My dad's side of the family lives in Washington state, which is basically as far away as possible from Ohio. Lots of people don't know where Ohio is, so I'll draw you a map of how freaking far apart they are.
|I would just like to add that I drew this free-handed on my computer. So yeah.|
Anyway, last week Jenai and I drove from Utah to Washington to meet up with family there. I was going to be gone during the check-out day for my apartment, so I had to move out a week early. Which means I packed all night, went to bed at 3am, and then woke up at 6am to clean. The plan was to hit the road at 9am, we left at 11. Whatever, we made good time and arrived at my grandparents' in eleven hours.
Although we arrived in eleven hours instead of the planned thirteen, it still felt like forever. Both Jenai and I were running on hardly any sleep, and I felt guilty every time I took a little nap. Those guilty feelings didn't last very long because after a few hours, Jenai asked me to take over the wheel. No problem right? Sure, if I could drive stick shift -- Which I can't -- At least not well (remember this post)? Yeah, so I woke up with Jenai pulling off onto a road in the middle of nowhere asking me if I could drive. I was out of it, so I just said, "Uh...sure." Never mind I hadn't driven stick in over a year, and quite badly at that. It was all ok though. I didn't stall getting into first gear and then it was easy sailing in 5th on the highway.
A good thing to remember while driving in the west is there aren't many stops, and when there are, you better get gas. So we stopped at a lot of gas stations. A lot of crappy gas stations. We had to stop in some town in Idaho and the pump was so ancient, Jenai had to ask how to use it.
|Yeah, you pump that gas.|
|The picture is kind of blurry because our windshield was covered with dead bugs.|
|It's probably creepier that I took a picture of him.|
Then we drove through this swampy place and our windshield got even more disgusting. So many bugs were hitting the car it sounded like it was raining. Oh gosh, it was so gross.
Another fun thing about road trips is all the junk food you bring to snack on. I had just moved out, so I didn't have any food and Jenai didn't either. We stopped at a gas station and I bought a big bag of trail mix and some chex mix. And that was what I ate for lunch and dinner. So much trail mix.
Then we got there safe and sound. The end.