I still cannot believe we drove all the way across the country...but we did! Overall, the drive really was not as bad as I was expecting, but that doesn't mean I want to do it again anytime soon! I loved getting to spend time with Jacob after spending so much time apart. Surprisingly, I didn't take very many pictures at all...but that's because when you sit in the car all day for a week, there isn't much to take pictures of.
Our first stop was in Flagstaff, AZ, where we first met =) We were hoping to get all the way to Albuquerque the first day but by the time the movers finished up it was almost 6 o'clock, so we settled for Flagstaff. We ate breakfast at The Place and of course, went shopping at the Basement before getting right back in the car.
On Day 2, we drove to Albuquerque, NM where we stopped to get gas and stretch our legs on the temple grounds. On the way there we hit a HUGE rain storm where we could barely see anything...it was pretty crazy. Then, it was right back in the car and onto Amarillo, TX!
Day 3: We loved driving through Texas! It was a lot different than I imagined, and we both thought it would be cool to live there one day. It was very green and open. We passed through tons of small little towns on our way to Terrell, TX, and town about twenty miles outside of Dallas. About halfway there, we realized Jacob left his wedding ring in the hotel room in Amarillo. We called the hotel, but unfortunately we haven't heard anything since. We got to Terrell on the earlier side, so we went to the outlet mall that was right next door to our hotel. It was fun to look around and eat something other than fast food for a change.
On Day 4 we were off to Jackson, Mississippi! Our night in Mississippi was one of my favorites. Our hotel was right next to a Bass Pro Shops and a minor league baseball field. We played hunting games in Bass Pro and Jacob got us tickets to a game that night.
The Mississippi Braves are the Atlanta Braves AAA team and they were playing Tennessee, the Cubs AAA team. The Braves weren't doing too hot, but Jacob got a hat anyway.
Day 5: Off to Panama City, FL! We had to go back to Panama City so Jacob could officially check out of his command. While we were there, we decided to stay in one of the beach front resorts and it was amazing! I could have easily stayed there for a week.
This is us on the balcony of our hotel room.
We had a pretty dang good view.
Day 6: We headed out of Florida pretty early because we had a LONG drive ahead of us. We passed through Florida, Georgia, and into South Carolina where we stayed in Santee. Chances are you haven't heard of it...that's because it's TINY. We did see a gator in a swamp in Georgia.
Day 7: Virginia...here we come! Getting to Virginia was really overwhelming. First of all, none of their freeways go the way they say they're going, which is confusing and weird. Second, it was really miserable rainy weather and we were lost and confused. We first went to look at an apartment, that we ended up liking so we started the paperwork on that which took awhile. Finally we made it to an on base hotel...and just in time. It was already raining pretty hard when we got there, but once we were in our room it started going crazy. Lightning was flashing every 10 seconds and you couldn't even see out the window the rain was coming down so hard. Eventually it calmed down a little and Jacob and I ventured out to go to the Exchange to shop a little bit. Then the rain started to pick up again so we went back to the hotel.
So here we are in Virginia, getting settle into our new place and trying to figure this place out.