg, my bed! My car is in need of organization in a bad way. I feel un-organized and it's messing with my car fung shui (sp?) in a bad way.

Alright, time to sleep. *dreamy sigh*



** Also, I'm still bitter about the lack of a goldfish after one was supposed to be provided at the hotel in Chicago. I even had it planned out as to how I was going to steal it and bring it home with me to give my 3 goldies a new friend! The front desk man, he knows I'm irritated. I should get  a refund.

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