Has it really been an entire month since this?
I made it, I can’t believe I made it!
Apparently yes, yes it has. We have now officially been in California for an entire whirlwind of a month. So here is the good, the bad and the ugly.
The good. I drove well over 3,000 miles (see above photo) Yes me, if you really know me this is a HUGE accomplishment for the girl who falls asleep when not driving if a trip is longer than 15 minutes. I also learned that “endurance” driving is like doing a half marathon. If you want the time to go by you need to be alert yet in the zone at the same time. I thank my time spent distance running for helping pass 8-10 hours on the road each day. Get in the zone, don’t think about how much longer you have, just get it done. You see we drove both our cars from the east coast. In the Mom-mobile my crew was both my sons and just for fun our 2 cats, because if your going to drive cross-country you might as well add a few animals into the mix.
Snickers. Cat, dog or ferret?
Traveling is exhausting
For the first few days we had some pretty good (read: blinding) rain storms rain storms. So on day 3 we replaced my wipers. As you can probably guess….it never rained again, lol. We did however get to see some really neat places on our travels such as this…
That is salt NOT snow, pretty cool.
OK we have no idea what that is but it was cool. We renamed it the tennis ball tree.
My youngest played the iPad (ok probably too much, but hey it kept the complaints to a minimum so don’t judge me) and cracked jokes along the way. We played a couple of entertaining, if not slightly disturbing, rounds of “Would you rather”. Side note: whoever wrote the cards for that game has some issues…just saying. My oldest was a pretty awesome copilot, keeping me company and reading google news to me when I started to get tired. But best of all we got to spend time together and I realized he an I have the same sense of humor. We like to laugh at the same things and enjoyed spending quality time with squishy (inside joke) I love you kiddos!
The bad: We saw very few accidents (ok yes that is good) except for the day the SUV right in front of my husband and daughter almost flipped. Two things here, I am glad my husband had taken a drivers defense course at one time and God had his hand on that SUV, it swerved, spun and even went up on two tires but never flipped or hit any other vehicles on this busy stretch of road. Depending on which way you take, driving across country can be very boring. Lots of road, not a lot to look. Unless you like grass, sand, dirt and lots of tractor trailers. Also apparently different GPS’s don’t always agree. We only lost each other once.
The ugly: In true PCS style (ok wait for it here comes the whinny part of the trip) a bunch of unexpected events happened. This time not broken appliances or lost household goods. As a family we lost not one but two Uncles (on my husband’s side) God Bless you Uncle James and Uncle Michael. As we were just arriving in Cali this made it impossible to grieve with family as they are now literally on the other side of the country. I also found out one of my Brother In Laws has been pretty ill (at the time) due to an unknown cause, don’t worry he is fine now. Then within a weeks time of arriving in California my Dad was rushed to the ER and later received triple bypass surgery. Again we are here he is waaaaay on the east coast. A few days later my husband’s aunt lands in the hospital with a severe illness. I swear to you we cannot make this stuff up. My daughter fell in a freak accident after church and nearly broke her nose, it was a close call. Apparently if you can sprain your nose that’s what she did. Thankfully no black eyes and only minor swelling but a good amount of pain. We had placed ourselves and all our family in God’s hands, even before we ever hit the road here. God is good, we know he has everything under control. Imagine what would have happened if we didn’t trust in Him.
But enough of that! This part of California is lovely, beautiful, breathtaking and like perfect running conditions EVERY day. I am not kidding. No humidity and partly cloudy to sunny. Mornings start in the upper 50’s and go to highs in the 70’s. I think we had one day in the 80’s, the locals were dying. There are many misty mornings but hardly ever rains (both good and bad). We had a thunderstorm last weekend which didn’t faze us being from the east coast, however according to the locals this was a really big deal. Apparently they haven’t had a thunderstorm here in years. Yes read that again my East Coast friends….years. Who knew? The downside for me at the moment is hills. Virginia Beach is flat-as-a-pancake land. Spending the last 5+ years running there makes one not well hill adapted. I should have spent some more quality time at Mount Trashmore. However I am determined to rock these hills….eventually. Or at least climb them without dying. If not at least I know if I am ever a flat lander again I should be speedy, or at least speedier than when I got here.
I have a feeling it will be hard to leave here when the time comes at least from a running point of view. Luckily we have a few years here to enjoy it all. Check it out…try not to drool.
Oh and one last thing. Never fear I have found a cupcake place here 🙂 Gotta have my cupcakes.