Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hitting the road with the Galant

Road trip equals awesome.  I’ve always loved a good road trip.  Probably from the first time my parents took me to Chicago or Toronto or wherever else they took me when I was little.  I don’t remember these trips, but I’ve heard I was excellent company.  The first trips I actually remember were multiple ones to Virginia Beach on the second week of June each year.  And as most may know, that ended up becoming our home away from home.  Yes, road trips are awesome.

For someone who doesn’t like driving and hasn’t owned her own car in years, I sure have a thing for road trips.  But oddly enough, I’ve never been anywhere west of the Mississippi in a vehicle.  Plane only.  This trip was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, to see the change in terrain and people across the country as it happens.

This trip didn’t disappoint.  We saw the most beautiful landscapes in the Southwest, enjoyed the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, and weaved our way to 750 feet below ground level at the Carlsbad Caverns.  We ate food advertised on side-of-the-road billboards, off taco trucks, and served in corn husks.  We discerned the subtle differences in southern accents and imitated them all.  We saw the world’s largest this, that, and everything else.  We got geeked out at the Southfork Ranch in Dallas (me) and dressed up in a cancan show in Tucson (Steve).  We played a lot of gin and drank even more bottles of wine.

Instead of recapping all our stories, I’ve decided to put it in pictures and numbers.  See my gallery for photos.  And here’s the rest of our trip, By The Numbers:

Miles driven – 5,838
Wacky roadside attractions – 11
Dollars won or lost in Vegas – 72 (guess which)
Times we got lost – 4
Items left behind at hotel – 4
Texas Tuxedos – 3
Curbs run over – 2
Roadside drug searches witnessed – 3
Glasses of sweet tea consumed – 1/4
Days woken up at 5:30am by tweakers next door – 1
Desert skunks smelled – 5
Plastic water bottles purchased – 0!