Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Relaxing Road-Trip

August 26

Much to my step-mother's surprise, we got up at 5:15 am and left their house at 6 am. We woke Dad and Kat up to say our goodbyes before we left. She didn't really believe us when we said we were leaving at 6! It was a quick goodbye, and we were on the road.

We had gotten gas and ice the night before, so all we had to do was head out. Brandon started the driving, since I don't like driving through the mountains. It was beautiful. I'll miss Colorado just for it's beauty and splendor. Poems about the mountains coursed through my mind! I was also tired from not sleeping very well that night on Dad's spare bed. The drive through Colorado was fast, and we stopped in Grand Junction for some gas. I started driving from there.

On our way through Utah we decided to take a little detour to Moab. It was so beautiful! We took this back road through the canyons and along this river. I couldn't believe how wonderful it was. I was so glad that we decided to take that route. We stopped in pretty Moab for lunch at a local restaurant. Then we were off again through the Utah desert!

Utah was fairly boring. We switched drivers once we switched highways. Brandon drove the rest of the way to Las Vegas. It got prettier for a moment in the corner of Arizona. There were tall canyons there as well. Then another desert on the way to Las Vegas. We got to Vegas as the sun was setting, pulling into Nellis AFB, where we were staying for the night.

We had dinner at the Officer's Club. It was cook-your-own-steak night, and so we did! Then we decided to drive down the strip at night. It was really cool. We were dead tired, though, so we headed back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.