Anywho...onward and upward right! So our first day went a little smonthing like this: up at 2am and on the road by 2:30am (not bad by Papenfuss standards!). Tj started off driving and Dominik and I slept until 4am when much to the dismay of his parents Dominik woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed. TJ and I were quite pestimistic at this point because frankly a 2 year old has the power to make a break a trip very quickly. However, Dominik surprised us when he was quite pleasant and enjoyed looking out the window and making random comments about who knows what. Around 6am we decided to stop at the Wild Horse Casino gas station and HOLY COW...thanks to all those who gamble their money away and provide the means to create this beautiful gas station and rest stop. It was so clean and organized that I didn't even care when Dominik walked around and touched things without having to sanatize his whole body immediately after. There was even stuffed bears and deer that Dominik LOVED hugging.
After we got all our wiggles out and enjoyed our oh so delicious bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit from McDonalds, we were back in the car and on the road by 6am (with me in the driver seat and TJ resting as the passenger). Dominik promptly fell asleep and TJ followed suit shortly there after. About 78 miles later TJ asked me how I was doing driving and I told him that I was too tierd to keep my eyes open :( TJ has always been the driver in the family and I am just not used to it! It is SOOOO boring! I also only had 2 hours of sleep the night prior (TJ only had 3), and driving was just too difficult (I'm such a baby). Luckily I married the BEST husband ever, because he had me pull over so I could sleep while he drove. I think he was just too terrified that I would fall asleep and kill us all for him to even think of resting. By the time he got back on the freeway I was already in REM cycle of sleeping...I really was tierd ;)
Our next stop was in Jerome, ID where we got some lunch and stretched our legs. TJ and I got Subway and Dominik enjoyed his absolute favorite McDonalds cheeseburger (he has to be pre-diabetic at this point). We ate in a nice grassy area and basked in the sunshine outside of the car. After lunch I drove to give TJ a break; unfortunately for TJ, I only lasted about 28 miles this time before I saw a GIANT spider only inches from my head. My normal reaction is to completely freak out, but there must have been some divine intervention because I was able to semi-calmly take the next exit and pull over before jumping out of the car and doing my spider freak out dance. In case you were wondering, TJ drove from this point on ;)
We rolled into my grandparents house around 3:30pm (2:30 pacific standard time), and grandma had delicious snacks ready for us, just like she always does. The rest of the evening was spent with some good ol' rest and relaxation; just the ticket after 12 1/2 hours in the car. Day 2 is shaping up to be pretty restful as well, and better than that...no time in the car at all!!! All in all a pretty great start to our trip!
|This is the water bottle that we forget about and rode on top of our trunk from Jerome, ID to South Jordan, UT. It completely screwed up the paint job on the trunk and left a 2 foot long white stripe...oops!|