from the road

Day 27: Driving to Sioux Falls, SD

Today’s post is relatively uneventful because we spent most of it in the car. (Highlight of my day? Probably the deliciously foamy chai “tea” latte that Kim made me this morning. Om nom nom!)

In Wisconsin, we saw some cool rock formations, but now that I’m looking at this picture, I have no idea where I took it. Sorry. Wisconsin residents, any ideas?

rocks in WisconsinAnd right at the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota, I saw this restaurant. Suffice to say, we did not stop here for lunch, but I did get a giggle from the name.

"Beef & Etc."


We crossed the Mississippi, but it mostly looked like this:

bridge over the MississippiToday’s drive was boring; there’s no real way to get around that fact. Once we got into Minnesota, it was flat, flat land and uninteresting out-the-window sights. I have discovered that I can read in the car under these conditions, so I’ve been plowing through A Clash of Kings (kindly lent to me by Jean back in Medina!). This also gives Harrison a much-needed break from my constant changing of the satellite radio.

Cassandra asked what we talk about in the car and if we run out of things to say. I usually play around on my phone, read, knit, play with the radio, or fall asleep. Sometimes, I pull out the conversation starter cards that Kim and Steven gave me for my birthday. Each one has an interesting question that makes good discussion over several miles.

Here’s a good question that sparked an interesting discussion: Who, in your opinion, are the top five greatest Americans and why? (Answer in the comments below!) 

Though I don’t remember who we chose, we had completely different definitions of “greatest,” so our lists did not overlap at all.

In unrelated news, here’s an email we got from Matt on Friday:

Email from Matt

(Apparently, auto-correct does not work when you are writing in all caps.)

Congratulations, Matt and Emily! We are so excited to see you in the Bay Area.

I’m really tickled that they were inspired by WVT to have a wedding that works for them. I really hope that this trip encourages other couples to plan something that makes them happy. So far, I have enjoyed WVT immensely–far more than I would have enjoyed buying a dress that I could only wear once and dealing with all the trappings of a traditional wedding. And I’m pretty sure Harrison is having a good time too.

Hooray for doin’ what you want!

And now, Ima’ lie on the comfy hotel bed in Sioux Falls, SD, and read some more Game of Thrones.




4 thoughts on “Day 27: Driving to Sioux Falls, SD

  1. Jessica says:

    yes, doin’ what you want is important, but a lot of brides want traditional weddings. so that’s okay, too. even if said weddings suck 😉

    enjoy Mount Rushmore tomorrow! Are you still planning on driving through and camping in Yellowstone?

    • No, we couldn’t extend the route into Yellowstone this trip. Plus, I’m afraid of norovirus!!

      I did not mean to imply that traditional weddings are worse! I want people to do what makes sense for them, not be disparaging towards other people’s weddings. 😦

  2. I love the “& Etc.” store name. We have a store near me that has “Plus & More” at the end. I always laugh when I see it. Now I can add this to my list.

  3. Your trip has definitely inspired me… well, made me want to go on a road trip! And I have told a lot of people about WVT and they all think it’s so cool! I was telling my Grandma Monday night and she was like “you have the best friends/you’re so lucky/etc.” Okay, she may have said I am a people person but Steven told me to stop talking about that. Oops.

    Ahh. Greatest 5 Americans? I bet if I could come up with anyone, they would all NOT be American. Hmmm. I like that Barack Obama guy. 😉

    Foamy chai tea tea tea tea latte FTW!

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