We interrupt our regularly scheduled boring wedding talk to update you on how moving plans are coming along. It’s incredibly bizarre to be driving down the street here in Arlington and suddenly think that in less than 60 days, we’re leaving this comfortable place behind for our Great West Coast Adventure. Weird. So weird! We still can’t quite fathom it.
I’ve modified our cross-country route a bit, after receiving sound advice from people who know what they’re doing (because we certainly don’t). Here’s what it looks like now:
You’re welcome to stalk us at our hotels, if you like. And speaking of hotels, how awesome is Motel 6 for no weight/breed/number restrictions on pets, and not charging extra on top of that? Done.
Here’s the itinerary, for now:
Nov. 25th: Leave Arlington early in the morning. Arrive in Owensboro, Kentucky about 12 hours later.
Nov. 26th: Drive about 10 hours and arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Nov. 27th: Drive about 10 hours and arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Nov. 28th: Drive about 10 hours and arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nov. 29th: Drive about 12.5 hours and arrive in Fort Bragg, California. This is not the most direct way to Seattle, but a friend advised us to avoid the Sierra Nevadas at that time of year, unless we enjoy putting chains on our tires. Besides, we’ll get to see California coast – and how awesome is that.
Nov. 30th: Drive for about 13 hours and arrive in Seattle. We may split up this doozy of a trip into two days – I’m pretty sure we’ll be exhausted by this point and not feel like driving so many hours in one day. Unless we experience some kind of end-of-journey energy resurgence, or something.
Many people have asked me if we’re going to sightsee on our road trip. I wish, you guys. I’m particularly excited about driving through parts of the southwest (a region I’ve never seen before), and would love to stop along at many of the National Parks along the way. But… Wallace and Neko will be with us. If it were just the dog, I think we’d be fine – but can you imagine us carrying our fat, not very smart cat in her carrier while traipsing around the Grand Canyon? Yeah, not going to happen. She would probably jump, carrier and all. Or die of fright. So, the animals are making this trip a pain in the ass, but, of course, we love them and want to keep them safe. Therefore, we’re aiming to knock this out as quickly as possible. We’ll certainly switch drivers and stretch our legs every few hours – maybe we’ll just happen to stop at some lovely scenic overlooks. Hopefully, we’ll get to do the leisurely cross country drive at some point in our lives.
We’re not driving a rental truck, not hauling anything – just taking the Subaru. Soobie (that’s her nickname, real name is Genevieve – yes, yes, it’s a thing) just crossed over into the 80Ks and we have high hopes that she’ll make it all the way across. In any case, we’ll have our awesome mechanic at Japanese Auto Clinic take a look at her before we go. We also just bought a basic AAA membership (thanks, Groupon), so there’s that in case of problems. Don’t worry, Mom. Although I’m not sure what good a tow truck will do if we’re stuck in the middle of the desert…
So as you can imagine, we have to conserve all the space we can in our trunk. We’re packing a few clothes, toiletries, small valuables, an air mattress, pet food and bowls, kitty litter, our laptops… that’s it. And you better believe we’re downloading a bunch of audiobooks and podcasts before we go.
The rest of our crap is going to somehow fit into a 5’x7’x8′ storage unit and be driven across the country by a separate company. It will be expensive, but actually cheaper than it could be – we found a great deal with Door to Door (they’re even based in Washington state). Okay, and I know that we have a TON of stuff in our apartment right now, but we will be aggressive in decluttering and minimizing everything after the wedding. We’re getting rid of pretty much all our furniture, except for our bed and mattress. Anyone want a Billy bookcase or two?
For some reason, the storage unit is going to take three weeks to get to us. Are they driving, like, five hours a day and spending the rest of the time sightseeing? Who knows. But this means we’ll be in our new apartment in Seattle for about two weeks with no furniture. Oh man, it will be kind of crazy, but I am weirdly looking forward to it. It! Will! Be! An! Adventure!
I’m taking a solo trip to Seattle November 1-8, and would like to sign a lease and (hopefully!) go on some job interviews while there. I will be the first to admit that I sometimes have dizzying nervous breakdowns in these very adult situations that require responsibility and maturity. Thomas is the levelheaded one and he is skilled at talking me off the ledge. But we decided it would be more cost efficient for him to stay in Arlington – we won’t have to board the dog and he can keep working at CQ. I’m sure it’ll be fine, but I can’t help but feel a bit apprehensive, anyway. Oh well. Buck up, sister!
Okay, wow. This probably wasn’t long enough, no? Sheesh. I’ll keep everyone updated as we know more. But, yeah. Seattle or bust!