Epic road trips make for epic stories-part 1

So I had some pretty big ambitions before heading out on our little adventure across the states. I was ready, camera in hand…ready to wow you with my stunning thoughts, our glimpses of beauty, our in-depth conversations that we would remember for years to come. I was ready to be wowed by the sheer epic-ness of this trip. I decided to start documenting with these cute, beginning-of-the-day pics. See? This was the first picture I took while we were still sitting in the designated parking spot outside our home.

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Our first day started at 4PM and we drove for 6ish hours, landing us in Iowa. I mean no harm against my Iowa friends out there, but there’s not too much to document pictorally here, so we’ll go to…day 2

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See, isn’t that cute? I took this after the officer pulled us over early in the morning on day 2 of our adventure somewhere in Nebraska.

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Nope, we weren’t speeding (well…not too much, I suppose). We did have a headlight out. This is my interpretation. Padiddle goodness.

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And my desire to tell you that I’m still sleepy.

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Here’s the love of my life, re-entering the car after stopping at the closest rest stop (after previously stated pull-over) to see what the dealio was with the car.

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This was about all I got of Nebraska.

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Our second favorite stop of this day was at a little coffee shop (we felt was in the middle of nowhere) called Lasso Espresso.  We stopped there just after I had declared “this would be a great area to stick in a little coffee shop, there is nothing out here.” Anyway, Lasso Espresso was conveniently located near the Sod House Museum (pictured above). It was cute…a nice way to break up the day. If you’re ever in the middle of Nebraska, you should stop.

Our favorite stop of the day was when we ended up making it to a dear old friend (and roommate of mine, classmate of Jon) and her sweet husband outside of Denver (not pictured). They gave us some great tips, instructions for the rest of our adventure, fed us well, gave us beds and showers, and provided lovely conversation during our stay.

Per their advice and our own ambition, we decided to take “the longer way” down to the Grand Canyon, through the Rockies. I’ll go ahead and encourage you to just link over to Jon for much more beautiful captures here.

We left their home early Monday morning to first go get our headlight fixed. Our reservation at the Grand Canyon was for Tuesday evening, so we had plenty of time to get down. For gorgeous, scenic shots, visit the above link to Jon’s work.

The next post I’ll talk a little bit about Monday and Tuesday traveling days, post up a few more fun shots. But just you wait…this may not have quite the proportion of the Jonberly series…but, it’s gonna get a little crazy, Beall-style.

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