we have reached that point

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Monday, August 15, 2011
This drive back is going to be a long slog. I mean, I think it will be fun and good times will be had, but there are a LOT OF MILES between here (just left of Cleveland) and there (just right of the Pacific ocean).

Today was a day of gravel roads, miscommunication, and allergy attacks. My sister and I thought we were going to be bugging out of NY and get as far as Chicago tonight. My mom thought we were going to drive around, see a couple more family historic sites and then head on out.  You can see how there might be some disconnect when five hours after we started for the day, we were still over 150 miles from the border of the state.

I can tell you this: I have relatives buried and living all over New York. I don't think I realized the extent of it until I traveled hither and yon to look at their graves, the churches they got married in and their farm houses and split-level basements.  More on this later. I'm going to try to read a little more of my book (Kate Atkinson's One Good Turn) before I go to sleep. It's due at the library on Thursday, not that I know for sure I'll be back by then...

In the meantime, here's a picture of Wyoming from the trip out - this was an out the window random rock formation.  Something to look forward to: on the way back we hope to see the Devil's Tower, also known as that rock everyone was obsessed with in Close Encounters. I'm excited!

5 comments on "we have reached that point"
  1. All of these pictures are great, and I look forward to seeing more and hearing all about, well, everything!

  2. I hope you like pictures because I'm so tired I feel like pictures are all I've got. (I'm sure I'll recover from this malady with a little remedy known as SLEEP.)

  3. I can't believe you're already on your way back? Did you spend any time in NY at all?

  4. We spent 5 nights there! so about a week, all told. Of course it was two nights here and two nights there. Let me tell you, if I was arranging this trip again, there are some things I'd do differently. It's been wonderful, but I'm tired and ready to be home.


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