DAY 3: On the Road
Road Trip Day 3
The 3rd and final day finally came. We got up at 6:00am again, packed up the car, and gave Koli some time to sniff around the hotel area and stretch her legs, then we hit the road. There was nothing too exciting about Holbrook, AZ, so we decided to drive to Flagstaff and stop there for breakfast. I did a search for restaurants in the area and came upon a little vegetarian café and coffee shop called Macy’s. We both had the breakfast sandwich, which was a croissant with steamed eggs and veggies and a slice of cheese. It was delicious: I enjoyed a soy latte, while my dad settled for his usual, black coffee. We were able to sit at a picnic table just outside the café, so Koli could keep us company. But surprisingly she got cold and started shivering and whimpering, so she ended up sitting back in the car.
We continued our trip driving the rest of the way through Arizona, and then into the boring deserts of California. Finally made it to my new studio around 3:30. It didn’t take too long, because I only had the first car-load of belongings, the rest of the boxes would arrive Thursday.
Qe ran some errands, Target and Home Depot to get the necessities that neither of us already had. And we built an extra shelf into one of the closets. Good thing my dad was here!
Later we drove to Santa Monica to have dinner. We went to one of my favorite spots Real Food Daily and all ended up ordering the same thing, the Burger with the works. This is one of the best veggie burgers topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a side salad.
Day 2: On the Road OK-AZ
Started my day with a fabulous breakfast, waffle with blueberries and a banana, at the hotel. I’m so used to eating cereal or oatmeal, anything different seems tasty.
Second day of driving went well. We began in Stillwater, Oklahoma around 6:30am (central time) and finally arrived in Holbrook, Arizona around 7:30pm (Pacific time).
We made several stops along the way; when we crossed boarders and lunch and potty breaks.
I was amazed how little civilization we saw, I know everyone tells you, but you don’t believe it til you see it. You just drive hundreds of miles with only a few gas stations and some quick foodie places.
We are getting to the beautiful west though, which we’ve enjoyed the sights along the road! I definitely think I’d like to come back to Arizona and visit for longer for hiking and more of the National Forests.
Just one more day!
Day 1: On the Road ATL to OK
September 13, 2012
Day 1: On the Road.
All in a days time (well 13 hours to be exact)… Started in Atlanta, drove through Alabama, cut across Mississippi, dashed through the corner of Tennessee near Memphis, then headed north through Arkansas and into Oklahoma, arriving in our nights destination of Stillwater, OK.
It’s amazing all the weather we’ve encountered within a day. We started in out in the cool Atlanta fall morning, we encountered some rain in Arkansas, then back to hot and sunny up to 87. During our last stretch into Stillwater it began to rain again.
There’s nothing too exciting in this area, but our hotel is quite nice. Koli’s been good on the ride, sleeping about 90% of the time, when she’s not chewing on bones or taking potty breaks.
Upon arrival, Dad and I were both tired, so we opted for a frozen microwave dinner over a restaurant. Our hotel is equipped with a kitchen, making it feel more like home. So we can relax while we eat, and I can of course blog, and he can watch the weather channel and news.
Tomorrow will be another long day, but not quite as far, we’re aiming to make it to Holbrook, Arizona. If we’re lucky, like today We’re hoping to make good time again, and then Saturday we’ll be in Los Angeles!!
GOOD BYE ATLANTA, I’ll MISS YOU!
Final Day in Atlanta!
My day began early and was nonstop until the day finally came to an end when everything was done. There was no more days to pass, no more time to put things off, this was it; this was my final day in Atlanta! I woke up to my mother calling, already on her way to help me finish all the last packing. I had to take my car back to the shop to get the screw out and then took care of some other recommended maintenance.
The car shop called and my car was ready just before lunch, so it worked out perfect that my mom could just drop me their on the way back to my house. I fixed taco’s for lunch, and Jason came home to help us load the boxes into my car. Thank goodness for Jason and Carson, because those boxes were heavy, and they ended up having to put one on the roof.
Once loaded down we drove out to Ponce near Stone Mountain to drop them off at the loading dock. Hal called me later and said my palette weighed 497 pounds!
Next we went to Camp Woof to bathe Koli. At first she was a little timid to get into the washing tub, but after my mom gave her a handful of cookies, she didn’t seem to mind the unusual smells and other loud barks and cries.
I met up with Nikki one last time and we got our nails done. By the time I made it home, both of my parents were at my house, ready to load the rest of my stuff in the car for the drive. We managed to squeeze everything in!
Tomorrow morning we’ll be headed out bright and early!!!
Almost there…Goodnight Atlanta!
September 11, 2012
The BIG move is less 30 hours away, and with my mind boggling a million thoughts a minute and my body completely sleep deprived this ought to be a very interesting road trip. Last night I was only able to sleep 3 hours, since I’m using my brothers camping cot as a bed. While he claims, “It’s not that bad”, he also refused when I offered to trade for his bed. (Just a thought since he loves doing such manly things sometimes).
After visiting one last family today, I managed to come home and cram the remainder of my belongings into bags and Rubbermaid tubs. Whatever else is left, isn’t going to make the cut! Luckily my dad travels to LA quite frequently and can bring something if I realize later I do need it.
I began the morning trying to be productive and timely by getting my oil changed, walking Koli home from the shop and packing while they worked on the car, then walking Koli back up there to pick up my car. Made me feel so good- killed a couple birds with one stone. Well that’s until, I was leaving to go to the Haig’s and I saw a screw in my tire, looks like Firestone just can’t let me go that easily.
Over the past 10 years I swear I’ve spent more time in the car shop than anyone I know. It’s bad when all they men know, not only me by name, but Koli as well. I’ve been there far more times that I’d like. So tomorrow will have to be a repeat, up at the crack of dawn to try to be the first one in line when the shop opens! I hope I can find a good car shop in the South Bay area that’s convenient.
Goodnight Atlanta… only one more DAY!!!