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So… I meant to publish this much sooner, but the past month has been fairly insane. Nothing bad, just very, very busy.

Anyway, I promised y’all an account of that epic cross-country road trip with my sister, so here goes…

Day One started with a 4 am wake-up, as we had a very long drive ahead. One of Sandrine’s housemates was coming with us as far as Colorado Springs, which meant that we were able to split driving duties three ways the first two days. On the flip side, that meant that when I wasn’t driving, I was doing my best impression of a sardine in the back seat. Good thing I’m tiny. 😛

Our first leg of the journey took us from Eureka, California, to Ely, Nevada (aka The Middle of Nowhere). I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the redwood forest (I was driving and there was no good place to pull over), but once we got to Nevada I was able to get some good ones. These don’t fully do the scenery justice, but they’ll give you an idea:

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Taking pictures from the back seat was tricky at times

Taking pictures from the back seat was tricky at times

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Our last refueling stop for the day was in Eureka, Nevada, which we all found hilarious:

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Trinidad Beach

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So… remember when I said this trip was going to be an adventure? Well, so far it has been, but not quite the kind I had in mind.

The first part of the trip went according to plan: we drove up to Lyon Sunday evening and flew up to Paris the next morning. Our flight to San Francisco was supposed to leave a couple of hours later, but technical issues caused delays and ultimately it was postponed until the next morning. Of course this was after we’d (finally) boarded the plane. At least we didn’t have to spend the night in the airport: the airline put us up in a hotel, dinner and breakfast included.

Next morning, take 2: the flight was slightly delayed, but we did eventually make it to San Francisco in one piece. We cleared immigration with no problems, and got to baggage claim only to discover that several suitcases, including my mom’s and mine, had somehow stayed behind in Paris. Argh. So, when we stopped for dinner on our way to Sandrine’s, we also made a quick Wal-Mart run and grabbed a few essentials. We finally arrived at midnight, by which point I had been awake for over 24 hours (I dozed a little on the plane and in the car, but not enough to really qualify as sleep). It took another day to more or less get over jet lag – the 9-hour time difference is pretty brutal.

The last couple of days have been spent meeting most of Sandrine’s friends and teachers, participating in some of the last-days-of-school activities (which I will describe in more detail in my next posts), doing a little sightseeing, and helping her pack. And waiting on the suitcases, which finally arrived yesterday afternoon. Needless to say, we’re all hoping this was the extent of the insanity for this trip.

A few pictures from the drive up from San Francisco:

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After crossing the bridge, we stopped at Vista Point where I was able to get a few shots that were not from the back seat of a moving car:

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Our final destination:

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No relation to the sci-fi town of the same name, however. 😉

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