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After our 3 days in Dallas, Sandrine and I met up with her friend JulieAnn and drove down to Montgomery, Alabama, where we spent the night. On the way, we drove through Louisianna:

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We saw sights like this:

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And this:

Proof that we were indeed in the Bible Belt ;)

Proof that we were indeed in the Bible Belt πŸ˜‰

The next morning, Sandrine and I went with JulieAnn to the barn where she worked and helped with the morning chores (yes, we really are horse freaks). After a hearty breakfast, we headed back out, this time toward South Carolina. We stopped in Birmingham, Alabama for lunch, and I finally got to meet my online friend Tina, who is just as awesome in person:

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That was the high point of the day. Shortly after we got back on the road, the sky started looking like this:

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And soon after that, we found ourselves in the middle of a torrential downpour. Then we got stuck in rush hour traffic in Atlanta, and to top it all off, for the last 20 miles or so, we had to deal with a trucker who seemed determined to run somebody over. Did I mention it was still raining and pitch dark by this point? Yeah, we were really happy to finally make it to our friend Michael’s house.

We stayed two days in South Carolina, which we mainly spent unwinding. I got to meet Michael’s mom and sister, and one evening we were all invited to dinner with the grandparents (who are lovely people, by the way). Michael also took us to one of his favorite places: a French bakery/cafΓ©, owned by an actual French lady. Naturally, she was very excited to have French customers, so much so that she forgot that Michael doesn’t speak French. πŸ˜›

The rest of the visit went pretty much like this:

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Sandrine and Calamity Jane, Destroyer of Tennis Balls

Sandrine and Calamity Jane, Destroyer of Tennis Balls

I told her to sit, and as soon as she saw the camera she posed

I told her to sit, and as soon as she saw the camera she posed

"Get outta my spaaace!"

“Get outta my spaaace!”

Sibling rivalry at its finest. πŸ˜‰

The final leg of our epic road trip went very smoothly. Aside from one very brief shower, the sky was clear:

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And we made it to Virginia with no trouble:

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The next leg of our epic roadΒ trip was driving down to Dallas, Texas. It rained most of the way down, and the whole time we were there, so I only got a handful of pictures.

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We spent two days in Dallas catching up with our friends. We even got to attend a Messianic church service, which was pretty cool. πŸ™‚

"I'm gonna get your nose!"

“I’m gonna get your nose!”

Sandrine and I with our host family

Sandrine and I with our host family

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Day 2 started off much like Day 1: getting up before the crack of dawn – and me promptly falling back asleep in the car. The scenery was much like the day before, ie. mainly desert, but gorgeous.

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We stopped in Castle Valley for a bit, and I’m pretty sure I was drooling over the scenery:

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A couple of hours later, we crossed over into Colorado:

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And were promptly greeted by a thunderstorm, then hail, and as we made our way into the mountains, snow!

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Craziness. Needless to say, we were very happy to get to Colorado Springs.

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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. πŸ˜›

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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In a few days, my sister Sandrine and I are going to embark on an adventure we’ve been wanting to go on for years. She’s been living in California for the last two years, attending the Bethel Supernatural School of Discipleship. After her graduation next week, she’s moving back to Virginia for a bit, which means a cross-country drive, and I’m going with her. We’ve wanted to do a cross-country road trip together for a long time, so naturally we’re both super excited about this. πŸ˜€

We’ve got our itinerary mapped out, and barring any incidents, this trip should take us about ten days. We’ll be visiting with friends along the way, and I’ll get to meet a few people I’ve been wanting to meet for a while. I can’t wait!

Naturally, I will be bringing my camera and posting pictures along the way. There will probably be lots of anecdotes to share as well. This is going to be an adventure, after all. πŸ˜€

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