We are finally in Idaho! It is absolutely gorgeous here, and while Mountain Home is exactly as I expected. The drive west was both exciting and boring, and the cats seem glad to be able to stay in the same place for more than 12 hours without having to get stuffed in their crates.
We Have So Much Stuff
Two Marines Moving helped us get stuff packed, and helped us load the truck. While it seemed as though our tiny 1 bedroom apartment had tons of stuff, I know that we will have a mostly empty looking house once it's all unpacked.
We only drove about 180 miles the first day, as we also picked up the moving truck, emtpied the storage unit into the truck, packed the apartment, hooked up the car to the moving truck, cleaned the old apartment, and finally got on the road by 8pm. It was more of a symbolic gesture as we traversed only 7% of the total distance to the new house.
WTF with the Puncture Hole in the Tow Dolly Tire
Our second travel day, after staying in Cumberland, Maryland, we had a departure delay. Our tow dolly had a stab hole in one of the tires. It took a while for a service company to come out and fix it, and it was almost 1pm by the time we got on the road.
Thankfully, there were no other weird incidents the rest of the way.
Driving Through West Virginia
This was a really slow-going part of the trek. There were a lot of steep inclines/declines, and both the moving truck and my tiny car weren't exactly designed for this sort of thing.
Windmill Farms in Nebraska
Joe drove ahead in the moving truck. I found Iowa to be the most depressing place I've ever seen, and yet, Nebraska was scenic and charming.
The American Prairie
I don't remember if this was western Nebraska or eastern Wyoming. Either way, driving through this section was gorgeous. I liked the stark beauty of it.
Wyoming Road Sign Does Not Lie About the Wind
Gorgeous scenery, but windy AF. :-)
Departing Wyoming in the Morning
It was as if each mile was more majestic than the last. I loved Wyoming, and would totally live there. It was a place not yet ruined by corporations, the government, or hordes of people.
Utah Rest Stop
I spent very little time in Utah, just driving through on I-80 and then on I-84. It was stunning and beautiful. Joe was glad we didn't take the job in Ogden, but I could have gone either way.
Holy Crap, We Live Here Now
Joe took this photo from the front yard of our soon-to-be new house. The closing is forthcoming, but it's great to know this is the view. Not sure if you can tell, but it's on a dirt road.