for Life in Colour: purple

Update on day one of my trip yesterday. After checking off all the items on my list and cleaning the entire house, I was ready to leave early Tuesday morning. (Do you clean before you leave or not worry about it? I figure it’s better to start clean.) Some years ago I made a master list of all the things I’m likely to take on a trip, print a copy prior to each long trip I put it off, cross off items I won’t need and check off the items I need as I pack them. Makes life so much easier!

Woke before my alarm went off, had breakfast, packed the coolers, and pulled out at 4:30 AM. Most of the way to Winslow, Arizona, (where I did NOT stand on a corner) was lovely. In fact, there was so much green on the entire drive that it was delightful. I had a book on CD playing and food in my cooler within easy reach as I only stop for gas and bathroom breaks, preferably with both at the same stop. I covered over 700 miles with just two stops, pleasantly surprised to find that gas prices hovering right around three dollars or less.

Got into some horrific rain in Texas, sky like night, raining so hard that you could hardly see, vehicles driving with their flashers on, but I made it safely to Amarillo. Right now I’m watching a hockey playoff game. That’s it. Only about 650 miles tomorrow, so a reasonable day, hopefully without bad thunderstorms. I drove through more rain today than we’ve gotten in Arizona in the 13+ months we’ve been in Arizona. I’m not kidding!

Happy Wednesday!

  1. Washe Koda says:

    I clean the house and put on clean underwear too ( my mama said ya never know whats gonna happen 😉 I never saw the girl standing on the corner when I passed through Winslow at 4am in 1976 ☔️

  2. restlessjo says:

    Drive safely, sweetheart! It sounds rough out there 🙂 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    Happy Wednesday!

  4. Heyjude says:

    That’s a fine bunch of grapes 🍇
    I loved driving in the US except through or around cities, open roads, barely any traffic. I have also experienced heavy rain in California where I couldn’t see the road! Very scary. Where are you heading for?

  5. Love the grapes. My wife has several travel lists (depending on the travel) … and yes – we print and scratch off. Continued safe travels!

  6. No, I don’t clean I just tidy up. I don’t really have a list. I try to travel lite. I ‘ve learned that I pack way too much. I believe if something is missing I’ll buy a new one. Happy travels – enjoy and stay safe.

  7. Egads, that rain sounds bad. I’ve been in rain that bad where we did pull over on the freeway along with everyone else driving in West Virginia back in the mid 80’s.

    I’m am happy to hear you made it through the first leg safely. I hope today’s drive is uneventful and you get through those 650 miles seeing more pretty stuff. There’s a terrific steak house in Amarillo.

    • More rain today but not in the same amount. However, the spray from those big trucks makes driving not nearly as much fun. However, I made it safely to my motel, once again just as I was coming towards the end of my book-on-CD. 🙂 Had to wait until this morning for the end of yesterday’s and it will be the same tomorrow. Talk about suspense!!

      • I am happy you got to hear the ending of one book, and made it safely to your destination! Stay safe! 😀🧡

      • Both books done (and more waiting for the trip back) and arrived safely. Had sunshine today, although it’s clouded up now. I forgot how humid it is here compared to Arizona as well as how many trees and how much grass!! 🙂

      • We have had wind and a huge gray cloud hanging over us for days now. I’m glad my son left Tuesday before the storm rolled in! We might get snow today!

        I’m so glad you made it safely. Enjoy your time with friends, the grass, and sunshine! I bet it’s not as bright as AZ though. The sun is brighter here than Silicon Valley I discovered when we moved here. My kids both commented on it last week when they were here. 😀🌞

      • Took a walk in “my” park this morning and it was lovely. Even saw a couple of deer. I’d forgotten how much more humid it is here and forgotten mosquitos. 🙂

  8. Toonsarah says:

    I don’t clean especially although I like to leave the house reasonably tidy. And I have a master packing list too, which I adapt according to where I’m going, Safe travels!

  9. Dan Antion says:

    If you weren’t going to be standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, the least you could have done is gotten to Amarillo by morning. I think you need to choreograph your songs better 😉

    Seriously, I’m glad you’re making good time. I hope you have good weather the rest of the way.

    • I don’t know the Amarillo reference, Dan, but I needed to be there by evening. 🙂 New lyrics are called for obviously. Today I’d need some about Missouri but I can’t think of any offhand. What I’d love the lyrics to be tomorrow are “It ain’t gonna rain, it ain’t gonna rain, it ain’t gonna rain nor more!” I’d forgotten what fun it was to not be able to use cruise control and to try to see through all the spray from innumerable trucks! Not!

  10. JT Twissel says:

    That’s a long drive! Love the picture – great composition.

  11. Hammad Rais says:

    A 13+ months equivalent of rain on a single day!
    This is certainly horrific. Hope you are doing okay. Stay safe 🙂

    • Safe and sound at our friends’ house. Thanks, Hammad. Just to put it all in perspective though, where we live now in Arizona only averages nine inches per year, so it’s easy to get a good part of that in one day elsewhere if it rains hard for quite some time.

  12. Resa says:

    I’m getting some wine! Neat shot…. very provocative!

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