I am happy to report that Day One of our cross-country adventure was a complete success. We left Orange County all packed and ready with our baby, dog, suitcase, stroller, diaper bag, car seat, baby bag, dog kennel, dog food container, nav system, ipod, camera, video camera, the list goes on… Did I mention we have a ‘backpack’ for our SUV? That is where we put the suitcase… We left after stopping for, of course, a scrumptious little lunch at In-N-Out. (We are leaving the West Coast; we have to up on our In-N-Out intake while we can.) Lucky for us, Paolo also fell asleep pretty much the same minute that we turned on the car. He slept pretty soundly for the first half of the trip, which made the driving very easy.
We made our first pit stop not too far from the Arizona border at a gas station/Dairy Queen. We were excited about the Dairy Queen part. This ad made us laugh. It was actually an anti-advertisement, really:
I mean how gross is that? A giant close-up of fried food. Really? (Notice the three lighting fixtures to illuminate this mural by night.) Nice. Although it didn’t stop us from going in to order some ice cream. (We were totally on a roll today. In-N-Out and ice cream. Delicious ways to hold on to my baby weight a little longer. The good news is that we already have a gym membership in Iowa.)
I had forgotten how gorgeous the drive east really is. As we left the Los Angeles area, the desert scenery grew increasingly beautiful. We only scheduled about six hours of road time today, but it went by quite quickly! Giuseppe loved the scenery; he has wanted to make this drive since we moved to California. He was so excited to be on the Mojave Highway, and even more excited to see signs for the ‘Historic Route 66.’ I took a million photographs, but taking them from the car didn’t really help my already mediocre photography skills. I wish the photos really showed the amazing beauty of this place.
Now we are all snuggled in our king size bed at our dog friendly hotel resting up for tomorrow’s trip to the Grand Canyon.