The mission was to move my wonderful friend Melinda to Utah, to join her husband Neal, in living the life of a pipeliner, never knowing where the next job will take them. So she loaded her honda with her worldly possessions, to include Maverick her miniature doberman pincher, and picked me up at 5:45 the morning of November 3rd. We planned the trip around cities were we had family to stay with, and our first destination was Lee’s Summit, Missouri. We would be following a tight schedule as I had to be back on Saturday the 6th to prepare for two sessions, on that following Radiant Sunday (Don’t forget to check out both those sessions on Facebook).
The morning began dreary, and rainy. We arrived in Nashville to more of the grey morning.
but it always feels good to pass through this city, I spent a chunk of my childhood living here…On to Kentucky, where I was born, and the weather was no different.
Shortly after crossing the state line, we began seeing signs for Elizabethtown, and I couldn’t help but think of that awful movie that was made about this place, the one thing that I really remember about that flick was Kirsten Dunst, saying “Click” repeatedly throughout the film while squeezing the shutter of the imaginary camera in her hands. I couldn’t resist grabbing a shot of the sign. I think Cameron Crowe should stick to films more like Almost Famous.We pressed on, and crossed several bridges, into Illinois, where we caught our first glimpse of sunlight for the day…
…And that was about all we saw, we changed drivers, and before we knew we were crossing a bridge into Missouri, the state line fell in the river, sorry no pics of the Missouri sign, but just on the other side of the river we stopped to stretch our legs and let little Maverick out for a walk at the St. Lois Riverfront. The St. Lois Arch also sits on the riverfront, something I had never seen before, we didn’t have time to go up inside, but we admired the enormous structure from the ground.
We stopped one more time before we reached Lee’s Summit and Melinda’s sister Liz where we would refuel for day 2. At the gas station we stopped at there was a tree with orange berries, unlike any tree I had seen, take a look.
Day 2, and our destination was Denver, but first we had to cross Kansas, all 420.9 Miles of Kansas, have you ever driven through this state? If yes, then you will know the monotonous landscape that we traversed this day. The only thing that broke our horizon were random patches of windmills. Known as the sunflower state, Kansas did not disappoint. I didn’t expect to see any as they peek earlier in the year, but I found a few hanging on in the wind at a rest area we stopped at.Here are the windmills I mentioned. Don’t you think AT&T should use the top right image in a commercial? After almost 8 hours in Kansas, we welcomed colorful Colorado!Colorful it was. The sun started to set just as the Rockies came into frame. This was my leg of the trip to drive, and I had to pull the car over just so I could get a shot of this magnificent setting. My mom is from Denver and most of her family still lives in the area, so I knew I would be in great company for the evening. Little did I know that my Aunt and Uncle had pulled together a wonderful dinner, and had everyone at their house awaiting my arrival, even my sweet 96 year old Grandmother made it. This made my night, I just wish it could have been a longer visit, alas we had another 620+ miles to cover the next day and our end destination of Grantsville, Utah (just outside of Salt Lake). We would be taking a route that would involve the least amount of mountain driving ( also be time saving) this was a great decision considering Melinda and I are not experience snow/mtn. drivers. We would start the morning in Wyoming.Wyoming was windy, and weird, we never noticed any neighborhoods, only chemical plants and trailers. It gave a whole new meaning to the middle of nowhere… Kentucky is his birthplace, Illinois claims to be the land of Lincoln, and yet we found him roadside in Wyoming! You can read more here, as to what Lincoln’s head is doing peering over I-80.
Finally we made it to Utah, again this was my leg of the trek to drive, and the pictures were few and far between, but Utah is BEA-UTAH-FUL!!!A gorgeous sunset welcomed us to our final destination, and I flew out early the next morning, all the way back across the country to the good ol’ salt Ham! What a whirlwind of a trip, sites were seen, and memories were made. All the best wishes to Melinda and Neal, as they start their adventure together in Utah!! Hope you enjoyed the trip! Continue reading