Sunday, January 25, 2009

Reflections from the Road

Montana: -20F at departure.
Idaho: The nearest Jack in the Box to Missoula.
Utah: Red rocks and Mormons
Arizona: Grand Canyon under snow is a sight to behold.
New Mexico: Sitting by my brother's Kiva, stepping in Dog Poop, and finally watching a Harry Potter movie.
Texas: Cotton pickin' time out west, 80 in Htown (meaning the temperature difference from the time I left Missoula was officially 100 degrees).
Louisiana: Getting lost in the bayous and finding an unnamed diner with two things on the menu, boiled shrimp and boiled crawfish. Opted for the Crawfish.
Mississippi: Lost a lot of money in Biloxi...
Florida: Diving in the keys, camping out in Dry Tortugas Nat'l Park and without question the most boring state to drive across.
Georgia: Decided here to make the detour to NY and NB.
South Carolina: Deep accents.
North Carolina: Ordered a pizza for the road, probably not one of my better decisions.
Virginia: Richmond gas stations at 2am are not a place for the faint of heart.
Maryland: Baltimore has a lot of toll roads. Westerners hate toll roads.
Delaware: Five dollars for the Delaware Bridge, five miles to cross the state. Really, that's a state?
New Jersey: I could hear PJ playing the Spoons all down the turnpike...
NY: Kicking it at a gay bar with my gay cousin. Fortunately, neither of us entered the underwear contest.
Connecticut: I blinked.
Rhode Island: 3 hour nap on the roadside.
Mass: Somewhere Kurt was telling me I was a rookie to Taiwan.
New Hampshire: 19 miles to cross, 3 dollars in tolls. I hate toll roads!
Maine: A cute girl with a thick Maine accent serving me Popeye's and trees. A lot of trees.
NB: See previous post.
Pennsylvania: Hit a blizzard. Not so fun.
Ohio: Saw a Hawaii license plate, thus completing my list of American tags on the trip. Still waiting for the NW territories and Nunavit to complete Canada.
Indiana: Miller Beach (my father's hometown) has changed a bit ethnically since the days when he grew up.
Illinois: Won some money in a hold 'em tournament with my brother-in- law and cousin.
Iowa: Sang Dar Williams and slept.
Minnesota: Visited the Green Giant statue in Blue Earth while listening to the Jayhawks' album "Blue Earth."
South Dakota: Visited the Corn Palace and checked out Mt. Rushmore at night. Was the only person there, so that was cool.
Wyoming: Sheridan may be the most disgusting town in the United States.
Montana: Shooting stars by the second in Wyola.

That about sums up my vacation. If you made it through the list, congrats.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Piles of posts!
Yee-Haw.
How long did this little excursion take?
You do realize that if you visit people, they might one day visit you.
-K

mr. bean said...

Quite the roadtrip Bread. Good thing gas prices have been down. I was born in Gary, IN & we lived in Miller. Just a block or so from the lake. Is that the same Miller Beach where your pop is from ?