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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons: The Wheels on the Car Go Round and Round

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THE DRIVE I TOOK FROM YELLOWSTONE TO HOME

Getting somewhere fun and exciting is never really a bother for me. I think the excitement of arriving at my destination, thinking of all the things to come and the adventure of it all keeps me from worrying too much of the logistics of distance and time. Coming home on the other hand is a whole other story. I give you evidence exhibit A (Mrs. Bulldog will laugh at that) see the photo below... that is 1093 miles and a total time of 17 hours and 21 minutes. Of course I need to stop for gas and use the restroom so we will just tack on another 39 minutes for incidentals which leaves a whopping total time of 18 hours.

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ITS A LONG LONG LONG LONG LONG WAY HOME TODO

I figured that I would enjoy the scenery on the way out of the park, which took about an hour, and then I decided that once I crossed over the Idaho boarder I would start the phone tree calls. Phone tree calls meaning to call everyone in my phone book until someone picks up the phone and talks to me for a long time. I do have 18 hours to fill here folks.

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I was fortunate. Ms. Pool Sharks man was out of town, she was at home with the baby and we stayed on the phone for a total of 7 hours. This girl and I can sure TALK. It was like she was sitting in the passenger seat sharing a tiny bit of my adventure with me.

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MS. POOL SHARK AND I ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO

Those hours flew by and with the hours the miles just melted away. I am so thankful for that time... it made the drive a little more bearable.

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Of course we talked about EVERYTHING and anything. Some people may think that 7 straight hours is too long to talk on the phone but not with us. Ms. Pool Shark and I have such a connection, it is unique to only her and I, she is a true soul mate and I think the friend that is like me most. Friends like her don’t enter your life often but when they do... ahhh the gems that they become are priceless.

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MS. POOL SHARK AND I ON OUR EUROPE EXTRAVAGANZA TRIP EXTRODINARE LAST YEAR

Even though she lives so far away we still try and keep in touch often. With her just having a baby and now staying at home full time and me also not working we talk almost weekly now. Long rambling talks that usually last hours. We have these talks in place of the lunch dates or pedicure talks we would be having if we lived close. It isn’t the same as face time but we make do. If it hadn’t been for interrupted service as I cut across some mountains I am sure we would have talked much longer.

So seven hours down and another 11 to go. I turned to plan B books on CD. Last year I read ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and when browsing Borders books on CD collection I found the next two books in the collection, which I had been wanting to read. Both books were over 19 CD’s long which was perfect for this trip.

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‘THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE’ & ‘THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST’

The book was so good, the reader so fantastic that really the only indicator that time was passing was the gas gage going down and the fact that it was getting darker.

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And then it was dark and I hit my stride. ‘The Girl who Played with Fire’ was the perfect book for the trip, with its twist and turns it kept me fascinated and before I knew it I crossed into Las Vegas.

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VEGAS BABY, THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS

I had planned on stopping in Vegas for the night but the book was so good, it wasn’t over, I wasn’t tired and the thought of sleeping in my own bed with my man kept me moving on. It was 10:00 at night and I made a snap decision, I passed Vegas and kept going. The book ended about a half hour before I arrived home. That last 30 minutes was really the only time I was super tired. It was now 2:30am. I rolled down the windows, even though it was a little chilly, I cranked up the stereo and I sang to the oldies all the way home. It worked and I crawled into my bed and fell instantly asleep. I was home.

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

You could ask the doctor if they can implant a phone into your ear. lol. I'm glad you have such a friend who can talk that long on the phone. You two could probably get in the Guiness Book of world records!

lilmansworld said...

7 hours! well when you have time to kill I guess that works! You can give me a ring whenever you know! I know, the phone works both ways....I'd be tempted to get a book o n CD for a road trip but I don't think that's fair for lilman. It would however probably knock him out faster than normal lol

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