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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Self Portrait Tuesday: "April Fools" #3

4 years ago, before I got pregnant with Jack, John and I were working at WorldCom together. WorldCom crumbled and we were both layed off. We decided it was the perfect time to take a road trip. So we packed our car up with food and camping gear and hit the road. We drove from Sacramento up to Portland Oregon and then across the whole United States ending in Maine. We partly camped and partly stayed in hotels. It was amazing, beautiful, exhausting, and exhilarating. We drove for a month and a half. There were times we got quite loopy. We adopted a little plastic white alligator that we stuck on our dashboard, we named him Whitey, and he was sort of our mascot. Then there was Gladys and Mabel who we picked up in Wisconsin at a coffee shop that was strangely located at the back of a meat market. They were 2 little cow stickers that the coffee shop used to cover the drink hole in our coffee cup so the coffee doesn't spill out. There were stuck to our dashboard and traveled with us for the rest of our trip. We also met up with our friends "stinky" and "poo-poo" on route 66 on our way to Las Vegas. They were two of the most stinky flea infested kittens we have ever encountered. I still loved them though and wished we could have taken them with us. Ahhh, so many more memories to share.


Blogger gkgirl said...

wow...that sounds like a
trip full of memories
and a great chance for you
and john to have bonded
and really "be together"
before kids...
what a great experience!

can't wait to hear more about it!

8:40 AM  
Blogger --erica said...

Sounds like such an adventure. I hope you'll share more about it!
I've always wanted to do something like that!

8:51 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

what a priceless adventure! i admire you....that is something i'd like to do some day.

9:29 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

What a wonderful adventure and something that I've always wanted to do.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Heth said...

That is awesome. What great memories.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Riss said...

I remember that...wish ron and I could do something like that. Hey, didn't you also come home pregnant with Jack? Guess you were not just sightseeing on your trip...Hee, Hee.

1:30 PM  
Blogger lovegreendog said...

oh my, i can not wait to do this exact thing someday.

however we will start in maine and make our way west :)

2:18 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...

That is so neat!! What fun memories!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

you look so chilled out!!!

what a fun trip. i love all those special tid bits you collected that became your travel partners along the way. so adorable.

i hope stinky and poo-poo found a nice home too.

do you have a picture of alligator?? xoxoxo

4:49 PM  
Blogger PeanutsMom said...

What a life changing journey; to step out of your door and let yourself free; I was 8 when I traveled from Garden Grove, California to Biddeford, Maine with my grandparents, uncle and twin sister--what an experience, which I only remember parts of. However, it was a journey I will remember up to when I have grandchildren. The one distinctive memory I have, New Mexico and Pennsylvania; those states stunk like poop throughout our travels. I still can remember my grandmother asking me, "Did one of you girls poop in your pants?" LOL. One other memory I have, the very long trains in Texas. Anywho, arriving in Maine, late at night was a sad day because I knew I would not see my grandparents for a long time; my life started all over again, back in my home state, Maine. What life brings you as you grow day-to-day. Thanks for sharing your story because it reminds me of what my future plans will bring to me, future travels :)

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

What a fabulous adventure! (There's nothing I love more than a good road trip...)

6:41 PM  
Blogger Server Girl said...

That was cool when u guys came by to see me in new orleans on that road trip...Seems like it would be so much fun, but i get sick of being in a car for so long!!

9:30 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

that is an adventure! bryce and i have always wanted to do something like that.

what fun.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Shannan said...

fantastic! I've never done a big cross-country road trip, but perhaps peanut will be a good little traveler.
I can't wait to find out!

8:11 AM  
Blogger The Whole Self said...

i've taken a couple of cross-country road trips, and they've made me who i am. it was the best gift i've ever given to myself.

and thank you for your kindkind words lately...and the breastfeeding info. it's so nice to have people like you who understand.

9:07 AM  
Blogger ♥ joleen ♥ said...

this is just what i needed to read about! how amazing. :)this might be just the ticket.

ps- can you email me? i can't find your email addy anyway. joleenieweenie AT hotmail DOT com. thanks!

3:08 PM  
Blogger dani said...

sounds wonderful! nothing like road travel, long road travel with the one you love.

would love to see some of your pics!!!!

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Shannon (Sentimental) said...

Oh now that sounds so incredibly fun. The freeingness of it all!

4:54 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

I have always fantasized about taking a trip like that.

Your photo is great!

I love the stories and memories you have shared.

3:47 PM  

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