Road Trip Re-Cap

It’s time for ABC Wednesday and we are on the letter R.

Thank you to the ABC team!

I’ll share a few snapshots of my daughter and my road trip across the U.S.A. The reason for our road trip was to return her and her car to Jacksonville, North Carolina to be ready for her husband’s return from Afghanistan. The reunion will be rewarding for them. We left Seattle on April 27th and arrived at our final destination on May 4th.

In the meantime it’s interesting living in a Marine populated city with license plates from all over the U.S.A. I will leave Jacksonville on Thursday and re-unite with my Dear in Orlando, Florida for a conference he is attending and then finally be back home later in May.


Day one on the road. We stopped in Spokane Valley for lunch with my son and his girl friend and then carried on.

P1050070Day one we drove across Washington and Idaho and into Montana!

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Day two started with snow in Bozeman, Montana. Retreating was not an option so we returned to the road hoping for good traction and no sliding on the road.

SeaJack #2 009Day two ended in Rapid City, South Dakota. We drove across Montana, down into Wyoming and across to South Dakota. Three states a day became our road trip theme. The other theme we did not want to repeat was snow but when we woke up in Rapid City to start our third day on the road snow was whipping side ways in some extreme wind conditions. Again retreat was not an option.

P1050082We learned to rely on Rest areas in many states across the U.S.A. They appeared just when we needed them most and they were all clean and well maintained. This is how the snow was sticking because of the severe winds in and around Rapid City.

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Many times along the roads that were unknown to us our minds recalled the reassuring verses in the New Testament from Matthew that read…

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

I also would sing in my head…His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

P1050086Day three ended in Nebraska which means we traveled across South Dakota, into Iowa, and finished in Nebraska.

P1050111Day four we left Nebraska, entered Iowa again, and headed to Kansas City Missouri to meet up with a bloggy friend for RIBS!

Collages7After a great lunch and meeting Pam face to face along with her daughter we continued on to our stop for the night which would be just outside St. Louis, Missouri in the state of Illinois.  Day four ended up being a four state day!

P1050182On Day five our goal was to reach Hendersonville, Tennessee. We traveled along some rock lined highways and other areas full of green trees from Illinois into Kentucky and then down to Tennessee.

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On day Six we would only travel in two states Tennessee and North Carolina. Our goal was to take a scenic road to Asheville, North Carolina nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains for a two day retreat and rest before we traveled the final five hours to Jacksonville, North Carolina (Camp Lejeune Marine Base).

SeaJack #6 010Our scenic route took us through some towns that surprised us with their weird attractions not so much rural charm.

SeaJack #6 019Finally after passing a few attractions like these in Pigeon Forge we entered some refreshing views like these.

SeaJack #6 027We were rewarded after our sixth day of travel with dinner at the Omni Grove in Asheville, North Carolina with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

SeaJack #6 126 If you’d like to see more photos from this grand Inn click here.

Biltmore 066Our seventh day was spent at the Biltmore Estate and Gardens. The azaleas at the Biltmore were in their glory. I will be posting more about our day at the Biltmore in the future.

P1050206On day eight of our travels we reached our final destination in Jacksonville, North Carolina, home of MCCS Camp Lejeune. We checked into our hotel and started the planning lists for securing an apartment asap and setting up a temporary home for Katie and Andrew upon Andrew’s return and homecoming from Afghanistan. I’m happy to report that I’m preparing this post from that apartment with wifi and all the bare essentials are in place for Katie and Andrew to live comfortably for the next few months. I might have even lost a pound or two carrying boxes up the three flights of stairs to their third floor apartment. (no elevators)

Road trip mission accomplished. Semper Fi!

Relief and Rejoicing upon Andrew’s Return soon to commence!


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “Road Trip Re-Cap

  1. What a trip! In the past, I have been over many of those roads with my dad and mom and later with The Professor. Lots of memories for me–thanks! Eastern Tennessee is definitely a beautiful area.
    We’ll be doing the southern route again next month…

  2. “His Eye is on the Sparrow” was a great theme song for your road trip! You saw some beautiful sights and made your destination safely…praise the Lord!

  3. Wow! That must have been an enormous trip! I should like to find out on the map how your journey went, which places you visited and where to find them.
    Have a great time with your family.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  4. My road trips are always somewhere in the tri-state area I live in. I have not done one cross-country like you’ve done. What a fun and memorable experience for you both. I love that photo of the azaleas at the Biltmore. (Azaleas get me every time.)

    What a blessing for Katie that you were there and able to help her find and apartment and move in!

  5. What a fascinating trip you two have had. So glad everything is set up for Katie and Andrew’s nest! You’ve done well and congrats on shedding a few of those lbs. I’m doing a 5 day detox right now in hopes of doing the same – not sure which is easier – stairs or fasting!! Hmmm.
    Have a great time with you own reunion in Florida! All the best to Katie and Andrew – it will be a huge adjustment again.

  6. Wow, now that is a major road trip – you did great! Driving in snow is no fun when you are road tripping. I’d love to spend several months driving all over North America but work gets in my way at the moment 🙂
    Best wishes to you and your family!

  7. What a trip! I really enjoyed reading and seeing your route. So thankful that Katie found a place to call home and you could help her haul everything up the stairs:) Glad you took some time to slow down and enjoy some friends, sites and good eats. All the best to Katie and Andrew and to you as you fly out on Thursday.

  8. Radical Road trip! I’ve always wanted to do that – have already done most of Canada, but would love to do the USA, especially some of the Route 66!

    abcw team

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