Saturday, May 26, 2007
The Long Trip Back
After four days of driving we have safely arrived in Arizona! My two friends, Bonnie and Sara, flew out to Florida on Saturday, May 19th and we left Gainesville on Monday, May 21. The four day trip was a whirlwind trip of 2,150 miles and 36 hours. The following is a brief recap:
Monday: Drive through south Georgia, and eastern Alabama. Entered the Central time zone. Toured Auburn University and stayed that night in Birmingham.
Tuesday: Left Birmingham and drove to Memphis to tour Graceland. I never knew so much about Elvis! Left Memphis around 3PM, entered Arkansas and drove to Alma, AR to stay the night.
Wednesday: Entered Oklahoma--stopped by Shawnee, Oklahoma where my sister-in-law, Gretchen, grew up! Met some of her family and toured the small grocery store she worked at in high school. Drove to Norman and toured the University of Oklahoma. Drove to Amarillo, TX where we ate at The Big Texan, home of the 72 ounce steak eating challenge and stayed the night.
Thursday: Left Amarillo, entered New Mexico and the Mountain time zone. Ate lunch with my great Aunt and Uncle, Flora and Frank in Albuquerque. Entered Arizona and the Mountain Standard time zone. Arrived at my parent's house at 6PM and my parent's treated us to a fantastic mexican dinner at Su Casa-one of my favorites!
As you can see we enjoyed the trip--thank you for your prayers along the way! We didn't encounter any bad weather and we truly enjoyed catching up with each other. My game plan now is to begin looking for a house to buy in Buckeye before I start new teacher orientation in early August.
Love to you all and thank you again for your prayers! For my FL family--I look forward to staying in touch across the miles. For my AZ family and friends-I am glad to be home!
Love in Christ,