August 15, 2009
WE MADE IT!!!
Well, not exactly. We made it to Boulder, but it’s really late (even with that additional hour we gained) so we’re staying in an extremely cool and hip hotel tonight and we’ll start moving into the rental house tomorrow. We learned that our moving truck won’t be arriving for at least 7 or 8 more days, so we’re off to Target tomorrow to purchase some air mattresses!
Anyway, today was a long one in the car. We started off the morning with a fun dip in the pool, then we headed out from Iowa and drove the entire length of the state of Nebraska. It’s about how you’d imagine it: corn fields, cows, a few horses, a lot of hay stacks, some beautiful fields of something green blowing in the wind, more corn, some very cool looking wind turbines, and lot of signs for bizarre sites and tourist attractions. On our first leg we encountered another one of those soaking rainstorms (which we’re pretty much used to by now), but it wasn’t too long and most of the day was spent under partly sunny skies.
The day is pretty much a blur – I know we stopped for lunch, then I drove for a while (uneventfully thank you very much), we stopped again briefly for gas and the restroom, and we stopped one more time for fruit before the final 3 hour stretch which took us into Colorado.
When we finally hit the state border we all cheered, sang a rousing Shehecheyanu, and enjoyed looking around at our new home surroundings. In the distance we could see a huge black cloud with rain sheeting down from it, and then the lightning show began.
Again, we saw giant bolts light up the sky and it was really quite a spectacle. Luckily we only passed through a tiny bit of the storm, but we got to see all of the fireworks from afar.
(Now, just as an aside, Boulder claims to have 300 days of sunshine per year. When we were visiting over Memorial Day weekend, it rained torrentially for the 3 days. And today, we drove into the area passing through a thunderstorm. I think I’m going to start keeping track of the sunny days starting tomorrow and we’ll see what the real story is….)
Anyway, we’re here, the kids are sound asleep and we will be following suit as soon as I stop typing! So grateful and happy to be here, and that the trip was such a special and memorable experience.
P.S. License plate count: 47. The ones eluding us are Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Hawaii. We’re going to keep playing tomorrow and see if we can get those.
Deep thought for the day:
I’m sure I have some deep thoughts but I’m so tired that I can’t keep my eyes open. The only deep thought I have upon arrival is………..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……..