Moving SW2NE - Random Thoughts 1

July 25, 2021  •  5 Comments

Moulton Barn detailMoulton Barn detailGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Moulton Barn
Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I wanted to narrate our San Diego to Maine move Tom Dills' style, daily journals while the thoughts are fresh and reactions more immediate.  Well, that didn't happen. So, what I'll be doing is random thoughts about the move and places with reactions that have been mulled over for a few weeks.  Plus a few pretty pictures. 
I won't be day-to-day linear in these posts, they'll be tossed about and jumbled as I think of them. But, it just so happens that this post is about Day 1. Oh, and don't expect the photos to have any relation to the writings. They too, will be tossed about and jumbled as I tend to edit photos as they connect with me on any particular day. Feel free to shrug and walk away if you want finer structure, I get it. 

Interstate 15 runs from San Diego to the Canadian border.*  I've driven the I-15 route between San Diego and Las Vegas a few dozen times and over the years it's become worse and worse for traffic. My daughters live in Vegas now and therefore the trip became more important and more frequent. Still, I grew to hate the drive. It occurred to me as we were taking that 10-mile downhill from California to the Nevada border and past the Ivanpah solar station that this time, for the first time, I wouldn't be making the return trip. Happy and sad at the same time defines bittersweet I suppose. 


*I always thought it was cool that Interstates 8, 5 and 15 all terminate (or begin) in San Diego, California.  Remember that as it may be a Jeopardy question.


Tom Dills(non-registered)
Hey, thanks for mentioning my blog. As far as my "Postcard" posts go it's just something I do when we're traveling. It's easy to cruise through my photos as they're downloading and choose one to make a quick post on the blog. That said, there is a big difference in my mind between a vacation road trip and a cross-country moving trip. I'm not sure I would be bothering to take photographs on a moving trip, so if you took any at all that would be commendable. Posting them as you go would be like work!
Todd Henson(non-registered)
It's always fascinating how these longer one-way trips bring up different feelings and memories than our more regular ones, even those we only make every so often. I've not had one of these trips in quite some time, so it'll be even more interesting hearing about yours. We'll see what memories and feelings it might bring to life in my own mind.
Glad to hear that you both made it to Maine safely and are doing well without any major problems along the way.

How do your girls like living in Las Vegas? Did you stop in to see them as you passed through? I expect you will return to San Diego again with the girls and grandchild living there. So it makes sense to fly to Las Vegas. Flights to Las Vegas must be subsidized by the casinos because they are definitively cheaper) and then rent a car there. From there one day you will drive to San Diego for a return visit. . When my daughter lived in Salt Lake City I flew to Las Vegas rented a car then drove north rather than flying to Salt Lake City Saved about 50% in air fare,,

I've been to Grand Teton Park but I don't remember Mormon Row or the Moulton Barn. Now I will.

Looking forward to the next installment of your transcontinental adventure.
Monte Stevens(non-registered)
Glad you made it safely. I've only flown in and out of San Diego and have no experience of driving in or around the city. I will be looking for the following post on your move/transition.
Nice to see this close-up perspective on the iconic Moulton barn.
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