Road Trip 2007 Flashback #1

So this week I decided I was going to take the opportunity to recap some memories from my cross-country road trip to Seattle, because my brother is currently making the same trip. 

But before I even had time to do another post, I found out that he is arriving tonight!?  Apparently our approaches differ when it comes to the cross-country road trip. 

My brother and uncle seem to be taking the very male “power through it” approach – they left yesterday early afternoon and drove in shifts through the night.  I’m sure they’re also calculating their gas mileage and discussing whether they’re making good time along the way.  And eating beef jerky…or something. 

My road trip with my mom, on the other hand, included things like books on tape, “the license plate game”, leisurely dinners, and every national park and tourist attraction within even remote distance of I-90 on the way out here…and lots of Diet Coke.  (And I would have taken another week if I could have!) 

Verbatim text exchange with my mom today:
   Bob and Jack are 100 miles west of billings mt.
Me:   they have gone a long way!!!
Mom: Yes they’re serious about arriving for the beer festival 🙂

(There is a beer festival at the Seattle Center on Saturday.  I vaguely remembered hearing about it, but my brother and uncle found it on their own, and they are pumped.)

On that note – I give you the touristy kitsch of central South Dakota: 


Mitchell Corn Palace (South Dakota) – It’s more like a gymnasium covered in corn husks.  You cannot make this stuff up.


Yes, that sign says population three hundred and ninety.


A tiny roadside “strip mall”


Wall Drug.  I don’t think I can even accurately explain this place…not so much a drugstore but a cheesy, touristy empire.

After we passed through the touristy stuff, we started getting into the true west and the mountains.  I’ll post more of that pretty soon, though probably after my brother arrives….

but here’s a preview with another picture from Badlands National Park (that’s my mom in the middle):




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2 Responses to “Road Trip 2007 Flashback #1”

  1. Kate Says:

    I just want to say that I’m so excited that you’re so excited for your brother to move to Seattle! I live with my sister in Boston and it’s SO much fun. (And don’t tell ANYBODY, but she’s no longer moving to LA in the fall, and is now WANTS ME TO MOVE TO NYC WITH HER NEXT WINTER. And I’m seriously, seriously, seriously considering it.) It’s so nice to be able to spend so much time with your sibling. You and your brother are going to have so much fun!!

  2. Erin Says:

    That is awesome that you and your sister get to live together in Boston. I love getting to be “adults” with my siblings (though our youngest sister just turned 20, so a year from now we’ll have to do a family trip to Vegas or something…) My brother and I are really close, but usually only get to see each other a few times a year because we’ve been so far away – so it’s going to be a blast. Moving to NYC with your sister would be SUCH an adventure…you should go for it!!

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