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.