Monday, August 29, 2011

Let's Go For A Drive

Our bags, house and dogs are packed and we are ready to hit the road to Minnesota.  As I packed my flip-flops, I laughed to myself knowing each pair of those will only get use for the four short summer months Minnesota might actually see.  I still did not know what to expect completely, as I had only visited during the freezing cold months of winter, when the snow banks were over five feet tall!

We headed to Vegas for the first resting leg of our trip, and enjoyed a nice dinner with my mother.  The dogs were great and slept the entire car ride.  Woo hoo!! 

We woke up bright and early to head to Denver, Colorado.  The scenery was beautiful from Vegas to Denver, making the miles fly by despite being in the car for almost 12 hours.  We stopped several times to let the dogs out and to grab food for ourselves, but powered through the trip.  Matt and I played several road games to pass the time, and were finally able to catch up on each other’s lives completely.  With all of the recent changes in our lives, from getting married to relocating, warranted many hours of sharing memories of all of the things we will miss in California, to all of the exciting adventures that await us in Minnesota.  Matt told me about all of the exciting excursions we can go on and all of the outdoors stuff we will be looking forward to.  The pups cuddled soundly in the backseat.

We got to Denver around 7pm, and were excited about dinner in the city with the dogs in tow.  We walked to a restaurant about a mile away that had an outdoor patio where you can have dogs, and Matt’s buddy Luke met us.  He brought MacKenzie, his four-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog.  I fell in LOVE.  These are my dream dogs.  And Matt promised me since he was moving me to the snow he would get me one.  MacKenzie just made me want him to hurry his promise along.  Isn't she the cutest?

The next day was the worst portion of the drive, as there is NOTHING to see past Colorado.  From Colorado to Minnesota and throughout the entire state of Iowa, the only you see is farms, farms and more cows.  The rolling plains of the Midwest. 

I have a secret love affair with road trips.  Well, Matt knows and surely feels the same way about this love affair. There is something about getting in a car and discover the world in a different way.  I was so excited to drive through Europe in 2010, seeing things most people never get to see in their life. 

To do for my readers:  Go on a road trip this year.  Burn a cd especially for this trip, grab a friend or a lover, and just drive.

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