Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Journey to CO

Better late than never, right?

After our wedding, we embarked on a nearly week long journey cross country to our new home. We left on Monday for TN to visit Jeremiah's family and have a small reception with friends there. With the car packed to the gills, we headed out at 7 am, stopping only for bathroom breaks and lunch at Pizza Hut (one of many firsts for me - had never eaten there before). When we hit VA thought, we decided to take a small detour on the Skyline Drive. This road runs right through the mountains of Shenandoah National Park. On our last trip to TN, we had taken the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is the same road but farther south (and it doesn't cost anything to drive it! If you take the Skyline Drive, be prepared for a $20 fee to get on) and decided to check the northern part out. Of course, it starts POURING as soon as we get on. Like zero visibility downpour. Yeah, we still stopped at overlooks and got wet. When the rain stopped, we took a few pictures too, as well as took a little hike on a loop trail.
Shenandoah Valley from above

The rain off in the distance

Panorama with an added shot of the decorated car.
A post storm rainbow!
A butterfly of unknown kind. If you recognize it, please tell me what kind!
The beginnings of the sunset.
After we got off the Skyline Drive, we continued south, driving all night and arriving in TN at 9:30 am, where we promptly took a 2 hour nap. We got to visit with family and then friends at the reception. Originally, we had planned to leave Wednesday for TX, but we decided to stay an extra day and visit. Early Thursday morning, we left for TX to visit the  Shannon Family. On our way, we stopped in Memphis at the largest Bass Pro Shop in the country!

The elevator to the top of the pyramid

There were ponds with ducks and fish everywhere
We got to our destination at 11 pm and slept soundly. Friday was spent with friends :) I got to meet all of Aspen's multitudinous creatures and feed the deer she is fostering!  

Sadly, like all good days, it came to an end. Saturday was on to CO. We left at 4 am (that was rough on poor ol' me - I am NOT a morning person) and made it to the ranch by 2pm. On the way, lots of photos. Also of note - TX and NM have these spectacular sunflower bushes that I absolutely adore. I want some. I want lots of them. 

Look at him! I am a lucky girl :)

Do you see the road runner?

Going into the mountains

Our humble abode. It never got cleaner than this

Bouquet of Colorado wildflowers

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