December 4, 2007

Day 3 and 4: Home Home Home

Category: I-80 — Queenkv @ 8:33 am

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I woke-up in Vacaville this morning. It’s wonderful to be back in California. I know it’s grey, raining and a little dreary outside…but I’m thrilled to be home.

Reno Baby! Reno!
I couldn’t have made this trip without Mark. He has been the road trip leader and our home provider. He’s been our rock. I’m grateful for his strength on this trip and for the next chapter in my career.

Salt Lake
On Day 3 of our Road Trip — we had a beautiful start in Salt Lake City. We were surrounded by salty water and shores after driving about 30 minutes away from the city. We also passed a few salt factories, like Morton’s, sitting on the far edges of the lake.


December 2, 2007

Day 2: We Survived

Category: I-80 — Queenkv @ 8:30 am

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Blogging from a Burger King in Salt Lake City. I usually avoid fast food joints…but I make exception for those carrying free wifi. The coffee’s not bad…after adding 5 packages of Coffeemate creamer.

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We said good-bye to downtown Laramie yesterday morning. We were happy we pushed passed Cheyenne after we heard the city saw a few feet of snow dump down overnight.

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We had sunny skies at the beginning of Day 2. But our westbound lanes on I-80 led into this large white band of clouds. I figured we could handle whatever Mother Nature could throw at us as long as we had sunny skies. Then the sun disappeared.


December 1, 2007

Day 1: Wagons West

Category: I-80 — Queenkv @ 8:28 am

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We woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning in Laramie. I’m blogging from the Coral Creek Coffee Company and about to bite into my bagel with veggie cream cheese.

We said good-bye to Kansas yesterday. A cold start to another cross-country road trip. Daisy made herself at home in the back seat. I’m happy we didn’t have a medicated puppy on this ride.

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Here’s one last look at Kansas. We thought about taking a meandering pace. But we were worried about the forecast for a weekend ice storm and snowfall. We ended-up taking advantage of the clear skies. We drove through Nebraska and crossed over to Wyoming.


November 26, 2006

Queenkv’s Roadtrips Moves On

Category: Random Thoughts — Queenkv @ 10:30 am

I have transferred my blog on our cross-country trips to WordPress. Hooray!

April 17, 2006

A Platial Look at our Roadtrips…

Category: Map — Queenkv @ 9:20 am

I figured…why not? Platial is an awesome way to map out our adventures on the road…enjoy. I’m way to addicted to adding places on this “atlas”.

(kvp update – looks like this site wiped out our maps and user accounts. boo. June 2012)

November 1, 2005

Road Trip to my new life in Kansas

Category: I-70 — Queenkv @ 5:03 pm

Mark packed our Corollas last Saturday. He filled both black cars with bags, boxes, books, clothing and memories. My bears got a comfy seat near the passenger seat. I’m amazed I was able to see out my back window.

Today, we made it to Topeka.

The autumn leaves were beautiful – rich, jewel-like colors. I snapped a few pictures from the driver’s seat while we drove through Colorado.


October 25, 2005

Mojave Desert

Category: I-15 — Queenkv @ 3:13 pm

Last weekend, we drove to Vegas. It was kinda like a test run for our next big road trip.

Next Sunday, we plan on taking I-15 – through Las Vegas, Arizona and Utah. Then we’ll pick up I-70 and cross into Colorado. I-70 will take us to our new home in Topeka, Kansas.

The desert has some amazing sunset – violent red and orange hues clashing in over the mountains. My Ate Gigi says you can hike up in those mountains.


June 1, 2005

Day 4 of Cross-Country Road Trip…

Category: I-70 — Queenkv @ 10:17 pm


OK – this dates back to last March…more or less… the snow stopped the next day. I think Mark woke up with a bit of a hangover. As usual – I woke up with a cheery smile on my face. We had breakfast in the Super 8 Lodge. The other hotel guests talked about heading up to the slopes…Lucky.

Andre said he didn’t like the snow. He’s a Golden Bear afterall. He took my hat for extra warmth.

May 6, 2005

Driving down Highway 1

Category: Highway 1 — Queenkv @ 10:00 pm


I know I still have a lot to blog on my cross-country trip…but I’d also like to bring you up to speed on our last road trip….
Last weekend – we went up to the bay area – Mark made sure everything was working with Berkeley’s new firewall. I met with my bridesmaids to plan our Vegas bachlorette/engagement party.

On our way back to LA – Mark wanted to take a meandering pace on the “1″. Why not? Highway 1 ran right next to the Pacific Ocean.

May 3, 2005

Day 3 – looking for something cool to do….

Category: I-70 — queenkv @ 9:15 pm


So by day 3, Mark and I agreed to do more touristy things. We were prepared to head off the road at the next cool sign for some historic or other place.

We found this Applebee in Kansas. One of our first stops for food.