03 May 2014

Whirlwind half-week recap

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of surrealism. It still doesn't feel like I'm actually moved, just on a road trip. But here I am with Nico, in Portland, emailing and texting Craigslist ads hoping to get a response for a place to stay for the next few months while I get my bearings and figure out where to go from here.

It all started a week ago today, when I backed out of my driveway and headed down to the St. Louis area to spend the night with my parents before REALLY taking off. I couldn't resist stopping at the Carlinville exit to take a picture of the creepiest strip club I've ever passed by. Seriously, who goes into such an establishment? Weirdos. I know this because it took everything in my power not to knock on the door and ask for a tour.

Relocation Road Trip

So that was Saturday.

Sunday, Nico and I set off on our adventure and right away she was into it. She's been an amazing companion this week, though I'm not surprised because she's a very well-behaved dog with a lot of travel experience. I've had her now for 10 years and she never gets into the trash, makes messes, tears things up, or digs in the yard or just, anything bad. Though she is jealous when I pet other dogs or cats. She did make me a bit sad on Tuesday when I took her on a short hike in Colorado and afterwards her back legs were really bothering her. I hate that she's getting older.

Relocation Road Trip

In any case, this trip would suck without Nico by my side. I feel really lucky to have such a loyal, loving companion.

Early Sunday evening we ended up in Salina, KS. I wanted to stay in town, not near the interstate, so I ventured into the downtown area to look for a hotel. After driving around for 40 minutes I didn't find anything. So I stopped somewhere and started fraternizing with the locals. That landed me an awesome spot on a sofa in a barber shop/record store.

Relocation Road Trip

I had SO much fun hanging out with Paul. We walked around downtown Salina and looked at the buildings, then went into Big Nose Kate's to watch karaoke. Singing in public is one of those things I never thought I would do, but some guy named Michael talked me into it. We sang a duet, Float on by Modest Mouse. Afterward he had some really great singing advice which doubled as life advice, which was that I need to let go of insecurities, have more faith in myself and maybe take a singing lesson or two.

So of course I stayed up way later than I should have, but still managed to get up at 7 and be on the road by 8. I drove into crazy winds which brought a dust storm that took me through brown-out conditions. Later that same day, I ran into a snow storm at Loveland Pass which brought white-out conditions. It was a tense drive to Carbondale, CO to stay with my friend Sarah.  I ended up camping out in her living room for two days.

Crazy drive today! Dust storm in Kansas .... Snow storm in Colorado. #adventure

Holy smokes it's already after 7! I have to start getting ready for my birthday party with total strangers. But how cool is it that Val arranged a small get-together so I can meet some people and have fun on my birthday!?

Oh wait, it's only 5. My computer's time hasn't changed even though I've switched off the power. Oh well, I was looking forward to another shower anyhoo. To be continued tomorrow!

Listening to: Wax Tailor - Seize the Day


  1. Hi! This is iwillholleryouhome from Instagram. I kind of feel like a creepy stalker but I was excited to see that you're doing pretty much the same thing I did to get from Indiana to PDX! Try using PadMapper (http://www.padmapper.com/) to find a place to live. It's how I found my current apartment!

    Also, I'm not sure what your skill set is, but my company is looking for a programmer/ coder/ web developer. We might also need a writer soon. I had to go back to working retail for almost a year before I found a full-time job in Portland, so I understand the struggle of relocating and would love to help out if I can! Feel free to e-mail me if you're able to do the programmer gig: camarnet@gmail.com

  2. Wow, how nice of anonymous to give you some advice and even a job opportunity (even though you don't do programming/coding)... miss you!!

  3. I drove by that place all the time and never knew what it actually was... Wow. Eek.



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