Sunday, November 6, 2011

Settling in...

Things are startin' to come together pepper. Tonight we had our first dinner at home. Before tonight we have been spending time with each other's families. We went out with the Edwards clan to the best mexican food in SLC - Red Iguana. We waited an hour, but it was totally worth it. Until today our fridge was loaded with nothing but Berks county's finest sweet bologna, Clover Farms Icy Tea, wild game meat from South Carolina, and three varieties of New Belgium beer.
So Sara and Ben came over, Jenn made delicious country fried steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Then we drank a few Olympias and New Belgium Snow Day winter ale, while we ate by our fireplace. Followed by a game of loaded questions, it might not be the craziest adventure we will have, but it was much welcomed comfort after a hectic week.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Denver to Utah fueled by snow, beer, and cold medicine

So we landed into Utah tonight! Not without leaving Denver in 6 inches of snow, Jon with a wicked cold, and Jenn with a high elevation hangover. As we headed north on Interstate 25, we saw signs it was closed after a town called Wellington.So even though neither of us were in the mood for beer tasting, we stopped at New Belgium Brewing Co in Fort Collins, CO anyway. And we found out, Romy was welcome inside - they even got us a bowl of water for her. Three sifters and a bunch of merch later we left once we got the report 25 was open again.

Then it was a long stretch of Wyoming with gallons of windshield washer fluid and a bunch of dayquil pills to pass the time. Well we are beat and passing out at Casa de Hess to ready ourselves for unpacking. Stay tuned for the un-abridged version of the drive on a later post. I want to thank Juju and Amanda for carting us around Denver!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gateway to the West

We are currently on the road, somewhere in the middle of Kansas. The drive is going well and we've been making good time. Today we're headed all the way to Denver, CO.

Yesterday, we got an early start on our drive from Indianapolis, IN to Joplin, MO. We entered the central time zone somewhere in Illinois, and made a pit stop in St. Louis, MO to check out the arch, aka the "gateway to the west."

The arch was really cool, and Romy loved walking around the grounds and along the St. Louis Riverfront area along the Mississippi River. Afterward, we grabbed some lunch at Steak-n-Shake (delicious!) and hit the road again.

We made it to Joplin around 6:15 pm (CT). We helped Nate & Abby hand out candy to kids in their neighborhood, and rescued Romy from escaping through the front door to chase little princesses and pirates multiple times! We got a good night of sleep so we could hit the road early again today. Before leaving, we got an awesome breakfast from the Mutics and drove through some of the tornado devastation -- it was crazy, it was basically just like entire neighborhoods were gone.

We've got a long day of driving ahead to Denver, and then tomorrow we're headed to Salt Lake City! I'm so excited to see our house and to start getting settled in. Stay tuned!! :)