After a total of seven days in the car (four then a 2 week break then three more) we have arrived in Monterey, CA. Hurray! We are SO glad the tediousness of driving is over. Though, seriously, our country is beautiful--we have driven completely across it and it's so amazing. The rolling, treed hills of Appalachia, the corn and soybean fields of the midwest, the great Mississippi and Missouri rivers, past the arch of St. Louis, into the grassy plains of Kansas that turn into the barren plains of Kansas, up to the feet of the Rocky Mountains jutting out of the stark earth, across the incredible Glenwood Canyon into the earthy mountains of Grand Junction, through the astoundingly diverse canyons of Utah and Arizona, speeding through the vast desert of Nevada and into the desert of California which gives way to the verdant (yet smoggy) orchards of central California and finally to the salty-smelling, gull-filled central coast. What a privilege it was to drive across our land from sea to shining sea. :) And though the canyons of Utah tried to stop us (our temperature gauge in the Focus gave us some trouble there) and the desert of California tried to derail us (flat tire just into the Mojave Desert) we have survived and are now enjoying the beautiful fog and dazzling sunshine near the sea.
We hope to get our housing settled this week (more on that in a later post) and that's really the end of our travels because we've been in transition since 19 July, when we moved out of our home in Virginia. It's about time to settle again. Right now we're at the hotel on the Naval Postgrad School, which is in this old historic building that looks like an old mission. We've been to the beach several times and Kate has a love/hate relationship with the water. She always wants Daddy to take her to the ocean, but when we get there, she's afraid of the water and wary of the birds. It'll just take some getting used to, I'm sure. She's always up for adventure, though, and we're so grateful she's not allergic to her carseat after such a trip.
Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO. One of my most favorite sights.
Black Dragon Canyon in eastern Utah. Yes, this is Utah!
Another gorgeous canyon in Utah.
Traveling back in Jon's childhood. Alas, Edwards Air Force Base is in the middle of no-where, CA. This is for you, Gram and Pops!
Happy 4 month bday to our sweet Elliana! Here she on her first trip to the zoo.
Here are a few of Ellie's accomplishments in her short life so far:
--been in 14 states
--lived in numerous hotels
--slept in three different closets
--switched from six feedings a day to five, and now back to six
--slept uncountable hours in her carseat
She is already rolling over both ways. One day she rolled from belly to back and the next day she went from back to belly. We were amazed! She's done great in the car and now that we're finally not traveling each day, she is having a harder time adjusting to "normal" life. So we're working on that. But she adores her sister, loves to smile at her daddy, and sweetly lays in her momma's arms. Happy fourth month bday, Ellie! We love you so much.
And last but not least...Monterey Bay! The cypress trees are on the point, and the beauty is apparent even though it's a foggy day.