Yay! Road trip! For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, we’re traveling from Wisconsin to California and back again. The goal is to stop and see many places in between, including Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Salt Lake City. Road trip. It is as you make it, that is the truth. You can allow yourself to succumb to the most grueling boredom that will eat at your every fiber, OR you can make it at least bearable (and at times, even enjoyable!) We’re about 8 hours into driving, and I’m only now starting to feel restless. Maybe that’s partially because I’m used to being in a vehicle for 8 or more hours daily as an officer. These people I’m trapped with aren’t half bad either 🙂
This trip came into fruition because the “head navigator, head which-wayer of this here road trip”, Steph, had a desire more than 11 years ago to drive on out to Los Angeles, California with some of her closest friends. Amazingly, two of those friends, myself and Juice, are still around as her best friends and were able to make this trip with her. Along with our significant others, Gina, Saph, and Jaexon, we embarked on this adventure. I’ve known Steph and Juice for about 7 years, but it was only my first time meeting Jaexon and second time meeting Saph. I can’t imagine “knowing” each other will be problem as we will be spending 8 days together, most of it within a foot of each other haha. We rented a spacious, and mostly comfortable, soccer mom van. Only “mostly comfortable” because there’s a lot of space being taken up by all of our shit. And by shit, I mean snacks…and Juice’s 3 luggage bags. According to her, she packed for every season…and occasion. Haha. Anyway, the good news is that we found a way to fit it all, leaving no wo-man behind. Our first adventure was a 15 minute scenic drive around our home town because Steph’s GPS decided it would be more fun to go in a circle rather than a straight line. Since then, it has been mostly smooth sailing. Well, there was that one incident where Jaexon was convinced that she forgot her phone at a gas station about 20 minutes behind us. Apparently she misplaces her phone a lot, and Juice said she’s usually on top of asking her about it. Thankfully, we pulled over, and she was able to find it between the seats before we made the return trek. Now Jaexon is asked by at least two people if she has her cell phone before continue on from any stopping point haha.
We’ve been graced with a steady stream of popular 90’s music thanks to Juice’s old school iPod. My butt only goes numb occasionally, and we have been making plenty of pit stops to stretch out. That is the key right there. DON’T KILL YOURSELF. If you need a break, take it. If you have to piss, do it. Obviously, driving from one corn field to the next would be no fun with a full bladder.
We made a quick detour to see the Villisca Ax Murder house in Villisca, IA. Gina and I recently watched a Ghost Adventures episode where they investigated it for paranormal activity. They captured some pretty convincing EVP’s, but unfortunately, we were visiting during their off-season and could not tour the house. Quick history, back in 1912, a family of 2 adults and 6 children returned home from church one night, only to be murdered in their sleep by a killer with an ax who was never caught. Though an interesting history, there wasn’t much to our visit with only being able to see the exterior. We snapped a few pictures, and then continued on our way to Nebraska. Oh, Nebraska. I’m glad it’s beginning to get dark…lol. Next stop, Denver, Colorado. Stay close, it can only get more exciting from here!