The Drive

The drive from CA to MO wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t the most fun I’ve had either. It seemed so long at the time, but now it’s just a blur. I really do wish Kevin and I were able to drive together, but there’s something to be said about driving behind a bright yellow Penske truck for 30 hours and communicating with your husband via walkie talkie. It was an experience.

Chief literally slept the entire way. He didn’t whine at all as much as I thought he would. There were a couple of moments where he was tired, bored, and wanted out of the car (we all did), but for the most part- he rocked it. Kev gets the MVP award though, for towing our Jetta behind the Penske for 3 days. I don’t know what we’d do without him.

Honestly, I planned on writing after each day of driving, but by the time we got settled after eating dinner each night, we just wanted to crash. We were usually up and at it very early the next morning, so sleep was my priority (are you surprised?). The morning of our departure, we met up with our awesome family for coffee and a Father’s Day celebration…and then headed out. Β I was feeling excited, anxious, and sad to leave. There were some tears, but not too many. Look up bittersweet in the dictionary and you should see “leaving your family and hometown, but starting a new and amazing adventure, in a new city, with the love of your life.”


The first day we drove toΒ Utah, and like I said, the drive is kind of a blur. I just remember it being longer than I expected, but still quite beautiful (in some areas). There isn’t much in Nevada and Utah, but the excitement kept us going. Arriving in Salt Lake City was a fiasco, because my phone died and I had gone ahead of Kevin to check us in to the hotel…but went to the wrong hotel. I was hungry, and emotional, I had the dog, 4 bags, no phone, and was at the wrong hotel. In the end, it was fine. We survived and we went to sleep after eating burgers for dinner (so healthy).


The 2nd day we got up at 5:15 and headed out after breakfast (I’m all for a free hotel breakfast- especially those with healthy options…it’s all about balance…remember the burger from the night before). Driving to Colorado Springs was our goal, and knowing that I’d have my family there kept me going! It was supposed to take 8.5 hours, but it took 11 because of traffic and what not. P.S. There is absolutely NOTHING in Wyoming.

{Wyoming & Colorado}

We got up at 3:10 in the morning (me a little more reluctantly) on our 3rd day so that we could arrive in time to sign our lease, meet the movers, and set up our internet. If you know Kevin, than you know when he has a plan and schedule, we’re sticking to it. The drive through Colorado in the morning was beautiful (once the sun came up and you could actually see). There are wind turbines scattered across I-80. They’re quite interesting and beautiful if you ask me. Maybe it’s because I was just happy to see anything at all after Wyoming. Kansas didn’t have much either, but I really did enjoy the rolling green hills (obviously not pictured).

{Colorado & Kansas}

Β …and then we arrived in Kansas City, MO. Our new home. We have spent the last 2 days unpacking, repacking, loading the storage unit and setting up shop. I love having all of our stuff here, like…love love. But really the most important thing is that we all (all 3 of us) made it here safely. We’re so very excited to make memories while exploring what KC has to offer. Now, which BBQ joint should we hit up first?


6 thoughts on “The Drive

  1. Robin says:

    Yay! Love that you started this blog and I can’t wait to read more about what is going on your lives out there in the mid-west…hmm is MO considered mid-west!? Anyway, love you guys and glad you made it safely!


  2. Liz says:

    I love hearing about your adventure and seeing the pictures!! Keep it up so I can feel like you are still right down the quad πŸ˜‰ I am so incredibly excited for the 3 of you and know it will continue to shape you guys and make your life full!!


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