Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Road Trip UT to NY: Day 4 (Kirtland to Ithaca)

Day 4: Kirtland, Ohio to Ithaca, NY. We finished off Ohio, then drove through Pennsylvania, finally arriving in upstate New York.
Pace: Steady. A cool 4.5 hours of driving.
Rations: Best described as "so bored of every single snack we have in the car." It was like we had to force ourselves to eat. Near the end we were all just eating M&Ms because there was nothing else.

I'm writing this about 24 hours after arriving, but we'll see what I can remember about those final hours of driving.

The temple at Kirtland, or as the RLDS would put it, "Kirtland Temple." I don't know why the girls are fleeing.

We stopped at the historical sites in Kirtland for exactly 27 minutes before hitting the road. It was all Jeremy would allow. We saw the temple from the outside and the Visitor Center on the inside. Both were awesome. We promised the RLDS (Community of Christ) tour guides that we'd be back for a more thorough visit sometime now that we're living back East and I think they'll hold us to our word.

Upstate New York's rest areas kick all other rest areas' butts. Here is an example:

During childhood road trips, mostly from Oregon to California, we siblings always kept an eye out for the "exotic" license plates. You know, cars from far-away places like Florida or New Jersey. As we pulled up alongside them in the van on the freeway, we'd always take a peek at the car's passengers just to see what those exotic people were like. Well, folks, I have become one of those exotic people. Practically everyone from Iowa on east made sure to get a good look at us as they passed our Arizona license plates.

I was getting pretty tired driving those last few hours but I kept myself awake by noticing how gorgeous this place is. For a little while I was nervous that I had fallen asleep and was dreaming about what heaven might look like, but no, I was still awake and driving.

Thoughts on Ithaca itself and the joys of moving in to come soon. In the meantime, here is a belated picture of those zany sideways Nebraska traffic lights:

and the smiley-face water tower in Iowa:

Enjoy!

8 comments:

Nancy said...

You made it! :)

Eevi said...

I cant believe that Magdalena is walking!! I really hope one day we can come and visit the East Coast and see you guys!!

Susanne said...

Yay, glad you made it safely!

sarah said...

those traffic lights are hilarious. glad you made it! i'm excited to see pictures of ithaca. also, will you be changing blogs?

Lilianne said...

Welcome to your new hometown!! I can't wait to hear about all your "adventures in Ithaca" and also to hear about all your first thoughts! And I love how you were the "exotic" ones with Arizona plates! So, so true. A lot of people I met there in the East had never been to these "parts" and acted like it was a jungle of some sort.

I actually had one person say, "I've never been more west than Louisiana." Really? Louisiana is considered WEST to you? k, lady. Whatever floats your boat! I found they acted like there were no other states besides the ones of the east of the Mississippi!!

Laura said...

I am glad that you made it there safe and sound. Matt and I love living on the East Coast. It is really pretty back here. Good luck with finishing your moving adventure.

Jill said...

Virginia has sideways traffic lights too (at least close to DC). I remember thinking it was so strange when we moved there. Then when we pulled into Tucson a year ago, we had to adjust back. Oh, and the green arrow at the end of the green light :)
Glad you made it!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

My experience w/ Easterners is similar to Lilianne's. It's way more common for us Westerners to travel East than Easterners to travel West. They know about California but not much about the in-between. One thought Idaho was next to Minnesota--it's all a blur to them West of the Mississippi. My Massachusetts schoolteacher friend never heard of The Oregon Trail. I guess all American kids study the formation of our country which has everything to do with the East, but only we out West study the fact that a lot of people left East looking for more prosperous parts out West.

Also, because we have such huge empty open spaces out West we're used to driving long distances. I notice in the Northeast that an intense day for people is to drive 30 miles for something they can't get closer to home. It's a big adventure for them.

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