Saturday, June 13, 2009

Vacation Blog Contest Day 1--On The Road!



Okay, this is going to be a short post to kick off my blog contest. I'm exhausted! I got to bed way too late last night, was up way too early this AM, and during the 4 1/2 hours I was in bed, I slept maybe two. Figures. It seems it never fails that just before a trip I can't get to bed at a decent hour. Guess the house was just too quiet with the kids and dogs shipped off to the grandparents and my brother's! Well, and then I had to finish picking up around the house and vacuuming! Sorry, I can't help it. I don't like leaving a dirty house when I go out of town. It’s kind of like the wearing clean underwear thing.

But it was a great day for traveling. We left Nebraska and headed down the road for Memphis just shortly after 7 AM. We slipped through the SW corner of Iowa and then spent the majority of the day driving through scenic and beautiful Missouri and Arkansas. We made it to West Memphis at nine something this evening. Yea! My backside fell asleep numerous times, and I was stiff, but it was nothing that making a periodic pit stop didn’t cure. ;-)

I really enjoyed driving through MO & AK. Both are just gorgeous this time of year with all the trees fully leafed out and an abundance of wildflowers blooming along the roadsides. Flowers, however, weren't the only things in abundance along the Interstates and Highways! Roadkill was everywhere. We saw more deer, coyotes, armadillos, coons, skunks and opossums littering the scenic byways than I could begin to count. I told my hubby that instead of noting licenses plates along the way, we should have been counting the number of roadkill! I think the deer won for the most who’d met their demise while the armadillo was coming in a close second.

Do you play travel games when you’re taking a long road trip? If so, what? Hopefully not roadkill! :-)

Remember, each time you post, your name gets put into the hat for a T-shirt!

14 comments:

Valerie O said...

Hi Sherry!
Missed you today. When Mike & I went to AR in March we too were surprised by the amount of roadkill. It had been a LONGGG time since I had seen an armadillo. Hope you are having fun. Take many pictures and don't have too much fun in the jungle room! ~V~

Sherry James said...

Hey, Valerie! Thanks for stopping by! We're having a blast. Will blog all about our adventures at Graceland here shortly. And hey, the jungle room is . . . shall we say, unique, to say the least!

Debby said...

Hi Sherry
We look for tags and try to get as many states as possible. When the kids were young we played alphabet games.

robynl said...

wonderful country you're going through. Have a super time.

We play the game of naming states, provinces, towns, cities whatever; the first one names a town such as Cadillac, the next one has to name something starting with a c, the last letter of the previous name.

Estella said...

Have a great time.
We used to see how many different state license plates we could spot.

Shirley Willhoft said...

Hi Sherry (Mike) sounds like a wonderful time...you write in words so vivid that I feel like I am with you. What a gift to be able to express so well. Hope the new book is accepted.

Melissa said...

Hi Sherry. I understand completely about not sleeping before a trip. I think it must be all the excitement building (even though you don't realize it) I'm glad to see that your able to visit so many great places.

Julie Miller said...

Cool! Now you're in my old stompin' grounds. I always feel a sense of being at home when I'm traveling through Missouri. Must be the rolling hills and trees--and humidity!--and how beautiful it all is this time of year.

Sherry James said...

This is great country we're traveling through! I love it. We have seen many license plates! Not too many Nebraska plates, but we did spy one at Carnton Plantation!

Thanks for all the comments,gang!

Sherry James said...

Howdy, Shirley! My sweet neighbor! Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for your kind words. See you soon.

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