Bound for South Carolina!

Thursday 5:00 pm:

The long awaited day has finally arrived. Yes! We’re making our way to Greenville, SC for my little sister‘s graduation from Bob Jones University. We’vebeen on the road since about 6:45 this am. Now we are in the middle of get-off-work traffic in St. Louis, MO. Oh…and THERE’S THE FAMOUS ST. LOUIS ARCH! So far, these 10 of the 22 hour drive have been pretty uneventful. We had to take a little detour before hitting St. Louis and since Dad was driving, Serena was playing co-pilot. I was worried there for a while…but we ended up in St. Louis so her directions skills must not be too bad.

It has been really windy today with temperatures up in the 80’s. But right now, our van thermometer reads 71 degrees and it is overcast outside. It really looks like it could rain…but nope, we’ve not seen a drop. When we went through Kansas City, we drove right past St. Joseph Hospital…I notice those things being a nurse. I would have liked to stop and toured the place, but that didn’t seem very feasible. Dad and Serena wouldn’t have been very keen on the idea either I’m sure. Boy, the buildings are so much taller out here than they are in Ensign Kansas! 😉

Uh-oh! I don’t like it when dad says “we should be on that other road over there.” And then Serena says, “I should have been paying more attention. I must have missed it.” Great! Don’t look at me cause I really have no clue. When it comes to directions, I’m worse than a blonde! Serena drove for a few hours this afternoon while Dad and I both napped. I’ve also been watching a few old Andy Griffith shows and looking through some camp photos for the presentation that we’re putting together for church. Hummm…guess I’m gonna be up for driving in a bit. Dad’s gonna hop in the back seat…he must havea lot of faith in Serena and I! Plans are for us to get on the other side of Nashville, TN and spend the night; then finish the drive to Greenville in the am. WOW! There’s actually trees out here…and they’re actually green, not brown.

5:16 pm:

So we’ve been through Kansas, Missouri, and now we’re in Illinois. I’ve seen a lot of casinos (advertisements that is). You now those big flashy signs that seem to say “STOP HERE! This is where all the fun begins.” Unfortunately that is also where the fun ends. Even if you win a few times, you’re bound to loose some too. Besides, why would you want to gamble your money ‘hoping’ that you’ll be lucky enough to win some big bucks! Most likely you won’t and then you’re left with what…? Nothing! Absolutely nothing!

7:00 pm:

Nashville is 180 miles away. Another good 3 hours probably. We’ve been snacking on crackers, cheese, peanuts, grapes, and Diet Mt. Dew of course! Dad’s still driving and Serena and I are making good headway on putting together the camp presentation. It’s so pretty out here…trees trees trees that are green green green! Finally, something besides brown. I know brown is a popular fashion color right now, but green still looks better on trees and grass, don’t ya think?!?!?! Okay…so Serena just informed us that at Knoxville, TN, is when we will loose an hour but I believe that will be tomorrow. We’ll still be in Central time tonight.

11:35 pm:

Finally! We’re in Lebanon TN. It is actually awesome outside…I’d like to sleep under the stars but I suppose I really shouldn’t do that. I drove about the last 4 hours. It’s been a looooong day…driving nearly 16 hours. Welp…we’re gonna get some zzzz and hit the road again in the morning. Just ‘bout 6 more hours to go! YIPEE!

Friday 8:05 am:

Good morning! It is a beautiful warm morning in Tennessee. 71 degrees. The sun is shining, but it is very windy…again. Although the night seemed kinda short, we have just left the “Comfort Inn” and are already on the road. As I stepped outside early this am before dawn (uh…4:45 am to be exact) to work out in the fitness center, it was so so nice. The wind had not picked up yet and there was a stunning peacefulness. I really wished I could just run down the quiet streets of Lebanon rather than do my exercising behind the doors of the motel. But I figured that was a bit risky, especially being in an unfamiliar town. So I turned the ac on high, hopped on the elliptical, and began my usual routine of praying and reading a book.

The countryside sure is breathtaking…I’m convinced that I need to move out this way to more fully enjoy the vast variety of colors in God’s creation, rather than just seeing everything in brown. 😉 Hummm…but I’ve got to come up with a ’good excuse’ to move out here. I’ll be thinking on that one for a while. =) Dad’s driving, Serena’s listening to her ipod, and I’m…writing this draft for my blog. Unfortunately I won’t be able to post it until we reach our destination and then I’ll be able to access the internet.

1:53 pm ET:

Yup! We’re officially in the Eastern Time Zone and just entered South Carolina. Greenville: 27 miles. We just made a quick lunch break stop at Subway and now are back on the road. Krissa called a little bit ago to touch base with us. She says she’s “busy busy” this afternoon with meetings and get-togethers with friends. At 6:15 this evening, we’re meeting her on the BJU campus and she’s going to take us into downtown Greenville for an ice cream social with some of her closest friends. Yum Yum! It’s about 72 degrees right now and sunny but the wind is still gusting. Man! I left Kansas to get away from the wind…guess it followed me. :-/ AHHH…I think my ears are popping. I totally dislike that feeling.

2:28 pm:

“Welcome to Greenville!” I remember that welcoming sign from a few years ago. Oh…there’s a Lowe’s store…that’s Dad’s Wal-Mart! And…right now I don’t think Dad knows where he’s going. We’re hunting for the Courtyard Marriott Hotel which isn’t far from the BJU campus. Okay…time to pull out those mapquest papers that we printed off the internet. Oh dear, this is a bad sign…Serena’s trying to figure out which direction to hold the map so she can tell Dad where to turn! It might be a loooong afternoon! I seriously think that we are just going in circles. Yup! I’ve seen that same building three times now! Oh my goodness! Serena is holding her laptop upside down to read the map online. And she’s laughing because I’m laughing at her so none of us can think very straight. Dad’s even chuckling. At least we’re having fun…even if we are lost. Serena just tried to explain some directions….that made absolutely no sense! Her logic is as loop-holey as a spaghetti strainer, maybe worse.

2:56 pm:

Dad stopped at a Blimpie convenient store to ask for directions. So I think we’re on the right track now. Oh oh oh…there’s a lime green convertible! AHHH…it’s SO cute! Wade Hampton Blvd…okay, we finally know where we are. BJU is on this street and so the hotel isn’t far now. There’s Bob Jones University!

3:23 pm:

We’ve officially arrived…the Courtyard Marriott! WHEW! Now the real fun begins…!

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    Krissa said,

    haha, gotta love the blimpie!!


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