Friday, April 22, 2016

Over Halfway

The only thing I have to report is we've been driving...

...through New Mexico


...and Texas


...and Oklahoma.


...through Arkansas (which was perfection) and currently Tennessee. 


I'm so tired of driving! Trying to convince the husband to stay another night at Dollywood aka Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We have 9 hours left to our new home and 3 days left of travel time. If the Marine Corps says it takes 8 days to drive from CA to NC, who are we to argue?




Thursday, April 21, 2016

Eastward Bound

Yesterday was a lot of driving. A lot, a lot! I guess we were in a mood to get things done. We drove 13 hours covering who knows how many miles! We started in Flagstaff, Arizona and ended in Shawnee, Oklahoma. That's four states. In road trip speak it means big progress!


The delay in Flagstaff to repair our second car was nice and all. By the way it was an electrical problem with the engine fan if you are following along. I enjoyed some time by the fire, reading in the rocking chair. We also explored, a local road side attraction called Bearizona. It's a drive through zoo of forest animals. It was cute. The Bears were super active so that made it fun.



My daughter and I took a quick tour of Northern Arizona University as well. She is starting to think about life after high school these days. Thank you senior friends! This is what I have raised her to do. Stay focused on herself, educate herself, and then worry about the other grown up stuff after. I won't go into details, but this year, she has made me doubt my efforts were working the way I hoped ;)


Back to the road trip...our drive across country was pretty uneventful. We hit a severe thunderstorm in Texas. No surprise given their recent weather reports but a little stressful for this SoCal desert driver. We stayed ahead of the worst of it.

This morning we are headed out to new adventures. We are covering a part of the US I've never seen. I get to cross Visit Arkansas  off my bucket list. It's a weird bucket list thing (I know) but it's one of two southern states I've never visited. Can you guess the other?? My new home...North Carolina. Wouldn't you know that WASN'T on my bucket list!! Haha :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Does PCS Equal Car Trouble?

The sun has set on the first day of our cross country road trip. I admit my perspective has changed considerably now that my shoes are off and I'm in a comfy bed! Day one has been a challenge. Nothing we can't handle; however, it did slow us down. 



I'll make this short with two words...car trouble. So, our day goes...drive along oblivious to bad stuff happening, pull over on side of freeway, leave car, drive 40 miles to the first desert town, buy multiple car parts just to be sure, drive 40 miles back, temporarily fix car, pray, and drive for the next four hours. 


We finally made it to Flagstaff five hours behind "schedule". After settling into our hotel, we found a restaraunt and then crashed. Today we are going to try to find somewhere to get the car checked out. And do a touristy thing in town. We might have to stay an extra day if the car needs some major maintenance. It's ok because Flagstaff is cool! But car troubles are not :/

This little snaffoo is very reminescent of another PCS in 2008. Another driving across the desert, car breaks down, drive miles to the next desert town, and stay an extra night so car can be fixed. I'm not sure if we can blame PCSing or a certain driver in the desert?!? (Haha)





Monday, April 18, 2016

Goodbye California


This morning we are rolling out of Camp Pendleton towards our new home, North Carolina. A lot of emotions felt to get to this point. After one last night in military lodging aboard our first military adventure we ever had, I believe all five of us are as ready as we will be. 

Just a short recap (for reference when I look back), the last 7 days have been crazy. Our pack out began Wednesday and continued Thursday. The movers came to load the semi trailer with 13000 pounds of our household stuff on Friday. Our beds and bedding were left out so we could stay in our home the first two days. Friday and Saturday we stayed at our friends house. Longtime military friends we've done our West Coast gig with. Hard to say goodbye! 

We came to Camp Pendleton Sunday afternoon. We visited the beach and hung out in our hotel. Pacific Views Lodging on Camp Pendleton is the place to be! Not your typical military hotel. I think choosing to stay at a hotel was good for us because it helped adjust our minds to more positive outlook. The kids have really been struggling. All the goodbyes can't help but depress a person. Last night, the kids watched tv, laughed over Snapchat filters, and got there fitness on at the hotel gym. 

We are finally feeling future-minded". It has been a very very difficult road to get here, especially with the kids. But as military families tend to do, we adjusted. I know there are more hards than easies ahead but I think we made it over the hurdle.

I'm wrapping it up so I can eat my continental breakfast before we hit the road. Keep up with our travels on Instagram as we make this 2000+ mile road trip. Biggest adventure so far...minus Japan :) 



Monday, April 11, 2016

Vindemia Winery






 And the award for smallest winery goes to…Vindemia. 
Doesn't matter a hot dime this place is a couple of umbrella shaded stand up bars in someone's front yard. Great wine, great service. Vindemia for the win!!



Nicole