Sunday, May 29, 2011

Departing Passengers; Please Report To The Civic

And so it begins!
I was thinking today how hard it is to believe
it's only been a week since the beginning of our adventure and we've seen so much!
A few hours ago Collin and I were sitting on a bench looking
across the Mississippi River. He turned to me
and asked,
"Did you ever think we'd be sitting here together,
in Nauvoo, Illinois?"
We're so far away from home!
What if someone had handed me a snapshot of he and I, at that moment, a
year and a half ago? (Just 14 days after our first date)

I probably would had peed in my pants.

And now, I cannot believe how unbelievably lucky I
am to be here.. in this exact spot.. right now!
Looking back I've come to the conclusion that life is
unpredictable, crazy, far from perfect, kinda scary,
and totally and completely fun!

Our adventure begins at the beginning of last week.
Collin and I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning trying to pack
everything we possibly could, into as few
bags as humanly possible.

(But don't worry, that tied-dyed bag there in the back... is completely dedicated to shoes.)

Our first destination point was Denver, CO to visit Grandma Gosch.
The drive would take approximately 14 hours, but I think it took almost 16 - you'll understand why by the end of our post.
Collin's brother Camden also made the drive with us.
Collin drove the ENTIRE SIXTEEN HOURS into Denver,
with the exception of only 25 minutes
when he gave the wheel to Camden after he reached a point of complete exhaustion.
(He is seriously a road warrior.)

However, every road warrior needs plenty of fuel;
Diet Mountain Dew and Albertos!
On our way out of AZ we thought we had passed the last of the Albertos Taco Stands.
And Collin told us - about 10 times - how
mush he regretted not stopping for a burrito at what we thought was our last chance.
But lo and behold! Colcol sniffed one out!
Camden and I practically died laughing when we crested
a desert horizon and there popped up
that yellow Albertos sign!

Everyone will, of course, agree that Jimmy Eat World is THE GREATEST
band the state of Arizona has EVER produced.
So, of course, we had to have a Jimmy Eat World Battle for the first 4
hours of our car ride.

And here are the rules:
1. Collect all of the J.E.W. songs on your iPod, make a playlist, and put it on shuffle.
2. Everyone in the vehicle guesses which song and album they think might come up next.
Here's how the scoring works:
If you guess the song and album correctly you are awarded 5 points.
If you only guess the album correctly you are awarded 1.
BUT, if no one guesses the next song or album correctly,
1 BONUS point is up for grabs
if you can correctly name the song and album before
anyone else in the car.
But you only get one guess.

Clearly Camden smoked us!
And he can officially be declared as having the greatest well of
Jimmy Eat World knowledge ever. Period.

The northern Arizona dessert was beautiful.

While up that direction, we decided to take a smaaaaall detour..

(Kissing in four different states!)

Once we crossed over into Colorado our tummies began rumbling.
Cortez, Co turned out to be the perfect little spot for dinner!
I almost jumped out the passanger's side window
when we passed Mr. Happy's!
A yellow bakery and cafe.. called Mr. Happy's.. GREATEST EVER!!!

(Need I say anymore?)

Slowly as we drove further and further into Colorado,
we began to watch the scenery
change from cactus and tumbleweeds...
to the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains complete with
endless pine trees and waterfalls.

And what the heck? There was STILL snow!
We were definitely not prepared for how cold it was!
It's hard to believe, living in AZ, that there is actually anywhere else in the world
isn't 100 degrees in the month of May and blazing hot?

Around 11pm Colorado time we rolled into Grandma Gosch's,
totally happy to be there. :]

(Stay tuned in as the adventure unfolds!)