So, here’s a recap of the first two and a half days on the road.
Stay tuned for more video recaps!
(Click HERE to watch this video on Vimeo).
Two weeks ago, The Boss said goodbye to his office in L.A., and on Saturday morning, Nov. 20, he and I, and six others (who are now working in his company) hit the road for a cross-country road trip, which also happens to be #61 on my Life List. We all traveled separately, but met up each night at a designated hotel or motel along our route. Occasionally we saw each other on the highway, and met up in the mornings for a continental breakfast. Our journey that started in Los Angeles, took us through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and then finally to Connecticut. And as someone who grew up traveling throughout our United States and all over the world with my family, after this drive, I stand by my statement that the U.S. is the most beautiful country in the world. From beaches and sparkly blue oceans, to majestic mountains, to the open plains in the midwest, every moment of this journey was absolutely breathtaking. The only downside came in spurts for whomever was driving. Being behind the wheel meant your eyes couldn’t wander too far off the road, lest you get run over by a giant barrel of tumbleweed racing across the highway. I’m not even kidding when I say that The Boss and I almost simultaneously asked each other (in New Mexico) if we’d see tumbleweed, and less than a second later A GIANT CLUMP OF IT ROLLED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. It was very Looney Toons-esque. The Boss and I have at least 200 hours of video footage, and around 800 pictures from our journey that I’ve been digging through over the past week. We’re making a series of scrapbooks for ourselves, and a few others to share with family, friends, and on this blog.
Before we officially left Los Angeles on Saturday morning, we swung by Noah’s bagles (our weekend routine) and stopped at an ARCO right by our place to fill up. We did a short prayer together in the car in the parking lot asking God to give us patience during our long drive together, to alleviate any possible tension between us as we sit in a cramped space for 11-hour stretches, to put blessing in our time, space and journey, and deliver us safely to each destination. Just as I checked my side mirrors, and got ready to hit the gas (I started us off) The Boss added one more thing, which became our mantra for the rest of our trip.
“If one person starts to get annoyed with the other, we’ll just chalk it up to a misunderstanding,” he said. “No one can get mad. We just have to let it go and move on.”
“But what if you really make me mad?” I asked.
“Then it’s a misunderstanding.”
“But what if I UNDERSTOOD and I’m still mad?”
“Then you have to let it go.”
“But what if you letting go is THE WRONG THING TO DO?”
No answer. I totally stumped him, You Guys.
We had a ton of fun on our trip, and it was really cool to do something like this together for the first time. Of course, we’re human so we did into a few tiffs during our journey. If my memory serves me right, I got irritated with The Boss because he took such a wild right turn one of our cameras slid off the dashboard and right into my knee, and then he got irritated with me because I kept pretending to pick his nose while he was driving. Apparently, when a man is driving in the dark, while it’s raining, pretend nose picking is not funny. WHO KNEW?