To say I’ve experienced a life change in the past couple of weeks is a vast understatement. The last time I blogged, I was surrounded by boxes and semi-clear counter tops in my Florida apartment, anticipating the movers coming in the morning. Now, I’m settled into my temporary home amidst the mountains and students in Washington. This is a transitory period (our stuff is still currently in Florida until we can move into our real apartment here) and so the adventure is an on-going one for Scott and me. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all of the changes that have occurred in the last few weeks, but I wanted to offer up some facts and figures to help all of you understand just what we’ve gone through in the last half of a month. It’s been more than a little epic.
Miles moved, from South Florida to Washington state: 3,200
Number of states driven through on the road trip: 13
Hours spent on the road: At least 65 (of actual, legitimate driving) (Don’t ask how many hours I drove) (Scott likes driving!) (Shut up.)
Number of hotels we stayed at on the way: 5 (plus three nights at three different friends’ homes along the way)
Cups of tea and coffee consumed: far too many to count
Days spent in Disney World: 1.5 (with one inside the Magic Kingdom)
Number of times I whined or said “I miss Disney World–LET’S GO BACK!!!” after we left Orlando: at least 30. At least.
Number of epic reunions: 2–one with my RD BFF and one with my Wildcat Rockstar soul sister
Temperature when we moved out of our Florida apartment: 88 degrees
Temperature in North Dakota, our coldest spot on the trip: 11 degrees (related note: I hate North Dakota.)
Amount of hoodies or winter-ish jackets this girl packed: 0, consequently…
Number of days with a cold/sinus infection: going on 9 now
Number of Bucket List Goals accomplished on the road: 1–I tried Rocky Mountain Oysters, which is something I’ve wanted to taste since I learned about them back in college. Verdict? Good, but nothing too special, though that may have had as much to do with how they were prepared (hammered thinly, breaded then deep friend) as with the actual taste.
Number of former students I was able to reunite with over coffee: 7–and catching up with them was one of the happiest moments, not just of the trip, but of the last year of my life. I miss my Bennies (and Johnnies!) so much!
Weirdest thing found on the road: a lip balm called “Chicken Poop”–an all natural balm. (I actually bought some (it was $3!) and I like it…mainly because it’s not made from fecal matter at all.) I am convinced this is something you could only find in Iowa.
Best souvenir found on the road: it’s a tie between the bucket of Toy Story aliens I bought at Disney World and a woven blanket we found at a Montana tourist trap that is a lot warmer and prettier than we originally thought.
There are more stats and figures, I’m sure, but these are the biggest, most important (read: most impressive) ones, in my opinion. Like any good road trip, there are some great stories to tell, but those will come in other entries, so stay tuned, friends!