Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cross-Country Road Trips

Journey #1 - Irving, TX to Fayetteville, GA
Saturday before Christmas
Travel companions - my cousin, Colton, and Brodie
Distance - 803 miles
Departure - 7:00 a.m. Central
Arrival - 8:45 p.m. Eastern (nearly 13 hours)
Stops - only 4!
Music - mostly country; I snuck in a Christmas cd when Colton was asleep :)

The trip didn't feel nearly as long as I thought it would. It was great to have Colton along to help drive and to keep me company. I enjoyed getting to spend some time with him.
(Can you tell Brodie is standing on the middle console? Funny dog!)
Crossing the Mississippi River!
Our first roadtrip together
Sunset in the rearview mirror

Journey #2 - Fayetteville, GA to Irving, TX
New Years Eve Eve
Travel companions - just Brodie
Distance - 803 miles
Departure - 7:45 a.m. Eastern
Arrival - 9:00 p.m. Central (over 14 hours)
Stops - 6, including two sight-seeing stops in Tuscaloosa and at the Mississippi River
Music - tons of Christmas music, though I did switch to Les Mis to get me through the last couple of hours.

I was excited to stop in Tuscaloosa and see my beloved University of Alabama. Driving onto the campus was like coming home. I drove over to Bryant-Denny Stadium and Brodie and I walked all the way around it. I was shocked to find that I had never seen the front entrance to the stadium (I always went to the student entrance). It's pretty cool! I took lots of pics, and then we hit the road again. We also stopped at the rest stop at the Mississippi River, which is really nice, with a great view of both bridges and some canons and plaques commemmorating the Battle of Vicksburg. After that, I was just ready to be home! My knees were tired and stiff, and Brodie and I both just wanted to be out of the car. We finally made it at 9:00 p.m., and were both exhausted but thankful to be home.
My travel buddy
The University of Alabama!
Brodie celebrating the 2009 National Champions - ROLL TIDE!
Trying to take a picture with the Bear Bryant statue -
I cut out The Bear but thought it was cute of Brodie and me
Ah, there's the Bear!
Bryant-Denny Stadium - I can't wait to go to another game there
Denny Chimes - one of the symbols of the University
The BCM, my home-away-from-home during my college days
He likes to ride in my lap - I try not to let him do that very often.
The Mississippi River
Oops, I cut off Brodie's nose!
A beautiful sunset encouraging me to make it through the last couple of hours

2 comments:

Amie V said...

i'm mostly impressed at the initial 'only four stops'! =D

Barb said...

Anyone who knows my tiny bladder would be impressed with that! ;)